Mindfulness

June 6, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mindfulness

I’m almost finished reading “The Mindful Brain” by Dr. Daniel Siegel.  I’ve found it quite helpful and interesting, so I’m going to jot down a few reading notes before I have to return it to the library.  I may have to splurge and buy this one for future reference, though.

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The Family Proclamation, Bradwell v. State, and Evolving Interpretive History

April 27, 2007 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Family Proclamation, Bradwell v. State, and Evolving Interpretive History

Almost 135 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court deemed Myra Bradwell, a married woman, unfit to practice law.  Ms. Bradwell had filed the appropriate application and possessed the requisite qualifications to register and practice as an attorney in Illinois.  The Illinois Legislature, however, categorically disqualified Ms. Bradwell from practicing law, because, as a married woman, she was incapable of being bound by any legal obligations or contracts.   

 

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If you love dogs, don’t watch Amores Perros

August 18, 2006 at 1:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on If you love dogs, don’t watch Amores Perros

Wow. Good movie. Horrible story. Lots of bloody carcasses of dogs ripped apart in illegal dog fights. Gael Garcia Bernal is fantastic in this movie, though. Which is probably the only reason why I finished watching it. Continue Reading If you love dogs, don’t watch Amores Perros…

Dancing Queen

July 18, 2006 at 3:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Queen

Went dancing last Friday with Amri, Max and Amy. Had a great time. I’m feeling lonely right now, though. I finished reading the book “Housekeeping” today. I read the whole book at Borders in stages over the past week. I didn’t want to buy it because I knew I’d read it too fast. So I’d sneak out of work, pick the book out of the “R” section, and sit down to read it for an hour or so. I wish I could write like that. Pure poetry.

I wish I could sleep. I’d like to go running tomorrow, but I can tell I’m not tired and will probably be up for another hour or two. It’s almost midnight. It’s so hot. I miss my cat Oscar.  

New Job!

July 14, 2006 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Job!

So, I got the job. Wow. I leave here next Friday – I’m so excited! I hope the new job will be bearable. I’m a bit worried, but excited for the opportunity. Well, I’m at the office and everyone is gone – so I think I’m going to sneak out, too!

One More Night

June 28, 2006 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on One More Night

God that was strange to see you again
Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said ‘yes I think we’ve met before’
In that instant it started to pour

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Karen Armstrong

May 25, 2006 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Karen Armstrong

I just finished reading "The Spiral Staircase". I very much enjoyed the book- although at times it was tedious and overwrought – particularly when she was discussing her personal trials with epilepsy and boring jobs – but she shared some amazing insights along the way as well.

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Work

May 25, 2006 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Work

Yesterday, I was listening to another complaint about who said what to whom and when. This time it was an employee complaining about a manager – the employee said that whenever she did something wrong, the manager could write it up and put it into her personnel file. But whenever the manager did something wrong, the employee couldn’t “write it up”.  Of course we hear about power imbalances and the like, but this was a stark reminder that some people have access and others don’t. And I had nothing to say to her. For example, why weren’t the good letters from clients put into her file along with the “bad” things she did? What standards are there to protect someone like this?  None, really.  We confer authority onto people and trust that they make the right decisions. Sure, there’s recourse, but sometimes life just isn’t fair.

I know a man who is dying

May 2, 2006 at 3:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I know a man who is dying

A man I know is dying.
Every day I see less and less of him.
He talks, garbled and confused.
We exchange glances; I wait patiently,
Knowing he is dying.
But we cannot speak of it.
I want to ask him, gently, “Are you ready?”

I want to say to him, “Please go.”
Please do not sit behind your desk, answering your phone.
Attending to matters.
As if they were important enough to fill your last days alive.

Terror strikes my heart when I think that our last words spoken
Will be to tell you that I signed the form and sent it back for your approval.

Airbag

April 8, 2006 at 3:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Airbag

In the next world war
In a jack knifed juggernaut
I am born again
In the neon sign scrolling up and down
I am born again

In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe

In a deep deep sleep of the innocent I am born again
In a fast german car I’m amazed that I survived
An airbag saved my life

In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe
In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe

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