Love this

Peedeel's Blog

This was once a love poem,
before its haunches thickened, its breath grew short,
before it found itself sitting,
perplexed and a little embarrassed,
on the fender of a parked car,
while many people passed by without turning their heads.

It remembers itself dressing as if for a great engagement.
It remembers choosing these shoes,
this scarf or tie.

Once, it drank beer for breakfast,
drifted its feet
in a river side by side with the feet of another.

Once it pretended shyness, then grew truly shy,
dropping its head so the hair would fall forward,
so the eyes would not be seen.

It spoke with passion of history, of art.
It was lovely then, this poem.

Jane Hirshfield

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The Liberty University Scandal Reveals Why You Should be Terrified of an Evangelical Theocracy in the United States

I personally think that one of the reasons education has been so degraded (no pun intended) is that so nobody knows the true reason for the separation of Church & State. Ask the average person about the religious wars of the 1600s or the English Civil War & they will have a completely blank face & yet these events directly influenced not only Jefferson, but the other founding fathers. I know that this was not being taught in NY state schools when my son was attending public schools in the early 2000s; I am sure that even less of world history is being taught now & even more of American “exceptionalism” is being taught. Do you know that in 2008 my son was taught that Ronald Reagan was our greatest president? ‘Nuf said.

Wondering Eagle

Liberty University had direct access and power into the White House. Under Jerry Falwell Jr and through Jerry Prevo, Liberty had access in ways that other Christian seminaries and universities did not have. Christianity and government do not mix, the tragedy is that Constantine infused faith in government during the Roman Empire. That sad legacy has created problems for Christians going forward. But what would happen if people who lead Liberty had raw, unchecked political power in the United States? The very thought should give you a cold sweat and be terrifying.

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Saturday Caturday

Well, now that Thanksgiving & the other Autumn festivals are over, it’s time to take down the fall decorations & pack them away for another year & get out the Yule decorations & start being all jolly & such.

Or maybe it’s time to take a nap on the holiday place mats, just unpacked!

photograph © polly macdavid 2021

The Feeling of Needing a Pen

I can really identify with this

Peedeel's Blog

Really, like a urine but even more gold, I thought of that line and I felt it, even between two legs I felt it, the legs I wrote just now, a panic, a run-walk to the private room with a picture of a woman on the door, or else the line was long, too long, I barged into the men’s, and felt stares burning hard like reading or noon, felt them looking me up and over, felt them looking me over and down, and all the while just holding their pens, they do it different oh no they don’t, they do it standing up, they do it at the window, they do it so secret in a three-hour bath, they do it aloud to someone else, their wife is catching every word and every word is gold. What you eat is in it, blackberries for breakfast are in it, fat…

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The View from Canada: Why Public Schools Are Public

It’s a shame how the concept of public schooling has been denigrated in the United States.

Diane Ravitch's blog

As we wade through the muck of a national effort to privatize public schools and replace them with “school choice,” via privately-run charters and vouchers, it’s important to recall why we have public schools. Education is not a consumer item. It is an integral part of a democratic society. Contrary to the propaganda from the right, our public schools do not indoctrinate children. They are tasked with transmitting the knowledge and skills to help young prople become productive citizens and to keep our democracy strong. At their best, they teach young people to question authority and to think for themselves. Thanks to Professor David Berliner for sharing this essay with me.

This article was written by a Canadian educator who was educated in the U.S.

Why public schools are public

Charles Ungerleider, Professor Emeritus, The University of British Columbia

Parents seeking programs that they believe are in the “best interests”…

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The Creative Process

I found this blog via Andrea R. Huelsenbeck’s WordPress blog ARHtistic License. Every week she sends out a list of links & this was one of them. I think the author of the blog, “Audrey”, describes the creative process better than I have ever seen it done. Yes, it’s about quilting, but it could be about anything … writing, painting, sculpting, you-name-it … creativity is creativity.

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Some Ways Victims Of Abuse Are Re-Victimized

I can totally identify with all of these. I often feel so very all alone in my recovery.

Cynthia Bailey-Rug

Abuse victims don’t have it easy. Contrary to what many people think, the abuse doesn’t end when the victim either leaves the relationship or their abuser dies. Far from it. There are many who live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or more commonly, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Both are horrible & potentially life ending disorders since many who suffer this way commit suicide. You would think this would be bad enough, but it gets even worse. Many people who have survived abuse are further abused when they have the courage to tell other people about it.

If you have told people of your experiences with an abuser, maybe you simply don’t realize how other people can abuse a victim who opens up about their story. In all fairness, it can be very hard to recognize at first! When subjected to narcissistic abuse, any other abuse can be hard to…

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Coming soon to Canada … & maybe to the US?

Aunt Polly has something on her mind.

aunt polly's rants

The banning of gender-critical feminism. Calling anything that isn’t pro-trans-ideology “hate speech” … because OMG if you hurt their precious feelings, it’s so HATEFUL!!!! It’s VIOLENCE!

If these people think that telling the truth is VIOLENCE, they obviously have never taken a beating. Which I have. More than once. At the hands of a man. & I will be in physical pain the rest of my life because of this. Don’t tell me that WORDS ARE VIOLENCE. Because they aren’t.

Take your precious hurt feelings & grow the fuck up already.

These are really dangerous times we women … BIOLOGICAL WOMEN … are living in.

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