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Month: October 2014

Weekly Thoughts 8

Spanking and a Two-Party System I recently found out that in the United States, 19 states still allow corporal punishment in school. Now I have made my opinions about corporal punishment here (quick recap: grew up with it, turned out fine, but the way that it teeters on physical abuse seems like a line that is not worth approaching for me, but I still need to do more research) and it seems crazy to me that this is still a thing. I tried to do some quick research as to… Read more Weekly Thoughts 8

Holloween

*This is like the first piece of fiction I’ve written in years. Hope you like it.* Fake spiders lined the walls, the Beckerman family’s way of getting into the holiday spirit. This was really unsuccessful and rather than creating that frightening aura, it brought about that smell of the Halloween costume store–a plasticky, musty smell from a place that somehow manages to stay open 365 days a year despite having a month long busy season at best. Andy ducked his head to avoid the fake spider webs as he entered… Read more Holloween

Weekly Thoughts 7

Fear Is a Way to Make Friends Alarm. Fear. Panic. It feels at times that more than anything these are the driving narratives in our lives. The world is a mess. It’s in chaos. America is going downhill. The government is just not like it used to be. The world is going to hell in a hand basket. Jesus must be coming back soon because the world is overcome with evil… We tell ourselves these things all the time. Sometimes they might be in passing–a quick blip from our mouths… Read more Weekly Thoughts 7

Survivor San Juan Del Sur Rankings

Post-Episode 4 These rankings are done BCS style with each player ranked according to the following three categories. Their points for each ranking (which will vary week to week depending on how many contestants there are, eg. with ten people remaining the person ranked first will get ten points, the person ranked tenth will get one) will be added up in a final tally similar to that of the old NCAA BCS rankings (yes I know that was terrible, but it’s fun here). The three categories: Position in the Game:… Read more Survivor San Juan Del Sur Rankings

Weekly Thoughts 6

A Personality Quiz I took a personality quiz the other day. This is something I’ve done a plethora of times and I don’t really have any good reason for taking this one. I am hardly the person to go around taking online quizzes, but this one was quick and so I went for it. As I read my results – or diagnoses, if you will, I began to grasp a sense of clarity. These people understood me, how I felt, my strengths and weaknesses. Oh, that’s why I do what… Read more Weekly Thoughts 6

Survivor San Juan Del Sur Rankings

Post-Episode 3 These rankings are done BCS style with each player ranked according to the following three categories. Their points for each ranking (which will vary week to week depending on how many contestants there are, eg. with ten people remaining the person ranked first will get ten points, the person ranked tenth will get one) will be added up in a final tally similar to that of the old NCAA BCS rankings (yes I know that was terrible, but it’s fun here). The three categories: Position in the Game:… Read more Survivor San Juan Del Sur Rankings

Weekly Thoughts 5

Cultivating Empathy While Rejecting the Anecdote Understanding someone’s experience is important. It puts you into their point of view – their world. You begin to grasp why they say what they say and why they do what they do. I believe this is especially crucial with those we do not know or who exist outside the main power structures. Empathy is a cultivated skill and the people it should be used the most on is the abused, the poor, the outsider, and the powerless. Their stories often are ignored, further… Read more Weekly Thoughts 5