Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Revenge of the BeBes...

Robin Harris (God rest his soul) told us along time ago that BeBe's kids wouldn't die and were sho nuff gonna multiply and baby...he aint never lied!

The BeBe's who used to be babies are now out of control teenagers and they are trying to divide and conquer the world! If I go out to lunch one more time and encounter the sheer stupidity that these BeBes display in public (no shame!), I am going to start randomly beating people's kids in the streets! Hey...it might land me in the big house but at least I'd be going down for a good cause.
I know I was once young (not too long ago in fact) but I've never seen so much concentrated, public display of foolishness in one space...these kids really just don't give a hot damn about anybody...including themselves!
Where did all this begin and where and when will it end...or at least level off?
If we don't start reaching out to these young people early on and keep them in our grip..."be afraid (people)...be very afraid".

Finding Beauty in Density and Complexity

Density and Complexity...two words to consider when dealing with a woman like me. I am learning more and more that a woman with resolve is a force that many rather not deal with. Truth be told, sometimes I have a hard time dealing with me and all my complexity. My brain literally moves at the speed of light... so much so that the rest of my body and soul sometimes can't catch up. Knowing that I am still trying to figure me all out, I pity the rest of you poor mortals.

I'm going to keep working on it and this is the space where a lot of the work will get done. Keep reading and learning more about me along with me. Cool? :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I'm Not Dead...

As obvious and slightly morbid as this phrase may seem, it's slowly becoming my newest daily mantra.

One thing I've realized about becoming a 30-something is that you start to think about all the things in life that you've always wanted to do and hadn't gotten around to doing so. It's a reality that we all face at some point in our lives as we grow older and take on more responsibilities. Just yesterday I sat with a group of my closest girlfriends and had a long discussion about what we are versus what we thought we would be at this age. We all agreed that there was so much that we wanted to do that we either abandoned out of fear or just never got around to doing. In the middle of one the girls "I wish I would have" statements I interrupted her and blurted out, "But you're not dead! I'm not dead!" Sure we are getting older and the starving artist thing is sort of played out like a CD player but there's still hope!

I know that this may be a little easier for me to say being a single woman, with no children and a descent income, but trust me when I tell you I have my responsibilities (i.e. education debt, shoe habit debt, etc.), fears (i.e. job loss, eviction, growing into an old maid, etc.) and hang-ups (too numerous to list) like everyone else. Still, everyone has to be able to identify one person, place or thing that they've always wanted to see, try, do, or visit (you figure out what or who goes with what or whom) and admit that there's no good reason why they have not gone down that road except for the fact that they just haven't; plain and simple.

A big one for me was that I've wanted to take Frenchlessons for years. Last week I thought to myself, "so why aren't you in a French class doe-doe head?" Soooooo....two days ago I started a new French class and it was tres magnifique! I have a looooooooooong way to go but I am proud of the fact that I didn't break out into the "woe is me" song and dance and gave it the ole college try. Now hopefully this baby step will get me closer to my big grown up steps into my dream life...more on that later... :-)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Stepford Lives in Cyberspace

Is technology causing society to regress intellectually and spiritually?
Does anyone think or feel for themselves? Why should they with Wikipedia, spellcheck, and PS3 always close at hand?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My new favorite bible verse...

He has showed you, O man, what is good.

And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 [New International Version]

This is probably the most simple and concise prescription for Judeo-Christian living that I have ever read in my life. How did so many of us miss this one? Why have we made things so complicated and downright ugly when Micah had this whole thing figured out ages ago?

I am an independent-minded, critically thinking Christian woman. A lot of people find this self-description to be a bit oxymoronic and honestly, at times I've almost agreed with them. I have been in the "church" my entire life but I am just beginning to understand what CHURCH really means. This little verse near the end of the Old testament has become the framework for my personal theology.

I never really understood why people went to a big ole intimidating building week after week with people that they may or may not like without really understanding why they were even there. By the time I was old enough to decide whether I wanted to keep going to church I knew that I had to do it for the right reasons or I would be torn and confused. Well, I am still kind of torn and confused from time to time but my faith is always restored.

The more I study the Bible the more I find that the reason why so many church folks can't seem to think for themselves is that the "church" has complicated what the Word makes plain and oversimplified those matters which require further examination and reflection. Like every other human dilemma, there must be a lot at work in this issue, historically speaking. I am not sure what is all involved at this point but I am going to keep looking into it. My heart won't let me quit.

More on this great verse later...