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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

09 Apr

Do you know what I discovered about multi-tasking this week? There is no such thing—we’ve been lied to! I’m still trying to launch my second book (Fleeing Oz—due out in mid-May), stage a house to sell, get rid of forty years of junk, take down curtains (apparently people aren’t into valances anymore), wax wooden floors, buy a new house in another town, move (oh, my God—move!), and not strangle my husband in the process. Something has to go. Sleep already has. Things I enjoy—like reading other blogs have gone by the wayside for a season. Being a person who doesn’t have a 24/7 nervous tick might be impossible to master, too. Help me Jesus—help, help me Jesus!

Not Slept Well Lead In Meme

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Needless to say, keeping up with the news is not an option anymore (maybe that’s a good thing). So last night, I binge watched ten days of old news shows to catch up on what’s been happening on our crazy-ass planet. Man, you wouldn’t believe the things I missed. Here is a sample of some of the stories that caught my attention—from the sublime to the mundane.

Need Some More Jesus Paul Zanetti Australia

Cartoon used by permission: Paul Zanetti, Australia

Apparently, Easter was a bust! During Easter weekend, Al-Shabaab massacred 147 Christian students at the University of Garissa in Kenya while they were sleeping just for the hell of it. If the kids couldn’t recite the Koran from memory, they were instantly shot. Looks as if we need a Groundhog Day that keeps reliving the point of the crucifixion until the entire Earth gets the message. I wonder if God would reconsider another visit in the costume of a human to show us how to love one another—yet again? We seemed to have missed the point the first time around.

Police Killings Milt Priggee, www miltpriggee com

Cartoon used by permission: Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com

Heard on the Rachel Maddow Show last night that a White policeman by the name of Michael Slager shot and killed an unarmed Black man by the name of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina after a routine traffic stop. The officer claimed it was self-defense. Officer Slager almost got away with murder except the entire evil act was caught on a passerby’s cellphone video, and even a blind man could see that the officer shot Mr. Scott in cold blood—in the back—while he was running away from the pain of being tased by the policeman. Happened two days after Easter. Lord Jesus, I’m beginning to think my Black ass ain’t worth a plug nickel in my country (of course, it won’t be the first time I’ve thought that). In 2000, comedian Chris Rock once wrote a comedy skit, “How not to get your ass kicked by the police.” (I got approached recently by a White policeman and questioned outside the CVS store in my soon to be former town for shopping while Black; I’ve lived here 18 years and had to be methodically patient and polite while being brusquely questioned, as if I were the lookout for a robbery in session, by a policeman young enough to be my son.) I hope Chris Rock brings the skit back—I could use a refresher course on how not to get my ass kicked by the po-po even at age 66. (P.S. Which police department still hasn’t gotten the memo: #blacklivesmatter–#alllivesmatter?)

Biblical Marriage Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Okay, so I caught up on the news about Indiana and Arkansas trying to pass religion protection laws that were masquerading as a legal right to discriminate against the LGBT community. The pizza maker, the baker, and the flower maker all claimed basically the same thing: “We wouldn’t cater, supply a wedding cake, or arrange my bundles of flowers for a gay wedding because gay marriage is not a Biblical marriage (between one man and one woman).  We love Jesus and he wouldn’t want me to treat you, dear gay people, with kindness and grace because my God says homosexuality is a sin—far greater than divorce, spousal and child abuse, jealousy, hate, gluttony, and pride.”

Jesus and wedding cakes Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Biblical Marriage? I’ve been a born-again Christian for over forty years, and I’ve never, ever read about a marriage in the Bible that I would want to emulate or be involved in—they all sound absolutely horrific! Check out Genesis 4:19 (“Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah”). (Let’s get this one thing straight: there is no way I would share my WW—White and Wonderful—with any other woman.) Lamech and his two wives seem to be the first mention of marriage in the Old Testament of the Bible. Apparently Adam and Eve were living in sin in the Garden of Eden because in all my Bible reading, I’ve never read anything about God and the angels throwing a wedding for these two—they went straight from being created (hanging around without any clothes) to doing the nasty.

The next mention of marriage in the Bible is in Genesis 6:4: (“In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.”—Huh??) Reads like the drugged out rock-n-roll 60s thousands of years before its time. There’s no mention of marriage—just giants in the land (as per some translations) doing the wild thing with the daughters of Eve.

Then, of course, there were our patriarch boys: Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomonthey all had multiple wives (why is it always the men who get multiple wives, but it doesn’t go the other way?) Anyhoo, in 2 Samuel 12:8, God has Nathan the prophet deliver a message to David who has stolen another man’s wife (Bathsheba), gotten the husband killed to get him out of the way, and made Bathsheba “first wife” over all the others in his castle while trying to hide his dastardly deed from God. (“And here’s what God, the God of Israel, has to say to you [Nathan speaking to King David]: I made you king over Israel. I freed you from the fist of Saul. I gave you your master’s daughter and other wives to have and to hold . . . And if that hadn’t been enough, I’d have gladly thrown in much more.”) Gladly thrown in more? Yikes, God. What was that all about? And don’t get me started on King Solomon in First Kings 11:1-3: (“Solomon clung to these [his hotties] in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines….”) 

NOTE OF INTEREST: I once calculated that if Solomon had sex with only one of his wives, princesses, and concubines each night—without interruption—it would take him 2.7 years to start the cycle again. Wow, talk about a traditional marriage, and talk about needing Viagra! (I wonder if King Solomon had a hard time getting vendors for all his weddings.)

California Water Shortage Daryl Cagle CagleCartoons com

Cartoon used by permission: Daryl Cagle, www.caglecartoons.com

Poor California, my heart goes out to the people who live there. In my Valley Girl head, at first I was all like, “NO WATER?—what’s going to happen to the vineyards, man” because I am still getting wine from a couple of fabulous wineries from my last trip to Cali, and we do know that life is all about me—right? But then when I heard that the everyday homeowner of California was being put on water restrictions by as much as 35%, but the farmers were being let off Scott-free, I was all like, “Let’s bring out the booze and have a ball—y’all…” But then I read in Mother Jones that California produces 80% of the world’s almonds, and it takes about a gallon of water to grow ONE almond. WTF? At that point I got serious and shit, shook lose my Valley Girl curls, and started a petition that says: “Down with water-sucking almonds; up with dried cactus chews for healthy snacks. We can change, America!”

Requiring Cursive in Elem School Nate Beeler The Columbus Dispatch

Used by permission: Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

It looks like lawmakers in my birth state of Ohio are trying to pass a law that requires cursive writing in elementary school. They feel that cursive will soon be a lost art. Apparently, cursive is not a part of the Core Curriculum. There are arguments on both sides of the chalk board as to the pros and cons of letting it go for good. A lot of states are wrestling with this “issue.” Personally, all the other states can do what they damn well please, but if Ohio doesn’t teach the babies cursive (my own Ohioan cursive writing is a thing of beauty), how will they be able to read the “Script Ohio”—the signature formation of The Ohio State University Marching Band? I mean, we have our priorities, people!

Ohio State Band

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QUOTES TO CHEW ON

RUNNING OUT OF WATER

“As a chef, I could not wash my hands – nor clean pots, pans, utensils, meats or produce, nor make soups and sauces – if I did not have clean water. Were this to happen, of course, these would be the least of my concerns. Because water is the linchpin of survival: without it, not much else matters.”—Marcus Samuelsson

POLICE BRUTALITY

“We’re in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.”—Wallace Shawn

GAY DISCRIMINATION

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”—Pope Francis

WWJD

“Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.”—Pope Francis

CURSIVE WRITING

“Might people who write only by printing — in block letters, or perhaps with a sloppy, squiggly signature — be more at risk for forgery? Is the development of a fine motor skill thwarted by an aversion to cursive handwriting? And what happens when young people who are not familiar with cursive have to read historical documents like the Constitution?”—Katy Zezima/The New York Times

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QUOTES COURTESY OF www.brainyquote.com

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REFERENCES

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-some-california-cities-must-cut-water-use-35-amid-drought-20150407-story.html

http://time.com/3771681/california-jerry-brown-drought-climate-change/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/07/africa/kenya-attack-victims-vigil/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/florist-same-sex-wedding-barronelle-stutzman-fundraising_n_7009156.html?

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/08/it_wasnt_just_walter_scott_the_north_charleston_police_department_has_a_shocking_record_of_abuse_allegations/

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/almonds-nuts-crazy-stats-charts

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/07/cursive-handwriting-requirement.html

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9 responses to “UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. imagesbytdashfield

    April 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    When did they stop requiring cursive lessons? I had to learn and so did my kids. Go fig! The computer and electronics have taken over (Terminator is around the corner I’m telling ya!) That’s all the insanity I am commenting on…the rest is just tooooooooo much!

     
  2. talesfromthemotherland

    April 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Some of this is just too hard to grasp… thank God there is video of the murder of Mr. Scott. Let’s all pray that the jury does the right thing. I am ashamed to be a part of this country, some days.

    The water situation… seriously bad, and I think a lot of people don’t realize how that will impact a lot more than CA! When I was a kid in CA, I remember not being able to flush, and no playing in sprinklers, etc… but hello, this nation gets a lot more than wine from CA and we will all feel the crunch.

    Good luck with your very full plate!

     
  3. Daddy Bear

    April 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    “Hep me, Jebus, hep hep me Jebus…” — wasn’t that a Beach Boys song?
    😕

     
  4. becomingcliche

    April 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I have watched the Walter Scott story unfold, and I am just horrified. What if no one had caught it on video? Huff Post did a piece writing what the news story would have been without the video, and I daresay they were on the money with that one. I am sickened and on pins and needles waiting to see if the officer is exonerated.

     
  5. becomingcliche

    April 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    And I will add that if I had never learned cursive, I would never have been able to read the backs of old family photos, and I would never have learned that my great-grandmother had carried a torch for her husband while he was still dating someone else. So much history will be lost.

     
  6. calvin

    April 9, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Krazy, huh.

    Last summer, I had a lengthy back and forth ‘what’s it like where you live’ conversation with a Mexican American from Texas. A handsome gentleman, articulate, soft-spoken and a successful professional. Yet hardly a day went by that something happened which made the hair on the back his of neck stand out. He expressed just how wearing it was becoming of living in a hyper state of constant vigilance for the safety of his wife and sons. He was a ‘G O O D’ person, you are a ‘G O O D’ person, I have hope that which ills will evolve.

     
    • calvin

      April 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I should have added and did not. You handle the stress of multitasking just fine, we know your out there doing your shtufffs. Though am surprised, you being the author of Monsters’ Throwdown and the soon to be released Fleeing Oz, your not afford the privileged of setting back with your feet up -if life were like that, huh -of course this is all tongue in cheek. May your transition to a new home and other en-devours have few bumps.

       
  7. valentinelogar

    April 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

    It is all so difficult to grasp these days. Maybe California should stop Fracking, which uses a huge amount of water and affects the water table, start there.

    As to the rest, help us all. There are days I am ashamed to carry a US passport.

    It will get better my friend, I promise you on a personal level it will get better. Can I suggest, hire a housekeeping service to do the heavy lifting for you and then hire a staging company. Done.

     
  8. Elyse

    April 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Oh dear, Eleanor. I will watch your move closely. My husband has decided that now is the time for us — NOW? As In THIS YEAR? Lordy lordy. I want to figure out how to telecommute into the future because I don’t want to be here now!

    One of the things that I keep thinking that nobody else has brought up, is this: How many weddings — straight or gay — are catered by pizzerias? There is nothing quite so romantic …

     

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