Topics for Discussion

A Pride of Crones

You know I'm a language lover. 

I've been playing with words having to do with 'old' for some time. I've enjoyed using "tribe" to describe my circle of friends.
But the other day I was thinking of collective nouns, like flock of sheep or a murder of crows... 
A tribe of crones didn't sound all that good to me, but a Pride of Crones does! Or a Pride of Elders. Yes, please.

What do you think?


Documenting Death

I found this video today. I may join Twitter just to see how this went forward.
I'm impressed, to say the least.

I still have pics of Joel from that last summer...
this is not those...

 

What do you think of this level of sharing?

What do you want to hear from friends and family if your death was to be similar to this?

More prep for the 'letter' I think.

 


"Why the World is Going Crazy" (and the un-quoted comments on this topic.

and maybe a part of an upcoming Re-introduction email (it's a 'letter' in my mind :). )

This video I found at random (?) on YouTube:

 



The author/commentor, Jamie Wheal, introduces himself in the video that came from Big Think.

I agree with most of what he is saying here.

leaving this unfinished in favor of a tall fresh homemade lemon-limeade pleasantly laced with vodka, and a movie... TTFN. :)


Ilu...If Only

"Dayenu"   

I found this posted on Facebook by a friend. 

Dayenu
It literally means "It would have been enough".   This site translates the text.
Ilu means "if only"

I played this video because I'm having a shortage of peace these days and any exploration could be helpful.
And also because, in my struggles with the G word, and spirit, and just plain wishing for more love in the world, it's good for me to peek into religious beliefs of others now & then to see if I might be missing something.

Remembering grammar, I felt something niggling at me. I did not remember it is called Past Conditional.
"Things would have been different if another situation or condition had been met."  an explanation of Past Conditional English from here.
So, IF this had happened (been done), it WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH.

It looks like a catalogue of regrets to me.  Any comments?

 

 

 

 


2-3 more things to think/talk about...

 



https://eand.co/the-origins-of-americas-unique-and-spectacular-cruelty-74a91f53ce29
The Origins of America's Unique and Spectacular Cruelty

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/22/preachers-sneakers-instagram-wealth/
Preacher/church Wealth 

All this crap bothers me. possibly more than it should - possibly not enough.

I don't know whether to stop reading (can I?) or emigrate.  I don't know if there is anywhere else to go...  ?
I don't know how to be helpful. I'm a little embarrassed by all the physical comfort and 'things' that I have.
Let's talk...

 

 

 


One Year In on the Global Pandemic

"No matter how old you are, as you read you might ask yourself a question, too:
How has this year challenged and changed your generation?"   [emphasis mine] 
    
— Katherine Schulten, editor, The Learning Network

"For many American teens, this year will be the defining moment of their young lives.
In words, images and videos, they showed us how they’ve met these challenges in an unrecognizable world."


The subtitle and quote above come from NYT's Coming of Age article
about America's teens and how they have fared this first year. 
Here is just one of them:
    
    "This photo encompasses my own identity as an L.G.B.T.Q.+ Filipina-American woman. It highlights my role as an ally to the     movements of social justice. No longer do I talk about boys or paint my nails, but start to recognize the part I can play in fighting     for justice and how to tackle my implicit biases.
    Although this was not the summer I was expecting, it truly has brought on tremendous personal growth, which I would not trade     for anything."     --La Habra, Calif.  Christian Lee, 17


There are several others, each completely worth some of your time. (imo)


there is a paywall up at NYT, so if you want to read it and can't, let me know...)

       


and/or this one: "Where do the dead go in our Imaginations"

article...  where do they go in yours... ?

 

housekeeping... usually I categorize things as Covid related if that is the subject in any part of the post.
But.. I think that the pandemic is so pervasive, scary, politicized, depressing, killing!,...  I'm sure it colors my subjectivity!

so all the posts from March 2020 onward fit there too.


I SO wanted to post this to Facebook!!

but I won't.

I’m confused by words, again.

I’ve been reading in an effort to understand the connection between evangelical Christians and Trump.

I started by looking up definitions in a few different dictionaries.
I read an article by NPR here, and this one from Christianity.com hereHere’s Wikipedia’s take on evangelism.

They all agree with my early religious education in describing evangelism as being all about spreading the Gospel and the story of Jesus. The message of Jesus, and indeed most of the New Testament is about love and caring for each other.

Who, What, Why are there so many angry Trumpers among those claiming to be Christian?
Here is an article on the text of Matthew 25:31–46
Where is love among them?
Where is charity among them?
What about helping those who are suffering? 
Where are the loaves and fishes?
How do they overlook Trump’s behavior, his treatment of women, of the disabled, of POC, of Rich v Poor?

Based on my own Christian education, these articles & others, and the words of Christian Trumpers there IS NO connection.
If you feel otherwise, I invite discussion. I confess, I expect only pushback.

In full disclosure, I no longer identify as Christian.
I identify as a human who wants to be morally conscious and generally accepting and loving.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/08/932263516/2020-faith-vote-reflects-2016-patterns

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-evangelism.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelism

https://dmsbcatholic.com/catholic-faith/what-is-the-core-message-of-christianity/


I need this link to be here, even thopugh I found it after posting my article here.
American Christianity and white Supremacy
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/30/896712611/american-christianity-must-reckon-with-legacy-of-white-supremacy-author-says 


Are We a Tribe?

Why Women need a Tribe                  

Tanja Taljaard and Azriel Re'Shel, writing in 2016, think so.  So do I.
In truth, I think we are one...with some familial tension among us on most days...

I've posted this link, with only a quick scan, to save it for us, and to follow some interesting links...
My tribe, however, does not require chanting, incense, beads, shawls, or paint. 
Though it is quite possible that any or all of these things might come in handy at one point or another.


Topics: an unfinished list

Also refer to the lists of articles, videos, podcasts, and more, here for more topic ideas.
Users may add to this list at any time through comments on this post or by emailing me.

  • Boundaries
  • Ageism
  • Pain management
  • Depression management
  • End of life decisions
  • Financial challenges
  • Hearing aids
  • Euthanasia: an option?
  • Assisted Living?
  • Docs and meds: the good the bad and the ugly
  • Regrets resolved?
  • What matters now? What does not matter... topic of Last Meeting
  • Sleep: do you get enough? tired? are naps ok? how much it too much?


    Adding new Topics July 1, 2019    ...feel free to suggest others

  • Death & Dying

    Will continue to add topics as they occur to us..

  • Identity Politics 
  • Co-Housing
  • Medical Mess-ups & unnecessary tests, drugs, etc.

 

  • Reiki/Energy Work
  • Losses as a result of Aging
  • Our Make-A-Wish Lists (improbable, but potentially doable day dreams - like skydiving, for example!)
  • Trust
  • Trust Games/Exercises

  • Our Biases and Prejudices and How We Came to Hold Them.