Friday, November 28, 2014

Nutcase Ladybug Helmets and Gratitudes

Nutcase Brand Bicycle Helmet

Please hold RantWoman in the Light.

RantWoman is observing #BlackFriday. RantWoman wishes she were more direstly preaching the gospel of Seattle's $15 / hour minimum wage. RantWoman instead will start with  something she is NOT buying, a Nutcase brand bicycle helmet!

The ladybug imagery is more than cute enough to dedicate this post to Little Sister. The ladybug is Little Sister's childhood avatar. RantWoman does concede,   Nutcase sounds to RantWoman like weird branding for a helmet and RantWoman concedes Little Sister may NOT be amused.

Dedication or no, RantWoman will NOT be making wild #cyberMonday purchase of said helmet, een if it is on sale. It will be ore than enough for RantWoman to handle flashbacks to the 1999 WTO ministerial in Seattle. This post is also in honor of the family psychodrama part of RantWoman's flashbacks. During WTO, while RantWoman and Ferrener Husband were coping with our flavor of family dramas, Little Sister was still needing to recover from emergency surgery. By recover, RantWoman means recount her tale about 900 million billion times in English and an equal number of times in Spanish. RantWoman just wants a giant medal for putting up with this. The closest she is likely to get is a Nutcase brand bicycle helmet which come to think of it  might not be any help to Little Sister because she does not ride bikes.

RantWoman has a number of gratitudes here:

--In recent years, Little Sister has cut WAY back on holiday trips from family gatherings to the ER. True, there is the occasional fall fixable so far by the men in her life and moments of circulatory and respiratory distress when she overindulges. Okay, so this year's round of RantSisters not interacting saves RantWoman having to deal either with the endless crises or with irritation about all the occasions when Little Sister has been  completely out to lunch about something in RantWoman's life...

--RantWoman has a mental health professional whose sense of humor is twisted enough to laugh at a RantWoman crack about a whole special addendum to the DSM for the diagnosis "Bat shit nuts" and a parallel addendum to ICD codes related to getting paid for treating... RantWoman knows perfectly well, her own head is really the only one she has any sayso over but RantWoman's inner data geek sometimes gets frustrated trying to fit realities into the boxes created by other data geeks, Even if RantWoman neer gets to create data based on these options, RantWoman finds them delicious to contemplate.

--RantWoman humbly acknowledges that if Irrepressible Nephew were RantWoman's kid he undoubtedly would chave a completely different set of complexes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Expectant Waiting Gratitudes and Quote of the Day

"The difference between Worship IN Silence and Worship OF Silence is more than a mere preposition."

Caregiver Drama Friend, while performing a magnificent ministry of

--thrift store shopping by proxy and custom delivery

--lunchtime companionship

--health webinar gisting about companionship while eating, noise and quiet while dining,  general saliva matters.

--zany riffing on internet mems in nonexistent literature


--fundraiser chocolate purchase

Faith Action Network Statement about #Ferguson

The gravity of this week’s events in Ferguson impels us to send a second e-news to you with this statement from Faith Action Network’s Governing Board:
The Faith Action Network stands in solidarity with all those who have experienced and continue to experience institutional racism and violence in our nation. We call for a dialogue that results in action to address the challenges inherent in our institutional structures. May this be the time and the moment when justice and healing begin, here in Washington and across our nation.
We close with Ella’s Song (lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon, sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock):
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes...

Statements from other faith voices:
National Council of Churches
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Fellowship of Reconciliation
The Church Council of Greater Seattle
Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Forest Service Extends Comment Period until November 28:

RantWoman heartily recommends this item about theNavy's proposal to run electronic warfare training over National Forest lands in WA. The US Forest Service will accept comments until November 28 and the post here includes instructions about options to comment.

RantWoman certainly means to comment.

RantWoman is meditating about whether also to opine as follows: RantWoman appreciates this indication of the federal government's interest in at least one form of transportation in WA, electronic warfare aircraft; RantWoman thinks a much better way to invest federal dollars in WA would be a federal highway bill with money to replace crumbling infrastructure such as all the bridges in WA besides the one that collapsed last year which need to be replaced. RantWoman thinks that might be a little too much of a leap for this exact comment process, but definitely thinks the idea should be in the air.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dostoevsky Gratitudes

Dostoevsky Gratitudes: at least for now, the cliff notes version, without the whole Russian novel of free associations fogged about RantWoman's head this time of year:

RantWoman in connection with today's meeting of the group meandering through John Woolman's journal allowed her mind to wander to various moments of 18th and 19th history, the French revolution in 1789, the upheavals in Europe and the US of 1848 which reached Russia as well...

RantWoman has particularly been having many conversations of Dostoevsky and hereby offers a few links, should the churnings from the endless stream of raw material for RantWoman's spiritual compost heap present time for more focused reflection:
Dostoevsky, as was the fashion of the time, got paid by the cuarto. He also had lots of debts to try to stay ahead of because of  a gambling problem. So, should extensive digressions be needed, he certainly had incentive to offer.

RantWoman's current mental health professional is into Dostoevskyh. A couple appointments ago, she was reading the Idiot, one of the gentler of the old gambling addict's ouevre. Let's hear it for free content from Amazon.

Recently, a brave soul unfamiliar with the Still Didn't Get  The Memo on Email Immoderation invited RantWoman to communicate by email. Somehow RantWoman mentioned having been a Russian literature major in college, the therapist reading the Idiot. Brave email correspondent just LAUGHED! Stay tuned?