Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blessed Ramadan: Zakat

Meditations without comment

RantWoman spent part of midweek Meeting for Worship meditating about zakat or giving alms, the SHARE group who have been sleeping in our worship room, matters of carpet replacement and one Friend's wish to forego the carpet replacement in favor of giving money to the poor, never mind other questions of carpet.

Culinarily, RantWoman is unsure which of the 5 pillars stand atop the full range of Muslim dietary practices beyond Ramadan. Unfortunately,   RantWoman would not do very well as a Muslim. While Muslims were breaking their fast, dessert after responsible zucchini and brown rice and tossed salad featured ice cream with Kahlua.

Blessed Ramadan

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ramadan reflections du jour; Blessed Ramadan for a Tuesday

RantWoman's Ramadan reflection of the day.

Hold Ferrener Husband in the Light. RantWoman is unclear what if anything he is doing about Ramadan without any surviving family members to bring it up. But by tonight he will be back in Seattle. RantWoman's info streams have unbidden been informing RantWoman of progress on a flight home. RantWoman is not quite sure what to make of this unsolicited info except for the general point of someone grieving and needing prayers.

Hands of different sizes and skin tones wrapped spiralwise around each other
Image slurped into this blog
from Deceased Denizen's Facebook wall.

It's Don't Mess With People's Comfort Food day next door to the Friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing. That means a community of immigrant elders gathering for lunch with  a social worker to help about many life issues. Occasionally someone is both interested in computers and conversant enough in English that the Friendly Neighborhood Center can help them more than they can help each other. It also means lunch odors and memories of a deceased denizen of the Friendly Neighborhood Center who used always to work on Tuesdays. Deceased Denizen had sort of uneven customer service skills in person, but he had a huge community of fans online. In his memory, in honor of various food associations, RantWoman's Ramadan meditation or tonight is a spiral of hands of different sizes and colors all wrapped together, individual particularities collected as a whole.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Transgender Marriages in Pakistan???

On a theme of topics likely to evoke LIVELY  conversation when families break the fast:

Hunter S Thompson goes to the Hackathon--and earns an Honorable mention.

A more official version of this announcement with proper hashtags and "now what?" reflections and everything can be found on RantWoman's other blog.

RantWoman has also been sitting with the question of whether and how to censor this post to protect the privacy of someone who shared a story RantWoman DEEPLY respects. There would also be questions of positive branding where the world wants happy events and is less engaged about humbling, stunningly brilliant, caring ways to deal with serious YUCKY TOPICS FESTIVAL issues. As of the latest clicks of Schedule, RantWoman HAS opted to omit a couple elements. But the story is enough as is.

Warning: this post does contain terminology from a number of vocabulary domains. RantWoman imagines that readers can either cope or feel free to ask RantWoman to clarify.

The Prep such as it was including multiple references connecting to Meeting Life, multiple references to RantWoman specific, um, quirks, and what RantWoman will call the search engine problem. In this case all the things that exist in ntWoman's head as parks will not necessarily show up in data from the Seattle Parks and Recreation department.

Opening Night:
It was a dark and stormy night...

Uh, no, but the soft tacos had been served and the pitches pitched.

RantWoman pitched "Do ONE THING no matter how tiny" about accessibility. RantWoman acknowledged that accessibility is a big hairy scary topic, but RantWoman specifically mentioned really easy things like saying whether the paths in a park are concrete, asphalt, gravel, cedar chips so that people with mobility issues who want to enjoy what they can at our parks can make sensible choices.

RantWoman also mentioned basically wanting to know whether trails are mostly flat and level, have modest inclines and declines or are so steep that mountain goats would get vertigo.  RantWoman mentioned this in the same sentence as markers of social connection such as going for walks with different combinations of people of differing ability and vigor levels.

Little did RantWoman know: RantWoman was in "I don't code; Make it So" mode. The God as Personal Butler model of divine presence showed up in the form of middle aged techies and eager youth. The middle-aged techies had to joke around for a bit about submitting a non-technological "app" called Put The Screen Down and Look Behind You. And there were moments of lived experience that cannot be solved simply by writing more code. And RantWoman ran off for more live data events involving #blind people and #ULink2016. While RantWoman was away, she fielded a cellphone call from the SeattleTrails team: BIG points for reading RantWoman's blog and then reaching out.

RantWoman came back, solved the get into the building problem, found the restroom and some water, charged her phone, cooled her heels until...

...RantWoman learned that she got signed up to present for a team and RantWoman learned what cool things there were to present.

Team SeeAddledParks work product; further explanation--and accessibility commentary-- pending

First Pass Map Specs: One rectangle, basically where RantWoman lives; iterate for toehr areas.
The Team SeAddled Parks Map, release 1.0

Supper happened, wonderful Asian food and curry. Presentations got presented and people milled around while the judges judged.

[RantWoman, what is Hunter S Thompson doing in this post, especially since a big percentage of the people in the room have no idea who Hunter S Thompson is and were not even conscious until say the first Bush administration starting cranking out more vets with PTSD and access to astounding arsenals?

[Team SeeAddledParks chatter while waiting for the judges to judge ran heavily to a teenage who it is ardently HOPED can stay connected to the mental health resources he clearly needs, and to the matter of vets with PTSD issues and responsible management of home arsenals. RantWoman, based on the account she heard has complete confidence that the specific astounding home arsenal referred to here has been responsibly dealt with. However rantWoman assumes that there are probably lots of other households where astounding home arsenals are one part of a mental health picture. RantWoman wants to bear witness to the value of people close to the situation helping the owners think about safety issues and to the power of connections over rough spots.

[Thank GOD there are also some pitiful streams of official funds to help vets deal with the consequences of their service (begin rant..end rant). But thank God there are also people like the half of Team SeeAddled who recently was part of a successful effort to get one of those astounding home arsenals separated from someone with PTSD and into safer custody and not say out being waved around in public. But yeah, that is what Hunter S Thompson is doing here.]

Apps embodying the very accessibility ideas RantWoman mentioned, including the efforts of Team SeeAddled  Parks received special honorable mention.

 RantWoman heard a couple other groups mention accessibility but did not register how the groups interacted with the issue. RantWoman also notes that a good accessible app that makes it easier for all kinds of people to sign up for classes and reserve tennics courts, etc would definitely enhance access for everyone. But RantWoman is getting ahead of herself.

And hey, at least this "app" involves technology

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blessed Ramadan with London Mayor Saddiq Khan at Pride2016

RantWoman is aware of the option just to let the photo speak for itself, but RantWoman specifically also offers prayers for everyone fighting the forces of globalization and conformity by being clear about their religious / spiritual identity, whatever it is. May we all find paths to live together in love.
Mayro has back to camera; photo looks out over massive crowd.
London Mayor Saddiq Khan
addresses #Pride2016