Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Remove? Person 1

It would be enough for today to work at RantWoman's current meditations about really what a BIZARRE sequence of events are tied up in the Christ story.

It would be enough for RantWoman to meditate about expectations in the realm of the God as Personal Butler model of Divine Presence or even the what is one reasonably to expect of an elder, at least in title?

The tree before the lights go on

It would be enough for RantWoman to meditate upon the phrase "Walk gently upon the earth answering that of God in Everyone." This week, at least around RantWoman, a more realistic model of Divine presence might be the lost cellphone  in a crowded space problem. Signals are coming in. There is clear evidence that the phone is somewhere, but danged if one can actually locate the phone. Consider the following moments

From RantWoman's inbox this morning:

"Please remove my name from this discussion."

WTF Friend?????

RantWoman included you in this discussion with appreciation because you WROTE the draft minutes under discussion. But RantWoman ALSO includes you because of your role on Care and Counsel. RantWoman somehow has the peculiar, peculiar but apparently not necessarily realistic  expectation that care of a whole community sometimes involves interacting with email, prayerful participation not only in Meeting for Worship but also in the life of the rest of the Meeting.

RantWoman THANKED you for some serious "show your work" minutes, expressed appreciation for the thought of someone not at Meeting for Worship for Business being able to figure out from the minutes what happened, and asked Friends to reflect on thoughts from RantWoman's many different experiences with the Quaker practice of hours and hours devoted to something called minutes.

RantWoman further made the same request she frequently makes these days: read as you are able and hold in the Light. Plus, RantWoman knows the Delete key exists and thinks people absolutely have the option of using it and not advertising the fact to RantWoman.

So WTF, Friend????

(And please excuse RantWoman if this morning's email also makes it hard to take another related effort seriously.)

Holding you in the Light and not necessarily promising to edit recipient lists.

In Light and Faithfulness

RantWoman.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Friends Journal Interview with Prof. Sa'ed Atshan

RantWoman REALLY needed this interview in FriendsJournal.org with Swarthmore Peace Studies professor Sa'ed Atshan:

Sa’ed Atshan is a graduate of Ramallah Friends School in Palestine and a professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College. In October 2015, we published “Realizing Wholeness: Reflections from a Gay Palestinian Quaker,” and saw it become one of our most widely read articles of the year. Since then he’s headlined a plenary at the Friends General Conference Gathering and written for publications such as American Friends Service Committee’s Acting in Faith blog.
In person, Atshan is soft-spoken and gentle; he chooses his words with care and precision. He is generous in giving thoughtful compliments in conversations, and he seems able to find that of God in even the most obstinate political conflicts. It thus came as a surprise when he became the center of a controversy played out in the pages of Philadelphia newspapers this February. We talked to him to find out how a peace and conflict studies professor deals with controversy and to understand the discernment of a public Friend in the era of social media and instant outrage.
Read the interview here


Christmas Cactus 12 11
RantWoman needed this article far more than one about "Why do we Tie up the Cat?" which also comes highly recommended.
Look world. RantWoman is busy. RantWoman is also a lazy slug. RantWoman is more likely to read the tying up the cat article if someone sends her a direct link so she does not have to poke her screen reader among search bar and search results.

However, RantWoman invites her public, adoring and otherwise to sit with the point that RantWoman may have gotten as much as she needs just from mention of the Typing up thecat article.

Equally important, RantWoman resides in the dominion of the Queen of Spades. The Queen of Spades may get scratchy and  extremely censorious about anything to do with typing up cats, even when asking about ceasing to tie up cats.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Minutes: Staff


RantWoman is reviewing draft minutes. This item is from only one section.

2017-11-4: Facilities Manager
...
-- Friends Center is more than light lunch. What is needed to support its work? To help answer, "who are we in this new community?" To serve not only ourselves as Quakers, but also the wider community

(RantWoman believes this item is intended to summarize RantWoman’s comments. RantWoman made reference to many changes happening around our Meeting, to need to pay attention to these changes, to discern how we might participate in public processes accompanying these changes, to look for opportunities, to consider how our Meeting might be a community resource. In other words, RantWoman spoke specifically in reference to matters that in RantWoman’s mind should absolutely be part of the property discernment process. RantWoman also referenced another Friend’s suggestion to restructure other positions and suggested some activities related to her comments above that might quite appropriately go into someone’s job description, maybe not right away but on the horizon. RantWoman is not sure which points made it out of her mouth last month and recognizes that minutes should reflect what was said. RantWoman is clear that this draft can be improved. Hopefully light about HOW to improve it will emerge in Business Meeting.)

-- There is a problem with our organizational culture: we put hard issues last on our agenda, discouraging discussion or questions. Friends may hold contradictory opinions regarding the spiritual importance of buildings, per se. When we are worried, we don't want to let new ideas surface. As this last message continued, various Friends began to stand to hold silence, and eventually the Clerk called for meeting-wide silence.

(HOLY SHHHH…! RantWoman missed the Friends rising. Rantwoman could not think of a better way to illustrate this speaker’s point than people rising to hold silence. RantWoman deeply appreciates the point that she is not the only Friend evoking the stand up so people will shut up response.

See https://rantwomanrsof.blogspot.com/2017/07/diligence.html  Not for this month’s minutes: RantWoman in July was speaking of an accessibility issue for a new tenant’s services. The topic has received much attention in email, partly BECAUSE so many people told RantWoman that her perspective was irrelevant, unnecessary, beside the point.  RantWoman should probably post excerpts from the email discussion.  RantWoman is also receiving feedback that she should not try to communicate by email, but the topical email exchange surfaced important information that RantWoman would not easily have found out trying to meander through committee channels. HOLY Shhhhh…!)

Not screaming. Pomegranates

Kid appreciation #1

RantWoman was at the most wonderful holiday party. There were many small kids there. A few of them were doing some kind of well-contained bouncy thing on a couch. All of them were cheerful. None of them were screaming. It was BEAUTIFUL, and Rantwoman was delighted to realize she has already met some of the parents.

RantWoman was offered a ride home before the kids started getting tired.

(insert big smilie emojis)

Kid appreciation #2: Pomegranates

Irrepressible Nephew turned 17 this week.

Auntie RantWoman supplied the customary pomegranate for the occasion.

Long ago when Irrepressible Nephew was considerably smaller than his gurren 6'4" Auntie RantWoman rebelled against the mountains of plastic toys piling up at Little Sister's house after gift-giving occasions. RantWoman wanted to supply experience. RantWoman chose...peeling a pomegranate.

Irrepressible Nephew thought this was great fun. So did Auntie RantWoman. Bad Auntie! Think pomegranate juice drips. Think carpet in rental apartment. Little Sister did not think this was fun.

Oops.

Came round another gift-giving occasion. RantWoman bought another pomegranate. Little sister raced for some newspaper to catch the pomegranate drips. The household lived in that apartment long enough that the pomegranate drips fell under "normal wear and tear."

This year, family gathered at Little Sister's. Little Sister was out procuring food when RantWoman arrived. RantMom did not understand the point of giving the gift early for "appetizer."  Irrepressible Nephew received his gift with great gratitude, peeled it over the sink and shared with RantWoman! Yeah Kid.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sorry News Sorry happening

Sorry is all over the news these days. Close to the RantWoman message manglement service:

1. I'm sorry (but I cannot apologize for things I cannot help like bieing blind or being sensitized to ...) / I am sorry that is happening  > has happened to you. RantWoman is hearing the latter with appreciation, but that alone is insufficient. Please hold problem in the Light for now.

2. RantWoman read something in email very sloppily and misstated an issue. RantWoman found it very easy to apologize partly because she had the offending email right in front of her without having to dig it out of email archives with screen reader. RantWoman supposes here it would also be topical to go off at great lenghth about all the ocular and software / computer interface issues that impede reading comprehension.  RantWoman is meditating about that point, some need to meet in person issues, and RantWoman being true to her Light when the problem is not ONLY sloppy reading. Hold that point in the Light.

3. I'm sorry and excuse me. The equivalents in Russian are confusing because the concepts slice and add up differently. Example from RantWoman's experience decades ago: the street currency exchange, cough, entrepreneurs who would approach foreigners with "I'm sorry. Do you want to shange dollars into rubbles?" (Thought bubbles: as soon as I stop laughing we can talk; RANTWOMAN save the #trumpRussia #followthemoney meditations for another thread PLEASE...)

Louis the BlindChristmas Elf

RantWoman is mixing various holiday moments into her usual rambles about transit, endless usability testing...



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A sweet item about Louis the Blind Christmas Elf
http://mosen.org/louis/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Faith Responses to Homelessness, Via Faith Action Netowrk and events TOMORROW

Faith Responses to Homelessness


We are deeply troubled by the news last week that the City of Seattle budget will result in the loss of 300 shelter beds, transitional housing, and support services, even as we enter year two of the declared homeless state of emergency—see news articles from Crosscut and KUOW for some of the story. We honor faith communities who for decades have opened their doors, their parking lots and their hearts to provide survival services for those impacted by homelessness, often in conjunction with SHARE/WHEEL, Catholic Community Services, Compass Housing, and other community partners. We want to make sure your voices are included in response to this crisis.

The Church Council of Greater Seattle, in coordination with social services agencies across Seattle, is organizing a meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 10 AM at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 1217 6th Avenue. This meeting will be an opportunity for faith communities, impacted folks, and service providers to come together and strategically coordinate a united response. While FAN staff will be at the Budget and Policy Center conference that morning, FAN Governing Board chair Rabbi Aaron Meyer of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, which has hosted a shelter for decades, will join the meeting. Please email Erica West at ewest@thechurchcouncil.org with any questions about the meeting. Budgets at the local, state and federal levels all have moral implications.

After the meeting, attendees are encouraged to join the Women in Black vigil at 12 noon at the Seattle Justice Center (5th & Cherry). Women in Black (men are welcome) will stand silent vigil for the nine outdoor/violent homeless deaths in our community in November alone. With these deaths, the 2017 outdoor/violent death count—at 87—far outstrips the number of deaths during any other calendar year. We encourage you to reach out to the mayor and your city council members in support of shelter.

Stand Together against Muslim Ban


Also this Wednesday, Dec 6, we encourage you to join a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse (1010 5th Ave, Seattle) beginning at 1 PM, as the Muslim Ban continues to work its way through our court system. The State of Hawaii filed for another temporary restraining order against the third version of The Muslim Ban, and the case will be heard on Wednesday at 2:00 PM at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, William K. Nakamura Courthouse. This is particularly important given yesterday's news of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to lift the injunctions and let the travel ban take effect (see NY Times article).

Please join us to hear testimonials of those impacted by the ban. Faith leaders are especially welcome to wear their clerical garb and stand in unity and support. A group reading of portions of the constitution is also planned. Show your support for the Muslim community and a vibrant, diverse America where all are welcome!

Protect Hotel Workers from Harassment


With our friends at Unite Here Local 8:
As the current moment sheds light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault throughout countless professions, we join together in solidarity and with shared experience to support the women of Seattle’s hospitality industry.

Hotel housekeepers are predominantly immigrant women and women of color who work for low wages at great risk: in Seattle, 53 percent have reported experiencing sexual harassment or assault on the job. Through their leadership, voters passed an initiative in November 2016 to combat through law exactly the types of behavior now garnering national attention and outcry. The Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Ordinance shows that it is possible to craft public policies that support women, embrace our values, and offer workers genuine recourse to respond to harassment and assault.

Unfortunately, these policies are disputed, and employers have attacked Seattle’s law. The Seattle hotel industry has publicly taken the side of those accused of harassment, arguing on their behalf in court and asserting that the stakes for the accused are greater and more important than those of victims. It has been a year since Seattle made history with the passage of Initiative 124. We cannot go backwards.

Please take action and sign Unite Here Local 8's petition: #MeToo: I Stand with Hotel Housekeepers.

Support I-940 to De-Escalate Washington!


FAN has supported I-940 from the beginning, and we want to help De-Escalate Washington to reach the finish line! Contact fan@fanwa.org and we’ll send you petitions to collect signatures at your holiday events and in your faith communities. Here are a few updates from the campaign:
  • The I-940 Campaign has now collected over 261,000 signatures, surpassing the amount needed to submit to the Secretary of State. In order to assure qualification, we need about 89,000 more—now under 21,000 signatures needed from volunteers. Keep up the good work! Make sure all your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers have signed it, and return your filled petition as soon as you can.
  • Initiative 940 is very much needed in our state. The total amount of Washingtonians killed by law enforcement this year is 36 — Washington now rates the 6th highest in the country of loved-ones killed by police in 2017. By comparison, Massachusetts—the state closest to ours in population—has had five deaths this year through violent interactions with police.
  • U.S. Senator Patty Murray recently endorsed I-940! She also sent an email to her supporters requesting I-940 assistance—the first time this has been done for an initiative campaign! Leaders throughout our state have endorsed De-Escalate Washington's common-sense policy change.
Financial donations are also needed to reach the finish line. You can support De-Escalate Washington with a contribution here.  

You are appreciated! Together, we will change the law to make everyone safer in Washington.

FAN is honored to be listed by Seattle Met Magazine as one of 20 Great Nonprofits to Give to in 2017 and BeyondHelp FAN the Flames for justice year-round; support FAN with a donation:

Experiment: Community Discernment

RantWoman is absolutely clear publicly to post the following item and the comments / questions as an experiment.  Is anyone else besides RantWoman interested in seeing comments from other Friends, not just routing everyone's comments to the Campus discernment Committee?

If interested, please post comments. RantWoman moderates comments but very minimally and aims to publish comments as quickly as possible.

RantWoman will also send the blog link to the campus discernment committee email address.

First the text of the intro email.

I’m sharing this message on behalf of the UFM Committee on Campus Discernment. The link shown below leads to a website with a 16 minute video about Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s decision to develop their downtown Seattle property. This is one story about one faith community’s decision to redevelop. We are sharing this video with the UFM community because we think it is a well-presented depiction of the decision-making and development process for Gethsemane Lutheran.

As we continue our research we look forward to finding and sharing stories about the property stewardship decisions of other faith communities and non-profits.

http://www.sacredlandcommonground.org/

Sacred Land | Common Ground: Interfaith Housing Forum<http://www.sacredlandcommonground.org/>
www.sacredlandcommonground.org
Bringing together people of faith and nonprofit housing providers to meet our community's needs for more affordable housing
(...)
Thank you,
Nancy Helm

[RantWoman: if you would like to share comments or questions with the whole community, please leave a comment. RantWoman moderates comments but will aim to post as soon as possible.]

RantWoman notes:

--The video about Gethsemane talks about how the church worked with different issues, deciding to work with a partner, having to regroup when one of their financing options did not pan out.

What stands out to Friends about the video?

Question: RantWoman is wondering how management of the parts of the structure where ownership is shared is working out.

--There is also a downloadable PDF which lists all the projects mentioned on the website, their organizational structure, financing, target populations, and other info. The PDF is well worth the read just to get some ideas, though there is also a mountain of possibly unfamiliar terminology.

Technical note: RantWoman has successfully downloaded the guide and read it with interest.
However, the download link behaves weirdly for RantWoman. RantWoman somehow suspects her assistive technology and advises readers just to look on the page above near the bottom for the download link.

Questions for after reading:
                      
--What more would Friends like to know about any of these projects?

--Do Friends understand the significance of building different sizes of apartments?

--RantWoman suspects that contact info for some of the churches / projects may be out of date.

--RantWoman wonders about the current funding capacity of some of the financing options mentioned.

--RantWoman is not posting thoughts which came up at a retreat about financing

--The website is kind of half-done, like the developers ran out of resources. Lots of links do not work. One link that does work is the downloadable resource guide. RantWoman is being careful not to make assumptions about whether the umbrella group that  created the website is or is not functional.

In Light and Faithfulness

Zany questions for UFM Campus Discernment process

RantWoman is QUITE well aware that more zany questions from RantWoman may or may not be the least bit helpful to the campus discernment process. RantWoman offers the questions here in humble hope that they will spark other questions and that out of these questions increased clarity about how to work at our different paths and current problems might emerge.

RantWoman is also flipping well interested in comparing notes about the questions other people pose. RantWoman can live with the possibility that some of her questions have absolutely no resonance with others. However, RantWoman has specific experience with more than one member of the campus Discernment committee dismissing RantWoman's perspective where RantWoman turned out to have important insight. RantWoman is being faithful to that Light and inviting shared discussion

RantWoman acknowledges but does not apologize for flinging around a whole bunch of jargon. RantWoman and, she imagines others, can explain the jargon and / or suggest resources to explain it more fully. RantWoman thinks a certain amount of wading into jargon is going to be absolutely necessary for centered discernment. RantWoman also thinks drawing together resources to help people deal with jargon is a task that could be accomplished by drawing in people who might only want to commit to that and not to more or not to more right now. But then RantWoman is a language nerd and is prone to the same problem lots of other people have: if one has one set of tools all problems look like something where that set of tools is needed.

RantWoman also deeply appreciates a couple phone conversations where project manager brain insights have at least been heard.

That said, the last retreat dealt with some interesting numbers ranges. Are there circumstances that could blow those projections? Amazon going belly up? The current regime annoying the world badly enough that foreign investors stop investing in Seattle?

What do we think higher education or at least the UW might look like in 20, 50, 100 years. Hint: reviewing the UW master plan could be a shared educational experience but answering that question probably requires more thought.

Are there opportunities for our Meeting in connection with the community resources supposedly generated in the upzone / BIA process? What options are there for researching / monitoring this. Hint: the U district partnership has a monthly email list. Anyone can sign up; if people read the emails, conversations can probably help information and ideas flow in our community.

Is there anything we can do to influence what happens in our immiediate vicinity or to make our neighbors aware of us as a faith community or other resource?

Lots of Friends have expressed interest in affordable housing development. Would we have the same or less interest in affordable housing on our own property if we were able to use our voice to help ensure that more affordable housing gets created in the U district and in the city as a whole? Should we honor friends led both to work directly about our property and about the region as a whole?

What circumstances within our community or changes in our immediate vicinity  could make it absolutely necessary to move?

What changes in pedestrian (and vehicle) traffic can we expect as the new Light rail station opens?

What is our commitment to staying in the University District, particularly if escalating real estate prices make it unaffordable for many in our community to continue to live in Seattle?

How many different threads can be researched at once?

There. More than enough for now.

In Light and Faithfulness.

RantWoman

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Signs: Habakkuk Print, typography



Largeish Print Bible open to Habakkuk
On the bus, pretty much on RantWoman's preferred Sunday schedule, RantWoman found herself asking God for a sign: worship? Adult Education? Something else.

Scratching the pedestrian path, god said "library. new (sort of) large print Bible. Has it even been catalogued?"

RantWoman found the new Bible still in its plastic covering. RantWoman ripped of the covering and asked God to point out to her where to read.

Habakkuk?

From Habakkuk chapter 1, message manglement, visual ambiguity

Behold the law is stacked? or the law is slacked?

We heathen or ye heathen?

Habakkuk 2:2 Autocorrect? death by Spell checker?

Write the vision and make it plain upon the table?

Meaning graffiti the table ? or just write the vision on a tablet?

At this point, God said, RantWoman STOP. You already have what you need, Habakkuk. You do NOT get to nerd out about visual vocabulary exercises. Just GO TO WORSHIP, NOW!

Reading Saturday notes

RantWoman's version of Saturday Night Live, offered partly in response to invitation to share more of her daily vexations. Okay. RantWoman is sharing. RantWoman is unclear how many people actually WANT her sharing. RantWoman is clear to share in her blog and to email links.

It's past time for RantWoman to be ASLEEP. RantWoman is not asleep. Not only is RantWoman not asleep, RantWoman is feeling called to fill the interwebs with tonight's verbal splatter about her experience reading in various formats.

RantWoman convened her monthly Blindness and Low Vision Technology Meetup today. The first technology needing attention was adjustments for new chairs at the friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing.

Various computer technologies came up. In particular, the work of reading manuals while learning the technology used to read the manual is a recurring theme. RantWoman has to listen practice, repeat. Then RantWoman has to take a break and come back and repeat it. This is a lot more work through a screen reader than it is visually whine.

The Victor Reader Stream came up. The Victor Reader looks to RantWoman a little like a hand grenade, not that RantWoman knows a lot about hand grenades. The Victor reader has tactile buttons for reading audio books distributed by the National Library for the Blind and physically Handicapped. No, RantWoman does not know enough about how to use the Stream to provide the help asked for today. The Friendly Neighborhood Center... does n fact own one, a donation that RantWoman accepted. RantWoman would like permission to take the Stream away from the noise of the Friendly Neighborhood center to test and play with. So far permission to do that has not happened. Grrrr..

Digital Talking Book player: RantWoman ADORES her Digital Talking Book player for terrific tactile buttons, NO SCREEN, and a bunch of other reasons that merit their own post. Books can either be downloaded orrequested on cartridge in WA through the WA Talking Book and Braille library. The NO SCREEN is perfect for bedtime. RantWoman tends to set the reader to read for half an hour, by which time RantWoman is usually though not always asleep.

Read until fall asleep comes with interesting risks.

For awhile RantWoman was reading Bishop Tutu's book on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Parts of that book definitely should NOT be read at bedtime RantWoman is not sure what it means for he r own psyche that she can fall asleep while reading this, but the images definitely come back in the daytime.

Or consider Breme Brown: she has really interesting speech patterns. She reads her own stuff. She includes lists that are supposed to be helpful mnemonics  and article references. Almost pointless if not able to write down or find easily. In other words more work than RantWoman should attempt at bedtime.

RantWoman has posted before about Bibles. Here is today's Light.
Recently RantWoman visited a store called Sight Connection now in a new location of Aurora  in N Seattle. RantWoman could write a whole treatise about PENS, her purpose in going there.

The pens that helped find the Bible

RantWoman also suggested to someone she knows who both works there and has other topical certifications that it would be AWESOME to put cane-friendly directions from the nearest bus stop(s) on the website. But the important thing for this blog:

Most important RantWoman also scored a "Giant Print" King James Bible which she has already donated to her Meeting's library. RantWoman will appreciate KJV for poetry though not contemporary concepts. RantWoman was so happy to put her hands on a book without waiting around for mail order that RantWoman can just cope. RantWoman may also still think about options for other editions and even bigger print, but here's to initiative.


Holy Bible, "Giant" print




Odor Itinerary and Olfactory annunciations

Bless us oh Lord for RantWoman has been called to add to her daily olfactory itinerary.

Most days RantWoman trundles along fine with average pleasurable cooking smells, occasional recognition of people because of their lingering tobacco smoke, and the disagreeable daily immersion in weed residue RantWoman did NOT vote for when she voted to legalize weed. Today however, RantWoman's olfactory menu includes multiple bonus irritations.

I Won't Wash My Hair Friend has kindly subtracted perfume. RantWoman thinks the I won't wash my hair gesture would not be necessary if said Friend were to get crazy and actually promote TALKING WITH rather than yelling AT RantWoman, but that is another story. RantWoman has no idea whether her olfactory reaction to said Friend was due to hair care products, residual aromas in clothing, sunspots, the Presidential Twitter feed, North Korean missile tests... The point is RantWoman was clear to move.

While fleeing Mysterious Residual Aromas Friend RantWoman fell into a cloud of .... drum roll please...laundry detergent. Mercifully, RantWoman finds the chemical odors more bearable than flowery laundry products. Not THAT Much more bearable but RantWoman had already come in late and moved once and decided just to bear with.

Ahhh, but God was not done with the aromatic annunciations. This was only 9:30 worship.

RantWoman entered 11:00 worship closer to the top of the hour than average. RantWoman walked by the first section where she had been sitting earlier. RantWoman was nearly overcome by a WALL of mutually reinforcing perfume odors. God is RantWoman glad she as a rule does not sit in that section. At least the prevailing aromas were different from the earlier hour.


Comes now Coffee Hour and a conversation with RantWoman about a visit to the other Friend's house. RantWoman mentioned a strong odor of mold somewhere. It's the northwest RantWoman notices mold smells often. RantWoman speaks up about it less often. It turns out that Friend and her husband were trying to track down a small leak in their plumbing. Ugh. RantWoman's nose does not lie.

The rest of RantWoman's day was olfactorily unremarkable until... RantWoman hit the empty elevator in RantMom's building as RantWoman was headed home from Sunday Supper. Talk about perfume overkill. Blecccch!

Thought Bubbles and Memorializing

The question is, would life be better, fuller, richer, more centered in the Light, more rooted n Truth if EVERY thought bubble in RantWoman's head made it out of her mouth?

Consider this moment from an attempt to elder RantWoman:

"(Kindest Editor EVER Friend) rose at 11:55..."

RantWoman thought bubbles:

1. LOOK Friend, Kindest Editor EVER Friend VERY rarely rises to speak. When he does, it does not matter whether it is 5 of or 25 after the hour,. It does not matter whether Kindest Editor EVER Friend just reads from the book of Ephesians or an old telephone directory, we LISTEN!

2. Kindest Editor Ever Friend was speaking of a long friendship with a couple, one of whom died more suddenly than RantWoman and it seems others expected. RantWoman wanted to hear every word Kindest Editor EVER Friend wants to offer.

3. Kindest Editor EVER Friend is of course way more evolved than rantWoman and would never THINK to read as mentioned above.

Now we will return to our main rant streams.

In Light and Faithfulness

RantWoman

Saturday, December 2, 2017

More great moments in....

Possibly readers who already have more than enough drama in their lives should grab another look at the Christmas cactuses and skip the rest of this item.  Everyone needs to hold in the Light as they read, prelude to most recent Business Meeting

Christmas Cactuses Week of Nov 27

The following exchange is not dissimilar to actual conversation. PLEASE hold this whole fiasco in the Light.

Dear RantWoman,

(attached please find the item we discussed by phone)

I’ll be out most of the afternoon and evening.

I’d prefer not to hear responses you have until after business meeting.

This is going to be painful, please take good and gentle care of yourself.

Friend who is decidedly not living up to other Noms de Blog.


Response RantWoman is seasoning and given things that actually happened clear to post:

Dear Friend

First, thank you so much for needing RantWoman to call YOU to elicit the above email. . RantWoman keeps reiterating that her phone accepts incoming calls. Thank you also for at least delivering by early afternoon the day before Business Meeting instead of 10 pm. And by the way thank you so much as well for the openness RantWoman hears like nowhere to discussion before this is presented.

RantWoman cannot decide whether just to howl with laughter.

"I’d prefer not to hear responses you have until after business meeting."
Would this be (committee) trying to be in charge? What if we let God be in charge instead?

"this is going to be painful. Please take good and gentle care of yourself." WTDF????? What kind of S&M for Dummies guidebook is RantWoman supposed to find to make sense of that non sequitur? Thank you for acknowledging that you were in fact asking for YOURSELF to be held in the Light.

Thank you also for other great moments from the phone conversation.

RantWoman guesses she is supposed to appreciate your nurse concern to "give the patient as little time as possible to worry when something is going to hurt." In RantWoman's experience, when it is going to hurt to pull pins out of a healed fracture or do physical therapy, RantWoman has been offered painkillers in advance.

RantWoman goes to the eye doctor several times a year. These visits come with an assortment of REALLY BRIGHT LIGHTS, not very comfortable measurements and other joys such as the provider waving their had across RantWoman's face to see whether her eyes track together. No, they don't. Next question. The point is RantWoman knows things are going to be unpleasant and RantWoman shows up anyway. RantWoman knows many other people deal with even more unpleasantness on a regular basis and this conversation's nurse thing is just not making sense.

Yep. You SHOULD feel publicly eldered by email. RantWoman POSSIBLY could have somehow found kinder delivery, but the out in public part is also though not worded as such a big fat  PLEASE HOLD US IN THE LIGHT to our whole community.

In Light and Faithfulness

RantWoman

PS. Ordinarily RantWoman would reiterate a willingness to sit in  a clearness process with others who are distressed, but RantWoman would like to suggest that you have too much anger yourself to be able right now to sit in Clearness with others. RantWoman has no idea what to do with that problem but is firmly holding it in the Light.

What if the US just hired the North Korean Rocket Scientists?

Some days RantWoman's penchant for peculiar mental excursions just should not be let out in public.

More in a moment.

First, RantWoman's Christmas cactuses always make her absurdly happy. Hence a recurrence of this week's photo.


Christmas Cactuses Week of Nov 27
Now back to our program. Congress is trying to pass the most outrageous bill ever perpetrated by the plutocrats holding sway over the Republican party. Congress is trying simultaneously to increase military spending and slash social programs. Between the State Department losing over 60% of its career ambassadors, and whatever rumors of Rex Tillerson's exit as Secretary of State mean, nothing good is happening at the State Department, just when we need MORE diplomacy, not less.

Also, this week North Korea launched ANOTHER missile. This is getting old, and the thought of a desperate parasite infested starving soldier defecting does not help: if a member of the military is in that bad shape, imagine the rest of the population. But Hallelujah: the missile they launched could be launched at a different angle and ... Don't panic. DO NOT Panic.




Now back to our program. Congress is trying to pass the most outrageous bill ever perpetrated by the plutocrats holding sway over the Republican party. Congress is trying simultaneously to increase military spending and slash social programs. Between the State Department losing over 60% of its career ambassadors, and whatever rumors of Rex Tillerson's exit as Secretary of State mean, nothing good is happening at the State Department, just when we need MORE diplomacy, not less.

Also, this week North Korea launched ANOTHER missile. This is getting old, and the thought of a desperate parasite infested starving soldier defecting does not help: if a member of the military is in that bad shape, imagine the rest of the population. But Hallelujah: the missile they launched could be launched at a different angle and ... Don't panic. DO NOT Panic.

This afternoon's dance of despair on Facebook took RantWoman's internet streams toward...Tom Lehrer. At first RantWoman was thinking about how quaint the lyrics are: a whole bunch more countries have nuclear weapons. The world's population is more than double what it was when the song was written. Lots of flavors of war are perking along quite nicely BUT at least we have not so far turned the whole planet into a cinder.

RantWoman is not quite up to the task of updating the song for example with references to North Korean dictator Kim Jun Un, but mention of the US swooping up a rocket scientist formerly employed by a truly odious dictator does fill RantWoman's head with weird ideas about how to save money: just hire the North Korean missile development team. They are obviously getting the job done for a whole lot less money than the Pentagon spends on its military hardware. It would be very Trumpian just to hire them and replace those overpaid folks from the US.

And if US spending priorities continue in the direction they seem to be headed the North Koreans could soon  feel right at home.  :-(((

Friday, December 1, 2017

Eye contact--or not--in times of crisis

RantWoman Early Christmas present of the week.

Christmas Cactuses Week of Nov 27
RantWoman wants to express gratitude for this facebook post and for the flow of comments under it. RantWoman could request permission of the original poster and could then use her name. OR RantWoman can just deeply appreciate both the words and the generosity of Likes for RantWoman needing to have a small tantrum about the subject of eye contact in times of crisis.


"You know how when your flight is especially bumpy or the airplane is making unusual noises, you look around and think, Well, I guess these are the people I'm going to die with, I hope they're decent people and we can all go down together giving each other what little comfort and solidarity there is in this disaster?

 "Yeah, some days that’s how I feel about all you guys. Or the people I walk past on the sidewalk, or, you know, all the humans on Earth in December 2017. Probably we’ll get through the turbulence and maybe we’ll land with just some bruises after the main engine falls into the ocean, but just in case, let’s make meaningful eye contact for a second."

RantWoman's offering:
How about may we each offer each other heartfelt acknowledgment of our shared existence even if we have to have really good tantrums to do it? I CANNOT offer meaningful eye contact. My eyes do ALL kinds of things they are not supposed to and if meaningful eye contact is required I am just going to have to have a really spectacular tantrum. But if we can make each other laugh or extend a hand or share a hug or just shake our heads together in shock and disbelief and horror and humor and whatever else shows up....

In Light and Faithfulness

RantWoman








 

Monday, November 27, 2017

For Sara with no H

For Sara when physics definitely was not on her side.

Holly Near It could have been me but instead it was you














Worship and Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

RantWoman! We send you off and even get you to North Seattle Friends on glorious much more frequent than in the past bus service. We get you across the street with a new traffic signal and modern crosswalk.  We fill our worship with praise and hymns, okay with the words projected on big screen (sigh), but still.... We perform laying on of hands for someone with a kidney stone. There are powerful messages about Truth and Love and spiritual work in Russia and you come home for THIS? The Mormon tabernacle choir? Really? Isn't Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing enough solo?




Yep, RantWoman digs the whole choir. But RantWoman is not messing around getting wrapped in the music and held in the words, either the ones in the video or the cool ones projected for North Seattle Friends. No sirrrree. Spiritual inspiration is spiritual inspiration but RantWoman is really interested in:

Looking for gender balance in the bassoon section and the string bass section?

counting people with glasses? The percentage of men in glasses looks higher than the percentage of women in glasses. Still, RantWoman thinks a lot of people must either be wearing contacts or performing without their glasses. And RantWoman gets to be grateful for screen matgnification and up close so she can even see whether or not the performers are wearing glasses.

Bless us Lord for this is the RantWoman raw material we are working with.

Friday, November 24, 2017

What People Want for Christmas with JAWS, Chromie, and Talkback?

RantWoman would find it kind of easy just to lounge in a post-Thanksgiving turkey and carbohydrate fog, but RantWoman is called to attend to requests she has opted to hear as "Things people want for Christmas," including "RantWoman please tell us what YOU want for Christmas."

RantWoman sometimes takes on daily blog post marathons. This year there is a LONG time between Thanksgiving and Christmas Epiphany. RantWoman does not know whether she will manage daily posts, but she realizes she has plenty of material to spill back and forth over both her blogs. So fasten your seatbelts. Strap on your skis. Find the Chair lift. Pick the transportation pathway of choice and come along. MAYBE along the way Santa Claus will drop off some gifts.

RantWoman recently heard what she interpreted as a request for MORE blindness tourism. Actually there were two elements: encouragement to RantWoman to share more of the I didn't tell you about my day moments that usually make RantWoman REALLY glad for distractions, and a big thank you for RantWoman's whole month of disability awareness item some years back. RantWoman did not particularly hear a request for mind-numbing technological ups and downs. Tough! Those come with the territory. Over time progress DOES occur about some technological vexations. RantWoman also from time to time shares breadcrumbs along her path toward coping strategies, but  if RantWoman needs to go off on what seems like a tangent, just think of fractals, bear with the expansion and see if you can find your way back to the thread you think you are following.

Fractals, RantWoman?

Use your search bar. There is a post either on this blog or on Adventures of RantWoman that should explain the metaphor. RantWoman probably needs to know if it does not.

Back to Blindness Tourism. RantWoman appreciates the Thank you. RantWoman would not have minded hearing it A LOT sooner, like maybe right after the then Clerk of Worship and Ministry proclaimed no interest even in reading RantWoman's posts. Then W&M Clerk did earn a RantWoman lecture about various topics. Enough said for now though there is something to season in the flow, besides data point number n of a long series about why RantWoman is hyper reactive to anything that comes across as erasure, wish RantWoman would disappear, go away, just leave people alone about stuff she never gets a vacation from.

RantWoman, you are starting to froth at the keyboard....

Froth? Could we just make it a beer? Oh, wait... Surfing! That's the metaphor.

RantWoman, it's NOVEMBER. NOT surfing weather around here.

ummm, surfing the internet with different browsers and screen readers... One of the screen readers I even called JAWS. Can we do that?

Anyway, today's I Didn't Tell You About my day" moment: RantWoman is trying to read this article talking about homelessness and programs in various parts of the region.

Kitsap Sun article about homelessness
The article is in the Kitsap Sun, published in Bremerton, to the west across the Puget Sound from Seattle. The article mentions a tent city in Bellevue, across lake Washington to the east of Seattle. So there is room to argue about what it does or does not have to do with the life of RantWoman's Meeting. RantWoman has decreed that  topic too much of a digression and worthy of its own blog post(s).

RantWoman is not being very attentive, but her screen reader for whatever reason is not delivering things that make much sense and is delivering a bunch of numbers which RantWoman MIGHT be able to eliminate by adjusting some Windows screen reader software settings. RantWoman is not going to try that today. RantWoman will make a mental note maybe to post to a  blindness list and see whether people who probably read the Kitsap Sun site more often than RantWoman does have any tips.

Nor is RantWoman going to see if Chromie the gender-ambiguous Chromebook and the Chrome browser and Cromevox will do any better. RantWoman DOES mean / intend to watch some more Chromevox training videos one of these days. For one thing, RantWoman deliberately bought a Chromebook with a comparatively large screen. RantWoman deliberately ignored reviews about issues with screen brightness. RantWoman took into consideration advice from Google test administrators she sometimes consumes alcohol with not to have unrealistic expectations. But RantWoman really does need to bite the bullet about less reliance on visual info even if it means lots of email to Google on top of "whole different file system," figuring out how to use Android apps and download files...."

RantWoman did not even try on her phone partly because of some links not working issue she has not tracked down and that did not get fixed automatically with the last exciting round of updates. Speaking of updates, and expertise, and help that is or is not help, a final note: rantWoman was recently at a meeting with somewhat younger blind self-taught Technology Whiz. RantWoman was complaining about issues after she just updated her phone to Android Oreo. Self-Taught Whiz asked if he could take a look. Self-taught whiz has his own phone voice set even faster than RantWoman whose phone voice is much faster than another Android user who also needed help just turning TalkBack the Android screen reader on and off.

Self-taught whiz wanted to install an app that is supposed to help about some accessibility issues. RantWoman said okayyyy. The app seems to help somewhat but Self-Taught Whiz set up a bunch of settings RantWoman did not like so she finally just turned the app off for now. RantWoman does bless Self-Taught whiz though for showing RantWoman enough about bulk updates through the Playstore that RantWoman was able to figure out and repeat it on her own.


Oh, and RantWoman and Self-Taught Whiz BOTH talked to another person's phone. RantWoman is not sure it's a great idea for one person's phone to respond to "Ok Google..." from multiple other voices, but RantWoman has decided she is not going to fret too much about that for now.

Anyway, there. Is that the kind of tourism readers had in mind? The tour guide is a little eccentric  and customer service with snarl or smile is a little unpredictable but RantWoman means it: PLEASE ask questions.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Arlo Guthrie "Coming Into Los Angeles" Even better than Alice's Restaurant

Bad Friend Material on multiple counts including references to surveillance, technology,  substance abuse, inspiration, and revelation mixed in with sometimes prickly narrative

RantWoman always needs a laugh and is very grateful this item has surfaced in her info streams.





Trust RantWoman on this: the rest of this will make more sense if you have actually watched the video.

By contrast with Arlo's narrative, RantWoman's day was a little more pedestrian:

Prickly narrative of two forms:
--more than one couple sharing spousal moments

--A message in worship about Roses with thorns and thorns that come with roses. Friends offered remembrances of a recently deceased Friend, a Friend about whom others feel fond and RantWoman also, despite care,  has MANY stories of prickly and downright wounding moments.

Mind-altering substances other than coffee? Nope.

Likelihood of  olfactory detection of specific categories of things being transported: the rantWoman did not need some guy standing on a runway detecting contraband by smell. Whether or not one things roasted Brussels sprouts SHOULD be contraband, somehow around the rantWomen they were hard to miss and RantWoman appreciates that this may not have delighted other bus passengers

Transportation: No jet planes with or without multiple searches: the King County Metro chauffeured limousine service with RantWoman as navigator to cut down the distance RantMom needed to walk compared to RantWoman's favorite last 1/2 mile from bus stop to door. See what RantWoman means about pedestrian?

Now if only RantWoman had a guitar track and someone to help herd her flurry of musings into at least slightly better coherence...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Beyond Disability Rights; Disability Justice: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samar...

RantWoman likes this video VERY much. RantWoman is also finding herself in the same weird space she was when she decided that comparing herself to various Wonder Blind Person people she knows was unhelpful. Possibly RantWoman still has to figure out things she thought she had figured out. Sigh


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Roy Moore Was Banned From A Mall And YMCA

WARNING: Humor about way disgusting topics.

The Lord Works in mysterious ways

Line of the Night: "...putting the CHRIST back in Christmas..."

Al Franken Faces Groping Accusations & Roy Moore Stays on Defense: The D...

RantWoman admits to being wary of offering opinions about big events based only on short YouTube clips. RantWoman is wary but not deterred.

Did Al Franken or did he not fully apologize. The apology here is orders of magnitude different from other Deny Deny Deny. But ya know saying the target of your groping "misinterpreted" your intentions is BS! You do not get to define how she experienced it. She does.

RantWOMAN, um, your own...Seasoning?

Yeah. Seasoning.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Many Shitty First Draft Moments: sex abuse prevention training and document format circus.

Bless us oh Lord and Please hold this entire circus in the Light. RantWoman means it about Hold in the Light. RantWoman CANNOT deal with the fiascoes here alone; RantWoman has faith that publicly holding in the Light will find needed paths.

RantWoman, your whole community--including you--is traumatized by recent doings in Meeting for Business and you are writing about document formats.

Yep! and there are MANY strands of confusion. So be forewarned: this entry IS complex and RantWoman reserves the right to join everyone else who  loses it in conversation, tell others just to read the post, write down questions, and THEN talk to RantWoman.

Let's start with the 3 documents on RantWoman's mind.

--Two one-page handouts from the most recent Sex abuse education event at RantWoman's Meeting

--A notebook in the Meeting library full of pamphlets and handouts about a number of topics related to abuse and domestic violence . At least RantWoman assumes the topics she remembers are still there since RantWoman has not been in a position to do more than put her hands on the notebook in more than a decade.  Has the notebook been checked for updates, question RantWoman was TRYING To communicate years ago....? Even if a lot of contact info may be out of date, should there definitely still be something people can put their hands on in the library? Does RantWoman even care since RantWoman knows plenty of topical search strings and resources and is likely just to use her search bar anyway? PS Someone at the event mentioned a website; RantWoman did not catch the url. Somehow a request to have that url got lost.
PPS For anyone besides RantWoman who might care, REWA.org has downloadable and easy to pring PDF's in a number of languages.

--The report on the Meeting's website 
http://ufmseattle.org/home/reports/
  • 2013 A Quaker Ministry on Sexual Abuse and Interpersonal Violence: An Historical Notebook from University Friends Meeting, Seattle, 2

  • This 350+ page PDF compiles excerpts of minutes from walking with a specific offender through treatment. In retrospect kind of excruciating reading at several points. Headings help for screen reader and RantWoman definitely recommends reading the table of contents and knowing how to skip to the corresponding pages, but of decidedly limited use if one is looking for resources in a crisis.

    Now to today's document format saga.

    Blame the technology, or blame the Official Bogeyman of RantWoman's Meeting. Either way, there is WAY too much data and RantWoman should intone a moment from a long ago eldering conversation: if you're in a hole, stop digging. (RantWoman was thinking the same thing in the direction of her counterpart, but  let's just say the thought took time to ripen and mercifully did not tumble out of RantWoman's mouth at the time.

    Recently RantWoman's Meeting held its annual sex abuse prevention training session. RantWoman is duly grateful for a presenter who donated her time. RantWoman is grateful for participants new to UFM's ministry who had a lively discussion. There were other moments RantWoman collected data about and will hold in the Light.

    Now we come to what Breme Brown calls the shitty first draft SFD interpretation of several data points, the initial frequently wrong first pass analysis  we all do leaping to conclusions never mind how many people might also be around discounting lived experience

    Data points. RantWoman goes to public events all the time staffed by people who understand the phrase reasonable accommodations and most of the time when RantWoman remembers to ask, needed documents are forthcoming. RantWoman thinks that would be a minimal courtesy though Rant Woman does not really care to argue the applicability of ADA for religious organizations here except to note that the topic needs more reflection. In any case, RantWoman did not think to request electronic copies of handouts before the event and was peeved after the event to be told that electronic copies were not to be had.

    SFD interpretation: RantWoman is a flake who communicates poorly and has unreasonable expectations that people might know her needs without being told.

    SFD interpretation: Lots of people know RantWoman is blind and might think to ask for handouts in advance when planning an event.

    SFD interpretation: RantWoman has been doing a poor job of educating people about her needs.

    SFD interpretation: even if RantWoman had been doing a better job of educating...

    Data point: why would RantWoman not think to ask the person organizing the event about electronic copies of handouts? Well for one thing because event organizer acts personally affronted when RantWoman asks her pretty much anything. And for another thing because one of RantWoman's  standard SFD stocks in trade is that if she asks for what she needs the world will fall apart and people around her will explode, and not even in a funny cartoon way.

    Sometimes RantWoman HATES collecting data.

    2. RantWoman received a copy of the handouts but gave them away thinking it would be reasonable to ask afterward for an electronic copy.

    SFD moment: RantWoman was being Dork blind person and failing to use her technology. Ummm, RantWoman does not have the spiffiest OCR phone app. In general RantWoman's experience, app or no app, is that OCR of cellphone camera text images is not by far her favorite technology.path to accessibility.

    3. When no electronic copies of the handouts were to be had, RantWoman emailed several of those present and asked whether anyone still had the handouts and could just scan them and route to RantWoman.  In short order RantWoman got back quite usable images from one of the younger participants and RantWoman was able to read the documents sufficiently to read that one of them contained a request not to copy without the presenter's permission, a request that needed commentary in the email about copying for accessibility

    In keeping with a promise not to do reply/all more than once in 24 hours, RantWoman did not tell others that she had what she needed. Possibly doing that would have been preferable to learning that another person present had torn the handouts up for scrap paper but was willing to tape them back together if that would help RantWoman. How to say it kindly: taped together images are about as useful as smartphone camera images or maybe less so. Or just say "Thank you," as RantWoman practices many times a day for all kinds of unhelpful help.

    SFD interpretation: RantWoman is ungrateful for one person's efforts.

    SFD interpretation: no one on Care and Counsel thinks about such handouts as a community resource.

    4. Possibly RantWoman should have just quit, but RantWoman asked a question in email about updating the Notebook, meaning the big thing full of resources in the Library. RantWoman expressed the value of lots of people understanding the same resource.

    SFD response: For RantWoman's trouble a request was made to someone to scan all the (probably outdated pamphlets in the resource notebook and send them to RantWoman.

    NO! That was not anywhere near what  RantWoman had in mind. That would take hours and possibly leave RantWoman with a whole library of documents of varying visual quality needing to be read. Thankfully, RantWoman's NO was heard.

    But no, we are NOT done with confusion. In another conversation about Friend Who taped things, someone else asked whether the resource notebook in the library was the thing on the Meeting website. Noooo!

    And for still more achievements in the realm of Quakers at their very, very best, one of the conversations about taped together handouts came with a spectacular tirade about how RantWoman is the abuser and abusers are not to be tolerated in the age of Trump.

    Please excuse RantWoman. A bunch of pissed off people with
    disabilities standing up for themselves and getting themselves
    arrested in Congresspeople's offices all over the country is a big
    part of what at least for now derailed Trumpcare. So maybe possibly if
    RantWoman heard in said conversation any sense of who exactly is directly under attack
    needing to stand up for themselves and frankly needing all the help we
    can get in the current regime, RantWoman MIGHT also be better able to extract meaning from other threads of the whole day's conversation. MAYBE.

    Actually someone's "I'm concerned about YOU" matters and that has to be enough for now.

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY MOM

    A very, very HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY to RantMom!!!


    Mom!  Mom! Mom!


    RantWoman has much more to say but it is not corralled into the right form of festive verbiage--yet.

    Hugs and blessings ALWAYS.

    Sincerely, RantWoman

    (and GIANT thank you's to Little Sister for the picture!)

    Day of the Dead with SHARE / WHEEL Day of the living with property value

    El Centro De la Raza has a tradition of inviting community organizations to provide ofrendas for exhibirt as part of their Annual Day of the Dead / celebration of Life / excuse to further distribute Halloween sugar event.

     This ofrenda is provided by SHARE / WHEEL. Since 2000 SHARE / WHEEL has been standing vigil every month for homeless people who have died outdoors or by violence. This year's ofrenda contains over 700 stones, each with the name of one of these people.



    The total for 2017, so far is 79, 20 in October alone. RantWoman hears statistics about the totals every month and every month, the total has been up from last year. When rantWoman asks the person who presents the info, the person blames "the sweeps," the police practice of "offering services" and then busting up unauthorized homeless camps including anyone who does not get connected with services.

    But, says another person on the spectrum of homeless / formerly homeless / in need of and very grateful for secure and very low income housing, some of those people in the unauthorized encampments really ARE terrible neighbors.

    Yes, went the conversation, and people in the camps are afraid to call the police on the terrible neighbors because they too will get dislocated in any resulting sweeps.

    RantWoman could probably leave the memorial above as is, to speak for itself, but RantWoman famously does not know when to quit.

    1. It is City Council budget season. One measure that would help is the HOMES tax, a head tax on the largest employers in the city, thought to be responsible for skyrocketing housing costs. RantWoman urges the City Council to support this.

    2. How is our Meeting called to address this? On one hand, escalating real estate values have created great potential windfalls for many members and related to ourcampus itself. On the other hand, skyrocketing housing costs create considerable stress for many in our community and others in our community can find many reasons to dread any further reduction in the supply of very low income housing, to be distressed by displacement and breakup of favorite neighborhoods and parts of the community.

    RantWoman finds herself seeking and is curretntly sighing off many things In Light and faithfulness.

    Bridges Not Walls

    Another Display from the El Centro Day of the dead observance. This one says Build Bridges and not Walls.


    Catholics mumble their confessions to a priest behind a screen.

    Lots of Protestants mumble in unison through some statement printed in their bulletins.

    The following meditation may or may not apply to a complex situation on RantWoman's mind. Or it may be just a Quaker confession. In any case, it is jumbled enough that RantWoman SHOULD let sit and go to bed. RantWoman is not going to do that but does reserve the right to edit further.

    Friend, RantWoman would say thee has been treating RantWoman badly (and others have been enabling but that is a different problem.).

    RantWoman thinks you fell on your face while doing so.

    RantWoman hopes you did not skin your nose too badly and really really does want you to pick yourself up and keep going. RantWoman though is stuck and trying not to keep spinning in the same ruts.

    RantWoman realizes the following comments are not necessarily going to sound respectful or confidence-building; RantWoman really does mean them in a more respectful way than they may come out.

    You have been entrusted with the task of clerking a major complicated process. RantWoman has been going around saying how much it meant when she was way newer to meeting than you are to be included in something, RantWoman does not remember what exactly. RantWoman hopes you feel the same way. RantWoman acknowledges that unwanted advice probably comes with the territory. RantWoman keeps trying to just let unwanted advice be unwanted. RantWoman is not succeeding.

    So far a question the campus discernment process has not touched: what kind of community do we envision in 10 or 20 years. What ifwe think ahead 100 years? How much is location tied up in what kind of community we imagine.

    What conditions might make it absolutely necessary to move?
    How might our community need to adapt as part of a chainging neighborhood?
    How are all the changes, skyrocketing rents and dislocation... affecting Friends in our meeting?

    In terms of immediate work, RantWoman has been thinking in terms of defining tasks that anyone new attender or longtimer could help with. RantWoman means to post some email lists that people could just follow and then share info. RantWoman thinks this level of participation could be very meaningful, but RantWoman feels like all her emails go into a black hole without even any acknowledgment. So RantWoman hesitates even to bring up...

    RantWoman further wonders whether some past RantWoman moments would help about what RantWoman partly sees as "Don't take it so personally" problems.

    Here is one blog post sort of on point.
    http://rantwoman.blogspot.com/2013/12/letter-to-frank-stilwagner-of-flying.html
    And another one
    http://rantwoman.blogspot.com/2010/08/heartwarming-tale-of-successful.html

    The Pink Guy: Overcommitment

    Mexican style figure as part of pink cut out

    RantWoman is mixing her own content with other items from the day's events.

    Text of spoken word offering which may or may not apply to general flow of Life, Death, and DRAMA on RantWoman's mind

    Welcome to Overcommitment Anonymous. We are men and women who have come together to share our strength and our pain in overcoming overcommitment.
    We have scheduled an extra hour a day for meetings to accomplish this.
    This is our program:
    1. We recognized that our schedule was completely out of control, and that being in three different cities at two o'clock on Tuesday was probably never going to be physically possible.
    2. We came to believe that a Higher Power could help us out of the chaos.
    3. We made a decision to turn our lives over to our Higher Power, who has more control over space-time than we do.
      3a. We admitted that even a Higher Power probably won't be able to help us be in three places at once.
      3c. We admitted that this giving up control thing was going to take awhile.
      3d. We skipped 3b because we were busy with another project just then.
    4. We made a searching moral inventory of every time we have scheduled 46 hours out of 24, promised to deliver a project the next morning that would require a week of work, scheduled a two hour meeting at 9 AM and another one at 9:30 AM, eaten lunch at our desk, slept on the office floor, slept on our keyboard, gone without sleep, and generally overextended ourselves. Even when it was fun.
    5. We shared this moral inventory with at least one other person who would give us enough time to listen to the whole thing, which proved to be a useful way to identify other candidates for Overcommitment Anonymous.
    6. We became entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all these shortcomings and make us content with accomplishing what human strength can do in 24 hours of normal spacetime.
    7. We humbly asked our Higher Power to please do so while we still have some human strength left.
      NOTE: Most of us are still coming up with qualifying clauses for Step Six. (aka Step Sux)
    8. We made a list of everyone who has ever been adversely affected by waiting for us in Omaha Nebraska because we were sure we could get to New Jersey and back in two hours, or any other overcommitment we ever made.
    9. We committed ourselves to making amends to all of these people.
    10. We assured our Higher Power that yes, we will allow longer than 24 hours to do it all and will not try to make all amends at the same time.
    11. We sought through prayer, meditation and daily Net searches to find calendar software that will slap our hands whenever we overbook our bods.
    12. Having had an Awakening of some sort or another as the result of these Steps, we try daily to carry the message to other sufferers --

    Commit to Overcommitment Anonymous!

     
     
     

    Eldering? Commenting on Ministry: God, Public Transportation; Worship

    Two Day of the Dead altars in honor of two people recently trying to elder RantWoman


    In observance of these kicky visuals from RantWoman's Day of the Dead ofrendas observance,  RantWoman is dumping some "hard to elder" moments from recent email.

    For instance, recently two Friends tried to elder RantWoman in person about not finding God in a certain vocal ministry. The vocal ministry involved the phrase "Crip Transit Mafia Worship Auxiliary." RantWoman would have found it entirely reasonable to hear the question Huh? but that did not emerge in the conversation. Bear in mind, RantWoman also received warm appreciation from other worshippers.

    In conversation, RantWoman asked whether the Friends trying to elder hernotice any patterns in RantWoman's messages. RantWoman would say many people in cluding RantWoman have recurring themes. RantWoman asked whether those addressing her noticed any themes in RantWoman's messages.  RantWoman would say that she does tend to be called to speak around a couple specific themes and that RantWoman tends to be called to minister when the salad in her head falls into place around these themes. RantWoman suggested that Friends try listening better.  However, it can be wacky and variable salad and RantWoman supposes worshippers should be forgiven if the themes do not leap out to casual listeners.

    Perhaps RantWoman was also being too cryptic, speaking both of the reality of her daily experiences and all the movements in the world of transportation shaping the area in the immediate vicinity of RantWoman's Meeting and also, fair or not, with public participation and accessibility practices shaping RantWoman's expectations. RantWoman is kind of stuck in "we need to explore this NOW" mode in order to shape ways for people to watch calendars and meetings and feed insights or questions into the campus discernment process. RantWoman alternates between trying to let the process take shape and refusing to let her concerns be erased. Please hold RantWoman and those around her in the Light figuring out what best supports discernment.

    In any case, after the conversation, RantWoman went home and penned the following request.

    Thank you so much for comments after business meeting about my
    ministry out of worship. Both of you mentioned having trouble finding
    God in my ministry. Do either of you remember any words or phrases
    from what I said? If you remember any moments and can rephrase your
    comments as questions based on what you remember, perhaps I can speak
    more completely to something on your mind

    [I am Not Interested in Your Thought Processes Friend has worked hard to earn his nom de blog, and RantWoman is  nowhere near saintly enough to have come up with a path to a different pseudonym. ]

    Another commenter later suggested that instead of suggesting that Friends listen
    better, maybe RantWoman should have just written email about what she meant.
    Considering the comment above, I stand by my request to listen better.
        To be honest, unlike some messages, I definitely remember enough
    of what was on my mind and enough of what I said that I can probably
    write several Russian Novel chapters on different themes. Unlike
    Dostoevsky, though, I do not get paid by the cuartto and I do not get a warm
    vibe from either of those trying to elder RantWoman that even one Russian novel chapter in email will speak to your condition. But again, if you can rephrase
    your comments as questions perhaps I can more precisely articulate
    something of movements of God on my mind.
    In Light and Faithfulness.

    RantWoman

    Bomb Them with Hershey's Kisses


    RantWoman is HIGHLY certain that a recent moment from life at the Friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing will somehow magically inspire people who are baffled by RantWoman's realities. Um, no. RantWoman is less than certain but is called to offer anyway.

    The basic point for readers with short attention spans: RantWoman was busy trying to both listen to a customer's conversation and use her screen reader to find some web content on a couple webpages. RantWoman and customer were talking partly about customer's previous travels in Asia, partly about the week's travels by the current White House occupant. Somewhere in the conversation between the quacking of RantWoman's screen reader, customer said he would just "bomb North Korea with Hershey's kisses."

    The longer version. Thursday a blind customer came to the Friendly Neighborhood Center. RantWoman does not remember this customer's path to blindness but does remember his stories.

    Training is not really this customer's path. Instead his visits mostly involve requests that need some modest level of tech savvy after which he takes the results home, usually on paper or USB drive and gets help from his late wife's relatives. RantWoman and another staffer once had to tag tem about some serious document conversation, but Blind customer has interesting stories of work in forestry and of travel in many countries in Asia 

    Blind customer has moments where the elevator does not quite seem to ... but he also wants to stay engaged in his field. This time blind customer wanted the calls for papers for two conferences occurring jointly in early 2018, a task easily done by a sighted user in just a few minutes of searching and views of the relevant websites.
    But RantWoman was who was available and RantWoman does not mind helping the guy. RantWoman does struggle both to listen to her screen reader and to follow conversation. RantWoman can explain in more excruciating detail. Basically, RantWoman found one call for papers and the URL for the companion conference including a link to a Google form which was refusing to print after several tries. But customer went away happy. Despite dual track sonic vexations and task not completed to RantWoman's standards, RantWoman is kind mostly smiling inside about they bomb them with kisses. idea.

    Saturday, November 11, 2017

    Ofrendas with Volunteer Appreciation and Use Alternate Methods

    Picture of one of this year's ofrendas


    Themes:
    Appreciation for someone who said she has not received any kind of award since grade school
    Lots of inspiring stories and not too much downer content about housing affordability  crisis, looming federal budget cuts....

    A power to the people story that deserves its own entry and that will get recognized after the fact

    Blindness Tourism and Use Alternate Methods
    This will be the first of several entries reflecting the ofrendas displayed for this year's day of the Dead observance at El Centro de La Raza. RantWoman shot a lot of pictures. RantWoman knows what is in some of the pictures. RantWoman has no idea what is in other pictures. RantWoman could not tell at full size and there is no way RantWoman is going to be able to tell in photos.
        The Use Alternate methods community building approach that is applicable: some of the ofrendas will have no alt text. Readers with vision issues are invited to find someone who can describe the picture. The picture above is one such example.

    Wayfinding with accessibility constraints: Venue signage does not do a great job of routing people to the wheelchair entrance. Neither did event signage. Sigh.

    Wayfinding with cognitive challenges: you took the train one way to come here. You need to take the train the other way to get home.

    RantWoman has just returned from a volunteer appreciation event.

    The volunteer appreciation was held at El Centro De La Raza, the old part where accessibility takes a lot of walking around. The signage was not perfect and a wheelchair user would have had to drive some to find the accessible entrance, which turned out to be near the venue.. There was a mic and no one who needed interpretation. The food was great though people with teeth issues found broccolini challenging.

    Enough Data dump. More in queue.