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She said, She said…

DeeTee  DeeTee:   Hello, everyone… Chie and I are sitting in a Caribou Coffee shop, opining and wining (actually, tea-ing) and we thought we’d share our words of wisdom.  Firstly, we apologize to all three of you for not writing lately… 😉 Sometimes  real life gets in the way of ruling the world.  But in these troubled times, we must make time to advise…

Chie  Chie: Advise? Hardly. Dee Tee is walking too softly. We must make time to CHANGE the world. Most advice, no matter how diplomatically given, or desperately needed, is rarely taken and sometimes a brick to the head is more effective. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically. (Or am I?)

DeeTee:  OK, let’s talk about CHANGE, since that seems to be the catchword of the hour.  Obama is for change, and now, so (allegedly) is McCain.

And we, the people, say  we want change, but in reality we fear the unknown.  It’s safer to stay the same and just bitch about everything.  BUT:  what if the only thing holding us back is our lack of belief?  People fear Obama because they believe he really CAN change things.   

Chie:  Well as much as I hate to disagree with DeeTee, I do not think that people fear Obama because they think he can change things. I think they fear/don’t like/won’t vote for him for lots of other reasons. He’s not black enough, he’s not white enough, he’s a Democrat, he’s a man, he’s from Hawaii, he’s from Illinois, he’s from Harvard, he’s…….whatever. This is going to be a highly adversarial election which has nothing to do with actual issues. Especially lately. It’s all emotion. And I also think that’s why Obama has stirred such passion in people (on both sides) because he touches something innate inside. He is the change. The very fact of him is what scares people.

DeeTee:  I think Chie and I are saying the same thing.  She’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but I think she’s saying that Obama being who he is — the sudden celebrity!  The new Messiah!  He came out of nowhere to a meteoric rise; will he now come crashing down like a falling star? 

Most importantly:  Is he real?  And how could  he be real when he’s so sudden?  So, he’s emblematic of our desire to change, but scary because the change could really happen… and what then? 

There’s an old joke, one of my favorites: 
[1st guy]:  Doctor, doctor, ya gotta help me, my brother thinks he’s a chicken! 
[2nd guy]:  Well, bring him in and I’ll cure him! 
[1st guy]:  Can’t right now, Doc, I still need the eggs!

Chie: While I think his meteoric rise makes a lot of people nervous, I am uncomfortable with using words like messiah and prophet. I know DeeTee is being facetious, but I can already hear our critics, if any exist, accusing us of “annoiting” Obama. For the record, we mean no such thing.

One thing I think is obvious: Whether you are pro-Obama or just anti-Bush, something’s gotta give. But first, let me clarify what I mean by change.

More than just a personnel change is needed in Washington. We need a cultural change.  Away from a government that looks for ways around the Constitution and back to a government that understands the importance of the Bill of Rights and our system of checks and balances. Away from a government that passes rules to allow torture as a policy and back to a government that follows the rule of law and Geneva Convention. Away from the attitude that  God is on “our” side and back to an understanding that God is not a Republican or a Democrat or white or black. Away from a petty partisan Congress that looks like 2nd graders at recess (I apologize to 2nd graders everywhere) and back to civil, respectful debate on the issues (I know I’m really reaching here).  And from what I have seen so far, a McCain/Palin ticket is not going to bring about that kind of cultural change.

Some people believe change can happen through the top-down theory that begins with leaders with vision. Others believe that change can happen via grass-root movements brought about by the masses. I believe that given the scope of partisan politics and the inertia that permeates government bureacracy, both methods will be needed to effect any substantial change. We need leaders with vision and a citizenry that’s invested.  Going back to something DeeTee said earlier, what if the only thing holding us back is belief. Maybe that belief extends not only to a Presidential candidate but also belief in ourselves. Belief in the power that WE THE PEOPLE can bring about change. Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  Let’s start by making sure everyone gets out to vote.

DeeTee:  Yeah, get out and vote… for Obama!  ;0

Complete agreement for what you just said, Chie!  What worries me is the “we the people” part… so many people seem more concerned with the personalities than the issues you just mentioned.  Apprearance of change is not really change.  Example:  People say it’s time we have a woman in the White House.  Sure!  But:  how about a qualified woman?  Why do people think that just any woman will do… why do some women seem to believe this?  I wish everyone would read this great article by Gloria Steinem, “Palin: Wrong woman, wrong message”  (thanks for the link, Chie).  Other than gender, what difference is there between Palin… and Bush?  So it may appear  to be change (gender) but it’s really not (policy the same, ignorance of issues the same, mis-pronounciation of “nuclear” the same).

I agree that WE need to be the agents of change… to elect the persons best qualified to lead that change.  We all know a change is needed, but we decry it at the same time we demand it.  To trust a leader who we don’t truly know — who seems intelligent and thoughtful but is not a proven commodity — takes a leap of faith.  I think that will be required of us, that leap, that belief, if we truly are to make a change in our government… in our own lives.

Chie: Leap of faith? Crap – now we gotta talk about religion. Or not. Why don’t we just leave this right now and see what kind of comments we get.

DeeTee:  OK, over & out… for now.  Chie, are you really letting me have the last word? 

Chie: No.

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September 17, 2008 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Just a Few Cool Links…

DeeTee From DeeTee:  My friend “the other Mary” (see comment for “The Magic of Mary Oliver”) sent me some really cool links last month, and I want to publish them here:

The “Falcon Cam” of the Evanston Public Library:  Peregrine falcons have been nesting there for several years (I assume because they want their nestlings to be well-educated).  Well, they have a camera set up that updates the picture of the birds, and their nest, every few minutes.  The Other Mary warned me that I’d become addicted, so I didn’t watch right away… and I missed watching the eggs appear!   😦  As the mother and father take turns sitting on the eggs, we will eventually witness the eggs crack and the chicks hatch… now how cool is that?!

Measure for Measure,” a New York Times blog, has several renowned songwriters blogging on the songwriting process which, of course, is different for each and every person.  These writers include:  Andrew Bird (Chicago singer/songwriter & amazing performer), Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash, and Suzanne Vega (I’m not providing links to each artist, as they are already provided on that blog).  Whether or not you write songs — whether or not you know all these artists — if you are at all interested in the creative process, this is a fascinating read.

Thanks, Other Mary, for the links, and hope y’all enjoy them!

April 11, 2008 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

On Being Sick

DeeTee From DeeTee:  There is a nasty flu going around, and I caught it.  Finally, after over a week of becoming “one with the couch,” I am starting to feel a little better… and so I offer some random thoughts on being sick, feeling out of the loop of life, wondering if I’ll ever be a vital part of things again…

  • Being over-dramatic.  I don’t know about you, but each time I get really, really sick I wonder if “this is it.”  One might think that since I’ve lived through being sick many times before, I would just assume that I’ll live through this illness too.  And yet, each new illness brings those nagging thoughts… what if you never have energy and a desire to leave your home — to get off the couch — again?
  • Living alone & being sick.  When someone else lives with you, I think you tend to “suck it up” more than when you live alone.  If you have kids or pets, you have to suck it up because they are dependent on you and they don’t actually care that you’re feeling poorly:  their needs must be met!  Sure, they’ll show some sympathy, but then they make their little demands…When you live alone, you can wallow in self-pity to an unhealthy extent.  Sure, you can lie in the same place, used Kleenex littering the floor, dressed in the same outfit for days, and forget the shower!  It’s a luxury, but it’s also a curse.  It’s hard to motivate oneself to action without outside stimulus.
  • TV and being sick.  Other than the first half-hour of  The View, I don’t watch daytime TV… unless I’m sick.  Well, during this last week I watched ME-TV a LOT as I drifted in and out of my stupor…  Who would have thought, but Kojak (starring Telly Savalas) was a really good show!  I never watched when it was on originally… but while sick, I really got into a good old-fashioned cop story, where the characters were well-drawn, complex human beings and even the bad guys were drawn with shades of gray… as opposed to so many “CSI”-type shows where no one seems all that human to me, it’s pretty robotic and Science is the true hero…
  • Daytime TV advertisements.  From what I can tell, TV advertisers must think that the only daytime-TV viewers are either unemployed drop-outs or lonely, elderly, friendless people with incontinence problems.  Most of the ads are for going back to school, getting car insurance even if you don’t deserve it — “OK, I’ve had some accidents… more than a few,” one woman admits, “but I NEED MY CAR, and [name escapes me] Auto understands…” — or Life Alert commercials — “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” — or, how if you’re on Medicaid, you can have adult diapers delivered straight to your door in discreetly unmarked boxes…  Depressing, I tell you.  You’re already feeling like crap and you see your future lined up before you:  diapers and falling.  It’s OK if you live alone, the Life Alert will be your friend!

And that’s what will finally motivate you to recover, to live life while you still can… fight the darkness!  Call a friend! — or… write a blog!

March 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm 5 comments


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