Thursday, April 28, 2005

I'm in one of those late night crazy creative moods where I want to listen to passionate music and sit around and talk and feel and argue about life. When was the last time I sat around and debated life itself? It's that kind of thing that makes me feel old. They say that at some point idealism and philosophical discussions give way to practical considerations. It's funny because my major in a way is about concrete doings. Public Policy. How to create legislation. The history of said legislation. Where policies come from. I find it very interesting, but in a way it seems representative of my current life. Not that I mind my current life, because I'm very happy with it, just sometimes I get in moods like these and I want to sit outside and smoke cigarettes and discuss the world as it is and as it could be. These moods come around less and less than they used to. Also, the 'I Wanna go do something!' mood hardly rears its ugly head either. I don't know what that means. Maybe just that I'm content, but then sometimes I wonder if I ever should be content with what I have, or if I should always try to make it better. See, it's these kinds of thoughts. This is where I miss the palm court of another day, where someone was always sitting, no matter what time of night, where I could just show up and bullshit, or philosophize or whatever. I need an all night lounge. At the same time, I'm tired and should go to bed. I feel so old, and people keep telling me that I shouldn't. I need some way to reconsile the age in my head with that of my body. To want to be 20, that'd be okay too. But I'm just not. And people who say I am don't know. Or see what they want to believe, and I don't know what to believe. It's all very confusing. Sometimes I feel like a million people, and right now, I'm just one of them, but I could be any other.

I need to remember that my life is in my control and I need to do what I want to do. Last time I forgot that I had to leave school, so I best not forget it again. My life. My life. My choice.

Honestly, a journal is no substitute for someone to philosophize with, I'm afraid. Ugh, I miss all my friends of years' past. I need to keep them closer. But sometimes I just suck at that.

Well, I'm off to do something else, whatever that may be...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

drugs or jesus

Hmmm...what should I do now?

So, I had to finish my take-home exam, and I was mad, because I fell asleep earlier and didn't work on my take-home...but then I finished it within like an hour after making a yummy dinner for Sean and I. That was fast. Then I hung out with Sean, and now he's in bed, and now I don't know what I want to work on.

Okay, it sounds really hokey, but this song just came on LaunchCast by Tim McGraw...drugs or jesus...and I really like it. "In my home town, it's still black and's a long way between wrong and right...the road to drugs or jesus." It sounds dumb, but anyone who has lived in a small town can vouch that that's a perfect description. The song would be better if he didn't go off a little religiously at the end, but I still like it. It reminds me of every small town I've ever lived in...everyone's a Christian or a druggie. Ahh. So true.

Anyway, I should probably stop writing and start doing something useful, because it's near the end of the semester and I've gotta get a move on. But I don't know what I want to do. My reading probably won't take too long, but if I do it first, then I'll probably just go right to bed when I'm finished. So I should probably work on one of my four papers. Thing is, I don't really feel like it. Grrr. Wednesday is my big work day, and I got very little accomplished, so that's not good. Ooh, maybe I'll look at jobs. That's productive. Except that this time I need to actually apply for them, unlike last time.

I'm hoping to get a real job this time. Like, one that's not in food service. One that actually utilizes my skills, which, as it turns out, aren't in the food industry, really. Besides, I don't feel like hanging out with a bunch of druggie servers and managers anymore. I'd rather hang out with boring old people. Because I'm a boring young person. Anyway, I'm gonna go look at jobs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Killer Pics

So, I said I would post Killer pics, so I finally got around to it. I just took these killer Killer pics (hehe) the other day...enjoy!

Momentarily peaceful...check out his insane coloring.

That is killer standing straight up on his back feet...

There's the killer that he is!


He loves jumping up on my leg; which is fine, as long as he doesn't scratch it.

There's a good stretch...

Now he's got it! (I'm so glad that he'll play with this toy by himself).

Killer eyeing his favorite toy

Vera Bradley

You should all check out my Dad/my site at and buy some Vera Bradley.

Just a thought. Support my livelyhood. Some of it is even nice, if a little overpriced. (But this is WAY under retail, so it's a good price for what it is!)

Schiavo, belated

It's rather belated, but I wanted to post a commentary piece I wrote about Terri Schiavo after visiting her hospice the day before her death.

Here goes:

In their coverage of the Terri Schiavo case, the media have wasted an opportunity to explore complicated emotional, legal and ethical issues with the American public. Instead, they have insisted on continually framing the issues as an “Us-versus-Them” fight between Schiavo’s husband and parents, with the American public standing behind one or the other.
Indeed, if the American public is divided so neatly, it is certainly due to the media’s over-simplification of the complicated issues at hand. Americans would have benefited from an open-ended discussion of the complexities involved, instead of the continual two-sided rhetoric evident in headlines such as “Autopsy issues just part of a day of sparring.” The same St. Petersburg Times article used frequent ‘war analogies’ such as “the public relations battle” and “the sparring continued.”
To begin with, the media neglected an opportunity to discuss the devastating consequences of bulimia, the eating disorder which is thought to have led to the stoppage of Schiavo’s heart and her subsequent brain damage. Schiavo’s husband, Michael, successfully sued her physician for failing to detect a potassium deficiency, a symptom of her disease. Why wasn’t our body-image-conscious community able to recognize and prevent the initial tragedy? Terri Schiavo was a married adult, not a high school teenager. The media missed an opportunity to raise awareness about the serious consequences of bulimia and the wide range of individuals it affects.
A March 27 Associated Press article summing up the day’s news mentioned that Schiavo’s heart was thought to have stopped due to a chemical imbalance, but failed to mention that an eating disorder caused the imbalance.
Another important issue at stake is the classification of an feeding tube as an “extraordinary” measure, equivalent to a respirator. Is providing nourishment equivalent to helping an individual to breathe? Supporters of Schiavo’s parents would say no: providing “food and water” is a basic right. But it is important to remember that a feeding tube is inserted into the stomach; it is not as if Schiavo were capable of eating an apple and drinking a Coke.
The classification is important in the framing of the legal battle: if Schiavo said “no tubes for me” as her husband claims, did she consider nourishment a natural right or just another tube that she did not want? Indeed, this classification affects many living wills, which are generally framed in terms of extraordinary measures. The term “extraordinary measures,” it seems, is not universally agreed upon: Do living wills need to be more specific, or can you count on your legal guardian to represent your views accurately?
Is it appropriate to consider opinions other than those of an individual’s legal guardian, as was done in the appeal cases of Schiavo’s parents? Perhaps it is important to hear all sides of a story, from everyone who knows the life at stake. But that is not how our legal system is currently set up. Under our current laws, Schiavo would have had no reason to doubt that her spouse would carry out decisions as he saw fit. Individuals do have the choice of appointing another individual as their guardian in medical decisions.
And last but certainly not least, what about the fact that the U.S. Congress overrode the authority of the courts in the case of one particular individual? Are we to assume that special people get to have special laws? What happened to the part in our constitution where all people are created equal? Then again, maybe unique circumstances deserve to be considered separately—who am I to say?
The Associated Press article discussed a federal circuit court ruling without mentioning that this was made possible only due to the law passed by the U.S. Congress moving the case into their jurisdiction.
This is just a sampling of issues that deserved to be discussed in the context of Schiavo’s life, and now in the context of her death. This is not to say that all journalists neglected these issues; just that when they were mentioned, they tended to be submerged far below the narrative of a legal battle and a fight for life or death.
The Associated Press article failed to discuss any issue highlighted here, mentioning only the argument over Schiavo’s consciousness. This article, like a March 28 New York Times article, continually framed the issues in the same over-simplified rhetoric used by the families, lawyers and protesters. The same New York Times article used a plethora of phrases like “part of an increasingly emotional war,” and addressed only the degree of consciousness according to experts and family, once again failing to mention a single issue discussed here.
I would like to believe that Americans have the capacity to discuss complex issues that might make everyone a little uncomfortable. I would like to believe that Americans can discuss issues without needing it to be framed in a two-sided war that makes for easy side-choosing. I just wish we’d been given the chance.