I am going away for more than a week and I do not intend to post. When I return to Maringouin I will say: Even here, you do not have to suffer. Suffering is a Reeducated requirement, and a requirement in this local culture, but the people who wanted or want you to suffer are … More Og farvel igen
Now everything is beautiful again and it has to do with pleasure. Or the self-love I lost in Reeducation and have difficulty summoning here. It is not this town that is terrible, although it does not suit me; and it is not academia, although I wish I could have done something more interesting. It is … More On getting back to what needs to be done
I don’t think I will ever know how to untangle these questions, on whether or not I could have liked academia or really did like it … or really did not, yet did not know that tolerating something was not the same as liking it. On living here, however, I do note one thing: part … More Como con el dentista
I almost never feel autonomous, but I sometimes feel peaceful. Sometimes I can see what autonomy and peace would be like together; they look good. As a younger person I knew neither was meant for me, but I admired them and I was surprised one day long ago when it seemed I had them on … More On autonomy and peace
Someone is President of an organization called Restore Louisiana Now and I am envious — that is the kind of job I want. I think of my law degree and work on globalization and prison industrial complex, or my Near Eastern Studies degree and the active job I would have found in a large, international … More On enthusiasm
It will say: 1. My father can drive. 2. He can shop, and has always done. 3. He can cook, and has always done. 4. He eats three meals a day more religiously than you or I. 5. No, he does not need “24 hour care.” That was what he arranged for my mother, who … More I will make a T shirt
Someone said this, and it is the correct attitude. In Reeducation it would have been “denial” and inappropriate generally. One should be felled by everything, call in sick, take leave from work, retire. Reeducation believed in opening veins and draining life out slowly. ♦ That is NOT health. But there was so much discussion about … More “I hope you can get back to what needs to be done”
Check it out. Axé.
People were so stressed yesterday. My dentist was blocked into his house by a flood and did not meet his appointments. I conversed with one who is concerned he will not be allowed to teach his course with the same textbook a second time, one who does not realize she is going to pass her defense, … More Zen
You have to be ruthless. Axé.