Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Make Hunger History

The upcoming Live8 concert - July 2nd at 10 locations worldwide - is the culmination of powerful forces working to change the world by uniting voices, yours and mine included, in an effort to command the attention of world leaders and to direct their energies toward the relief of world hunger. The promotional video (view here) is captivating, demanding repeated viewings. I encourage you to take time to go there now.

Now there is a way for you to help along with the possibility of of winning a chance to attend the concert of your choice. Go here for information about how to enter the contest: 50 backstage passes will be given away.

There seem so few requests for help that make a point of saying, "We're not asking for your money. We're asking for your voice." The ONE campaign is making just such a claim. Come alongside if you can.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Little Boxes

A recent story from the NYTimes was aimed at an examination of the label currently being bandied about with reference to twentysomethings: "The Entitlement Generation." The report is a short and interesting read, but what captured my attention was the collection of labels given like "little boxes" into which one might gather whole bunches of people - an effort better engaged for entertainment than for any accuracy that might be taken from a notion. So for the fun of it, here are some terms mentioned in the article:

Entitlement Generation: those with shockingly high expectations for slary, job flexibility and duties but little willingness to take on grunt work or remain loyal to a company; committed to something called "fun"

A "quarter-life crisis": the difficult time to be had in making a transition to work

Baby Boomers: rabble-rousing hippies

Gen Xers: apathetic slackers

Kidployees: employees aged 16 to 24

Monday, June 27, 2005

Embodied With Music

Kat at “Keep the Coffee Coming” describes her daily blogging as “The ramblings of a more than middle-aged baby boomer looking at the world with increasingly blurred eyes and wrinkled features.” I think of it more as story telling of the best kind spiced with just-right selections of accompanying music. Kat remembers with music, maps the passage of time with music, and, from time to time, brings new voices to the fore that echo again with feelings for now from days gone by. Ferron is one of the new-to-me voices introduced at “Keep the Coffee Coming,” and of this Canadian-born artist Kat writes:

Her voice just touches so many places and her words resonate and mirror all our experiences. She began singing in the late 1970's, and there's a whole lot in between like time off and carpentry and bartending but she's back recording. “Turning into Beautiful” is her latest project. … “Testimony”[is from] her third album released in 1980.

I found this song to be all that Kat promised and more, a sound inviting me to sink into the conviction conveyed in the lyrics. Here is a link to Kat’s posting on Ferron, and here is a link for the lyrics to “Testimony” if you, like me, enjoy feeding your eyes as well as your ears with a new song.

It is time worth the journey to travel on over to “Keep the Coffee Coming,” and, while you’re there, to pick up a listen of an old favorite or a new find. Downloads are available for a limited amount of time from Kat’s blog, but pay due respect to the artists/authors you discover as favorites and, if you like their work, buy a copy for your own library.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Bodies: Skin, Paper, and Image

Brenda at Rubies in Crystal processes reflections on sexuality, intimacy, and relationships in a presentation of her work, “The Ethics of a Love Life of a Single Woman," where she layers bodies on bodies on bodies: a stylus-drawn transparency of bodies/lovers over epistolary bodies over the body of text from “a one-time flame.” The collision of bodies in this work of art is set in motion by the additional text Brenda provides as she explores body ethics – the boundaries that govern her own intimate engagement with other bodies. The reflection seems to culminate in as much question as conclusion and leaves me wondering about the “man of the cloth” and his place in Brenda’s journey. The work is wonderfully provocative and well worth the look/see.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Butt Reality

This from Bitch Ph.D. today and I have to laugh with pure joy at the innocent reminder of the body to insist on its part in the conversation.

In five words or less, sum up why propagation of the species will inevitably grind to a halt.

"Mama! Come wipe my butt!"

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Dad and Me

Dad and Me
Originally uploaded by Mary Godwin.

"Ten, Ten, Eighty" is a kind of jingle I gave myself to hold back forgetting the date and day my father left a bag of skin and bones to take up residence in my head as the voice of assurance, support, and common sense that guides me through days of challenge and the maze of life. I know myself in what remains of him, in memories and the sound of his voice across time. I was his favorite; I still am.

Happy Father's Day, Papa.

Click here to read "Papa" (Dust and Fire 1998), a tale of loss and love for Wayne Francis Miller 1924-1980).