I do a lot of whining on this web site. This is in contrast to how I try to behave in person (except with my loving and patient wife). The church committee meeting I attended yesterday afternoon was an example of me attempting to be constructive and not too intense (godforbid, I should whine!).
It’s my goal to be a relatively calm presence at these meetings.
More importantly I try to make constructive comments and get people thinking a bit out of the usual “what color should the toilet paper be” mind set of church committees. It takes tremendous energy.
My boss and I often sort of “team teach” these committees. She and I spend hours in conversation analyzing and speculating about how this community does church. Our relationship of course can annoy other staff members who (like many in the community) mght think I’m a bit “too big for my britches.”
I wonder if some people I annoy would be more comfortable if I did the typical posturing and gave the appearance of knowledge and expertise. Instead I choose not to cater to “you are what you appear” and simply “be.” So I get misread and underestimated a lot. And since I don’t fit an easy identifiable pattern others sometimes get defensive and uncomfortable with me.
Toujours gai, archie, toujours gai! There’s some life in the old gal yet!
Besides whining (Was I whining again? Oops! Sorry!) I also use this blog to explain myself to myself. I’m afraid that I sometimes am not very good at this. But I it is my purpose to elucidate my point of view and my experience of life and art here as a sort of personal therapy and invitation to conversation.
Speaking of elucidating….
Yesterday I only mentioned two news sources that I utilize. I actually check many sites online regularly as well as follow sites (and reporters) on Facebook and Twitter.
Today I thought I would link in a few of these.
In no particular order:
This is one of those sites of links to other sites. It’s purpose is to “recommend writing of lasting value to the intelligent general reader” (from its about section).
This morning I used the site, Big Questions Online to link to an interesting article by Susan Jacoby with this memorable quote:
Somehow, “I love you” isn’t the first thing that would come to mind if I were being held down by female relatives while my clitoris was maimed or if my father told me I had to marry a stranger. from “Multiculturalism and Its Discontents”
I have been watching C-Span since its inception. The very idea that any citizen can watch broadcast of the US House or Senate is very attractive to me. http://www.c-span.org/
This another compiler site. I like it because when I check it I get a sense of what are the current topics being bandied about in the Editorials and commentaries in the press. Tends to link to Op Ed type articles on several sides of any debate. http://realclearpolitics.com/
I started checking this site more regularly when my quasi-son-in-law Jeremy Daum mentioned that he thought it was one of the online sites that did breaking news best. Drudge is slimey and hates liberals but also a must for trying to track a story. http://drudgereport.com/
What can I say? Like others of my online sources, I used to read this before the Internet. Now I think they have quit publishing and are only available online. Excellent clear-headed well written journalism. http://www.csmonitor.com/
Another great institution in our country. http://www.washingtonpost.com/
I subscribed to the paper version for a few years, before the New York Times delivered to my little city. It was during this time that they ran the series (that eventually won the Pulitzer prize) about the disgraceful DNA discoveries that so many felons on death row in Illinois were wrongfully convicted. It’s not as good as it was but still a good paper. http://www.chicagotribune.com/
I got interested in the LA Times after reading it a few times on visits to California to see my son and his fam. I was surprised at how excellent some of the writing and reporting it contained was. Definitely a must read to get out of the East Coast and Beltway bias. http://www.latimes.com/
I end today’s selection with one I have been following online the longest. This is the brainchild of Denis Dutton author of The Art Instinct. I was reading it before I ever heard of him. It is a compiler and well worth checking. Only updates during the week. http://www.aldaily.com/
I have many more bookmarked. More later.