November 2006

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It is time to start writing again.

It has been more than nine months since the last time I wrote anything here, and a lot has happened since then.

There has been a lot that I have wanted to talk about. New experiences. New ideas and interests. Major changes in the world, and in my life.

So now I’m back…to let you know…I can really shake’em down…….oops, sorry, Dirty Dancing slipped in there. Sorry about that.

So now I’m back, and I’m hoping to start writing more regularly now.

Here, very generally, is what I’ve been interested in lately.

-Latin American Social Movements: I’ve been reading daily updates (in English and in Spanish, yay!) about happenings in Venezuela, Mexico (especially events in Oaxaca, and the Zapatista Other Campaign), Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, and Nicaragua. So much to learn and think about regarding all of this, and I’m sure I’ll write about it.

-Public School Reform and Radical Youth Empowerment: Been working at the same high school where I’ve worked for the past three years, and throughout that time there have been drastic reforms taking place. I’ve been watching and participating in this process and I think there are some very, very interesting things happening that I want to explore here in this blog. And even more, I want to talk about the constant emotional tumult of working with so many wonderful young people struggling with so many completely unspeakable things.

-Evangelical Christians: Evangelicals just fascinate me, especially when I watch them from a social movement perspective. And, after having gone to Guatemala and having Evangelicals very close to me in my life, I’ve shifted from just studying the Christian Right as my enemies to studying progressive/radical Christians and how we can be in solidarity. I’m reading some books right now about this stuff that I’m sure I’ll want to talk about.

-Whiteness and Manhood: Identity politics are endlessly fascinating to me, and as I think about myself and how I’ve grown within this society, and how that affects my relationships with other people, I’ve been more and more compelled to explore questions of identity — especially questions regarding whiteness and manhood — in writing.

-Sustainable Living: Global warming and the depletion of natural resources has me freaked out, and as I’m generally trying to get more organized and focused in my life, the ideas and techniques of sustainable living (composting, gardening, recycling water, sustainable building, sustainable energy, living with animals) are energizing me more and more.

-Games: Board games, video games, puzzles: Always have interested me, and probably always will. I’m still working on a few “revolutionary board games” that I’d like to maybe design out loud on this blog.

-My Life, Of Course: I want to write about who I am, where I’m going, my relationships, love and loss, spirituality, hope and fear, money, learning…and laughing. For sure, laughing. Did you know that when I was in 5th grade I consciously shifted the way that I laugh out loud because someone made fun of me, and ever since then I have laughed differently? I have lost all connection to how I naturally used to laugh. Hmmm…talking about laughing yet digressing into a really sad story…maybe there actually won’t be too many laughs on this blog after all. I’m pretty much Debbie Downer. Though I’d prefer Dabney Downer. In honer of Dabney Coleman, who played the misogynist boss in 9 to 5. Since I was like 6, I’ve always loved that actor for some reason. Just some factoids for you.

So, anyways, I’m back, and these are the kinds of things I’ve been thinking about. Please keep reading and checking back if you want to read more.

Currently Reading:

-Dispersing Power by Raul Zibechi