Sunday, May 13, 2007

big guns The Big Guns Ever get a kick in the behind in the form of a physical ailment that lets you know in no uncertain terms that the jig is up? Well, my body relayed that message to me recently, and consequently I am forced to listen. Well, that's not true. I could continue along my merry clueless way and make things worse. But I'm not going to do that. I am hereby taking responsibility for what I know to be true. I've entertained thoughts of gifting myself with turning in early in the evenings in order to regift myself with exercising and meditation in the mornings before dashing off to my day job. For months now my body clock has been awakening me early enough to accomplish those things, but being less than enthusiastic about getting out of a perfectly good, warm bed, I've stalled those plans equally as long. Now this physical issue rears its pretty head and says, "Listen. We've given you chance after chance to pursue this lifestyle change with merely subtle encouragement. Now we pull out the big guns. Gonna take the hint?" OK, OK. I'm listening. And I have to say I am more than a little intrigued as to what exactly is going to show up when I do get into the groove of that exercise and meditation over time. If the universe went to such lengths to arrange it, there must be something fabulous on its way. Hopefully just like in the movie Schultze Gets the Blues. This is the blurb on the dvd case that convinced me to take it home with me from the library: "A smash hit in Germany and winner of numerous film festival awards around the globe, Schultze Gets the Blues is a funny, touching peek into the...
culture of caffeine Culture of Caffeine A few years ago I read the section that follows from a book about the history of caffeine. It instantly was added to my quiver of knowledge of how culture defines us as individuals, often for reasons of convenience and advantage for a very few. I liken it to the fact that organized schooling didn't exist in this country until our industrialist-minded Founding Fathers and their cohorts realized they needed a docile, compliant work force to fuel their future factories. After a visit to Prussia, whose new industries were thriving, the Fathers exported their concept of compulsive schooling, regulated by bells and a strict timetable, attendance required by law. Enough years of bending the will and spirit to this kind of scheduling and a graduate of the public schools would be a willing participant in the factory culture, already conditioned to someone else's arbitrary demands. Citizens didn't take to this idea very kindly and put up a fight to preserve their rights as parents to choose their child's method and timing of education. Where there is money to be made, however, it seems laws get pushed through, and eventually, municipality by municipality, truancy from your local neighborhood school became punishable by law. Going to school has become one of the common denominators in our culture - everyone's lives have been touched by it, and as of this generation, we collectively don't remember anything different. Of course, there were those tenacious types who fought for the right to educate their children as they see fit, and more and more families home school and unschool their kids today in response to the less-than-desirable encounters their families have with compulsive schooling. As you’ll see below, caffeine and the minute hand on the clock are major contributors in part to the...

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