10 November 2007

Things and Stuff

It's another Saturday night in Manchester. What a glorious thing that is :) Instead of going to watch the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Iowa, where all the Presidential candidates will speak, I thought I'd sit at home and gather thoughts, ideas, events, activities, music and maybe a to do list here and there. I feel like I'm going to fall asleep, so we'll see how long this lasts.

I've been talking with my friend Lindsay tonight and she's introduced me to many a-things.

First, though, my brother has been fighting the fight in Olympia, Washington. The Port Militarization Resistance is a group in Oly that nonviolently resists military shipments coming into the Oly Port as a way to resist the war. I applaud their efforts and do believe that direct action is a piece of the puzzle to end this insane war. Rob has extensive pictures that will enrage and inspire you here.

Onto MUCH less serious matters, which, frankly, are much more understandable to me right now...

Lindsay turned me onto a clock that is down loadable from Blu Dot, a furniture store in Minneapolis. I didn't make the connection until I started paying attention to the new clock I've downloaded. The pictures are clearly from around the Mini Apple! TCF Bank; LOVEPOWER CHURCH off 94, if I remember correctly. How cool! I recommend it for a non-traditional way to tell time. THEN as t i m e wore on, I realized that one of the owners of Blu Dot is currently residing in the house I spent the lion's share of my youth in, they moved in with their wee ones when my folks moved to a great apartment about 8 (Peggy corrected me and says it's only 5-I'm not sure if I love or loathe my inability to keep track of time!) years ago. Small world (Lindsay's in New York, telling me, in New Hampshire, about a clock that originates in my hometown and with that strange connection? Nothing surprises me anymore...).

Music I've been loving lately?
Beirut the whole The Flying Club Cup album
One Evening


My Moon My Man

Then also, Psapp "Sad Song," Old Crow Medicine Show, "Wagon Wheel."

and Lindsay also turned me on to David Byrne's "radio" station: Radio David Byrne where you'll always find things you don't expect and that you wish you had :)

I think that's all I've got for now, which I fell like is a lot considering it's been over months...

Wishing you the same great sleep I'll have in a few minutes-


PS If you want to see pictures of where I am and what I'm doing, but not really of me, go here.


At 10:04 AM, Blogger Peggy W said...

Glad to see you are back!
The Oly protest has me in knots. I totally agree that all of us need to take to the streets to get out of Iraq. As you say, it's part of the whole thing that needs to get us out of there. However, I don't like it one bit that my kid is so close to riot-gear-glad peace officers. What an oxymoron!
The BluDot connection is amazing. We did love that house. Well, I loved that house. I am also very content in our apartment where we moved just 5 years ago this January. Of course, the lake is our refuge and we spend every possible available moment there. Have you started to knit? Remind me to tell you my story of knitting at Mills!

At 3:08 PM, Blogger cole said...

kai and her family love the old crow medicine show!!

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Robert Whitlock said...

Hey, thanks for the link to my photos. Here's another link to ALL of the photos I posted in regard to the recent protests.

However, the GNN article that you posted is suspect. I believe that there were individuals who participated in the protests whose intention was to disrupt and contaminate the message of PMR by behaving in a hostile, hateful, abusive and destructive manner.

There is a growing sentiment amongst many that nonviolence is the truly viable and effective option for direct action.

How do they suppose hostility will be effective against the world's largest military superpower?

How do they suppose that hostility will encourage a broadbased participatory critical mass direct action movement?

Do they ever question whether their own hostility and violence legitimizes the hostility and violence of those who engage in and execute wrongful military actions?

I am very interested in the advocacy of nonviolent direct action as a means to promote positive change and constructive / life-serving / non-harmful confrontations.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Robert Whitlock said...

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At 9:01 PM, Blogger Robert Whitlock said...

Here's that link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/sets/72157603046414382/


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