Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Vana needs your love





Your cyberhugs and kisses are appreciated! I'm flying to Syracuse late tonight to see her and deliver lots of love. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

April 1967

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

A speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Manhattan's Riverside church.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Loneliness

I just finished reading an article entitled, People not always needed to alleviate loneliness, which made me think a lot about how important my stuffed animal collection and my real dog were to me when I was a little girl...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Insight Needed

Why does scientific research often result in the sort of conclusions any reasonably intelligent junior high school student could come up with?

From an article titled, Hormone Fluctuations May Be Responsible For Many Mood Disturbances In Women, published in December 2007 in Science Daily ("your source for the latest research news"):

"The researchers concluded that when reproductive hormones are removed, premenstrual symptoms or PMS disappears."

They figured out the obvious, but unfortunately...

"more research is needed to figure out WHY some women are more susceptible to depression during hormonal transitions than others."

What good are you people??

Related stories:

What Is The Link Between Women's Hormones And Mood Disorders?

which comes to some startling conclusions...:

"Previous research has found that, before puberty, the rates of mood and anxiety disorders are similar in boys and girls. It's only after females begin menstrual function that a gender differential in mood disorders manifests itself. This, coupled with the observation that women appear to be especially vulnerable to mood disturbances during times of hormonal flux, certainly lends support to the claim that a relationship exists between sex hormones and mood."

DUH!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Social Networks

Remember that conversation we had not too long ago about how much our social networks have changed because of the internet? Well, I think this article adds some interesting insight on the issue.

This past weekend I was on faculty at a choir clinic for high school girls in Occidental, CA, a little town about 70 miles north of San Francisco. We stayed in cabins in the woods, with performances and classes in the lodge house. I was "off the grid" for the first time in months. It was SO nice to disconnect from my computer networks and instead connect with other human beings. I have to admit I was a little worried about what the consequences might be of being unreachable. What if someone I love gets hurt? What if someone really needs to get a hold of me? It's so easy to forget that we've only had these conveniences for a short time and that we survived just fine for a really long time without them. In the end, everything turned out fine. I wonder if I ought to take a few days "off the grid" every month?

A walk on my lunch hour




This is the Ferry Building







(All of these photos were taken with my phone camera... That's why they're so crappy.)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

My walk to work




I decided to take a couple of photos with my phone camera on my way to work this morning. I recommend clicking on each photo to see the larger version.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Something I Find Really Interesting...

Sustainable Conservation: Dairies Project Overview

Snow

Snow,
blessed snow,
comes out of the sky
like bleached flies.
The ground is no longer naked.
The ground has on its clothes.
The trees poke out of sheets
and each branch wears the sock of God.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
I bite it.
Someone once said:
Don’t bite till you know
if it’s bread or stone.
What I bit is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
Today God gives milk
and I have the pail.

-Anne Sexton

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best!