Your girl Friday's Blog (16)

Diving In to Joy

When I first jump into the pool I take a moment to stretch out and enjoy the sudden cool embrace of the water. I let go of my mind, my worries, my neuroses, and just for that brief instant I feel completely calm and at peace with my existence.



I don't wonder, that when Virginia Woolf walked into the water, that she was seeking this same kind of release. I do wonder what drove her to seeking its permanence. Life is so precious.



Every once in a while, I'll approach this… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 31, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

I'm not crazy, I'm reality-challenged!

From now on, I will be using this term to refer to those people (including myself when appropriate) who are not able to distinguish reality from fantasy, for whatever reason. This ranges from the operational reality-challenged (like those who believe in supernatural entities, for example, and can still walk around and pass for normal) to the curl-up-in-a-ball-paranoid-delusional reality-challenged.



It's okay. It happens to the best of us, on occasion.



Wow. I could SO not… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 28, 2008 at 1:59pm — 4 Comments

Waffling in Suburbia

Heart and head hurt
too young to be feeling this old
too old in my head to be so young and ignored
crying myself a river
wah! wah! wah!
I thought of another line,
but I forgot it because I'm losing my mind


Ah, I've missed writing bad poetry
Here's another, just off the top of my noggin:

Blasted bitches trading gossip
at the elementary school
That one, there, with the green hat.
Gonna go and give her a slap

Added by Your girl Friday on December 18, 2008 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Nontheist morality

I think that many atheists, when deciding or coming to terms with their own moral precepts, eventually fall into one of several philosophies for guiding their decision-making.



Socialism

Objectivism

Scientific method

Law and order

democratic rule

hedonism



(this list is by no means comprehensive, but I think that it encompasses a lot of us)



A socialist atheist follows the precept that the good of the community promotes the ultimate good of… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 14, 2008 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

Revelations from the swimming pool

I do love to swim. It gives me a chance to relax and enjoy my own thoughts without all the distractions of the world around me.



I thought of a much more poetic form of this early today around lap 25, but to my shame, cannot recall it now, and was (obviously) not able to write it down as it occurred to me. I thought I would remember, but alas, the words have taken flight. This is not as good, but the idea is there...



Like two sides of the same coin,

the best poetry… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 6, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Breakthrough, finally

Well, my brain seems to be in the proper working order, finally. I think maybe my left hemisphere was overloading, because the only time I was okay was when I was working on statistics or on my research project, both heavily analytical (right brain) activities (is that correct, or am I getting the two mixed up?). Everything else was sending me into la la land.



Detaching from reality seems to be an occasional problem with me. But I think that I finally may have come back to earth from… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on December 5, 2008 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

What is bothering me.

This is not an easy question to answer. It is not a short answer, either.



I think the best way to describe it is that I'm in the middle of an existential crisis. It happens to me periodically.... I think the first time I recall it happening was in 5th grade. I couldn't put a name to it then, but I can now recognize it for what it was. I know, I was an unusually thoughtful and introspective child, and read at the 12th grade level in 3rd grade, if that tells you anything (ha! that your… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

On obsession

Why do we do it?



I've become overly obsessive about my schoolwork, mostly to avoid having to deal with a whole host of other problems that have come up recently. It's nothing new, just stuff that I'm really really tired of having to not deal with or address.



I'm bugging the hell out of my friends and even people that I don't know all that well, because I'm feeling so unhappy that it's bleeding out of me everywhere. I try to stop, but when I do, it pops out with someone or… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 28, 2008 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

My rules, reposted

I'm fairly well inebriated (2/3 bottle of wine), or I would never say some of this. Enjoy. Please comment. Not really a common thing for me to be drinking to excess, but more common recently. An excess of anger/frustration that needs to be muted, perhaps.



Ahem, edited. More humorous, less cynical and snotty.





Rule #1

There are no rules. Officially.



#2

Um, and don't fucking tell anyone you have rules. Not that you would. It's just a bad idea. It… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Serious F*ck up

It appears that I somehow managed to write over my last blog.

I'll repost the newest addition, then post a revision of the original blog, if I can remember what I wrote.

Julie

Added by Your girl Friday on November 22, 2008 at 5:24am — No Comments

Try for quiet

My brain doesn't work very well without certain amounts of quiet and solitude. As a SAHM, I do not frequently get time to take away from family responsibilities. The only time that I really get an opportunity to think without interruption is when I go swimming.



I haven't been able to go for a while because of an ankle injury I managed to inflict on myself while gardening this summer. Yeah, gardening. Shovel+border removal = fall down go crunch OW ow Ow that fucking hurts! I don't… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on October 19, 2008 at 1:20am — No Comments

Say godfree!

Not Godless.

I'm not less of anything, much like people who chose to not have children refer to themselves as child-free as opposed to childless.

Fuck Ann C@#$&*r and her ilk. Don't let "less"er people define who we are.

Added by Your girl Friday on August 21, 2008 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Addendum to Part 1

First, I feel like I need to address the comments about responding to Christians on their own turf.



Okay, I grew up heavily Xian. I read the Bible over and over and over. I'm sick of it, and I'm just not going to use it, even when responding to Xians. It is not part of my governing meme anymore, and I feel like using it, even as a response to an argument, is silly. I feel silly doing it. I will discuss some things from the Torah (Old Testament = Torah) with my husband, partly because… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 20, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Why Sam Harris is WRONG WRONG WRONG, Part 1

I'm splitting this blog into several parts in the interest in my getting *some* sleep at night. I think I should be able to maintain my logical flow from day to day, but I make no guarantees whatsoever.



First off, I would like to make it clear that my main objection with Sam Harris is not the intent of his book but the content, and the methodology. Speaking about how faith ends is not what atheists and the burgeoning athiestic community needs to be hearing right now. We've already… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 19, 2008 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

I'm stuck!

So, we're reading Susan Jacoby's book on American Secularism in my book club. We started to discuss it last week, but mostly wandered around during the discussion on other topics related to atheism. It was a serious and very productive beginning discussion, but we didn't spend much actual time discussing the basis of American secularism or much that was in the book (it didn't help that most of us hadn't finished it, but it was announced on short notice) (not that I mind that, we still had, I… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 12, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Here I am.

Nice to meet everyone. I'm glad to have this site for a bit of venting and a bit of real non-theist community. Not that other places aren't just as nice, but this feels a little bit safer than saying these things on MySpace or one of the other more public blog spots. I used to have a journal online (before it got termed blogging) that I tediously updated, but I dropped the account a while back, and they finally got around to purging it last year. Not that it would make entertaining reading, as… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 10, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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