Thought for the week

Zen meditation for October 24-30

“Ask questions, start bands, start revolutions, write novels, feed others, draw on everything, show up for people, pay attention, live your life, fight for the rights of others to live theirs, and never stop playing your favorite songs.” 

— Automne Zingg

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Election year propaganda

I can’t say I had the mental fortitude to watch an entire hour of the three presidential debates. Not. One. Solid. Hour.

Quagmire.

Saturation.

Catch 22.

It wasn’t going to happen and I remain unwilling to press on. My fragile mind can’t handle it right now. Speaking of my perceived gender however still can start a fight.

Over five years ago, I unsubscribed from a news outlet that purported to be a news source akin to Right Wing Watch with an emphasis on religion. The name of the site is Talk to Action, which failed to even approximate the vaunted “Sound of One Hand Clapping” after 2004.

Since I unsubscribed, I have occasionally still received the newsletter at odd and suspicious intervals. As a consequence, I have “UNSUBSCRIBED” MORE THAN ONCE. Each time, my “free will” is ignored. My free will is violated. But apparently the webmaster of the site can only blame random “hacking” by faceless, nameless “others” for his venues “violations.”

Surely, politics via gendered discourse CAN’T POSSIBLY BE THE PROBLEM. NATURAL “RIGHTS” after all are religious and not secular matters. I can’t sincerely expect to blame them could I? Wouldn’t that be indicative of a psychological projection problem? Sure.

You Betcha!

Dualism….the bane of logicians since the first human drew breath.

Nope. Not today Satan. Not today.

A Reason For Faith: History, Historiography and The Enlightenment

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I am somewhat beside myself having found the above book by Laura Harris Hales.

History has long been touted as having a “redemptive” quality. It’s often the immediacy of our everyday lives that allows such a view point to flower long after we’ve turned out the lights at bedtime. The book A Reason for Faith, provided the footnotes and suggested readings go beyond the scope of the faith based subject matter may be MY (non-Mormon) answer to prayer on a personal level. If this subconsciously desired “antidote” is indeed contained within even thru citations (footnotes) and recommended readings, I may yet at even this date, find a second sunrise.

Below are photographs of the inside cover flaps.

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The Complimentary and Alternative Wellness professions occupy a position in American society that like Mormon history and faith practice, often finds common ground with literary Romanticism. Navigating this intersection within Modernism is sometimes over simplified. When cultural practice that supports partial Church, State and economic separations is not defined,  “pseudo science” often  purports to “educate and inform” in the absence of information. The “cultural customs” of privacy Americans share can be both anti-intellectual as well as a blessing and curse.

While I’m not certain, this may be the first book of it’s kind. Wow!

Almost all 51 States now require licensure to practice Massage Therapy. I started my professional wellness career working for Marriott International, a company with Mormon roots and cultural investment. Hi y’all!! Thank you Laura Harris Hales.

Oh Lawd. I do see Paris, but it seems I’ve never seen France

Over at Jason Colavito’s blog, he, as usual is bemoaning the Age of Balkanization. A recent target of his may be of note to practitioners and consumers of reflexology.

Colavito’s target is not a teacher or continuing education provider for reflexology in the United States. I have not researched her or the father in law whom Colavito took historical issue with. However, Mr. Colavito made her reflexology background part of his article headline.

The topic and subject matter clearly begs for a reply, which is why I refuse to not laugh.

That noted, CAM practitioners and consumers of reflexology and it’s history may find Mr. Colavito’s blog noteworthy as I have.

Several years ago, I blew a gasket with both Massage Warehouse and news outlet AlterNet over poorly chosen advertising venues and articles on fringe history and pseudo science, tied to CAM therapies in general. I have trolled Mr. Colavito’s blog ever since like a faithful drone overcome with unrequited affection.

While Mr. Colavito’s objections are independent from my own and his academic background in this regard does trump mine, I chose to voice my opinion and then mind my own business professionally since then.

I begin my paralegal associates studies later this month. I have indeed decided to forgo Graduate School in favor of something more personally meaningful and cost effective.

Please do stop by to visit Mr. Colavito. There is more to his subject matter than many of his critics will admit too in public and vice versa.