13 Thursday: Red and Ready to be Read
1. Putting on mascara before going out to a therapy session is like curling my hair before taking shower.
2. Hanging up from talking on the phone to my husband, I said, “I’ve got to get back to doing whatever it was I wasn’t getting done.”
3. He’s a counselor who specializes in substance abuse. By the looks of our culture, I think his job security is pretty good.
4. I took my great niece Samantha, who just turned 13, out for her birthday. The photo is of her showing me her new IPOD. She turned me on to Shirley Temples (see pink drink) too.
5. My good friend Juniper turned 50 in November. I like to call the below photo of her, taken at her party, “I’m this many!”
6. Juniper once got 2 speeding tickets in one day. She was able to get one thrown out on a technicality because her license plate said SACRED but the cop wrote SCARED on the ticket.
8. A guy I know from Blacksburg, who has a best seller book called “Contract on America,” wrote a great commentary, published in the Roanoke Times last week, on Electronic Voting with a link to a video demonstration on how easy it is to steal votes.
9. What were we thinking when we accepted a voting system with no way to do a recount, one that political scientists and researchers at John Hopkins have said is wide open to corruption? Here is an article I wrote in 2003 on the subject that was published at Common Dreams.
10. Floyd was the subject of a USA Today feature. Go HERE to meet some friends of mine.
11. I’ve kept my maiden name, Redman, throughout two marriages. It was Susun Weed, author and herbalist in the Wise Woman tradition, who first alerted me to the fact that names ending in “son” and “man” are patriarchal. She did this when she sent me a postcard addressed to “Colleen Redone.” Since then, I’ve taken to changing my name when I sign something I’ve written for the Museletter. I’ve used Redmantra, Redmana, Redmandala, and Redmanymorewherethatcamefrom. When I’m mad I sign C. Red.
12. This is what Susun Weed, says about the numbers 12 and 13. “Twelve is the number of established order. Twelve is easily divided and ordered into halves and quarters and thirds, easily categorized and labeled and defined. One step beyond twelve is thirteen, the wild card, the unique number, the indivisible prime. Thirteen is the number of change.”
13. I have a new answering machine message. It says: Speak in rhyme if you’re so inclined. Leave a clue if you do. This could work for blog comments too.