Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov 15 2009

The Great Explainers

If you haven’t seen Coupling (the British version; there is no American version as far as I’m concerned), you’re missing out. It may be the best-written sitcom in the history of television. There’s much that’s hilarious, but the best bits may well be the explanations. The Last Bastion

Nov 14 2009

Around the Web

Worth reading: I guess we can assume that people who commit such acts are really inhuman. But frankly I think you’re kidding yourself and are abjectly horrified to look in the mirror. African fighters that mutilate children and innocent men and women are different, they aren’t like us. We say that as we embrace Jack …

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Nov 13 2009

Minnesota Disability Law Center

A couple of friends of mine recently bought a Smart car. A word of warning for those of you considering a similar purchase: You need to build in extra travel time. It isn’t that the Smart is underpowered. It’s simply that if anyone is around as you get into or out of your car, you’re …

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Nov 12 2009

Tax ‘Em

The campaign finance report for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine shows that four Minnesota area Catholic Dioceses contributed $6250 to a campaign to reject a law legalizing gay marriage in Maine. Yes, you read that right. The Diocese of Crookston donated $5,000 to the effort. The Diocese of Winona and the Diocese of …

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Nov 11 2009

Veterans Day

Today is the day we celebrate the end of the “War to End All Wars.” It’s the day we commemorate the horrendous loss of life, limb, sanity and simple comfort that war entails. We do it by thanking our soldiers, which I do, but…. Why aren’t we doing more? Why do we allow anyone to …

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Nov 11 2009

I Love This Place

There’s no place better than the internet to be sick. No, really. The people around here are amazing. I would have had a truly miserable last couple of months without them. Now, before I go on, let me just note that I might not have survived these months without the help of my husband. But …

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Nov 06 2009

Reporting Non-Default Religion

I’ve been reading about the Fort Hood shooting this morning, like most everyone else. There’s lots of bad and misleading information being passed around this close to the confusion, I’m sure. A few things stood out in the reporting, though, most of them having to do with the alleged shooter being Muslim, or more specifically, …

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Nov 05 2009


I’m two days home from spending five hours in the hospital. Everything went well, except for my reaction to the narcotics. My body’s shifting into healing mode, which means I’m about to fall asleep again, but before I do, I thought I’d share some details. It’s a little odd to know so many people are …

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Nov 03 2009


I was pointed to this new video from Tinu last night. How can I not share it with Dr. Isis?

Nov 02 2009

The Limits of Resilience

There’s a Facebook meme running around that’s basically, “Describe me in one word.” I put that up recently, and someone answered, “resilient”. While I’m sure it wasn’t his intent, I almost cried. Resilience was a fairly new field of study when I was getting my degree in psychology, lo, those many years ago, and I …

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