Monday, May 30, 2011
who is third from left, has been meticulously managing her father's care since his cancer was discovered 6 months ago. She has a loose-leaf notebook full of his billing documents, and a loose-leaf notebook on all his treatments, medications, and doctor's orders. She looms large in this painting, because she is a tireless and cheerful presence in her family. My husband and I are struck that this young woman would make a wonderful nurse...to be a resource for our WHOLE community... not just her family. Alas, she does not have documentation that would aid her in getting an education. How can we equip all people to use their gifts, regardless of their ethnicity or origin? How can we view people as potential assets and resources?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "Every modern culture that we know of is a composite. It is 'mestizo' made up of disparate elements, which nonetheless form an integrated whole. The cultural frontier is at the heart of every human grouping, every individual. A human grouping---like any other living organism---cannot survive except by confronting the unknown, the unexpected. It must re-form its identity at the threshold of every new encounter. It is engaged in a ceaseless effort of absorption, assimilation, and transmutation---of symbols, images, modes of existence. To try to arrest this movement at any given point---whether from nostalgia over the past or the dream of a sirenic utopia---is to condemn it to sclerosis and death." Jacques Audinet (Institut Catholique, Paris)
Monday, May 23, 2011
I just read about the Pope speaking with 12 astronauts circling Earth. One of the astronauts is Mark Kelly. His wife, a congresswoman, was shot in the head while attempting to connect with her constituents on Jan.8, 2011 at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. The Pope said that, "It must be obvious to you that we all live together on one Earth and how absurd it is that we fight and kill each other." Kelly told the pope that, "Borders cannot be seen from space", and noted that, "Down on Earth, people usually fight for resources. At the space station, solar power provides unlimited energy, and if those technologies could be adapted more on Earth, we could possibly reduce some of that violence."
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I am reading a 20 yr old book that I stumbled upon at my local University Bookstore. It is titled BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA The New Mestiza. Apparently it was a groundbreaking work rooted in Gloria Anzaldua's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist and a writer. On the back of the book it says that Borderlands "remaps our understanding of what a "border" is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.