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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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"I want to Affirm that you would drive off without people." -me to Jess
I went to ILL the two books CWM is using for its Study on Race and White Privilege [Galilean Journey and Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America] and had to go to HOLLIS because MLN/VirtCat didn't have them.  What up?  I also wanted to get Suzanne Kamata's Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering and nowhere had it.  I poked around her GoodReads profile some and ended up adding like a bajillion books to my To-Read.  Yes, I am still being a little self-destructively avoidant at work.  But I totally get Good Liberal cookies because the list of books I added is like a 50books_poc list.

I hung out at SOM/West before church group tonight and read much of the January 2009 issue of Essence 'cause it had a cover story on Barack Obama.  Some bits were a bit too "he's the Messiah" in tone for my taste, but there were some bits I really liked -- and which I'll have to go back to the library and copy down because I can't find them on the website.


"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine
     -"You Are Mine" (David Haas)

Five good things about today:
1. Flecks of snow blowing off the snowbanks as I walked in to work.
2. A gazillion interesting books to read at some time in the future (and mostly not from the white U.S. perspective).
3. Yummy banana bread with chocolate chips.
4. Surprise bonus Nicole.  (Which, okay, contributed to my not getting to ever talk to B -- she bumped into him at lunch, so until a phone call interrupted she was chatting with him -- but it was nice to talk to her.)
5. The watercooler in my kitchenette actually dispenses water again.

Three things I did well today:
1. gymCollapse )
2. I emailed folks about a piece of information that got left out of a newsletter.
3. I talked through my response to something such that I ended up posting a response that said what I needed it to without being meaner than it needed to be.
4. I helped prepare dinner and serve Sean at group tonight (he's really sick, so he wanted to to minimize how much he touched anything).
5. I regret not actually going through with my impulse to ask a friend "are you okay?" but I got validated that I was in fact reading that correctly that something was wrong.

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Picking up the CWM books from Harvard libraries.
2. Having a relaxing early-to-bed evening.

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