Monthly Archives: June 2008

snapshots of my dream kitchen




i’ve found some awesome websites over the last week. there’s reality sandwich that i wrote about yesterday, and a site that’s somewhat related, souldish, “a web magazine for cultural pioneers exploring the frontiers of spirituality, science, media, art, and sustainability”, to hear them tell it. but i’ve found what could be the most addictive of them all, especially because i love to hang out in my tiny kitchen, apartment therapy, and its sister site, the kitchn. and pictured above, found at the kitchn, is something akin to my dream kitchen. (and it’s not all that far off from what i have, except mine is much smaller, and he has a lot more pans and knives.) sigh. yeah, i’ve wasted most of this evening jumping around these two sister sites. c and i are going garage saleing tomorrow morning, and maybe i can find some cool things (and things i actually need and will use) to contribute to the dream. (maybe at some point in the near future i’ll take some kitchen pics and post here, just ‘cuz.)

have a bite

yesterday i discovered this bombalicious website, reality sandwich. it’s basically a site about all that i hold near and dear: religion, psychology, politics, pop culture, real culture, art, sex, drugs… it’s the kind of website i’d run if i had any creativity within me at all (so i have this little blog instead). instead it’s run by daniel pinchbeck, described at his wikipedia entry as an “author and advocate of the use of psychedelic substances such as LSD, Psilocybin mushrooms and peyote for enriching people’s intellectual, psychological and spiritual beliefs through the psychedelic experience.” okay then. his “breaking open the head: a psychedelic journey into the heart of contemporary shamanism” was actually an excellent read touching on his experiences with various entheogens and the effects this was having on other areas of his life. however, i tried to read “2012: the return of quetzalcoatl”, and i just couldn’t get into it. of course it also turned me off when i read there of his belief that because of his date of birth (6/6/66), he has some spiritual insight that most people don’t have. c’mon. i believe there is some meaning to numerology and even to 666, but that date of birth thing seems almost juvenile (at least on the surface). and i’m not denying that the man definitely has some valuable spiritual insights that i’m really glad he’s sharing with the world. but the 666 thing, well, maybe i should just get over it and try sometime in the next four years to read 2012 again… anyway, i’m digressing. reality sandwich is his blog and it’s awesome. go there and have a bite or two. 🙂 (yeah, that’s dorky.)

my psychic rocks

yes, i have my own psychic. no, i don’t have my own attorney or accountant or masseuse or even my own minister. other than a doctor and a dentist, i have none of the ‘normal’ persons that we westerners think we need to get through life. but, i have my own psychic. and she rocks. (here is a link to her craft website.)

k. has been right pretty much about everything she’s told me regarding my life, including the current relationship mess i find myself in. she told me basically that he and money do not mix well (don’t worry, i have no fear of him ever reading this, as he has minimal familiarity with computers) and while i knew that (or have figured it out along the way), the last couple of days have brought that point home with neon lights. she also warned me not to let his money issues stop me from going to cali to the integral theory conference in august. he is in deep doo-doo financially right now and asked me last night for a large amount of money, to which i said no. he then asked if i could help him when i get paid ‘this week’ (i don’t get paid until next week) and i said no. the thing is, next week i’m planning to purchase my plane ticket for the cali trip. however, because of the physical attraction between us, i’m liable to do stupid things, just ‘cuz. still, basically i see her warning as being right on, because i can see the possibility of it happening. and i have to continue to say no, and furthermore, figure out how the hell to get him out of my life. i mean, i do like hanging out with him behind closed doors, but otherwise, he’s really not all that good for me.

the problem is that we live in the same apartment building. there are things i like about him, but there are enough differences that i know that this is not going any further than it already has, and it’s probably already gone much too far. i don’t have the time, or the money, to find another place to live right now. what needs to happen is that i need to grow a pair of balls (basically what k-r told me today: let my masculine side take charge) and tell him once and for all to leave me alone. and i’ve done that time and time again, but he always comes sniffing around my door shortly afterwards, and the next thing i know…

so anyway, my psychic rocks. she predicted his coming into my life, and all the twists and turns and omissions (on his part) that this relationship entails. the good news is she predicted that this summer i would also meet someone else (a potential love interest) through my educational endeavors, which i believe means this conference, and whatever *might* happen afterwards. and no, this is NOT why i’m going to the conference, but it does seem that the conference is a great place to meet someone who is integrally-minded, who doesn’t look at me like i have three heads when i start talking about aqal, or green vs. teal. the person i’m currently with (who is amber/orange), two days ago we were having a conversation about the existence of hell (we had been watching a documentary about carlton pearson). after repeatedly banging my head against the wall (i don’t believe in a literal hell, or heaven, and he does, because the bible tells him so), i just decided to give up and change the subject. he took that to mean that my argument was weak, but in actuality i gave up because, when it comes to religion, he is still thoroughly entrenched in amber, and it’s not my job to force him to see my point of view. and that’s fine, either/or, black/white thinking may work for him, but it doesn’t work for me.

…blah blah blah, long story short, i’m looking forward to august and everything after (heh heh), because my psychic has yet to be wrong. she rocks. 🙂

oh damn, where did this come from?

rev. michael pfleger, the catholic priest who last week mocked democratic runner-up hillary clinton, was officially suspended for two weeks by the parish he serves in south chicago. i’m kinda surprised by this, because he has said plenty of controversial things before. it’s just that this time he has brought negative national attention not only once again on trinity, barack obama’s *old* church, but this time on his home church as well. and of course he thinks he’s being wrongfully suspended. well, ‘boo hoo hooooo….’ i mean, i don’t exactly disagree with what he said, but at the same time, he had to see this coming.

and congratulations to obama, on securing the number of delegates he needed to get the democratic presidential nomination. whatever you may think about him, you have to be impressed with the fact that, almost out of nowhere, he triumphed over america’s most prominent (and crooked) political family.

a new long national nightmare

i love the title of this article at the onion.com, ‘obama, clinton, mccain join forces to form nightmare ticket’, because if we think things are bad as they currently stand, imagine the three of them united. it would truly be the beginning of a new long national nightmare.

next time, wipe the lipstick off your book jacket

my friend nikki is featured in this article (seen below in its entirety) on a supposed new kind of librarian, the ‘lipstick librarian,’ appearing back in april in the kansas city star.

On her way to being a ‘lipstick librarian’

Kansas City Star;
April 12, 2008
by Jeneé Osterheldt

When most kids get sent to their room, it’s not a welcome punishment. But as a child, Nikki Powell enjoyed her forced alone time.

Her grandmother would come to relieve her, but to her surprise Nikki would be reading a book.

“She always says it wasn’t really a punishment for me,” says Nikki, 27. “I was a bookworm. I would ask for more time to read one more chapter.”

The books of her childhood include the Strawberry Shortcake series, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, The Baby-sitters Club novels.

And then there was Little House on the Prairie. Nikki was about 9 years old when she got it, and she found herself up past her bedtime, hiding under the blanket with a flashlight, stealing away more time to read the book. Her real passion for reading started there.

By the time she was 15, she started working at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Boardwalk branch in Kansas City, North, shelving books. At 19, she became the youngest person at that branch to work the checkout desk. It was then that she started to pursue a career as a librarian and
understand the value of the library.

“I realized that libraries are an institution like a college, but it is the kind of institution that connects the public at large with information,” she says. “And to do it for free, to do it without censorship, to offer that kind of information is cool. Public
libraries could be very censored and biased if it weren’t for librarians to
protect that access to information and freedom of speech.”

Becoming a librarian wouldn’t be easy. She’d not only have to go to college, she’d have to go to graduate school and get a master’s in library science.

Nikki, with her pale skin and long, coal black hair, looks more like a modern pin-up girl or grown-up Wednesday Addams than the stereotypical librarian with glasses and a tightly pulled bun. She’s used to people being shocked at her career choice.

“There is a whole new generation of librarians,” she says of her style. “Some people call it ‘lipstick librarians.’ When we were kids, librarians were old with a crabby look on their face. I was always scared to death to ask a librarian a question. But with the
new generation comes approachability. We’re flexible, open to change, embracing
technology and constantly changing and evolving instead of upholding the old-school ways.”

Now, just 10 hours away from getting her degree at the University of Missouri, Nikki is studying the art of storytelling and the world of children’s programs, such as puppet shows, music and more. She’s also a member of the Young Friends of the Library, and she blogs for The Star’s new weekly publication, Ink (inkkc.com).

But her job is outreach assistant for the Kansas City Public Library. She helps pick books for the Books to Go program, which helps get books to preschools and HeadStart programs. She enjoys the opportunities to work with kids.

“I like that they know they can ask me questions, and I like the challenge of having a kid come in who has read everything,” she says. “I have to find something new for them to read.”

With the rise of technology, Nikki says it’s important for kids to read. Often, she sees children spending their visits to the library on the Internet. But today is Drop Everything and Read Day, an initiative to encourage families and kids to read for just 30 minutes.

“If a kid can really give a book a chance, and read for just 30 minutes, they would be
surprised and find themselves wanting to read more. That simple act could lead to someone becoming a lifelong reader.”

In summer 2009 she will study British children’s literature abroad in London. When she returns, she’ll graduate and hopes to become a librarian at an urban library and help libraries continue to evolve.

“I envision libraries becoming places you can come to get books, electronic resources, any type of information you need in any format. In my ideal world, my Libraryland, I want to see a 24-hour library with a coffee shop, a restaurant and even a playground,” she says.

“I want the library to be a destination place. I want them to become a community
center. I want libraries to keep growing and go beyond the boundaries.”

Jeneé Osterheldt’s column runs in FYI on Tuesday and Saturday. To reach her, call 816-234-4380 or e-mail josterheldt@kcstar.com.

http://www.kansascity.com/

44 oddities

i got this in my email this morning. instead of filling out and sending it back out, i thought i’d just post it here so all of creation can learn 44 odd things about moi:

44 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT out, learn 44 things about your friends, and let them learn 44 things about you! Send Back to me and to several more friends !! Enjoy!!
1. Do you like blue cheese? no.
2. Have you ever smoked? i’ve smoked less than 10 cigarettes in my life.
3. Do you own a gun? no.
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? none.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? somewhat.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? nastiness in the shape of a stick.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? it’s a wonderful life.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? tea.
9. Can you do push ups? yeah, but the real question is, how many can i do?
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? sterling silver ‘om’ pendant.
11. Favorite hobby? reading, writing, listening to and discovering music.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? no.
13. What’s one trait you hate about yourself? procrastination, and my inability to stand up to people
14. Middle name? starts with an L.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. can’t do work because network is f’d up. should i be posting this info on my blog. i’m hungry.
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? water, wine, cranberry juice.
17. Current worry? finding books about the historical jesus.
18. Current hate right now? people projecting their own inadequacies onto me.
19. Favorite place to be? in my bed, with a good book and a kitten asleep at my feet.
20. How did you bring in the New Year? watching the movie ‘walk hard: the dewey cox story’.
21. Where would you like to go? italy, amsterdam, bay area, nyc, grand canyon
22. Name three people who will complete this? n/a, given that i’m posting this for all the world to see.
23. Do you own slippers? yes.
24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? brown sweater.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? no.
26. Can you whistle? no.
27. Favorite color? orange, green, purple, brown, black, teal… uh, i have a lot of favorite colors.
28. Would you be a pirate? back in the day, maybe, but not now.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? whatever pops into my head at the moment.
30. Favorite Girl’s Name? have several.
31. Favorite boy’s name? haven’t thought about it really.
32. What’s in your pocket right now? my pockets are completely empty.
33. Last thing that made you laugh? watching my kitten play.
34. Best bed sheets as a child? sheets?
35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? dislocated right ankle.
36. Do you love where you live? it’ll do for now, i suppose, but i would prefer to live elsewhere.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? zero.
38. Who is your loudest friend? david. (response to geo’s saying that i’m not loud: you have no idea… :))
39. How many dogs do you have? none.
40. Does someone have a crush on you? oh geez. i don’t even know how to answer this.
41. What is your favorite book? ‘skinny legs and all’ by tom robbins.
42. What is your favorite candy? reese’s peanut butter cups .
43. Favorite Sports Team: kansas city chiefs
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? ‘zoom’ by the commodores, ‘dakini’ by willow

you know, those questions really weren’t so odd.