Collections

This posting provides links for a # of topics I've written about more than once over the years. Handy for me to have these items in one easy-to-find location...

Note: some of the links in old postings still work (I've done a little bit of work on that); many/most do not. Apologies for the inconvenience! (It IS hugely inconvenient, believe me, I know!)

Topic Areas

Activism/Protesting

Belonging, Boxes & Circles

Canoe Trips

I did quite a # of postings about canoe trips on my original blog site, over the years. I pulled a lot of them together & put them in a collection in this posting, last year.

Christmas

The posting Christmas 2016 has links to some of my Christmas postings over the years.

Control Freaks

Funny Stuff ('cos we all need a laugh now & again, hmmmm???)

Gratitude! a whack of postings & great quotations here 

Grief

Lead

“The inordinately stupid & irresponsible handling of lead by our society is undoubtedly one of the worst of societal crimes, with the greatest injury & hence injustice concentrating in the ghetto, on the poor.” – Dr. John W. Gofman, MD, PhD, in "Irrevy” – An Irreverent, Illustrated View of Nuclear Power

“Lead moves us down the stupid scale & doesn’t let us come back.” – Stephen Collette, environmental building consultant & certified building biologist

Mantras

Near-term Extinction, or NTE

Nukes

There is a ton of nuke material on my old, original site ... but it all became utterly scattered & disorganized in the switch-over to this one. Sigh. Here is my collection of nuke-related quotes.

Patriarchy

2009

2010

2011

Men Don’t Apologize <July 2011>

2014

2015

Men who pooh-pooh, patronize & pontificate <Dec. 4/15>

2017

#Metoo(2) #PatriarchySucks <Nov. 2017>
 

Quotations

Quotation Central is a whole section on the blog. Look up along the top, & click on it. Just tons of great quotations, in many-many categories.

Vaccines

Vaccine posts are all listed nice & neatly, over on the right-hand side of the blog's main page. There are 18-20 of them, now. My favourite of the lot is the Miscellany posting. It's here Vaccines: Miscellany, A - ZBut I'm fond of them all. So much work went into them!? ** just added a page of vaccine quotes.

Walking

Posts & quotes related to walking are found here.

 

A few old favourites...

 

 

 

Stirring up the Shit (& making it personal)

Thinking about “stirring up the shit” was prompted when I saw this article about a nuclear clean-up. Then I saw another one – & the whole stirring-up-the-shit idea got me musing. 

Sometimes, you’re stirring up stuff ‘cos you’re trying to fix something. A nuclear mess, say, or … a situation in your personal life with someone close to you. 

But sometimes, stirring stuff up just makes it worse. In either of these kinds of cases.

I’ve definitely seen that happen!

Some “messes” are best left alone. Worked around, somehow, I guess. Ignored? Calling a “time-out” on??

So you gotta think kinda carefully before you try to “fix things.” It could be a hornet’s nest. (Sometimes, even a really peaceful attempt to go over circumstances can lead to not-good outcomes. Depends on … well, the individuals involved, hmmm? People can get defensive. Backs can go up. Anger can take over lickety-split… And as I like to say, nothing good happens once the shouting starts!)

As for “making it personal,” it’s ONLY when we make it “personal” that we get anywhere at all with really trying to change things.

Makes perfect sense when you think about it.

We certainly “make it personal” with our families/loved ones! With them, in fact, there may be times we need to work on NOT taking things so personally.

Regarding social justice/environmental matters, in my own little life “pollution” has always seemed “personal.” When I was a little kid, I lived with my family on a lake I was in the habit of swimming in (even when unsupervised, at a too-early age, but that’s another story). When I was six years old, we were told the lake was “polluted.” This was in the very late 1950s; no environmental campaigns were taking place at that time, for sure. We were told not to swim in the lake anymore!

Imagine! Imagine how deeply that lodged in little 6-year old me.

It sure as heck made pollution “personal!”

So did some other things around alcoholism, dysfunctional families, family violence, divorce, racial/religious discrimination, & at least one other environmental issue that was still pretty much under everybody’s radar at the time.

So, here I am now, 30 years into a “career” of activism (& as I write that, what comes to mind is, ONLY 30 years??? Whatever took me so long to get really active?? Sheesh…)

Anyway, 30 years now a shit-disturber, more or less.

A person who believes in (advocates) raising heck.

Noticing situations that call out for change.

& speaking up.

 

Maybe doing a little more than just speaking up, too, actually.

For sure,

Making. It. Personal

 

(Hmmmm. Sometimes we choose to make an issue “personal.” Sometimes, the issue chooses us. Yes??)

So.

Sometimes good things come out of raising shit.

Other times? Not so much, regrettably.

Whether in our “personal lives” – or out in the broader “world.”

 

Things are pretty dire on the planet.

I am still an advocate for action.

Yup. I definitely, definitely am.

QED.

 

Janet

*** Lotsa great quotes about action here