April 2009

So apparently the equal marriage bill is ALREADY before the Maine senate, and those with fast internet can play along at home http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/SenateV.html with the Senate live feed. I had this idea that we’d all be organizing and going down to Augusta again, but clearly, apparently not. Here’s hoping.


Update: it passed in the Senate, without amendment, 21-14. Wonderful!

Way back in the day, I took a lot of programming classes. I like programming–it’s concrete and creative with more than one right answer but clear right answers–when you get it right, you know it, because the thing does what you want it to do. GIGO is an old programming idea: garbage in, garbage out. If your input is no good, no amount of programming can fix that.

It’s not just for computers, though. It is absolutely true of my brain. Put garbage in, garbage comes out. If I want my writing to work, I have to expose myself to writing that works. Lots of poetry makes me poetic; lots of newspapers makes me journalistic. I strive for a good mix–some weeks are more successful than others. And of course, in the end, I still have to sit down and write. No amount of good input can make the words come out. This has been a week of blogs and more than my usual number of conversations. But it’s time to write now. Just. Sit Down. And Write.

Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues and in 1997 spearheaded the movement to use her one-woman show to end violence against women. Her TED talk about finding the connection between body and mind, and making change, is incredible.

If you believe something is possible, then it probably is; if you believe it isn’t then it probably won’t happen. The Galatea Effect could as easily be called the Brigadoon Effect (“If you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible–even miracles”), but what it boils down to is this: we are all capable of far more than we know. If it matters, if we want it, if we work for it, if we commit to it, we can encourage, cajole, drive, lift each other to incredible heights.

And in a small church, everyone who shows up is influential. And if you walk around defeated, so will they. As I said on Sunday, we have to work toward our own happiness–because when we put our backs and shoulders behind what matters to us, it changes our own world and everyone else’s, too.

I don’t know what film this is from, but it’s a fantastic scene–well worth the seven minutes to watch it:

give it your best. We CAN do it.