Saturday, August 29, 2009

20-Something [Social] Life Cycle

- subcultural rebirth

- clique gestation/ interpersonal maturation

- technological disenchantment

- psychoanalytic introspection

- existential crisis

- burst into flame

- repeat

Is it really that serious? Of course not... and absolutely.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ramadan Reflections

(because, clearly, i'm a sucker for alliteration.)

Yesterday, I overheard someone say, “I’m starving.”

Really? Really?

It was the 3rd day of Ramadan, and my body was still adjusting. I wasn't walking around sad-faced and pitiful; my stomach didn't even growl too much. And I didn’t intend to indulge such dramatics. For one, it’s not becoming, and for two – it isn’t necessary.

However, hearing that hyperbolic turn of phrase (for surely she wasn’t serious) actually made me grateful for the fast. Through it, I will recognize hunger, but it will confirm that I know nothing of starvation. That’s one of the benefits of Ramadan; Muslims get closer to the experience of the unfortunate. Hopefully, it will not only make us more diligent in our compassion but more thankful for our bounty.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ramadan Mubarak

The Islamic month of fasting began last night at sundown.

It makes me feel especially connected to Muslims across the world.

And I think the President feels connected too. Very cool.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Peculiar Kind of Optimisim

An excerpt from a recent conversation with one of my sisters:

"I have good news!"


"I went to the doctor today and found out that I have poison ivy."

"You're stupid."

"I thought there was a parasite living under the surface of my skin."

"Well, in that case."

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Dude. 3 Years.

A few days ago, HomeBoy & I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary (it sounds so stodgy when I say it that way). He wrote me this amazing message that made me cry the second time I read it (the first time I was too busy trippin' because other folks could see it).

What a beautiful soul.
What a blessed life.
I don't want to ramble,
but I believe Ingrid Michaelson said it best.

PS - We went to this delicious Italian restaurant. Ever had really good canneloni? It will change your life.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

An Exercise in Nostalgia

You know, senior yearbook quotes can reveal a lot about a person.

In my high school, the seniors had the most detailed portion of the yearbook. Unlike the under classmen who had all of their images squeezed onto a double page spread like so many sardines, our photos were laid out three per page, so we could include a list of all our extracurricular activities, our signatures and a quote of our own choosing.

People pulled activities out the woodwork. I’m convinced some even made them up. My own list wasn’t very robust, as I worked all through high school. But the most interesting part wasn’t the list of extracurrculars; it wasn’t even the highly stylized signatures of the senior girls – complete with hearts and smiley faces, ad nauseum. The most interesting thing about the senior section was the quotes.

Being several years removed from high school, I’ve gone back to peruse my yearbook on occasion. I’ll read a few of the handwritten messages; then I make a B-line for the senior section to see who’s quotes exemplify their high school selves, and who’s quotes were foreshadowing the people they would become. Of course, I have not kept in touch with everyone from my graduating class, so maybe the quotes just fit my memories of them. At any rate, here are some of my favorites:

  • " my pants" -Original
  • "Nothing left to do but smile smile smile" -Grateful Dead
  • "I get by with a little help from m y friends.
  • I get high with a little help from my friends." - The Beatles
  • "Carpe Diem"
  • "Insanity, think of it as a survival kit." - Anonymous
  • "We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep." - The Tempest
  • "I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
  • "When I know who I am, then I'll be free." - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • "Four years of Academic [our high school]...'And still I rise" - Partially Original/ Maya Angelou
  • "Deaf people can do anything except hear" - Original (and from a hearing-impaired student. awesome in my opinion.)
  • "College is for girls who don't want to marry the first idiot they meet and push out his illegitimate children." - Original
  • "I wish they would only take me as I am." -Vincent Van Gogh
  • "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Unknown
  • "Nitwit blubber oddment tweak." (I believe this is take from Harry Potter)
  • "My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor." - Ecclesiastes 2:10
  • "Both tears and sweat are salty, but render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you change." - Jesse Jackson
  • "We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates, Psycho
  • "If I could say a few good words...I'd be a better public speaker." - Homer Simpson
  • "The difficulty is not to die for a friend but to find a fried to die for." - Anonymous
  • "Silence, here I am. Here I am -silent" - Nirvana
  • "Verily, when Allah intends a thing, His command is 'Be!' and it is! So glory to Him in whose hands in the dominion of all things: and to Allah is the final return." - Al Qur'an

I could have included more, but I don't want to transcribe the words of my entire senior class. Like I said, I haven't kept in touch enough to know if any of these quotes have proven to been ironic or prophetic, but I hope we have a reunion because I would love to know.