Archive for February 2012

Life speeds on

I haven’t written for a few days. Life sped on, and left me a little bit in the dust. First, some good news. I got a promotion at work, meaning I’m moving to a different library and will take on more responsibilities, like actually managing student workers. I’ve been needing official management/supervising experience, and this... Read more »

How do you kick generalized anxiety disorder?

I’m having a little trouble kicking this darned thing this morning. It’s hard to concentrate, even on writing this post–(but maybe writing will be just calming enough?). It took me a while to realize what it was, then it took me a while to realize I’m feeling keyed up over nothing. How’s that for concentration?... Read more »

Lent is a time of welcoming

Lent is a time of welcoming
For the first Sunday of Lent, I’d like to remind other Christians to be welcoming of others, especially those who might not be the most regular of church attendees, or who may have trouble with certain aspects of Christianity. Why am I reminding people? Well, I saw a comment on Facebook that seriously troubled me.... Read more »
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Pedestrians--quit tempting fate!

Pedestrians--quit tempting fate!
I wrote a blog post a couple days ago ranting about idiot drivers nearly running pedestrians over, and it elicited excellent comments from people in and around Chicago. You can check the post out here. A common point the commenters made was that the fault doesn’t entirely lie with the drivers. There are plenty of... Read more »

Need ashes on Wednesday? Try Ashes To Go

Need ashes on Wednesday? Try Ashes To Go
The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is participating again in Ashes To¬† Go this year–a ministry where the church brings the ashes to the streets for busy people who don’t have time for Mass for whatever reason, but still want to mark the beginning of Lent in some fashion. It’s very similar to St. Peter’s in... Read more »

Lexapro Dreams

(I promise I will get back to my regularly scheduled running posts soon. I’m running tonight, after having a really busy week last week. So, update on that, tomorrow! And if you have an extra $10 or so dollars lying around, please consider donating to my fundraising campaign for PAWS Chciago, at http://teampaws.hollythelibrarian.com )  ... Read more »
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That pedestrian crossing sign does NOT mean "run them over"

That pedestrian crossing sign does NOT mean "run them over"
    This sign here–it fucking means YIELD to pedestrians. Not “accelerate to beat them to the crosswalk.” It also doesn’t mean “continue at the same speed and hope they get out of the way in time.” It doesn’t mean “let’s scare them and pretend we’re going to run them over, but leave a few... Read more »

One step forward, one step backward is still movement

It’s still movement because I’ll take a step forward again. Maybe even two steps. Over the long term, it’s progress, and eventually it might pick up speed in the right direction. Step Forward: I’ve been walking more places. Chicago is incredibly walkable, and I live smack dab in the middle of neighborhood walkability with five... Read more »

Dumbledore was right

Dumbledore was right
“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” Harry was referring to Voldemort as You-Know-Who, but Dumbledore gently told him to go ahead and say ‘Voldemort,’ because the “fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself.” (I don’t have a Harry Potter book on me to make absolutely sure... Read more »
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Obama, contraception, anxiety, and psychiatry

Updates for today: President Obama is a secret Episcopalian. He is pretty good at choosing via media to try to work with all sides, with the compromise. Sure, it’s not popular in this age of polarization, of us-vs-them. Just look at the Catholic bishops’ strong responses and increasingly bizarre rhetoric, which is marvelously discussed on... Read more »