I miss you, weekend

Where did Sunday go? For that matter, where did the weekend go!? I need another weekend toute suite!

I kinda visited a church on Sunday. Virtually. That means I watched the livestream.

It's been approximately a decade since I last attended any kind of church service. I'd really like to find a place that reads the Bible closely and discusses it, and I'm starting to think church is not the place for that. I get that people, especially people of the cloth, want the bible to be relevant to today's realities, however, I don't think mixing in some kind of diluted self-serving pop psychology is the way to go about it. A lot of yesterday's sermon focused on "me" or "I." You can overcome fear, Jesus is with you. I'm not saying these points are wrong but where's the attention on, oh I don't know, God and the historical context of the passage and what the situation meant, or might have meant, to Jesus's followers when he walked on water. And why the dramatization? Why that sermon-y voice that swells and subsides to slow quiet talk. We, the "audience," are not five-year olds and you're not reading us a bedtime story. Just talk normally, please. So, in general, I found most, maybe all, of the service to be ridiculous. Even the ritual was not satisfying. I did not stay until the end.

Maybe the sort of bible-reading get-together that a nonreligious person would appreciate doesn't exist.
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Keeping LJ Alive

I have no tasty morsel to offer you—no tale about a trip to the Canadian Rockies, or photos of feasting on a Breton galette in France. I haven't the money right now for such trips and, more importantly, I have no desire to go anywhere. I have settled into being in one place, and I am still. Who knows if this is a phase or something related to getting older.

I have nothing cheerful or fun to say here. And there seems to be a strong current of negative and drecky stuff in the world lately. I'm not inspired to write about it.
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It's rare for me to come aross a movie where physical attributes aren't a major part of a romantic relationship. That doesn't mean personality and chemistry are minor elements. It's just that usually, audiences can see why hot character X and hot character Y want to at least bed each other.

The Danish Girl surprised me. I expected a straightforward story about transgenderism, but it was so much more than that. I salute Lucinda Coxon for skillfully including submissiveness, power, parity, and other elements that live in intimate relationships and societal expectations. Beyond this, though, Coxon depicted my ideal love. The fictionalized Einar and Gerda Wegener did not exactly have an erotic romantic sort of love; it was more like love between two souls. Very pure, very romantic in my eyes. It was a love that transcends gender and body, that sees a person.
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Out into the world this goes

I don't know why these words came to me this evening, and I'm not going to analyze it. I'm just going to go with the feeling.

Mom and dad, I'm sorry if I hurt you. You hurt me too. Very badly. I'd even say you started it. Because I was just a child. Unintentionally or not, the damage is done.
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"It has punctuation..."

I read a post today that made me think of one of my favorite comedy sketches. Not wanting to defile the post by leaving a potentially offensive or caustic comment, I've put the sketch here instead.

Just to be clear, there's no ill intent here; I'm just sharing a bit of humor about... religious experiences.


Three Things Thursday, #28

Back by popular demand, another installment in the Thursday series!

Yeah, right.

1) I really liked this article in Money magazine several weeks ago, "7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet," because it illustrates opportunity cost in a breezy, accessible way. I'd love for more constituents to be armed with this kind of information and get in Congress's face about the budget and spending priorities.
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Dynamic Response

"Epigenetics is an emerging field of science that studies heritable changes caused by the activation and deactivation of genes without any change in the underlying DNA sequence of the organism. The word epigenetics is of Greek origin and literally means over and above (epi) the genome." (National Human Genome Research Institute)

"The epigenome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins, and other factors regulate gene expression." (University of Utah)

Below are excerpts from Dr. Rachel Yehuda's unedited conversation with Krista Tippett on July 30, 2015.

"...what we look for when we study the impact of a trauma is how big the event is compared to what usually goes on for a person."

"But the purpose of epigenetic changes I think is simply to increase the repertoire of possible responses. I don't think it's meant to damage or not damage people. It just, it expands the range of biologic responses. And that is, can be a very positive thing when it's needed."

"You cannot run from your past. But maybe you would run farther if you carried your past with you, as long as you can control it, and I think that that is really what we want to understand. We want to understand what it means to have a greater repertoire of behavior..."