Warrior Wednesday: Where are the women warriors?

July 4, 2012

Last weekend we went to see the Avengers. It was overwhelming because it was so loud–kiddo and I used shop ear protectors to control our sensory overload. At one point she took them off and I put them on. Later she was looking for them and got mad that I was wearing them. 🙂

How lame is it that The Black Widow’s superpower is never aging? Sounds like a superpower that some man-boy made up, seriously, WTF? So, my challenge is to find a real woman superhero or make one up myself. We have been using Kitty Ninja for a while…maybe we need to make some enhancements. I do like the kyoshi warriors from The Last Air Bender  and of course Korra from The Legend of Korra, which I need to catch up on watching.

After I repeated a story I’d heard in Karate (chaotic note in this entry), kiddo asked me, “Where are the women warriors?”. Promptly, I found a blog entry about Deborah Sampson and told her a story she could understand.

Women Warrior Links: Top 10 Badass Female Warriors and Women Warriors–A History of Real Women in Combat

Women Warriors Book Links on Amazon~ Oh Noes—an awesome random thought! A curriculum on Women Warriors! There’s no stopping a NY ‘girl’ once she has an idea like this!

chaotic note

Having It All?–The Wrong Question to Ask

Only if he looks like this (see below)!
He Can Do It

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Buckets

December 1, 2011

Our family enjoyed A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids. (picture above) It was a useful reminder to the whole family that we must build each other up or “fill buckets” because that is part of the changes we’d like see in our society.  I made up a bedtime story that mentioned buckets and I explained the Occupy Movement in terms she would understand. I mentioned this to one protester and she suggested that I write it. I added it to my list.

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Daisy Deadhead suggested that I do a piece like hers on ‘the voices in my head or my spiritual side’, so I did. She called hers Deity Meeting Part 1. Here it is, entirely unedited.

Spiritual Chaos

Setting:

Main Characters:
Mary- Mother of Jesus
Gaia
Mary Magdalene (MM)
Thomas (Doubting)
Wisdom(spirit of Jesus, shethelor)
Buddah
Rose Winslow

Minor Character(s):

Grizzy The Ferret
Ripple Blanket/Rug

Buddah: Please everyone get a cushion from the corner and gather in a circle around the rug. (the crowd settles in) Let us open this meeting with ten full breaths of meditation.

Thomas: But Buddah we are missing Gaia.

Buddah: Shall we meditate until she arrives and then take our ten breaths.

Rose: That would be a good idea.

Buddah: Everyone get comfortable.

MM: Gaia is always late.

Blessed Mother: She is a busy Goddess, please have some patience.

Thomas: We could be meditating for a half hour.

Blessed Mother: Thomas, she said Grizzy had a cold so she would be running a bit behind.

Thomas: I wish she would leave those horrid creatures behind.

Buddah: Looks at Thomas gently and shushes him quietly.
Thomas reluctantly closes his eyes with a sigh.

Fifteen minutes pass and Gaia enters.

Buddah’s eyes open and he welcomes her to the meeting and invites her for one minute of meditation.

The group hears a small jingling bell.

Thomas: (Mumbling) ……you didn’t bring one of those stinky ferrets again did you?

Rose and the blessed mother shift in their seats. After a minute Buddah thanks everyone for their meditation. Gaia opens the meeting. Grizzy jumps in her lap with a jingle.

Gaia: Today we are meeting to discuss demands. It has been brought to our attention that these are not working. We must go about things in a more gentle fashion.

MM: That must be why she is reading Verbal Judo. So far the plan is working. I say we keep up the good work.

Thomas: I disagree, I think we need to take a hard line with demands and put them in writing before this meeting is over.

Grizzy The Ferret: (Runs right over to Thomas and jumps on his foot, nosing it)  Put a sock in it Thomas or I’ll bite your ankle!

Blessed Mother: Grizzy that’s not appropriate. One more outburst like that and you are banned from eating rasins for eternity.

Grizzy The Ferret whimpers and jingle noises are heard all the way to Gaia’s lap.

Rose: We are a leaderful and nonviolent movement. We have to give J time to reread and outline Verbal Judo in order for it to be more effective. Thomas, look at this as an exercise in patience.

Thomas gets up and paces the room while mumbling and making hand gestures.

Rose: Blessed Mother, will you give us an update on the controversial Holiday Plans?

Blessed Mother: So far the kiddo’s birthday was good. It was low key and she complained a little about the lack of a large crowd but a good time was had. For a bonus there was a kitty cake. And going to the cousins house for a sleepover and Thanksgiving Dinner was an appropriate addition for the birthday. Kiddo has requested a big Christmas tree.

Thomas interrupts: This is where we need to take a hard line. We should and will have a Christmas tree.

Gaia: Everyone knows how I feel about cutting down a tree and sticking it indoors to die a slow death. I’d like to see if we could get a larger live tree we could plant somewhere after the holidays.

Wisdom: It is MY supposed birthday, as well as Winter Solstice. I think I should be able to decide. This matter needs to be tabled until the next meeting. Can we agree on that much?

“Yes” is heard all around the circle.

Wisdom: Blessed Mother please continue with your update.

Blessed Mother: The loft bed may be delayed until after Christmas due to the 6 to 8 weeks of shipping time. What about the addition of the slide?

Thomas: We can’t do anything until we get the bed but the slide looks like it might be a go. There’s a definite fun factor with an indoor slide. Kiddo should be excited. She will forget about the Holiday nonsense if she gets a slide. Temperature check on the indoor slide.

All fingers in the circle are wiggling in up position.

Thomas: Great! Meeting adjourned….

Buddah: Wait a minute. Let us pause and each find something to be grateful for.

MM: Please don’t make us share it this time. Remember what happened last time?

Gaia: We can do an optional share. Except for Grizzy the Ferret. He needs to share something he is grateful for.

Grizzy The Ferret: I’m thankful that for all eternity I have the freedom to talk and go wherever I wish. I don’t need no stinking cage!

Gaia: Wonderful Grizzy! I’m thankful that J got so excited about Toilet Paper being 40% post consumer recyclable paper! And for the years J did not cut a tree down for the holidays.

Buddah: Anyone else? Rose?

Rose: I’m thankful that J is studying to go back to school and/ or work.

Buddah: May we all discover and appreciate the opportunities we have!


FTY: The Muppets

June 10, 2011

Orignially this post was going to consist mainly of the “SouthPark Test” which is analogous to The Daughter Test they have been writing about over at Feministe. Instead of flogging myself for failing the “SouthPark Good Parenting Test”, because I caught kiddo watching almost a whole hour of South Park. <<<While I snoozed and dear Kryten took his “I got clocked @89 mph but was framed” defense and safe driving class to show the judge “I am a good driver certificate”>>>. <My younger judgemental teacher self head would have almost exploded upon hearing eight year olds watched SouthPark.>

Instead I bring to you Muppets!

From Mindful.org: Embrace the Monster in the Mirror

Our furry old pal Grover’s got good advice for us all.

Here’s a little Friday fun for the young and the young at heart.

About this Sesame Street video, Scientific Mindfulness blogger Brian Thompson, PhD writes, “I discovered this Sesame Street clip after a therapist posted it on a professional listserv. As the poster noted, it’s a clever illustration of the ease that can come from accepting parts of us that we experience judgment towards.”


Listening 101

December 9, 2010

Listening 101 ADHD style =

<I’m pairing this post with kiddo art. Because what is less threatening than a little kids drawing?>

My Notes from The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols- Chapter 6:

I’m reading this book because the professional development book I am also reading suggested it. <Non-fiction, how I can read you if I am reading 5 books at a time><ADHD and Good Notes> Sometimes at home I cannot stop my mouth from opening and words flying out~ like blatant spot on psychoanalysis of my partner. Poor Kryten, I think he’s gotten so used to it. it just echoes off his metallic finish.

How Emotionality Makes us Defensive. <I really like how they outlined many key sentences in bold.>

Were most reactive to the things we secretly accuse ourselves of. <ding, ding, ding>

TONE of voice counts and can turn a request into a tirade. <I really do this when I talk with kiddo. bless Krytens cold metal heart. He tries to get me to notice.>

When we are talking we hear what we feel not how we sound.

p.103 Try to figure out what the person (who’s upset) might be feeling and say it in a way that invites him/her to elaborate. Acknowledgement of position allows a person to open and actually hear.

It’s easy to fake listening.

Rivermonster in bathtub crayon 10/10 by kiddo

I imagine this is how the river monster feels after he has been with a good listener.

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chaotic notes

 

Not listening is a silencing mechanism, too. from Silence isn’t Golden

Can I listen to myself and stay focused?


RIP TJ the basil plant

November 9, 2010

TJ the basil plant has been put outside to die or heal or whatever. Can I order a miracle for a basil plant please? I love TJ. TJ smells so very good and has the best and brightest green leaves. I talked to my wonderous basil plant and begged it to keep on growing and also stop growing the silvery-black spots. After doing a little research. It seems to be a bacteria has infested this large-leafed sweet basil. Darn you, Bacterial Leaf Spot or Basil Shoot Blight.

In other herb news here at chez de chaos. I have replanted my beloved parsley and moved it indoors for the winter season. Butterflies ate you down to nubby stubs but it didn’t stop you. No your leaves are not as round and full and pretty and wonderfully smelly as TJ but I do love your pointy leaved persistence.

I have my parsley hanging on my wall with painters tape, paper bag, nail, and clothes pin. It makes for pretty decor if I don’t say so myself. Today I planted two sets of basil seeds and one set of cilantro seeds in memorial to TJ. I am still secretly keeping vigil for TJ because one time <at band camp> I had a basil plant that resurrected itself after a Western NY-post apocalyptic winter. Really I did. It was a hydroponic plant. I wonder if rosemary or thyme can grow as a house plant…


FlipsNFun

November 7, 2010

Kiddo did flips on the uber-bouncy thing at the mall <looks like the pic below>. She just didn’t do one flip but continually flipped on her own even when she was up near the top! Fierce and Fearless she is. And she rode a dragon on the carousel. It was a great day.

Random Image I stole from Yellowdog Granny via Daisy’s Dead Air <link on right sidebar>

I’ve tried to recruit a few young women I know to write or post their art here. We will see how it goes. I imagine I will have to bug the heck out of them if I really want them to do it. Wish me luck.


The Answer is 42

November 4, 2010

We seriously need to just give the planet back to the Dolphins. They are obviously superior to humans. My evidence: from photojackers and Very Demotivational Posters

Dolphins are awesome!

Humans suck.

Nuff Said.


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