17 February 2010

Manic Pixie Dream Girls

A friend (Rob), and I had a gmail chat convo the other day that went something like this:

10:56 AM me: they are wasting my time
10:58 AM Robert: how does your time get wasted? you get involved with someone and then they want something more "traditionally" solid and you dont
me: yep
Robert: are you familiar with the term "manic pixie dream girl"
me: what?!
11:00 AM Robert: its term that a film critic came up with to describe a character trend in movies
11:01 AM that bubbly cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventure
11:02 AM me: clementine?
Robert: yup
or gardenstate
me: totally.
Robert: or elizabethtown
or 500 days of summer
me: wow. is that me? or is that what these men project on to me?
11:03 AM Robert: the latter
11:04 AM me: TOTALLY
Robert: bc these arent fully formed characters
they are simply an ideal
me: yep. YES!
funny enough. they are heart-breakers
11:06 AM Robert: well lets compare you to 500 days of summer
was that charccter really a heartbreaker
bc she was upfront about not wanting anything serious
me: oh my bad. they aren't heart breakers the men just make them so
Robert: but he thought, what we all thought
me: yes
Robert: ill change her mind
Robert: she will fall in love with me and change her mind

Here's the link he sent:

Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls


15 February 2010

Thanks, Starhawk, for this:

Blessing for Earth-Healers

We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.

May all the healers of the earth find their own healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not be stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honor their grief but not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth's voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the earth.

From "The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature"

by Starhawk http://www.starhawk.org/

14 February 2010

something i like

1. From womanish. (Opp. of "girlish," i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, "you acting womanish," i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered "good" for one. Interested in grown up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: "You trying to be grown." Responsible. In charge. Serious.
2. Also: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women's culture, women's emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women's strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or nonsexually. Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist, except periodically, for health. Traditionally a universalist, as in: "Mama, why are we brown, pink, and yellow, and our cousins are white, beige and black?" Ans. "Well, you know the colored race is just like a flower garden, with every color flower represented." Traditionally capable, as in: "Mama, I'm walking to Canada and I'm taking you and a bunch of other slaves with me." Reply: "It wouldn't be the first time."
3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Been thinking and feeling out "all my relations" and me.

This is a video posted by one of my teachers this semester.