Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Today has been a relatively good day, but I am struggling with the amount of clutter around my house.  I unloaded a HUGE bag of stuff and another smaller bag of stuff at the thrift store this morning, but it seems a little overwhelming every time I start to think about the volumes of stuff I have to get rid of.  I am selling a few things on Ebay.  We’ll see how that goes.  Ebay is sometimes good for me and sometimes a waste of time.  And I don’t predict very well what is one or the other.  So, it is like rolling dice in a craps game for me.  But, at least I have five more weeks of summer (!) before I have to be totally ready to go for Fall.  But, that seems like a really short amount of time!

Stray Thought Sundays

Childhood Anxiety:  My daughter is starting to show some signs of her anxiety coming back.  I’m really hoping that first grade is not going to be miserable.  She cried before Sunday School today and she LOVES Sunday School.  But, she’s had some fevers and been feeling bad because she is getting her sixth molar.  In addition, her favorite Sunday School teacher was not there this morning.  She ended up going after a good cry and was fine, but it is symptomatic of her anxiety coming back.  So, I’ll have to look into some strategies for dealing with it before her first day of first grade hits.

Race in America:  I have an interest in race issues and diversity since doing a few workshops dealing with the issue at my University.  I’ve come across a couple of really great articles this week that do a good job of explaining the complexity of issues from a personal viewpoint, so I will share them here in case anyone is interested.  The first, Black Exhaustion by Pilot Viruet.  The second, I, Racist by John Metta.

Gratitude is an attitude:  And I feel like my daughter is lacking it a bit these days.  She has had a SEVERE case of the Gimmes lately and despite the diagnosis being clear, the treatment is little less obvious.  She also was not incredibly nice to my mom when we spent the 10 days with her.  I realize that my mom’s emotional instability and hard time hearing is confusing to my daughter, so I often give her the benefit of the doubt.  But, I had to talk to her a couple of times about being nicer to her Grandma.  It was really eye opening for me and I feel like I need to do some serious changes based on these two things (Gimmes and lack of concern/love for others).  So, I plan to do some research and talk to others because in all honesty, I just don’t think I know what to do.  My talks get through in the short term, but the impact doesn’t seem to last long.

YouTube “unboxing” videos are evil:  Have you seen these videos?  There are entire channels that do nothing but open up toys on them.  Continuously.  New toy after new toy after new toy.  Some feature kids, but others are actually JUST adults.  Adults.  Opening toys.  Over and over again.  And they are on the YouTube for kids.  I am seriously thinking about pulling the cord on the iPad for my DD specifically because she can not get enough of these “unboxing” videos and I think it gives her a false expectation that there should always be something NEW to OPEN.  Sigh… I finally told her today that she could play with the iPad but could not watch YouTube because of this.  She was reluctant and it did cut the iPad session short.  Which was fine.  But, it is tough.  Anyone else have kids that love these channels?  I feel like Pandora’s box has been opened and I can’t close it up again.

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Today’s thoughts are straying toward sadness, so I’m going to try to focus on positive, hopeful and fun things.  Why sad?  Well, there is the world at large where a bitter and evil person chose to take the lives of nine people at a prayer meeting because of some deranged hatred.  There is my smaller world where my husband will be gone for seven weeks and we’ll miss being with him on Father’s Day (and I didn’t plan ahead to have something where he will be) as well as missing my dad who passed away a little over a year ago.  I am also still feeling a bit overwhelmed with my life in general…trying to clean up and declutter seems more like a cycle of clean, pile up, clean, pile up, clean, pile up, take some stuff away.  Repeat.  I don’t feel much progress right now, but I’m sure I will get there.  Bit by bit.  Anyways – on to my stray thoughts this Sunday:

Stray Thought Sundays

First off, I have not been overly invested in the Rachel Dolezal story and I have various opinions about the situation and I’m sure none of us who are outside her personal social circle and personal history have a complete understanding, but I can definitely get behind this perspective shared in the Boston Globe’s “Rachel Dolezal a lesson in how racism works,” :

Finally, it is troubling that so many of us now know the name and story of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who passed as black advocate, rather than the names of countless black women who occupy the front lines in the war against racism. Dolezal is a national phenomenon, but Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the activists who started the Black Lives Matter campaign, are scarcely recognized. Dolezal’s peculiar and sensational fall from grace have made her more recognizable than Rekia Boyd and Natasha McKenna, two black women among many who were killed by police with little national attention. Uncovering the truth about Dolezal is no substitute for speaking the names and telling the stories of true martyrs and warriors in the battle for social justice.

As a debate coach and appreciator of argument, I am loving the articles focused on argument, like this one: “This is why you will lose your argument.”  Unfortunately, I don’t think most people will go to the trouble to really force the issue of relevance and “point at issue,” and will instead settle for poorly focused discussions that get us no closer to truth or conclusive claims.  Sad, but true.

I am (still) loving Modern Mrs. Darcy  I started reading this blog quite a while ago when in one of my “I’m a reader.” phases where I figure if I follow blogs of people who read a lot perhaps I will be encouraged to read more.  I’ve given up on a lot of those blogs since then, but this is one that survived even once I realized that reading a bunch of book reviews did not actually make me read more myself (maybe I should have spent that time reading actual books).  She is funny, a great and honest critic and writes about so much more than just books.  Plus, I love the name of her blog and all the design work on the blog.  If you are a reader, lover of books or just like to read posts from someone who is a reader and lover of books, this blog is for you.

Those are some of my stray thoughts for this Sunday.  What about you?