Thursday, December 26, 2002

HEARD THE BABY'S HEART BEAT on Monday!!! Joy's not fakin' it! It seems absolutely real now. We were at our Midwife's (Becky and Andy) for supper, and she pulled out her little heart monitor, jellyed it up, and sure enough, there it was! Definitely my highlight of this pregancy so far.
Check out Crean's blog for a hilarious account of her experience as a lab rat at Hilltop Research on Confusion Corner. Admit it, all of us Winnipegers, when in a bind, have been tempted to pick up a bit of quick cash at that place in the name of corporate science. I laughed myself silly!!
Here a couple of quotes from The Other Side article: By The Sword on American Foreign Policy and a Kingdom Response (response is a bit weak, but nobody else is saying much about Kingdom Response).

As George Kennan, the most important U.S. foreign-policy planner in the post-World War II period, stated in 1948: "We have about 50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. . . . Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. . . . We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction. We should cease to talk about vague andÉunreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization."

Within the complex web of U.S. military policy, we see a dominant thread of oil politics

A global system unwilling to accommodate itself to the needs of poor majorities and the earth itself inevitably depends on repressive militaries and police in a desperate and ultimately futile attempt to maintain order.

Want to read further

Monday, December 16, 2002

Wow, ever slack, I am. It's been nearly a month since I've written anything. It's all been a green haze of swirling nauseousness and never ending bus trips and constant sleepiness. Next time we plan to get pregnant the only transportation i will consent to is walking or short flights. None of this 10 hours on a smelly school bus full of teenagers down long bumpy, winding roads with breaks only every two hours at greasy truck stops. BRUTAL. Enough whining. Things are going well. Looking forward to Christmas holidays next week if not the drive down. We just got back from WInnipeg last night. Derek was in Gimli teaching iMovie and filmaking to the Frontier Division consultants and I was shopping and visiting family in Portage. Derek just found out how to do claymation so I've been given a new hobby, making clay figures. Should be entertaining. Anyone seen Aturnajuat (The Fast Runner) yet? Finally saw it last week. Very edjucational on Inuit culture. Highly recommended, but not for family viewing. Started reading "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant today on the recommendation of several prominant members of the Breathe group from Winnipeg Centre Vineyard. I'm about halfway throught, so far so good. Lots of interesting stuff about women's life in bible times. That's about all for now, not sure when I'll get ahold of Derek's computor again to write, Christmas will be chaos for that sort of thing, so if you don't hear from me for a while, Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Bono's constantly changing my views on fame, and the value of having a universal voice. As I said in my last entry, his opinion may not be any more valid than yours or mine, but he's been thrown into a place where his voice can be heard world-wide, and he's using it for the good of people and for justice and peace. Check out this transcript of Bono's interview with Larry King last week.

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

About a month ago our buddy John posted an article written by Woody Harrelson on American Foreign Policy. Just recently, my bro sent me this open letter to George W. Bush from Sean Penn, which he put in the Washington Post for $65,000. It's good to see a couple of the world's celebrities, using some of their undeserved clout (they're just "playing pretend" and we pay them millions and idolize their lives), for the good of the world. Check out the letter.