Inheritance

From my dad, I got thick thighs, dry wit, introversion and an anxiety disorder. From my mom I got autoimmune disease, many of my facial features and my compulsive need for order.

 

Let’s back up to the autoimmune disease.

 

My mom has rheumatoid arthritis and her brother has MS. Autoimmune diseases tend to be hereditary, often, a parent with one type of autoimmune disease will have a child with a different one.

 

So instead of getting my mom’s long, leggy body, I got fibromyalgia and IBS. YAY!

 

I often go to bed aching to the bone from pelvis to toes. I look forward to bed because at least the pain isn’t so bad as to prevent sleep – when it’s especially annoying, some ibuprofen usually does the trick. And then I wake up with prickly, achy feet and prickly hands. The pain of fibromyalgia is odd, and for me, not debilitating, but it is highly annoying and eats up a big chunk of the beginning and ends of most of my days.

 

Grumble.

I want ramen fo…

I want ramen for lunch. RAW-MAN. Make sure there’s a man in it. But no nose cuz I don’t like boogers. And no fingers or toes because the nails are gross. And maybe not the brain, or the blood. You know what, never mind, this isn’t going to work. I’ll just have ramen.

Aliyah.

Non-Believing-Clergy.pdf

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Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

Dennet/LaScola "Are there clergy who don’t believe in God? Certainly there are former clergy who fall in this category. Before making their life-wrenching decisions, they were secret nonbelievers. Who knows how many like-minded pastors discover that they simply cannot take this mortal leap from the pulpit and then go on to live out their ministries in secret disbelief? What is it like to be a pastor who doesn’t believe in God?" This is incredibly fascinating to me.

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Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says : NPR

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The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission.

Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

One of the strong women in hollywood I continue to like.

 

"Writer, actor and producer Tina Fey stars in a new movie out today called Admission, a film that’s nominally about getting into college. Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton University, one of those diligent bureaucrats who cull thousands of applications in search of a small cadre of brilliant young people who will be the freshman class."

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Beta Israel: Snapshots Of The Ethiopian Jewish Community : NPR

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Photographer Ilan Ossendryver admits he didn’t know much about Ethiopian Jews before receiving an assignment to cover their migration to Israel.

Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

I visited an "absorption centre" when I was in Israel in the late 90s. I got to play with a bunch of the kids there. It was a very unique experience and one I will always treasure.

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Gay Men’s Sexism and Women’s Bodies

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Some believe that since gay men do not want to be sexually intimate with women, our uninvited touching and groping is benign.

Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

I haven’t ever seen/heard this brought up but it’s something I have definitely observed. In fact, I’ve seen it and experienced it in clothing stores the most. I remember a Gap I was in once where a young man was moving freely in and out of the women’s changing area and being very forward with touching (without permission) the female customers as he offered fitting advice. Not one of the several women I observed confronted him or even tried to back away aggressively but all of them looked uncomfortable about the experience. To me, one thing this signifies is the importance of understanding that consent about what you can do with a another person’s body is not about sex.

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