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Monday, September 12, 2005

Monday Questionnaire: Back-to-School Edition
(Well, the first question, anyway.)

1. What is, or was, your favorite or most essential school supply?

2. Complete the following sentence: I tend to be frustrated and/or unhappy in situations in which I'm unable to ________ .

3. Share a piece of wisdom you've gleaned from a religion other than your own. If you have no religion, then any religion will do.

8 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

1. As today is actually my first "first day of school" in nine years, the jury is still out on this one a bit. But I have stocked up on #2 pencils, my preferred writing implement for its texture, ease of use, durability, and down-to-earthness.

2. ...swear. If using some permutation of the word "fuck" is verboten, I'm self-controlled enough to cooperate, but I'm likely to get crabby.

3. I recently read where a Buddhist definition of suffering is "clinging to that which passes." Yes.

8:26 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

1. In sixth grade I loved loved LOVED Pilot pens, especially with purple ink, which I called "perfect purple Pilot pens".

2. get a moment of quiet. Or, move around. A noisy bus is my perfect hell.

3. Well, I was raised Christian, but now I'm more of a Buddhist, so...Which is my religion? I'll share a bit I appreciate from Judaism. I love the whole domestic side of Judaism, how day-to-day home life is sacred. This is especially evident in Kosher law, I think, which makes the meal table a temple.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. One-subject college-ruled notebooks. Oh, the beauty of seventy blank pages... (I prefer 0.7mm mechanical pencils--the brand that has the button that advances the lead on the side--or black Bic stick pens for writing purposes.)

2. Rely on a full night's sleep

3. Recently I learned about "cranial sacral" therapy. Neither religion nor wisdom, per se, but close.

10:54 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Ann, what do you like about cranial-sacral therapy? I don't know too much about it.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. The right notebook. The kind that qualifies has changed over time and circumstances, but it is absolutely vital. The right writing implement is also crucial, and that, too, varies with mood, task, etc.
2. make a reasonable plan and carry it out. I get particularly annoyed when I've made (or a group of which I'm a part has made) a plan and then some muckety-muck comes along and wants it done some other way. I'm most annoyed when (a) I've been given responsibility for organizing a project and do so, and then (b) someone comes along and rips it back out of my hands--not because I"m doing it wrong or badly, but because they need/want control.
3. I had several jewish boyfriends along the way, and I was particularly enamored of the lack of hangups about sex they seemed to possess. I decided this was because Judaism in general accepts (and even appreciates) pleasures of the flesh, and thus incorporates such pleasures into its outlook.

2:12 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Emma, right there with you on #2!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Even orthodox Judaism is extremely positive on the sexual front: the three things for which a Jewish woman can divorce her husband are his lack of ability to provide shelter, food, and sex whenever she wants it. That's true: Jewish law grants the woman control over a married couple's sex life, and essentially the man has to provide whenever and however she likes, and to her satisfaction rather than his own.

Overall Judaism's attitude toward sex is very healthy, recognizing it as necessary and pleasurable, and not going in for most of the hang-ups and forbidden whatevers that one often ascribes to, say, Christianity.

Conversions, anyone?

2:54 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Yeah, I don't know too much about it, either, just that it has to do with energy and spinal/brain cavity fluids. But I'd never heard of it before. And I like how it sounds: cranial sacral. Cranial sacral.

Here's more:
Cranial Sacral Therapy

Emma, right there with you on #3!

2:57 PM  

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