Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happinefs

The following essay was written in 2010. I'm planning to include it in my autobiography as one of my Selected writings of a transsexual woman. Of course, since that book will be text, links and videos will be eliminated, which will, from time to time, require some rewriting.

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The image to the left is entitled Amber Waves.

We all grow up with a vision of what is right and just in this world. Many, if not most, of us grow up with the idea of pursuing "the American Dream". For some that has meant the pursuit, as when it was first enunciated in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, of achieving a "better, richer, and happier life". In his book, The Epic of America, Adams stated it this way:

that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

Oddly, in view of today's circumstances, Mr. Adams was a banker.

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The Breakfast Club (Foggy Mountain Sandwich)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Parables, revisited

While assembling all the ingredients for my autobiography, I stumbled across many offerings from the past which will undoubtedly not pass muster for inclusion.

One of my favorites, from the end of 2008, is Parables, which cannot be included for reasons both of copyright and technology (It's very difficult to include a youtube video in a book of text).

Part of my reasoning for resurrecting it concerns Mary Cheney's recent public "questioning" of the acceptability of drag...and comparing it to black face.

Why is it socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.)—but it is not socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans? Shouldn’t both be OK or neither? Why does society treat these activities differently?

I'll first let Matt Baume respond:

 

 

 

 

Now back to the show...

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The Breakfast Club (Thrupenny)

The 3 rules of Opera. 
  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

Consider La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) celebrated in Pretty Woman.

 

 

In Act I, Violetta, a notorious (c'mon fallen woman?
 Everyone knows women don't like sex, it's just something they tolerate
because they like babies) courtesan, spurns Alfredo so she can live her
life the way she wants (Sempre libera - Always Free)

In Act II Violetta is living in a country house with Alfredo,
whom she's decided she loves and has completely abandoned her former
life.  What?  Did she get kidnapped by aliens?  I swear, I just went to
the lobby to visit the bathroom.  Is this the same theater?  The same
Opera?  Am I living some nightmarish Groundhog Day where I don't even get to listen to I've Got You Babe at 6 am every morning for eternity?

 

 

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Not a Pretty Girl

Body photo body2.gifI would be remiss if I didn't include my most successful diary ever as one of the chapters in my autobiography. Presented here with some minor rewrites, this chapter comes from January of 2009.

The graphic to the left is named Body. Some might consider it NSFW, but it's just an assemblage of red pixels on a yellow background.

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The Breakfast Club (A Fool Believes He Sees)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

  

 

 

   

Germany's Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under
Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the
Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children's TV host Fred
Rogers dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

Thomas Paine


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On Whimsy

Being Different photo bdif.jpgApparently this was written when I wasn't having a particularly good day. Somebody posted something and I felt like it needed a response. And thinking about it, I felt maybe it might be a teaching moment, so a comment became a diary.

Such things rarely have proved to be overtly beneficial.

The graphic to the left is entitled Being Different. The cell being attacked by antibodies theme reflects how transpeople often feel in this society.

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Weaving Reality: Coming to a temporary(?) end

The pieces today's chapter of the WeaveMothers are cobbled together from are The Five Fears, The Brakeman had a Bony Countenance and The Quicklies

Any more about the Weavemothers must await being freshly written. The Song of Earth is extremely long, however, so it could happen.

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The Breakfast Club (Die, Winter, Die)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader
Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the
revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George
Harrison born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus


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Weavemothers Background

Today's offering consists of several different parts of the story which I have spent the morning trying to stitch together cohesively. The pieces were originally from Of the Greataway, a Machine and the Weavemothers, Dreams, The Dedos, Post-Beginnings and What Shenshi Did, all written in 2008 and 2009.

Once upon another WhereWhen, or maybe several times upon many different WhereWhens, I imagined the WeaveMothers into existence ...or maybe you did...or maybe they Caused us or me to imagine them. One and many, they appeared. And they used the Locomotive's ability to defy the restrictions inherent in causation in order to travel to the many Stations along the Tapestry, along an uncountable multitude of happentracks. Their job, as they...or we...or I...have imagined it, will have been to add the weft threads to the Tapestry. One and several, for they are simultaneous just that, they will have added the colors of existence between the pixels of the Rainbow.

In order to carry out this onerous yet joyful task they gave birth, perhaps in reality, perhaps metaphorically, to the self-programmable, autonomous units which are you and I. And in so doing, of course, we come full circle to the inexplicability of the Way.

Our life paths contribute to the vibrancy and texture of the Tapestry we shall never see completed. But so too do those lives threaten the integrity of the Tapestry's structure.

 

Yes: The Revealing Science of God

 

 

 

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