very blustery outside too - one of those "don't bother with an umbrella" days (because the wind will blow it inside out anyway). (which makes it rather interesting if it's still raining when I'm heading for church. it's only a 5-minute walk from the car park, but quite enough to get drenched in certain weather conditions...) (anyway, there's still a couple of hours to go, and this is England - anything can happen, weatherwise...)
(we even had a warm sunny afternoon recently! Friday was gorgeous!)
(yes, when you live in England you tend to talk about the weather a lot. back home it would be pointless, there's only so many times you can comment on how hot it is without it getting boring.)
anyway - hello, people of plusverse. cookies?
psst... ... #betterthanhamsters - right? :)
I urge you to read this article to the very end.
and let me state clearly: I've been through enough traumatic experiences myself and know about the vulnerability that results from that. and I appreciate the importance of having some places of safety to which you can retreat when the world out there is too much. I just really really really don't think it is reasonable to turn a whole university - a place which is meant for academic learning and which requires freedom of speech as a necessary condition for that learning to happen - into such a "safe space". and I really really really don't think it's a good way of preparing students for the world out there. but read it to the end and see what effect this attitude is having on students. so wrapped up in their cotton wool environment that they can't see a real vulnerable person when she's standing right in front of them, with security guards to protect her very life. </rant>
the sky is not quite that gorgeous today but I don't mind, as I'm staying in.
I have, to my great surprise, found myself actually doing some tidying-up type stuff which has made me feel a lot better - that was the key really. conversation with self went something like:
but you'd be doing it for you
(context: what do I do or not do on the sabbath) (it's complicated) (well, at least on my planet it's complicated) (freedom means choices) (choices take thought)
anyways, my desk is now slightly less cluttered, and there are a couple of things I should have put in the car about... hmmm... nearly two months ago and they are finally on their way there. (I've put them in my handbag now so they'll get taken to the car when I go out tomorrow.) and I'm feeling much more relaxed and happy.
another good thing was that God woke me up less late today.
on the other hand, tonight we have the annual visit of the thief who comes and snatches an hour. (for my US friends, this means we finally go back to the normal time difference, after a few weeks of being out of synch because your time change happens earlier.)
here endeth the collection of random trivia from my day.
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