Friday, September 08, 2006

Don’t think I’m uncool just because I’ve noticed this

Totally like whatever, you know?
By Taylor Mali

In case you hadn't noticed,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you're saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)'s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren't, like, questions? You know?

Declarative sentences - so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
as opposed to other things which were, like, not -
have been infected by a totally hip
and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
Like, don’t think I'm uncool just because I've noticed this;
this is just like the word on the street, you know?
It's like what I've heard?
I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
I'm just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest?
Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
Has society become so, like, totally . . .
I mean absolutely . . . You know?
That we've just gotten to the point where it's just, like . . .

And so actually our disarticulation . . . ness
is just a clever sort of . . . thing
to disguise the fact that we've become
the most aggressively inarticulate generation
to come along since . . .
you know, a long, long time ago!

I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.

Mali is a poet that as near as I can tell from his site, makes no claims of being a Christian. He desires to hear truth, he implores our generation to proclaim, not in a wishy-washy this is what works for me sort of way, but to speak it boldly. How many times have I back down from saying something because I thought a non-Chrispossiblydn't possibily want to hear truth? How many times have I couched my telling of truth behind invisible parentheticals?

Check out his stuff if you have an inclination towards poetry. What I had a chance to read of it is good. Really good.

HT to Pastor Joel of Basilica Community. Well, more than a hat tip really as the whole post is basically stolen from him.....just too good to not have up multiple places, so thanks joel.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Locks of Love

In a post that has been a long time coming.... back in July I cut my hair. Actually I cut a lot of hairs. See for yourself.



I post this not to get comments about how cute a do it is (because to be honest, I know it is cute...all thanks to Brandi over at Soak Salon. All I did was tell her I wanted it all off and no bangs, she did the rest.) But rather to bring attention to Locks of Love Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides custom hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger who suffer from any type of long term medical hair loss. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a condition calledAlopecia Areata. So basically, they totally rock and am I very happy to be able to help them in this way. My husband did this awhile back too, maybe I'll get some pictures of him loaded on the computer soon. He had the total "Jesus" look going for him.

So, if you are thinking about cutting your hair- do it! Just wait until you can get at least a 10 inch pony tail to send in. You see, most of the children Locks of Love helps are little girls, and little girls love long hair. The process that makes the prosthetics uses 2in of the total length, so the donated pony tail needs to be at least 10 inches in order to get enough length. And it takes 6-10 donated pony tails for each hair piece. So, as you can imagine, they probably aren't suffering from too much hair being donated and not enough people to give it to.

Alright, back to your regularly scheduled blogging now. Of course, around these parts that has been next to none. I hope to amend that very soon, so keep checking back. And in the mean time check out Molly and Dawn for lots of great stuff.

Oh, and sorry the top pics are side ways, I'll fix that some time soon.....