Thursday, April 5, 2012

How Apropos

This tune has been striking a nerve for me lately. -KTB

Taking the Farm
By the War on Drugs

You seem a little on the high side
Disconnected from me
Been a little to anxious and a little too sweet
Have you been chopping down treetops tree after tree
Have you been digging for diamonds at the bottom of the sea

He said I'm taking the farm out from under your knees
Said I'm taking the air and ? the ? upon
Come on meet me where the highways and the one way streets
Come together like the motion
Comes together with my feet

Well top and bottom it's all the same to me
Until all my breathing air is gone

Well you feel it in the ozone zone zone
You can feel it in the knees knees knees
You can feel it in the dirt that's going under your feet
You can feel it in the highways and the one way streets
When you’re digging for diamonds at the bottom of the sea

You seem a little on the high side
Disconnected from me
Been a little to anxious and a little too sweet
I'll be chopping down treetops tree after tree
When I'm confusing my highways for a one way street

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eighteen Years Later, We Still Miss You

Meredith Shaw
February 28, 1978 - February 16, 2994

"Be nice to everyone you meet; they're fighting a battle you know nothing about." -Unknown

Friday, October 7, 2011

Why I Am Voting No on 26

Before I attended law school, I never really understood the gravity codification can have on a person's rights, but as I studied Constitutional law, I learned that the simplest statements can be twisted, turned, and reinterpreted to have huge effects on how we live our lives.  While some statements may seem simple and straightforward on their face, the consequences of having those statements codified as law can wreak havoc on the way citizens live their lives.  That is the case for Initiative 26, which will appear on ballots this November in Mississippi. If you are voting in Mississippi this November, this is what you will see:

Should the term "person" be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?  Yes or No.

At a glance, this seems like a relatively simple and harmless decision to make: If you agree, mark yes. If you don't agree, mark no.

Unfortunately, what most voters do not understand is the fact that answering yes or no is not as black and white as the ballot might have you believe.  By choosing an answer, you are not merely showing an opinion in regard for the above statement.  You are also choosing to support or not support a wide range of other things.  In other words, the personhood amendment is not about abortion.  It is also about a wide range of healthcare options and the availability of those options to families in Mississippi.

By voting no on 26, you are not saying that you are in support of abortion; you are instead saying that you support the health of women in Mississippi. In other words, you have many opportunities to take a stance against abortion if that is your cause, but voting for this initiative is not one of them.

Let me tell you a story: A few years ago, I received a terrifying phone call from my doctor after a pap smear.  I was told that I had precancerous cellular growth on my cervix. I went to the doctor for a second test, which confirmed that I would need to undergo a series of procedures to remove these cells.  After three rounds of surgical procedures and numerous followups, I was finally able to get my body back to normal. Unfortunately, my doctor told me that simply removing these cells would not ensure that I would be free from worries. She told me that I was at a greater risk for cervical cancer, and further procedures to remove abnormal cells could affect my ability to have children in the future.  Luckily, she was able to provide me with a solution that could reduce the chances that abnormal cells would develop again: an IUD.  Medical studies have shown that IUDs reduce the risk for both cervical cancer and endometrial cancer.  While I still have to go to the doctor on a regular basis, my IUD has given me hope for my future.  If I were to develop abnormal cells again, not only could I potentially face cancer, but I would also lose the ability to carry a child.  This solution not only helps protect my own life, but it also gives me the ability to perhaps one day give new life.  Unfortunately, for women in my situation in Mississippi, a yes vote for initiative 26 could prohibit doctors from prescribing IUDs, the same medical device that helps to protect my life and ensure my ability to create new life down the road.  But this is just one example of how Initiative 26 could prove detrimental to the life of women and their future children.  For more information, read this statement by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

If you truly believe in protecting life and the health of your fellow Mississippians, please VOTE NO ON 26 this November.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The War on Drugs at Lincoln Hall

Adam Granduciel and company came to town Tuesday night for an always stellar performance with Destroyer.  I didn't have my camera with me, but I snagged these photos with my iPhone.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Frankie Always Makes Me Smile

Just got off the phone with one of my favorite old flames, and it put a huge grin on my face.  I was having a bad day, and he's the type of guy I can call up on a bad day and instantly change my mood.  There's something so wonderfully innocent about this high-spirited, wild man that I could never lay all my problems into him.  And yet, he somehow absorbs all of my bad vibes and sets me right without me ever having to ask.  I hope every single person in the world has a friend like that...the kind of friend that never skips a beat and who loves you so much he makes you feel hesitant to burden him with any bad feelings at all.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reading List: Gwyneth Paltrow's Blog

About a year ago, my friend Robyn Dulaney Pela introduced me to GOOP.  GOOP is the personal blog of Gwyneth Paltrow.  I've always loved GP and thought that she was a beautiful actress, but now that I read her blog, I am a huge fan.  She shares great tips on everything from home decor, fashion and travel to health, beauty and personal growth.  One post that I really enjoyed reading recently was her post on "friendship divorce."  Having gone through a similar situation recently, it was really nice to read this article and confirm some of the feelings I had before I chose to cut stronger ties with someone who was creating a lot of negative energy in my life.  Check out the full blog here, and read "Friendship Divorce" here. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011