“The report concluded that the structure of family life in the black community constituted a ‘tangle of pathology…capable of perpetuating itself without assistance from the white world,’ and that ‘at the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.’ Further, the report argued that the matriarchal structure of black culture weakened the ability of black men to function as authority figures. This particular notion of black familial life has become a widespread, if not dominant, paradigm for comprehending the social and economic disintegration of late twentieth-century black urban life. (pp.218-219)”—The Moynihan Report
“Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction against noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.”—
I won’t support an industry that causes any animal a lifetime of suffering and a cruel and painful death. No animals will be tortured and killed just so that I can wear them. By signing my name, I pledge not to buy or wear any fur.
Its that time of year! Spring classes began this week, and although I’ve only had two of three lectures, I already feel overwhelmed with the amount of work and time this school year will demand. I’m still feeling my way through my new job and all of the exciting opportunities which continue to unfold in this position. I think that I will truly be able to flex my skills once school is behind me and I can dedicate more of my attention to solving real life public health problems (which never really feels like a job to me). Today, I planned to go to my first yoga class- a ritual I plan to begin to release some of the stressors of full time employment paired with a full time course load- but due to the inclement weather, the class was cancelled. No need to worry- there are lots of other not so relaxing things I have to keep myself busy. I do- however need to devote more attention on balancing my checkbook. I have been spending way too much money lately. I am thankful that I at least have the means to stay on top of expenses, I just need to be a better steward.
Hope all is well with you lovely and beautiful people in the world!
“I used to think that compassion was a matter of allowing the heart to open (not that this is simple). But I’m beginning to learn that this practice of compassion–this practice of allowing the sense of connection in–takes letting go–moment by moment–of all that we identify with and cling to as “me” and “mine.” We have to be willing to know nothing, to just be open and astonished by what is.”—from Tracy Cochran’s post: “Truth is a Pathless Land” at Parabola editors blog. (via crashinglybeautiful)