Monday, January 10, 2005

Honoring The Crone

If you are old enough and (consider yourself a female) you can be a Crone or a revered elder.

I kinda like the idea of Crone because it sounds like somebody you should respect and not mess with if you don't want to be hurt. Age does bring advantages.

The site explores the dimensions of Cronehood. Essays, cross-cultural explorations into other societies and menopause information -

Now you may be plowing up the north forty but I leave you with an inspirational tidbit about Grey Panther founder Maggie Kuhn. She was in her 80's and continued to have sex with men who were in their late 20's to 30's.

I say never give up hope and look to the elders for inspiration and guidance.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

King of the Road - The Importance of Failure

I do not like failure. I have had enough for two lifetimes.

However, I understand the necessity of failure. I know this because I am enrolled in the University of Life and currently starting on my Masters of Arts in Failure where the classes come fast and the pop quizzes are nightmares.

Here is the frustrating part. I persist in trying. I rack up a bunch of failures. I get use to failing. Then I go and mess that up by succeeding, which is what happens when you keep trying. True respectable failure does not mean you keep using the same methods
that don't work - that's stupid. You have to diversify your failures in order to become successful.

I am in good company with this process. Thomas Edison tried 1,000 times before he got a working light bulb The book Chicken Soup for
the Soul was rejected 144 times before it found a publisher

I Hate My Life had a commercially successful television show. He lived high on the financial hill with his church, family and friends. Then he lost his job, his home, his church, his family and
his friends. He learned to live the life of a homeless person.

He knows first hand the failure of the society safety nets and how quickly you can be emotionally kicked to the curb if you are not flowing with money. How the church he supported when he was flushed did not want anything to do with him when he was broke.

I Hate My Life's story has a currently happy ending. He did find another job. He has recycled his failure in a redemptive purpose. IHML's site provides information about resources, survival tips and links to help others in his former situation. I Hate My Life is planning to make a movie about his experiences. Only in La-La Land -

Friday, January 07, 2005

Self-Esteem Web Sites

One of the things that failure does is attack your self-esteem. So I found a few places to help you get it back.

I found a self-esteem workbook at go to the middle bottom of the page and click the link for 365 days of self-esteem building and re-construction.

Self Help Magazine is just what the name implies. The articles are writing by mental health professionals and lay folks to give tips on living the good or better life.

The site contains articles on a variety of topics and a forum where you can chat up those who feel like you do or have been where you are -

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Failure Magazine

Failure Magazine - if you can have Success magazine then why not one on Failure?

Well, maybe not cuz there is no more successmagazine web site. Perhaps failure is a necessity?

Failure Magazines spends time examining things that do not function as intended (Would you voluntarily eat a product called Benicol or would you rub it on your leg?)

Or ideas that should not have been started in the first place (What made ESPN really think hiring Rush Limbaugh would help the ratings?).

I think it is a positive action magazine in drag. Why else would you have an engaging article about a man who is committed to teaching America to walk again and re-form communities? -

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Flashlight - Homestar Runner

It has been a while since I found a flash animation site to recommend to you but here you go. A web classic long before Jib Jab.

You can adapt to watching a story about nothing becoming something. Think of Seinfeld. I am not a Seinfeld fan. No hostility please. I just don't get it. I have tried. Really.

But Homestar Runner - him I get. I have a thing for the Coach. It will take a few visits to check out the goodies. I just want to say that watching Strong Bad can be addicting and not to be encourage. His ego stretches to Pluto as it is. When you need something silly but not insulting give Marzipan a call -

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Pop Goes The Weasel – A Folk Song's History

All around the Cobbler's bench,
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought t'was all in fun
Pop Goes the weasel!

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle,
That the way the money goes,
Pop Goes the weasel!

I've no time to sit and sigh
No patience to wait till bye and bye
Kiss me quick, I'm off, good-bye
Pop Goes the weasel!

Nothing is as it seems. Especially a folk song. One of the variations of the song refers to folks pawning (popping) work tools for money for Saturday night at the Eagle Tavern in London. Their work tools were called weasels. To get you up to speed, visit the Straight Dope and read a Cecil classic at

Michael Quinion site is geared to international English speakers. What good is English if you can't toss in some history. He tracks down the meaning of British lyrics (of which there are many) of the song.

And if you can't get that damn tune out of your head then sing along with a MIDI version at

Monday, January 03, 2005

The Monkey Thought T'was All In Fun – Consumerfreedom.Com and Activist Cash

Consumer Freedom/Activist Cash presents itself as fighting those people against capitalism. They viewed 325,000 IRS documents to find what tax-exempt non-profits and activists are doing. If you are for:
  • environmental causes,
  • non-genetically modified foods,
  • universal health care,
  • vegetarianism or
  • believe in anything that they are against, you make the anti-capitalist list, if you have money.
Ben and Jerry's Foundations and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are on the list. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and groups that have received grants through the foundation. I know George Sorros made the list. He has pledged $15 millions to prevent Dubya's occupation for another four years. Oh yeah, he's getting calls.

Robert Redford is on the list because of his involvement in the Natural Defense Council. I have deeper respect and a burning desire to rent a copy of The Way We Were. This site is like a
virtual Nixon enemy list. Even as a kid I remember how proud or upset people were because they didn't make the list. Being cited is a total badge of honor.

I know this was not the intent and 99.89% of the regular visitors are probably contemptuous of every name and organization that is listed. The site lists names, job titles, addresses, phone numbers and means of contact - and

Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Monkey Chased The Weasel – Opensecrets.Org

What would you do with access to the IRS's public information of non-profit companies and organizations?

The Center for Responsive Politics at allows citizens to know who has contributed to political campaigns and how much money groups of people (and, by extension, companies) contribute to certain political efforts.

Using IRS public documents and the Freedom of Information Act you can find out just how much money the Dibold Corporation, a vendor of electronic voting machines, heaved into the Dubya's election and now re-election efforts.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Imani - Faith

Belief Net lets you dive deeper than the surface of the current misuse, misunderstanding, , and falsehoods attributed to some of the world religions. Experts, scholars, people with something
solid to say about the intersections of faith and the real world. No easy answers but the right place to ask questions.

Speaking of which if you want to know what faith you really are then stop by the Belief-O-Matic. Answer 20 questions and have your roots shaken. Or not. I found out that I could hang out with
Liberal Quakers, Neo-Pagans, and a variety of Buddhists. Cool. For entertainment and potential enlightenment purposes only.