Jill's Page
In the last half of pregnancy, it is difficult to think of much besides the creation of life and crying a lot, but I shall endeavor to create an interesting page by pretending I am still occupied with all of the things that concerned me before parenthood was imminent.
First of all, what are we doing here, people??  Read Jonathan Kozol's  Amazing Grace and wonder how we got this far.  Or just check out Savage Inequalities to ignite some anger about our public education system.  If you are insightful, you can see that not much has changed since Victor Hugo wrote one of the greatest social justice pieces of all time, Les Miserables.
You may wonder how George Will, my favorite political columnist and a die-hard conservative, fits in with the leftist tendencies expressed above.  I turn to George for a daily dose of reality and hard-headed economic sense.  You just can't beat it.  Sometimes when I watch him on Sunday mornings, I want to jump up and yell, "Amen, brother."  When will my priest be this inspiring??  Then I go back to reading some of my texts for social work school.  While you might find this dichotomy disturbing, I do not.  My mother is a gemini and we developed a secure attachment.  (Fodder for all you psychosocial junkies, not to mention astrology buffs.)
BUT....When I need real, belly-laughing entertainment, I always turn to Dave Barry.  If you don't like biting sarcasm, don't bother with his website.  His sort of bitterness is exactly what I need to survive a reading of Amazing Grace.  It's good to stay in balance.
How about a few more juicy bones of insight a la Jill?  Poetry is the real heart of human expression, isn't it?  Concise writing is always the most powerful.  So what happens to a dream deferred?  This and many more questions answered by the founder of African-American poetry, Langston Hughes.  (You can argue whether he is the founder by emailing me at the address at the bottom of the page.)
Yet another great poet (there are so many) was Stephen Crane:
"A man said to the universe,
'Sir, I exist'.
'However,' replied the universe,
'The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.'"
If that does not stir you, try Edwin Arlington Robinson, on the same website as Langston Hughes.
If you would rather just have a sentence or two to ponder, though, try these on for size:
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.  Samuel Butler
For most people, life is a search for the proper manilla envelope in which to get themselves filed.  Clifton Fadiman
To understand people, we must try to hear what they are not saying. . . what they perhaps will never be able to say.  Marilyn Kreher
To speak is to dilute one's thoughts, to give vent to one's ardor; in short, to dissipate one's strength; whereas, what action demands is concentration.  Silence is a necessary preliminary to the ordering of one's thoughts.   Charles DeGaulle
When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.  H.D. Thoreau
I DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO MY FAMILY:  PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.    They are my soul and my heart's inspiration.
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