Saturday, March 31
Well, Opensewer 8 is officially over. Here at HQ, we're still waiting for the reports from Columbus and Cleveland chapters. As for Ithaca, we had a pretty diverse crowd last night--and a bit wilder than the last go 'round. People were coming and going all night. Collectively, we identified no less than three over-arching concepts of "god." Very interesting. More later--with pictures!
Thursday, March 29
Wednesday, March 28
Tuesday, March 27
Monday, March 26
The private high school that is best identified as the one Bill Gates attended is making it mandatory that all students have and use laptops. Hear that sound? That is the divide of the class system growing a little wider. Apparantly the president of the board of trustees told the parents "sometimes a school community must accept decisions made by people in charge, just as customers accept decisions made by people who run a business."
Posted by megan at 12:56 PM
Friday, March 23
Be “quiet and mysterious,” don't be too funny on a first date, use egg timers to limit phone conversations with prospective beaus to 10 minutes or less, and get plastic surgery “if you have a bad nose.” Oh, and don't forget to be subservient to your man. What a load of crap. Here's a "Rule": How 'bout being yourself and letting someone love you for who you are?
Monday, March 19
Saturday, March 17
Friday, March 16
Wednesday, March 14
Love it love it love it! There are many things to consider in this article. Whatever happened to social etiquette? Whatever happened to the days of yore when one told a babysitter the name of the restaurant/theatre/friends where they would be for the evening, in case of an emergency? Too much technology -- t'ain't always a good thing.
A little something to consider today - homeless people and homeless shelters across the country. Take the time today (or this week, or this month) to consider all we have to be grateful for, and stop by a homeless shelter in your neck of the woods to give a little back to society. Isn't there something you can do?
Sunday, March 11
Ha ha ha! Here's something funny: Several people have arrived at this site by searching for "temptation island megan." I love seeing irony in action. I don't think they'll find what they're looking for here. We do indeed have a Megan, and we do talk about Tempation Island ... uh, but not in a good way. Sorry.
Saturday, March 10
Thursday, March 8
Wednesday, March 7
Follow-up to Megan's post on March 5: Merck & Co. is feeling the pressure of a tainted corporate image as well as competition from generic drug companies. Yesterday the company announced that it is slashing the prices for two of its important AIDS-fighting drugs in Africa by 40% to 50%. An act of good conscience? Probably not. Afraid of losing market share? Probably. Pick up a copy of today's Wall Street Journal for the front page.
Tuesday, March 6
Monday, March 5
The topic for Opensewer Gathering 8 has been announced: How does spirituality fit into the current American condition?
In Africa, one in ten people are HIV positive and drug companies are willing to let them die of AIDS to protect patents. What's worse, nearly every major pharmaceutical company in the world is suing the government of South Africa because they dared to try to pass a law allowing for the manufacturing of inexpensive versions of the drugs. This fight has been going on for three years. Activists were able to influence the government to agree to support South Africa at the start of Al Gore's run for election, but I can't imagine having Bush around will help matters.
Posted by megan at 11:44 AM
Saturday, March 3
So many problems in this world stem from the fact that everybody thinks that they are right, and everyone else is wrong. The recent destruction of Buddhist statues by the Afghan Taliban is a perfect example of this. At what point does believing in something become oppression? To add even more shades of gray to the issue, here’s another spin on the story.
Friday, March 2
Is it just me, or does this seem like a scam: Make it easy for people to get credit cards, even when maybe they shouldn't have them; and then make it harder for them to get protection from creditors if they get in over their head in debt. Credit card companies, George Dubya ... hmmm ... any connection there?
Thursday, March 1
Here's some good news. The next Opensewer Gathering (No. 8) will be held at not three, but four locations! The latest addition: Columbus, Ohio. So, if you're a mid-Ohioan with a hankering for a little philosophical inquiry on a Friday night, now you have a chance. More information on this and all three other gatherings will be posted this weekend. Email us if you simply can't wait!