Showing posts from February, 2012

Best Breakup Ever

I’m currently in the middle of teaching a 27 week sexuality education class to 20 middle-schoolers, as part of a small team of fine adults.  There’s a bit of looking down at shoes and squirrelly-ness on the part of the youth, and there’s a lot of letting the silence and squirrelly-ness be okay on the part of the adults, but overall, I feel honored to be part of an excellent program with such a thoughtful group of young people.  
The program offers the message that healthy relationships, which take many forms, are consensual, non-exploitive, safe, and based on trust and good communication.  It’s interesting to work with youth as they develop vocabulary and confidence to head towards that.  I hope it works.
As I think about relationships, though, a bit of me feels exhausted on their behalf for all that lays ahead. All of the broken hearts and disappointment they’ll undoubtedly experience in their lives.  As The Other R. says, it’s good to jump into the rock tumbler and get the jagged edge…

More horoscopes

Aries (3/21 – 4/19):  Today, the receptionist called me on the phone and said, "You have a delivery!  It's for you, you should come down right away!"  She said it in a cheery voice, so as I walked downstairs, I tried to think -- is it my birthday?  I bet it's flowers or chocolate!  Did I actually win the lottery or some other contest?  But when I got there, it was a skeevy process server.  Subpoenaed.  Court on Monday for some stupid project I never even worked on.  Grr.  That, my friend, is a lesson in not getting your hopes up too soon.

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  I realized today, as I was listening to a podcast that involved a granola throw down, that I'm so easily amused that, well, it actually is funny.  Who does that?  Who listens to a podcast of people sitting around talking about which granola and chewing?  It's come to this, Taurus.  See if you can liven things up.  Please.

Gemini (5/21 – 6/21): I have an ex that one of my friends calls, "The Outerw…

Groundhog Scopes

Aries (3/21 – 4/19):  Ms. Pasta stopped me in the hall the other day.  "Could we trade shoes?  My feet are killing me."  Obedient me was all, "sure!"  Soon, my own feet were killing me, probably because the fashionable high-heeled boots aren't created in the shape of a human foot (unless you have a foot that's shape like an isosceles triangle.)  What did we learn here, Aries?  I'm not sure.  But focus on comfort this week, and if someone suggests you walk a mile in their shoes, take a look at the shoes first.  Empathy doesn't require an actual shoe swap.

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  I love Miranda July more than you know, because she's written a whole book about what she did when she was supposed to be writing, which offers that comforting bit of irony and fate that I wish would apply more to my life.  But that would require that I accomplish cool stuff while playing solitaire, and this planet isn't about that.  For Miranda, it's as if the writ…