2.11.2011

NPR valentines, just because.

I read every single word of this. It's oddly enthralling. All The Boyfriends I've Had In Chronological Order.

Ha! I'm officially one of those people. After months of nagging on my part, my boss finally approved me to attend a work training in May. The first thing I did? See if there was a race I could run in that weekend. There is: Seattle's Best 15K.

Image: source.

Today's planned workout: 1 hr bike. Today's actual workout: 45 min run, 90 min Bikram.

Wow. Wonderful piece. On Labor: "My embrace of a pro-choice stance is not built on analogizing Rick Santorum with Hitler. It is not built on what the pro-life movement is "like." It's built on set of disturbing and inelidable truths: My son is the joy of my life. But the work of ushering him into this world nearly killed his mother. The literalism of that last point can not be escaped. Every day women choose to do the hard labor of a difficult pregnancy. Its courageous work, which inspires in me a degree of admiration exceeded only by my horror at the notion of the state turning that courage, that hard labor, into a mandate. Women die performing that labor in smaller numbers as we advance, but they die all the same. Men do not. That is a privilege."

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom.” - David Foster Wallace, “This Is Water" (thanks, E)

1 comment:

Anastasia said...

I read that boyfriend thing too. It made me sad, empathetic and cringe a little bit.

Totally printing out all the NPR valentines for my husband. Thanks for the link.