On One Hand

November 29, 2006

Snow Day

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Snow days just beg you to procrastinate. There is a foot and a half of powder on the ground, glistening, perfect. So I come home at 7:30 pm with the spark of creativity, thinking, now I’ll get some homework done, well-rested with a pack of cigarettes, nicotine to help me focus, and I get to the porch, stomp off my feet, come inside, let the dog out to pee, then grab the snow shovel, and for the next hour and a half I build a 5-foot snow cave in the back yard. Like we did in boy scouts, only then it took three of us five hours to do what I now can do in a third as much time by myself. The snow begs to be used for something – I want to build a maze in the front yard, now. Homework – forget that. What’s the point of living if you can’t go with the flow, let nature guide you? Will I someday lie on my deathbed, thinking, damn, if I had only gotten straight As in college, turning everything in on time? Or will I instead wish I spent more time outside and had a life, made things, talked to God, and stopped to play in the snow.

Now I’m exhausted; shoveling four hours, then chasing the dog, who wouldn’t come back inside when I called and kept running across the streets, which are slick with ice so cars would easily hit her. Homework… .

Facebook helps spread message of protest

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Published in The Campus Press

Students plan to gather Saturday to rally against the defeat of Referendum I

Matt Pizzuti
Staff Writer

College students from across the state are planning a rally sparked by the defeat of Referendum I on the steps of the state capitol building at noon on Dec. 2.

The rally was first organized by a group of students at Colorado State University, but information about the rally has spread to other schools across the Internet with a facebook group called “Biggest Protest in Colorado.” The group now has over 2,700 members.

“We want to give everyone a little hope who might be down about the failure of Referendum I and passage of Amendment 43,” said Christina Martinez, one of the protest’s organizers listed by the facebook group and a senior at CSU.

Martinez said it’s just a rally, but it does have a unique theme.

“Our theme is unity and equality through visibility.”

Referendum I was an initiative on the Nov.-7 state ballot that would have established same-sex domestic partnerships in Colorado. The referendum failed, but Amendment 43, a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, was passed.

Martinez said the group has collaborators at the University of Northern Colorado and the Metropolitan Sate College of Denver. The rally is being sponsored by a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) pro-rights group called Soulforce. She said she hasn’t made any official contacts at CU Boulder yet, but knows students from CU are going to be at the event.

“It’s just been spreading like wildfire,” Martinez said.

She said she is expecting more than 1000 people at the rally, and has talked to people as far as Arizona and Wyoming who want to attend.

Stephanie Wilenchek, director of the GLBT Resource Center in Willard Hall, said the resource center at CU only recently found out about the plan over fall break, and is still working out its involvement in the event.

According to Wilenchek, the resource center should have a more specific plan later in the week. Fliers about the event were already printed in the office.

“We’re just now trying to get the word out,” Wilenchek said.

Martinez said the group hasn’t arranged for transportation from the various universities to Denver, but interested students are using the facebook group to arrange carpools.

The facebook group’s main page lists the names of organizers at CSU and asks that demonstrators keep the event peaceful.

November 28, 2006


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Poets have passed by before – but this girl – this girl can create worlds of words where stones rise to the sea’s surface as swans. She turns any bundle of muddled sentences into perfect prose, like the magician who cracks an egg into his mouth and pulls out an endless streamer of shimmering silk.

She asked me to describe how I felt about her, “overall,” wanting to know if she could let herself hope. I told her my thoughts were like a swarm of bees and she was essentially asking me to decide which one represented the group. Impossible.

Analogies and metaphors are like glass spoons. They reflect the world in hyperbolic lines, curved representations of truth, serving it up to you in manageable bits. But if you stack them too high they topple over, and you are tiptoing around their jagged edges in your socks, delicately trying to get to the broom without cutting your feet on your words.

November 18, 2006

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November 17, 2006


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Transience is when that off feeling rises in your gut, and you are malaised – but like the approaching onset of a fever it can’t be described – you just feel as though for three days you haven’t done anything but lay on the couch. And even though you don’t want sit there anymore, you don’t have the urge to do anything else. You’ve been there forever, if only just an hour, and you are antsy and your muscles ache. You adjust your back and raise your legs and put them down again and still you are uncomfortable. And nothing feels right and your clothes don’t feel right, so you’re stripping them off in the middle of the living room, not caring that your roommates could walk in at any time. The clothes lie in a sorry pile on the wooden floor and the TV is on. And you switch it off and on again, and then you lay down on the floor to do push-ups, for the warmth, do four, stop, then later six, and finally twenty, and you put on a movie but don’t watch it.

That is when a half a glass of wine knocks you back, even though you are usually the heaviest drinker in the group and manage to stay sober all the while. That is when you are thankful for the phoenomenon of sleep. Sometimes you when you are up all night, writing, talking, thinking in a chattery frenzy, you wish you could use all 24 hours of the day for work, lamenting that eventual exhaustion is the consequence of staying up too long. But these days there is nothing better to do than lay in bed forever, waiting for the dark, time-wasteful phase to pass.

November 16, 2006

2008 Presidential Campaign

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Thinking early of the 2008 presidential elections, I thought I’d ask the super left-wing, young, idealistic and well-educated livejournal community what they think. I’ll probably re-post this every few months or so with names added or dropped based on who’s on the table, so please let me know if you think anyone should be added, and comment if something needs to be said!

I personally would love to see John Edwards run for president and carry the Democratic nomination this year, against some stiff Conservative like George Allen (not likely) or Bill Frist. I like Obama the best but tend to think that 1) Americans are racist, and 2) He’d be a stronger candidate in 8-12 years. If Giulianni were to win the GOP nomination (which I think is extremely unlikely), I’d know that, even though he has a good chance of beating the Democrat, his nomination would destroy the Republican Party as we know it and cause a major reallignment in American politics – and John Edwards could beat him anyway. In the end I think John Edwards is most electable even against the most moderate of Republicans, and he would do especially well in the South. He’s as charming as Bobby Kennedy and I can see him being a popular president in spite of the country’s current polarized culture.

Fall Break

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This is going to be a productive fall break – that is my goal. I have a few people I want to see/meet and some newspaper articles to write, and I’d like to fill in the gaps with creative stuff.

* Write Progressive Christian news story for submission to Boulder Daily Camera.

* Finish up & polish sorority story for Illiterate.

* Write travel essay for WRTG 3020 (ughhhh), make it creative, publishable and complete.

* Draw something.

* Write YouTube article for Campus Press.

* Write Ref. I protest article for Campus Press.

* Write some… poems?

* Gather some alternative articles for Illiterate (in case they prefer them to the first one, or don’t like the first one at all).

* Read Fools Rush In.

* Read that freaking long Wikipedia article on Hinduism. Done.

* Write an op/ed for The Campus Press (for an extra half-credit; I need it).

* Go to gym at least 3 times (I’ve been slacking and lost 5 lbs). Done.

November 12, 2006

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Baha’i faith the right fit for some

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Published in The Campus Press

Young religion lacks tradition but inspires devotion

Matt Pizzuti
Staff Writer

Students who belong to the Baha’i Faith will be honoring the birth of their founding prophet, Baha’u’llah, on Saturday, Nov. 12, said Gwen Smith, a junior English major and secretary for the Baha’i Campus Association.

Baha’i students will gather at the Baha’i center in Lafayette to celebrate the prophet’s birthday with prayers and reflection, Smith said.

She said the celebration will have prayers and readings, but there are “not many traditional things in the Baha’i Faith,” which, among world religions, is relatively new.

Baha’is believe Baha’u’llah, a man born in Tehran, Persia in 1817, is a human manifestation of God who revealed the religion based on principles including the “equality of men and women,” the “elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty,” and the “elimination of prejudices of all kind,” Smith said.

Aaron Glasenapp, a sophomore math major, said he has been a Baha’i his whole life and joined the CU group, Baha’i Campus Association (BCA), as soon as he got to CU.

“I found the BCA pretty quickly here,” he said. “It’s a great way to connect with everyone.”

Glasenapp said the group recently did a service project helping people with mental disabilities. The group also works on many projects involving unity and diversity, which he said are key principles of the Baha’i Faith.

Smith said the Baha’i community at CU has about 15 members, and not all of them are Baha’i.

“The Baha’i community is extremely welcoming,” Smith said. “They were friends with someone in the group and now they’re part of us (although they still don’t consider themselves Baha’i.)”

Sophomore anthropology major Eleanor Johnson is one of the non-Baha’i students who participates in the group.

“I’m interested in the Baha’i Faith, and I figure the best way to learn about it is to be in the group,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she doesn’t claim any religious beliefs as of now. Her family sometimes went to a Unitarian Universalist church when she was growing up, and she occasionally attended mass with her Roman Catholic grandmother.

“I believe in something, but I’m not sure what it is,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she likes the Baha’is’ acceptance toward other religions, but isn’t sure if she wants to identify as Baha’i because she doesn’t know if she likes all of their specific beliefs.

“I like that Bahs’is don’t believe that just because someone isn’t Baha’i they’re going to hell.” Johnson said. “It still has a specific set of beliefs, and I’m not sure if I believe in that. I’m not sure that I believe God is this separate entity (that Baha’is believe in.)”

An Evolving Cosmology

The Baha’i faith is founded on the principle of the unity of humanity and believes that all world religions of the past carry the same basic moral principles, Smith said. Native religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam were revealed in their own appointed times when humanity was ready for them, and the Baha’i Faith holds itself to be the next religion in that lineage. Revelation is to continue beyond the Baha’i Faith, as the Baha’i prophet Baha’u’llah predicted that the next prophet would come in “no less than 1,000 years” to bring the next revelation, Smith said.

“Baha’u’llah’s teachings are designed for a specific time because that’s what humans are ready to accept,” Smith said.

While the whole of humanity progress gradually through time, Baha’is believe that individual souls continue to progress after death, rejecting a concept of a permanent heaven or hell, Smith said.

“We believe the soul exists eternally,” Smith said. “The next realm is a spiritual realm, and the soul will be always progressing toward God.”

Bahai’s believe actions in this life determine where the soul will stand in the next life. While a person can control his or her progress in this world, progress in the next world is “at the mercy of God,” Smith said.

The religion has no clergy. Instead, it is lead by nine anonymously elected members in a “Spiritual Assembly” in every Baha’i community, Smith said. Baha’is meet in a community member’s home to read scripture and discuss issues. They do not have a church. But some communities have Baha’i centers, and each continent has a House of Worship, which Smith says is “the Baha’is gift to humanity.” This is where non-Bahai’s are invited to visit and pray. Smith said North America’s House of Worship is in Chicago.

A Religion of Individual Development

Smith said Bahai’s have no baptism, and a person joins the religion by first coming to classes and reading writings to learn about the religion.

“One of the principles of the faith is individual investigation of the truth,” Smith said. “When you want to become a Baha’i you have a declaration card that says you believe Baha’u’llah is who he said he was.”

The card is only a formality so that the National Spiritual Assembly, a nine-member group of elected leaders in each country, can keep track of membership. However, “the real declaration is in your heart,” Smith said.

Baha’is over the age of 15 are obligated to pray and read Baha’u’llah’s writings every day, and should give a portion of expendable income to a fund that builds schools and “social development projects” around the world, Smith said.

Bahai’s also follow prayer cycles resembling the Muslim Call to Prayer five times a day. Baha’is can choose between saying one long prayer at least once in a 24-hour cycle, three medium prayers three times a day, and one short but powerful prayer between noon and sunset. Before praying, Baha’is are expected to wash their hands and face as part of the ritual, Smith said.

Some young Baha’is go on a “year of service,” traveling somewhere in the world to do humanitarian work, Smith said.

“I went to Zambia, in Africa, and worked at a Baha’i inspired school for girls,” Smith said.

She said many others go to the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel, where Baha’u’llah died and the Baha’is headquarters sit.

Baha’is are expected to refrain from drinking alcohol and doing any drugs, and must ask for their parent’s permission before getting married, Smith said.

Smith said getting permission from parents to get married can be difficult, and she has friends and family members whose parents initially refused to let them marry who they wanted. She said the rule is intended to foster family unity, just as the religion stands for unity in the world. She said both sets of parents must agree unanimously, even if one person’s parents are not Baha’i.

“Parents aren’t supposed to say no because of their own prejudices,” Smith said, “But if they do say no you have to abide by that.”

In some cases, when parents refuse to give permission to marry, the couple can wait for years hoping their parents will change their minds, Smith said. But usually, if their son or daughter seems happy, the parents will give permission.

“I just got engaged in September, and both our parents were OK with that,” Smith said.

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