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Monday Melee 7/2

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The sense of entitlement that seems to run rampant these days. I’d like to see more personal accountability, a stronger work ethic, and an increased willingness to take action to benefit people beyond our immediate circle. ‘Me, me, me’ isn’t an attitude that’s going to work out well in the long-term.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
A website has been brought to my attention. I will not provide a link, on principle. An anonymous couple states that they’re expecting and are trying to decide whether to have the baby or get an abortion. They are asking for money and claim that unless they raise $50,000 in 3 months, they will abort. Whether true, or a scam, it’s shameful on many levels.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
It is incredibly hot, and dry. Fire danger is very high. Yet fireworks are still going to be allowed. I guess this would have worked for ‘meretricious’.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
I applaud countries that are actively working on alternate and renewable energy solutions. Brazil’s ethanol program has replaced about 40 percent of gasoline use in the country. Denmark generates 20 percent of its electricity from wind. There are solutions; we just need to concentrate of finding and/or developing them.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m good at research and planning. I’m patient and thorough, and I pay attention to details.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
This is frivolous. But that’s what make-believe is for, right? I’d like to be able to radically alter my appearance in the blink of an eye. Shape-shift, if you will.

July 2, 2007 at 7:55 am 3 comments

Monday Melee 6/11

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Phony or two-faced behavior. I think it’s wrong to pretend to respect or admire someone while you’re in their presence when, in fact, you don’t feel that way at all. I think it’s appropriate to show courtesy and behave in a civil manner, even toward people you don’t like. But to pretend something more amiable, then proceed to express your true, less favorable feelings behind a person’s back is ridiculous.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
I don’t think money should buy a shorter jail term. On the other hand, I don’t think notoriety should be punished with a harsher sentence. The sentence and time served should be commensurate with the violation in question, and enforced equally regardless of social or economic status.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I found my tripod, but the mounting bracket is missing, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to replace it.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Youngest son’s report card reflects improvement in almost every class as compared to last term.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m willing to tell my kids ‘no’ and have expectations and guidelines, even if it makes me unpopular. Which it does. But I believe it’s in their best interest, and maybe one day (hopefully) they’ll thank me.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to levitate heavy objects. It would make moving furniture much more fun.

June 11, 2007 at 7:11 am 5 comments

Monday Melee 6/4

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The ‘us against them’ tendency. Put a large enough group of people together and they’ll fragment into opposing groups. Clans, nations, religions, political parties, genders, ages: people always seem to find characteristics and criteria to use in order to unite and hold themselves apart from others. I wish we could be more harmonious.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
New research reveals that sodium benzoate, a preservative commonly found in soft drinks (and other food products) can lead to cirrhosis and Parkinson’s. It has also been found that sodium benzoate, when combined with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) under certain conditions, creates a carcinogenic called benzene. Let’s get safe ingredients in these products or get them off the market. source: Organic Consumers Association

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Aging. I’m trying to do it gracefully, but it really bums me out sometimes. I’d like to be 25 again, in body if not in mind.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My oldest is learning to drive a stick shift, and he’s handling the challenge with uncharacteristic patience and good humor.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I frequently carry out random acts of kindness.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to have a Farmers’ Market that’s open every day within walking distance of my home.

June 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm 4 comments

Monday Melee 5/21

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Waste. Millions of people around the world are going without basic necessities while the privileged few voraciously churn through a constant stream of luxury items, loading landfills and junkyards with products they’ve simply grown tired of.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Giving a teenage girl a $65,000 SUV and letting her host a party for a handful of friends at a beach mansion that rents for $10,000 a day. The occasion? Back-to-school. Hubby was channel surfing and landed on this frightening show called ‘Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl’. It was strange and disturbing: it made me sick and yet I could not look away.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I have been really busy lately and haven’t had much time to visit the sites on my blogroll to read posts and leave comments.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Journalists and media personnel often work in dangerous places and put themselves at risk in order to investigate and report on world events. In the course of their work, many have the integrity and courage to challenge authority and speak out against injustice.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I appreciate and find happiness in life’s simple pleasures: hanging out with loved ones, a beautiful sunset, the aroma of baking bread, escaping into a good book, checking a task of my to-do list, waking up to birdsong, and so on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to visit and talk with a person or family from another country, in their home, once a week. I guess I will need to put teleportation and a sci-fi language interface on my wish list in order to carry this one off.

May 21, 2007 at 7:19 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 5/07

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Laziness and apathy. Why vote? It won’t matter. Why recycle or conserve energy? I’m only one person. Why donate? I can only spare $5. Well, I say: It matters. One person is a start. Every little bit helps. If we all get it in gear and do something, it’ll make a big difference.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“…since September of last year – when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 – the president has the power to call any US citizen an ‘enemy combatant’. He has the power to define what ‘enemy combatant’ means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define ‘enemy combatant’ any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.”
source:
Guardian Unlimited

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I’m not as efficient as I’d like to be. There’s so much I want to accomplish, and I often get to the end of the day with too many items left undone.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My bold and adventurous sister is embarking on a summer internship in a foreign country. I admire the way she goes after her dreams with spirit and determination.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I have a quick mind and a good sense of humor. I think a hearty laugh is downright good for you, and I look for opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I fervently wish that, one day, my kids will love reading as much as I do. It’s on my make-believe list because I’m beginning to fear it isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t be the person I am without the insights and knowledge gained from books. I hate to see them miss out.

May 7, 2007 at 6:49 am 5 comments

Monday Melee 4/02

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Cutthroat competition. Don’t get me wrong: I think competition is often beneficial, and it has certainly been at the root of quite of lot of innovation and progress. What I object to is the practice of winning by ruthless and unjust means; e.g., stepping on, defaming, using, stealing from, scheming against, and otherwise abusing others in order to come out on top. I would prefer to see people compete and achieve success in positive ways.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Once again, the President wants to put a person with clear industry allegiances in charge of a government body intended to safeguard the public interest. On March 1, 2007, Bush nominated Michael Baroody as chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Baroody is a senior executive with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a trade group that regularly opposes product safety regulation and pollution prevention laws. NAM has gone so far as to call for weakening the CPSC, an organization that exists to keep manufacturers from selling products that put us and our families at risk. During his tenure at NAM, Baroody has led opposition to laws that protect children and the public from unsafe products and toxic health threats. source: Organic Consumers Association

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Clutter. It’s annoying and hard to tame.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Our local food bank distributed over 21 million pounds of food last year to needy families and individuals.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
‘Dependable’ is my middle name. Well, not literally, although it would have demonstrated uncanny perception and a keen sense of humor on my parents’ part. I can always be counted on to follow through on commitments and to get things done in a competent and timely fashion.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
Feasible, affordable, long-term alternative energy solutions available to everyone, the world over, right now.

April 2, 2007 at 7:05 am 3 comments

Monday Melee 3/26

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
“Everyone else is doing it” justification. It is routinely employed to excuse all sorts of questionable behavior: lying, cheating, negative campaigning, racism, greed, bribes, double standards, driving gas guzzlers, taking unfair advantage, doing anything it takes to win, etc. If you have to make an excuse like this for doing something, you probably shouldn’t do it. Sadly, you don’t often encounter this phrase as a reason to do something good. I’d like to hear people say: I’m behaving ethically…standing up for what I believe in…donating to charity…spending quality time with my kids…doing volunteer work…honoring my commitments…because everyone else is doing it.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
It seems to me that refusing to testify under oath is admitting that you don’t intend to tell the truth.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
My memory isn’t nearly as sharp as it used to be. Back in the day (as my son would say) I was able to effortlessly remember just about everything: phone numbers, credit card and account numbers, names, birthdays, facts and trivia, song lyrics, and so on. Now, I rely heavily on note-taking and my trusty PDA.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
“Putting his money where his environmentalist mouth is, Prince Charles is swapping gas-guzzling private planes and helicopters for commercial flights, train journeys and biodiesel cars. A longtime champion of green causes, the heir to the throne says action is needed now to avoid leaving a ruined planet to the next generation.” source: CBS News

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I don’t let the fact that I don’t know how to do something stop me; instead I view it as a good reason to learn. New technology, new ways of doing things, new theories? Bring it on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I wish I could enable my kids to clearly see the future consequences of their actions and decisions and act accordingly. Of course, if they could do this, they wouldn’t be kids, would they?

March 26, 2007 at 7:10 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 3/19

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Closed minds. There’s a lot we don’t know, a lot we don’t understand. There is always room for new or additional information, and it may actually justify a change of opinion when fully considered.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“According to a new report by the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. airline industry discards enough aluminum cans each year to build 58 Boeing 747 airplanes.” source: Washington Post
Hmmmm. Seems like a recycling program would be a good idea.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
There isn’t much time left to prepare and file my taxes. Blech.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My husband has a sunny disposition and a positive outlook on life.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am an avid reader.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A magic wand that will instantly and effectively collect and dispose of all cat hair from my home, my clothing, and me. ^,,^

March 19, 2007 at 7:14 am 5 comments

Monday Melee 3/5 – teen theme

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The social stratification, peer pressure, and cruelty of high school. Granted, some people claim it was the best time of their lives, but not me. I wouldn’t relive it for anything. I think it may be worse now than when I was young. Hundreds of kids are trapped together all day, five days a week. They’re afflicted by raging hormones, they’re trying to forge their identities and gain greater independence, and they’re facing a mixture of academic challenges and pure tedium: it’s a sure-fire recipe for trauma of one kind or another.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
No Child Left Behind. The program has failed to elevate the achievement of poor children and minorities, and has, in fact, proven disadvantageous for these very children. Schools are narrowing curriculum to basic skills and content most likely to improve test scores. This skews education toward lower-order thinking skills, and short-changes the arts and humanities. Additionally, the tests are culturally and linguistically biased. The program operates through sanctions, often taking money away from ‘failing’ schools that most desperately need it. High school dropout rates have actually increased, particularly in communities with a large percentage of minority students.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Teenagers (specifically, my own) can be so damn uncooperative and unpleasant.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
The flip side: teenagers can be adorably affectionate and protective toward their now-smaller-than-them mom.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am doing my best to remember how hard adolescence is and cut my kids some slack.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A safe and simple cure for acne. Don’t teens have enough to be self-conscious about without it?

March 5, 2007 at 8:21 am 1 comment

Monday Melee 2/26

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
War. Time and again, diplomacy fails (or is never attempted) and war erupts, blazing a trail of destruction, violence, and death. Why must we resort to killing each other?

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, political appointees, not researchers and scientists, have the last word on standards recommendations for air pollutants.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I am highly distressed by the situation in the Middle East.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
During a recent school-sponsored food drive, a student asked for canned goods as her only birthday presents so that she could donate them.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am creative and resourceful.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to successfully divide my attention between two tasks; for example, read a book while having an interesting conversation. Multi-tasking on steroids.

February 26, 2007 at 10:21 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 2/19

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Partisanship and political wrangling too often get in the way of finding feasible solutions to pressing problems.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Proposed funding cuts for public television threaten the availability of age-appropriate educational programs for young children. Free alternatives to commercial programming are rare, and cutting nearly a quarter of the budget for public television puts these programs at risk.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I wish the grocery store in my neighborhood carried more organic products.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
The coach of my son’s basketball team is incredibly generous with his time.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I stand up for what I believe in.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like a magical, self-cleaning house.

February 20, 2007 at 9:33 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 2/12

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The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Reality TV. Enough already. I don’t care much for television in general, but most of these shows are completely beyond the pale.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
The hypocrisy of many opponents of stem cell research. Is it really better to throw away surplus embryos in a fertility clinic dumpster rather than using them for research that could lead to cures for debilitating diseases and save lives?

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
The cat needs a bath. Needless to say, it won’t be a lot of fun.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My son’s school has an aggressive recycling and sustainability program.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am a good listener.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
Cures for cancer, AIDS, and heart disease, just for starters.

February 12, 2007 at 8:14 am 3 comments

Monday Melee 2/5

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Mean, judgmental behavior. So many people are unkind without even thinking about another person’s circumstances or point of view.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“Big Oil” is enjoying record-setting profits and outrageous executive compensation packages while the environment goes to hell in a handbasket and the average citizen struggles to cope with escalating prices at the pump.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
My dishwasher seems to be on its last leg. I’ll probably have to replace it soon.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My father is finally getting the hang of being retired and enjoying himself.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am an actively involved parent.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A few more hours in the day that aren’t already spoken for.

February 5, 2007 at 3:13 pm 3 comments

The Monday Melee

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

Yes, I realize today is not Monday. But I’m jumping in late.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Discrimination of all types: racial, religious, age, gender, sexual orientation.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Proponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge claim that it is necessary in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil. In truth, we cannot drill our way to independence; there is not enough oil in ANWR to make a noticeable dent. It’s a futile and pointless waste of a pristine wilderness area. I strongly believe we need to concentrate on finding alternative solutions for clean, renewable energy.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
The weather. It’s winter. Blech.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My kids have been doing a better job of taking care of their responsibilities without being reminded.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am fit and healthy.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A world at peace and in harmony with nature.

January 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm 1 comment


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