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ruthless compassion
29 January 2013 @ 10:08 am
Topics about which I had extensive debates with other kids as a child:

1. Whether or not it is okay to pee or poop while eating or drinking.
1.a. Does the fact that cows do it apply to our conclusion?
2. Whether or not it's okay to return a plate to the cabinet after licking it completely clean.
2.a. Do germs exist, and how do we know?
3. Whether or not girls can be doctors and boys can be nurses. (My brother is now a nurse.)
4. Whether or not a watermelon will grow in my stomach after I swallow the seed.
5. Whether or not it is possible to "blow out" a red light like a birthday candle (to turn it green. This always worked eventually!)

How 'bout you?
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ruthless compassion
29 January 2013 @ 02:46 pm
Hey, guess what! It's confessional time! Today, the ground rules; tomorrow, the thing itself.

As I've done the past couple of years, I'll be moderating comments with a relatively heavy hand, especially around pointlessly mean-spirited comments or threads. Similarly, comments or threads that seem to be headed in a bad direction. If you think I made a mistake about leaving something up, feel free to email me to bring it to my attention.

One of the things I deeply value about the confessional is the opportunity to say hard things, but it's important to me that they be productive, so please refrain from mean comments without substance. In past years, we've had some pretty amazing learning, compassion, and vulnerability, along with playful fun.

If there's a comment/thread that seems primarily to be about character assassination, I empower you not to respond, and to privately draw it to my attention for deletion. I will try to delete that sort of thing ASAP.

If there's any comment about YOU that you'd like me to remove for any reason, please email me so I can do so.

Remember that all those anonymous voices are people, some of whom you know and like, and all of whom are people like you.