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  • What piece of art would you steal?: Bill Reid's "Raven and the First Men"
  • What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?: loose for lose, heigth(sic) and "could of"
  • What song or movie makes you cry?: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somwhere over the Rainbow"
  • What helps you sleep?: An excellent cup of coffee
  • What song do you never want to hear again?: Jason Mraz-The Remedy

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Sep 27 lauramae commented on How Artists Can Fight Back Against Cities That Are Taking Advantage of Them.
I thought it was a great article that shows the truth about art-making and economy. The artists I work with almost always have a bills-paying job that allows them to also create their art. A few artists I know have two art practices-the work they do that is their bread and butter and the work they like to do as creative thinkers.

Many artists do art not necessarily because one day they said "when I grow up, I'm going to be an artist." They do art because they have a compelling drive to create--whatever that is. Not everything they create is going to a market or even intended to be sold. It's an idea, the start of an idea, a step in creating some other piece in the future. Or not.

In the whole history of humanity, creativity is what drives cultural development and cultural evolution. Squash it and a culture dies.

I figure that the scowls of anti-art dullards are evolution in action. You people, with any luck, will disappear into the abyss of the "Fox epoch" and the rest of us can benefit from the many layers of benefit of creativity-never eating Quiznos.
Sep 21 lauramae commented on Catholic Priest Orders Gay Couple Together 30 Years to Divorce, Abandon Each Other, and Apologize for Getting Gay Married.
Catholicism is a shitstorm of centuries of appalling decisions, behavior, bigots, prejudice and cruelty. Ask any group of missionized victims of this asshole religion.

I say this as someone who was raised Catholic.
Sep 20 lauramae commented on SL Letter of the Day: Here's the Letter You Wrote Me Today and Here's the Letter You'll Write Me in Six Years.
Families are always "happy" with your husband. It's after you guys split up that they tell you what they really think. Chances are some of the qualities he has that is getting in the way of her respect for him is also seen by her family too, but they don't say because the couple seems okay on the surface. Good families don't try to split couples apart unless there's obvious abuse. The married woman sees upsetting a lot of comfortable relationships, and day to day predictability, and maybe even a lifestyle that is possible because of the husband's provider/steady sort of personality. And yet on a daily basis, she isn't happy about either situation.

Maybe the statement about being the secretary/maid thing is definitely based on truth, but also a justification for her dissatisfaction and then to help a bit with feeling badly about clicking with the boyfriend. In the realm of the excuses people make to justify their extra-relationships, it isn't the worst. However, the total effect that seems to have on her feelings and her ability to enjoy herself with the husband probably won't get any better until they work out the relationship stuff. Obviously there is more to a relationship than the connections that everyone has with other people in the respective families and the day to day "good life" stuff.

The co-worker was, she says, not so good to her early in their affair and has some other qualities that don't make him available in other areas of her life. The sex is good probably because it's a little dangerous. They guy isn't all that nice to her and it's not something her husband or the families would approve of. So it's all "exciting."

I think going to NYC with him is a very bad idea because there are reasons she's providing as to why that isn't a good relationship either. And like many have said, there are more than 2 guys in the world. Also my personal opinion, marriage counseling isn't ultimately helpful in fixing a marriage because counselors aren't very good. It's the thing people do to be able to say they've tried everything to keep a marriage together.

For the first letter writer, the more time you spend in an unsatisfying relationship, the harder it will be to leave. It is very hard to be the bad guy and break it off. How hard will be to imagine spending the next 6- 15 years the same way you are spending them now?
Sep 17 lauramae commented on How to Adjust to Multicultural Seattle if You're from a Small Town.
I guess if someone travels through rural America and makes no effort to go deeper into any town than the chain restaurants that exist everywhere including the allegedly cosmopolitan Seattle, then that traveler will not be disappointed to find the dull, American sameness he fully expects to encounter.

I went to college in a small town, Bloomington, Indiana. The town itself was no more than 50,000 people at the time. We had a Tibetan restaurant, and Ethiopian restaurant, a few regionally distinct Chinese restaurants, a Middle-Eastern market that roasted its own delicious coffee before coffee was "a thing."

Sep 17 lauramae commented on Italian American Yells at City Council Members About Indigenous People's Day.
I'm unclear why Italian Americans would be eager to look past what kind of person Columbus was. When the Catholics went for making it a federal holiday, my guess is that they didn't really examine the atrocities Columbus committed. His legacy was followed by many "conquistadors" who were similarly brutal to Pueblo people encountered in the Southwest.

Columbus was a greedy, brutal son of a bitch. The day is a federal holiday because of the urging of Italian Americans who, at the time, were vilified as immigrants. They mistakenly attributed "discovery" of the new world to him. He wasn't even the first European AND OF COURSE there was no discovery.

#4, I'm not going to waste time on your idiot premise because, well, it is idiotic.
Sep 4 lauramae commented on Seattle Cop Defends Killer of Michael Brown, Accuses Obama of Racism.
Yeah, John T Williams wasn't committing any crime and still got blown away by the SPD.

I suppose he has a right to be a jerk on his own facebook page. It isn't so much what he says as what the posts say about his state of mind as a cop. He has a lot of stereotypes and assumptions about what he thinks happened to justify gunning down a kid. I think a lot of people have certain assumptions about cops who like to swagger about what "badasses" they are. I for one think this guy is exactly someone who who would be unpredictable, unstable and too dangerous to have a gun

That said, I'm betting most cops feel the way he does (which is scary). This issue came up on the campus where I work and one of the campus dispatchers referred to those of us that had an opinion about the Ferguson case as arm chair quarterbacks who should just shut up. That is what the person posted during work hours on the campus forum.
Sep 1 lauramae commented on Please Stop Fighting Over Reclining Seats on Airplanes.
Dear 50: I think his post about using the time on the plane to do work was about his choice because of the time on the plane. Or does choice only apply to the pig reclining?
Aug 29 lauramae commented on Please Stop Fighting Over Reclining Seats on Airplanes.
I hate it when someone in front of me reclines so much that should I need to get up, I would be face to face with that person in the row in front. I'm not especially fond of people reclining to the point that it impedes my space adversely, especially then when they lean forward--which is what mostly happens.

But yeah, it's their right to do so. I never recline my seat because I don't want to be the troll in the person's day.
Aug 27 lauramae commented on Maybe Don't Wear a Warbonnet to the First-Ever All-Native Art Exhibit at Bumbershoot.
I remember the first time I saw Wendy's photos and I thought "I love these. I love the comment the photos are making." Great group of artists in this show.
Aug 23 lauramae commented on What Are White Liberals Going to Do About the Westlake Mall Cop Who Pepper Sprayed an Innocent Black Man?.
White liberals often believe they don't have to do anything to address racism because they believe they are immune from responsibility by virtue of their head-cocked look of sympathy for the "poignant" story. And if you directly address them to take action, they worry that they are being accused of being racist and will exhaust you with word gymnastics to prove that they are not racist. And then they will wander off to do something with an "Occupy Wall Street" type group.


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