Tuesday, July 10, 2007

June Just Posts


Welcome to the seventh Just Post Roundtable. We've got such a lovely crowd this month, new voices and old. And we saw something extraordinary take place in June. Last month we put our money where our mouths are and raised over $2,700 for 2 organizations working with the littlest survivors of the AIDs epidemic. That told us we are hungry: hungry to come together, to lift our voices, to do more in this world. And we did. We've made sure that these kids have food and clothes and books and people to hold them. We did this in just one week.

So it made me wonder what else we can do, as we continue to cast our voices louder and join others. There are things brewing in this great blog world of ours, and as such we can all take part, big or small in the development and implementation of new ways to share our voices, to do more than talk. To Act.

BlogHers Act is asking for our help. To focus on one issue, and issue of our collective choosing, and use our wisdom and power to envision change. And Canada has already jumped on their version of BlogHers Act with BlogHers Canada Act. Both groups will tackle an important social issue and all are welcome to join them. Go. I'll go too.

I am constantly struggling with my place in this world. I often hide behind the homeless curtain, using it to rationalize why I am not doing more. But the truth, the plain truth is I am paid to do this, and while it is of unbelievable importance to me it can also be an excuse not to do more. And as I sit, waxing armchair-like about things that matter in our world, actually doing something about the mattering might take away from my already dwindled resources of time and energy. I realize it's a dangerous road, my becoming stagnant. And frankly, that terrifies me. Complacency friends, is a nasty bitch.

So before I hide behind my homelessness and my motherness I will continue to ask myself what I am truly hiding from. Because giving this planet my all means something slightly better for M, and Mad's M, for The Mayor and Rooster Girl, for Wonderbaby, and for Cakes, for Lil and Big Girl and Mme. L., for Jolie and Phoebe and Katie and Connor, for Grace and Liam and Tessa, for KayTar and Bubtar, for Leo and the Two H's, for The Girl and Little Man and for Bee and Em and Patience and Persistence, for Oscar and Julia and Oliver and Swee'pea, for The Poo and Frances and Jack and Ben and Bub and Pie, for Fiona and Lorenzo, Diminutive and Pre-Pubescent, for Eleanor, Sylvia and Eli, for Little Shot and The May Queen and A, for Little A and Big A, for D and Toodles. For ALL of our children because they are the future and they deserve us showing them the way. And it's more than words, that.

As you know, Mad took a blog-i-day this month and Jess graciously offered to fill in as my cohort. Jess brings such a special voice to our groove, her humor is so wise and she is the very real deal. I learn from her all the time so make sure you visit her end of the table before you go. Next month Mad will return, no doubt suntanned and thinky and true. And we'll keep moving forward together, our lovely Just Post choir. Choir seems too soft really.

Just Post Warriors then, the lot of you.

Ally with accident of birth
Alejna with throwing blame
Jennifer with all kinds of wrong
Little Monkies with war
Mrs. Chicken with why
KC with working for the man
Mama Karma with let's act
Mary with mommy love thyself
Chani with serenity, limits to unconditional love, romanticizing homelessness, all the wilting people, this is not education
Crazymumma with it's just hair
Bad with around the corner i had a friend and doing it
Susanne with cloth diapers and pink third
Shelly with special needs
Blog Antagonist with the color of impetus is teal green and beauty interrupted
missing minorities (The entire blog)
Urban Urchin with mom vs. mom
Sage Femme with Incens(ationaliz)ed who also writes as Sage with thembelihle
Lawyer Mama with of privilege and prejudice
Jess with i touched al sharpton with my boobs
Julie with the divine right of kings, wergild and the big tragedy of the duke lacrosse scandal
Pundit Mom with only 40 years ago
Jen with american beauty, pulling rabbits, curbside pickup and we are all children here
Christine with $8.00 an hour
Kevin with the almost great lebron james
Slouching Mom with we must never forget
Kaliroz with reality, morality and future-ality
Florian with Alexandra Renewal Project
Deb with operation first casualty
Flutter with open arms
Hel with speaking our truths
Jordan with reaching out
Cecileaux with street sense and uncommon sense
Cheryl with because i am a girl and class action suit
Shannon with act my issue
Alice with ahhh Nina and outdoor essentials
Mrs. Chili with cutting of our nose

The readers
Mrs. Chicken
Metro Mama
Lawyer Mama

Thank you again for turning me on to new reads, for recognizing yourselves and each other, for making us think. I so love the view from here.


Hel said...

Oh, Jen.

You are doing good.

I agree with you that we need to keep taking steps towards doing more. Sometimes great leaps of faith. Sometimes little baby shuffles. The important thing is to never take our hearts of the belief that we can and will make a difference.

Even when you are writing about non-social issues your heart whispers to me to love more, care more, laugh more.

carrie said...

Thank you for bringing me a "time of the month" that I actually look forward to. Seriously.

You all rock!


Momish said...

Wow! Some good reads there! And I totally feel the same way as you. As I was reading this post, my head was hanging lower and lower in shame. It is easy to hide behind motherhood, work - shit, life itself - and get lazy about my responsibility on this earth.

you rock, jen!

KC said...

This list keeps getting longer and longer. This is action, too. Encouraging and recognizing our voices, discourse...I can't see this not culminating in good things to come. Complacency may be a biotch but I don't see any here. Just a growing rumbling from a crowd atretching their minds and hearts to become bigger.

Christine said...

hey you--don't worry about the kiddos. As always--thanks for this, dude. And can you include my friend Kevin's post: http://bartoy.blogspot.com/2007/06/almost-great-lebron-james.html

Mrs. Chicken said...

Thanks to whomever nominated my post, and thanks to Jen and Jess for helping raise the volume on our voices.

Oh, The Joys said...

It has been a true honor to help with this! Thanks, Jen.

Kyla said...

Dude. I teared up. Reading through the names of our precious kiddos got me.

You are wise, friend. Very wise.

Great reading.

slouching mom said...

I'm with Kyla. All those kids' names just did me in.

Thank you, Jen, for doing what you do. I know that you don't think it's enough, but it is far more than most do.

jen said...

Thanks all. Truly.

Christine, his post is there, i had just attributed it to the other writer on his blog for some reason. will fix it now.

Julie Pippert said...


First, yes.

Second, the kid list!

Third, you have hit on something that has been warbling in my mind since my "ordinary to extraordinary" post yesterday. Hide from and hide behind.


And thanks for this awesome hosting of amazing posts. Can't wait to check out ones I might have missed.


Lawyer Mama said...

Oh, look at all our kiddos! Thank you for that poignant reminder of exactly *why* we should all so something to make the world better.

I know what you mean about getting stagnant. I hide behind my pro bono work, but really, it's an obligation that comes with my education. And let's face it, although I'm not technically paid for it, it still increases my value to my law firm. It's just a more circuitous route of monetary compensation.

I so look forward to your Just Posts, Jen, & Mad, & Jess.

kgirl said...

thanks, once again, for tuning me in to awesome posts i might not have read otherwise.

thailandchani said...

It's a great array of posts, as always.

The only thing I can really say is that getting caught up in the "doing" aspect of things can sometimes lead you on the wrong path, too. Sometimes going in is necessary.. Doing is doing... but it's being, in the end, that matters.




Jenn said...

You so do not hide behind any curtain.

You are the light that blinds us when we pull the shades back.

And I know, I know that this world is better for my girls because you are in it.


You're just amazing.

Lucia said...

Oh, oh what just gets me here is that I want to read these...all of them...but so a time crunch. Arghhhhh! You're awesome.

Jenn said...

PS--went to "All kinds of wrong" and added the Iraq dollar counter to my blog.

It's not much, I know, but it's something.

Jennifer said...

I am fairly new here and to the Just Posts but...wow. Wow. There are so many times I know I don't do enough. And so many times I feel when I do speak up, I'm shouting into a void. To see so many who care so much, gathered together. To read through this list of amazing essays. That has to mean something. It has to be doing some good. I feel it in my bones.

- Jennifer (Faking It)

p.s. Jenn, that Iraq dollar counter is pretty sickening, isn't it?

thailandchani said...

Found this quote while I was answering my comments.. and it reminded me of what you said.

The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.

(Mother Teresa)



Deezee said...

Aside from your part in building this community, I love how you turn the magnifying glass back on self and ask the big questions. If we all just did a tiny bit more each day......the reminder is always good.

Her Bad Mother said...

So fantastic, this. Always.

painted maypole said...

Well, there's my reading list for the next... umm... forever. Thanks for taking the time to do this. And to not only make all those links, but to list all those kids! Yowzers! There are a lot of reasons to do good in this world, and that was one hell of a list. Thanks.

ExpatJane said...

Oh wow! Thanks!

It's still very new and I'm thinking about how to get it linked and have people pay attention to it.

Maybe this will give us the lift we need. I'll go make a post on my main blog about it right now and post a blurb on Missing Minorities!

Thanks so much ;)

wordgirl said...

So many new things/people to read! I can't wait.

Tabba said...

can't wait to dig in and read.

And can I just tell you that reading all of the kids' names made me well up with tears and gave me goosebumps...it did.


You rock my world, you.
And everyone elses.

FENICLE said...

I totally agree...there is always going to be more we can do. But I'm glad to see people doing something! Every bit counts!!!

Ally said...

How unexpected that the list of our kiddos' names just did me in. Crying over my triscuits with artichoke jalepeno dip, I am.

Thanks for the nomination, all.

I am so with you and everything you said about wanting to DO something. Little Monkies is going to visit me in August and we're going to hatch up a plan for stopping the war. There is so much power in the voices I'm reading out here; we just have to figure out a way to harness it.

QT said...

As always, thanks for doing this. And I am with you on the doing more - I always feel I should just be doing more...

Aliki2006 said...

Wonderful links--tons of good stuff to read here--thanks so much for doing this, for doing good.

flutter said...

As always, thank you for doing this. You do more than you think. More than you know.

Jordan said...

Wow, thanks! I'm new to this, but am pleased to have my submission accepted and am amazed by all the other posts. Thanks for doing this.

Being a newbie, I have no idea how to get a fancy button for my blog! ;-)

kgirl said...

It takes a village, indeed. Let's keep looking out for each other.

PunditMom said...

Wow. Thanks so much for the honor and to be included in such wonderful ranks!

Kevin said...

Thanks for including my post on LeBron James. And, thanks for putting this wonderful monthly reading list together.

It gives me great strength to see what types of folks are out there in the blogosphere. It is a fresh of breath air from all the mainstream "media think" that you get pounded with every day!