in the future days

in the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

the first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.

the second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way - everywhere in the world.

the third is freedom from want - ...healthy peacetime life for its in habitants - everywhere in the world.

the fourth is freedom from fear - ...which means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbour - anywhere in the world.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941



in unfortunate irony the bp oil disaster has occurred as i am currently working on a group presentation on ecocide. ecocide, in short, is ecological genocide. or as sally higgins defines -

"The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."

higgins is currently campaigning for the UN to recognize ecocide as a crime against peace, which could then be tried in the International Criminal Court (ICC), along with genocide, war crimes, crimes of aggression, and crimes against humanity.

this would be a huge step for environmental rights and the future of our world. we are now going to be seeing and suffering the effects of the bp oil rig disaster for years and years, if not forever, as i assume irreparable damage has or will be done. by criminalizing ecocide on an international level industries, corporations, governments, etc will be held more accountable for ecological destruction. i definitely support this campaign and encourage you to read the Guardian article at this link (http://tinyurl.com/yyvsonb), and to visit www.thisisecocide.com, but at the very least i ask you to watch this short video (http://tinyurl.com/yya8z54).

..."because if we don't wake up soon the earth will look like the moon" (unknown)


i'm singing in the rain...shower

you'll have to excuse me...i'm mildly sleep deprived. but thought i'd pose this question...what is it about the environment of the shower that inspires people to sing? and not your usual la la la, but uninhibited "no one's listening" (tho sometimes they are) singing? is it human nature to sing in the shower or is it learned? is it cultural? or do all people everywhere sing in the shower? And why do people sing in the shower? why not dance? is singing a response to cleanliness? does the act of showering release toxins or endorphins that cause a euphoria and inspiration to sing? people sing when they are glad - most do not break out in song when they are angry.

what is your take? and maybe next time you are belting out a tune in the shower, pause, and ponder why.


the poor student

I think my honeymoon phase may be officially over. However, that is not to say that I am still not loving every minute here – because I am – but, it is to say that ‘poor student’ reality has set in. Poor student as in…poor me, I have to remember how to be a student again, and I’m a poor student who needs to find a job.

Most of my days consist of breakfast, read, lunch, read, class (if I have it), dinner, WINE, (maybe read, depending on the amount of wine) and repeat. Mind you I only have class on Monday and Tuesday and the occasional all day Friday – so you would think I’d have more than enough time to do my schoolwork and have a life. No, my life is school, but you know what Katie (I say to myself) – this is what you signed up for. And it’s true, this is the life I’ve wanted the minute I graduated school three years ago. It’s just been a shock to the system, remembering how to study and read (quickly) again.

As for my poor student “I should eat ramen everyday” situation…finding a job is hard! Especially when I don’t have barista or serving skills, definitely limits the job options. I actually had a job two weeks ago for about two days…as a Social Media Expert. Sounds perfect for me, don’t you think?! It was for a start up online coupon company, fashioning itself after America’s “GROUPON” if you’ve heard of it. Anyway, the “owner” didn’t have any idea what he was doing…therefore nor did I, and I think we both saw the writing on the wall after day two. Since then I’ve been back on the saddle sending my resume out like it’s sold at Costco – in mass. Ironically enough, I think a job just fell into my lap yesterday (without having to spend hours on a cover letter and customizing my resume). There was an opening at a company that friend works for, she put in a good word, I called to follow up, and I start next week! I can’t really explain exactly what the company does or what I will be doing, but I believe it will be a mix of office admin, serving, and hostessing. Don’t worry, the company is legitimate, and as long as it pays decently, it’s great!

I think the new job (knock on wood) will not only help pay the bills, but will also give more structure to my weeks, and force me out of the apartment breaking up the monotony of read and repeat.

Next week I have a week off from school for the Easter holiday and I hope to get out of the city a bit and stretch my legs. Of course in order to do that, I need to be all caught up with school…so more from me soon…I’m off to READ!