Some exciting moments for their parents as college winds down for Will Kline and Hayden Kline: hearing Will sing the national anthem at a basketball game with the Duke Pitchforks, and watching the first-ever undergrad production of Fun Home The Musical last night, with Hayden as sound designer/engineer.
Reading snippets about how Trump doesn’t know the words to the National Anthem (and video basically showing just that), I started thinking “Why do *I* know the words?” As in, at what point did I actually learn them? And why are they so etched into my long-term memory?
I remember reading something in 4th or 5th grade about Francis Scott Key and Fort McHenry, and little snippets of trivia along the way – the old drinking song trope – along a few standout performances here and there: Whitney Houston or Roseanne (for vastly different reasons). But, I’m not a nationalistic person who knowingly committed it to memory; nor do I stand, salute or sing the National Anthem when it’s performed, and it’s not of any overall importance or relevance to me, really.
But it dawned on me. Like any commercial jingle or theme song, you learn the National Anthem simply through constant exposure. You go to baseball games and soccer games and football games, etc. You watch Olympic medal ceremonies. Basically, you get out. Do stuff. Experience things. You’re exposed to it so often, the tune and words become totally indelible – like the “Duck Tales” theme music. And there it is in your head: ?Duck Tales, woooo-ooooo?
Trump is famously isolated and paranoid and avoidant, and I think that little strange moment at the BCS game shined a bit of a light on that. If you don’t just go out and do normal quotidian American things – like catching a baseball game in the summer or going to a race or a hockey match – you don’t experience that particular sort of osmosis. If you, as an adult, don’t know (most of) the words to the anthem, it’s likely because you just never had been repeatedly exposed to it through the course of everyday American normalcy.
Also, everyone knows the last word of the anthem is “Chiefs”, anyway. Not sure why so many people get that wrong… ?
Omfg, today was filled with more ethical twists and turns than i’ve had in academia ever. I dont even know what to do with myself. Whats better than an emergency meeting with a therapist and/or a big glass of whiskey- cuz neither of those are options. Yoga? Primal scream? Cute animal videos??? Haaaalp!
Facebrain/LMGTFY request: who are mother artists working in LA/CA who make work explicitly ABOUT motherhood/parenting? Here are a few to start with:
Thank you in advance for helping to add to this list! (links to relevant projects are especially helpful!)
Has an artist ever stolen your project idea (or ‘borrowed’ or ‘happened to have exactly the same idea’), and then shown it, sold it, gotten more recognition (and/or money) than you did or would have? Please share your stories, with details, if you’re able (feel free to change names if you need to)
I like hiking because its requires codeswitching. I refocus, shift my gaze, and have the opportunity to thank the earth for letting me live on and in it. I see, hear, and feel differently in the mountains. Egos dont matter. history is told in the carpets of leaves and sticks and seeds on the ground and in the tracks in the dirt. Hierarchies dont exist. I am always there, in the present, where i need to be. #hiking #sangabriels #angelesforest #girlswhohike #redboxcanyon #mtwilson #naturetherapy
This past week has been so full of feminist stuff, my head is spinning and my heart is soaring. I am concluding the week at an information session for thr Center for Reproductive Rights, hosted by Lisa Edelstein, Moby, Robert Russell, and Andrea Bowers. An amazing groups of folks are in the audience, too. Best quote Ive heard so far “i dont need hope, i have math” (re flipping the house and senate)
Only 10 minutes into my first and only panel during CAA/TFAP and ive already heard a holy white male theorist triad cited (Foucault, Deleuze, Bourriaud)….by a young, “experimental” female artist. I am still, and consistently surprised and disappointed at how frequently women artists not only bow to, but herald, the canon of white male modern, post-modern, and altermodern theorists. Can it be THAT hard to resist and reject that big ol western, white, phallic canon???? I guess so…
God has blessed me ! After living in the vicarage for 40 years this beautiful angel is officially mine and coming home tomorrow I’m in bits Iv prayed and prayed for this day since I sold my electric piano to open warriors and to be GIVEN a grand piano is not only something I can’t believe but never thought I could ever possibly own … through a warrior who came to me over a year ago reading a status of how much I so missed playing by waiting and believing what I gave to warriors it has given back to me ten fold I’m the happiest girl in the world. Thank you to Lisa for thinking of me. Get the basics for less or save on all of life’s fun extras with stoneberry promo code free shipping.
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