Wednesday, July 30, 2014


July 6th of this year marked my tenth anniversary at my current workplace.  Honey, ten years is a record for me, and it feels great to have accomplished a lot there.  Honestly, if I had to continue in the job that I've had for much of those ten years, I would be bored to death and quit by the end of this year, but within the last few months I accepted a new position.  After my date left, I got a call about a new job.  (Sorry--Karen Walker humor, if you're familiar).  I had a successful couple of interviews, so, in September, I'll be starting a new venture within the same company.

But first!  Today was my last day of work before my sabbatical, a perk given for every ten years of service.  It's not a whole semester as a professor might get, but I'll not return to work until September 8th.  All of this is to set up how I felt on the drive home.  Watch the first twenty seconds of this video to see what I'm feeling...

Here's a link in case the embedded video doesn't work...

So, from this atheist to you, whatever type of believer or non- you might be, Shabbat Shalom.  Whatever kind or length of break you can take, please do so, and have a peaceful and good one.  I will, too.

I think I'll post a few times within the next few weeks, and I may post at least once from the UK.  We'll see!

Good Sabbath!

Friday, July 25, 2014

And That's Me Sorted and Ready

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

--Oscar Wilde

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"It's the Wine Talking" or "Back to Smoke Signals"

What if we woke up and all of the phones were gone, and the laptops and whatsits, and we had to write letters again, and tweets were postcards just to one person so no one could see how fucking clever we all are?

Blur the Line

"Everything we believed in was a lie
Cross the oceans in your mind
Find a way to blur the line"

Oceans ~ Evanescence

"And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be."

Breathe ~ Pink Floyd

"For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name."

Viva la Vida ~ Coldplay

"You were all just perfect little satellites
Spinning round and round this broken earthly life
This is so you'll know the sound
Of someone who loves you from the ground
Tonight you're not alone at all
This is me sending out my satellite call."

Satellite Call ~ Sara Bareilles

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dear Governor,

Dear Governor Pence,

I recently wrote to you regarding my full support of same-sex marriage in our state, and I received a very nice email in return.  Thank you.

However, the following statement in the email from your office is incorrect: "For thousands of years, societies around the world have held that marriage, as the foundation of the family, is the union between a man and a woman."

For thousands of years, sir, there have been all manner of marriage traditions.  In Judeo-Christian scriptures, for example, marriage is defined (both by the deity in those scriptures, as well as those men who many Hoosiers regard as biblical heroes) as one man with many hundreds of women, one man and the woman who he raped and subsequently had to marry, and many other abhorrent scenarios.  Marriage in many cultures and over time has been primarily a purchase--one man purchasing a woman along with animals and other property from her father.  We can see news from the Middle East daily which shows us what that type of marriage looks like.  The kidnapping, the young age of the brides, the lives they lead after their taking.  To some, this is legitimate marriage.

Your presupposition that we follow millennia of a high moral standard regarding marriage is erroneous.  We do not follow the above traditions, because we are not monsters. We know better, and we do better.

So, is allowing two consenting adults who love each other and who wish to build a life together and perhaps a family a breach in morality?  A redefinition of something that was pristine to begin with?  I think not.

As your letter indicated, courts will rule in this matter, and our state will comply.  There is a sense of resignation in that part of the email...or maybe even a little wink?

You know better.  I can tell.  I hope for a time when your party will be grand again and not just old, and that intelligent moderates within it will take the reigns back from those who have made a mockery of it.

Thank you for your time and again for the nice letter.

Your fellow Hanoverian,
Michelle De.Mumbrum '96

Friday, July 4, 2014

When I'm the Girl in Blue

I love it when I can do this.  Especially on someone else's behalf.

To all the mad tyrants in the world, I say...