Professor J's Place

24 September, 2008

What the heck is Prof. J doing these days?

My bloggy friends, I have been unfaithful to you. I have been spending all of my computer time on Spark People.

This is a weight loss website similar to many others, I am sure. I know it is similar to Weight Watchers. It offers food and exercise tracking, a recipe calculator, advice and information, exercise videos, blogs and support groups. And it's free.

So, two weeks ago, Susan and I joined a group called TOPS club, inc, and we started using Spark People.

In other words, my ass project started in earnest.

This may well be a good combination of programs for me. The TOPS group is something I never imagined I would do. People join together once a week to weigh in, sing songs, report whether they have gained or lost (out loud--in front of everyone), sing more songs, and talk a little about diet and lifestyle changes. It is corny and goofy, and I kind of like it (after I got over feeling uncomfortable and a little superior to it all). And, of course, I like being online and playing with all the tools and corresponding with the folks.
This morning, I was reading one of the Spark articles, and I came across something called Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I've never heard of this before, and I used to be something of a therapy junky.

Anyway, the idea of this kind of therapy is that the therapist and the client focus on the solution rather than the problem--the future rather than the past. I'm intrigued. Indeed, I think that, if I ever decide to do therapy again, I might try to find someone who practices this technique.

Has anyone of you ever done Solution Focused therapy? Tell me about it!

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15 September, 2008

Sarah Palin: Quick and Dirty (the post, not the politician)

"The Democrats underestimate Palin at great risk." --Michele Norris (NPR)

We need to focus here, folks!

The stupid commentators (are you listening Bill Maher?) who joke about Palin's inability to lead because of her gender are working against us.

Focus on the record.

--Palin is against abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or the health of the mother. (Though perhaps it is acceptable to save the life of the mother.)

--Palin is for drilling for oil in delicate ecosystems.

--Palin said we "should not be afraid" of going to war with Russia over Georgia.

--Palin does not believe in evolution.

--Palin believes in "abstinence only" sex education.

--Palin says we should not ban assault rifles.

Is that not enough?

We can also look at the serious allegations that face Palin about abuse of power, nepotism, and book banning. And we can look at the truth (or lack there of) in some of her claims. The fact that she took the money for the "bridge to nowhere" and spent it elsewhere doesn't sound as good as "Thanks, but no thanks."

We cannot afford to be swayed by a folksy demeanor and a mean-spirited sense of humor.

I know I am preaching to the choir here, but we need to talk about this. We need to forget her appearance, her voice, her many children (all of which are fodder for the pundints--pro and con--and FOCUS ON HER RECORD.

There. I'm done yelling at you.

I know I once wrote that, as a life-long feminist, I was compelled to vote for a woman with a good platform (HC). But this woman has a platform I would vote against if she were a Labrador Retriever. And believe me, I loves me some labs.

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04 September, 2008

ch ch ch ch changes

Thank you darlings for your notes of concern. I have many things to write about: my trip to Northern Ireland to bury one friend and offer small comfort to another, Sarah Palin (because sometimes a vagina is not enough), and the changes in my life (once I figure out a way to do that with some semblance of decorum). In the mean time, I am beginning new semesters at three schools and preparing to move--it's been a heck of a summer, gals! I'll be back. And I'll be checking in on you all.