Found Words/Found Music – Regina Spektor

January 27, 2010

“It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
‘Til they’re before your eyes

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye”

The Call


Found Words – Scalia

January 26, 2010

Oh Scalia and those prickly opinions:

The Amendment is written in terms of “speech,” not speakers.

– Citizens United concurrence


Written Words – Confidence

January 26, 2010

There’s definitely a relationship between being attractive, and confidence, and not just in the sexual context.  There’s a relationship between being successful, and confidence.

I use to think it was being attractive that gave you confidence.  But then how are all those sketchy looking guys with gorgeous women?

I use to think being successful gave you confidence.  But then how are so many morons receiving accolades, making millions, and living happily?

I use to give this a lot of thought.  I’d get frustrated.  In 5th grade when that “bad boy” got the cute girl to sit next to him at lunch.  In 9th grade when the buffoon Aced his science presentation.  In college when the fraternity president negotiated his way into a 2 week extension on his term paper.  Or at work when the average looking guy had every female coworker vying for his attention.

I rolled my eyes once at the average guy.  An older lady saw me and quipped “You’d be amazed at what happens with a smile and swagger”.

I thought about it that night when I was trying to flirt my way into the bar with my fake ID.  The former left tackle didn’t seem too impressed.

Gotta know your audience I guess.


Written Words – Change/me

January 25, 2010

I’ve started going to the gym.
Not a lot,
because I don’t think I’ll ever really like it.
But more than I ever did before,
because I like feeling strong and in control.
I want to only lose my breath
when I choose to lose it.

I’ve started wearing my leather boots.
Not a lot,
because you can only walk so far in three inch spikes.
But more than I ever did before,
because even though I bought them for a sexy Halloween costume,
sometimes I like to feel sexy,
and not be pretending.

I’ve started putting on makeup.
Not a lot,
because I tend to forget and smear my eyeliner.
But more than I ever did before,
because sometimes I like to look in the mirror
and see a confident, professional woman
and know that she’s me.

I’ve started
going to the gym/
wearing my boots/
putting on makeup
and still sometimes I wonder,
is this who I want to be?
Or am I just trying to be noticed?


Written Words – (why God-kids are amazing)

January 25, 2010

Skyping with Mary, my 11 year old cousin/God-child.

me: Are you going to send (your essay) to me when you’re done? I’d be interested in reading it.

Mary: Sure but it’s not pro material

me: What exactly is “pro material?”

Mary: I do not know! It just sounded cool


Found Words – (mass)

January 24, 2010

I could have sworn the lector slipped and said this in mass, but maybe it was the British accept tripping me up:

“God has given the first place to apostles, the second to prophets, the third to teachers; after them Americans.”

After further review, the verse (in 1st Corinthians for you Bible buffs) was “after them miracles.” Oh well.


Found Words – Mark Cuban

January 24, 2010

Small excerpt from Mark Cuban’s blog post giving advice to a high school student that contacted him.

“The thing you do need to do is learn.”