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The usual pre-term inability to sleep is back, and I keep twitching in bed thinking of things I perhaps ought to have done in the two weeks allotted to me over the worst of the winter. But I know I can't do everything, and it's been a pretty useful fortnight in many other ways. It's just the reality of facing all of that tomorrow. And Christy's return from World Youth Day mid afternoon. And Finn still on holiday for another week will take some managing.

Supposed to be in a debate next weekend, kind of like a celebrity debate (except I'm not a celebrity). It's for the 'celebrants' association, a group of inter-denominational (but I doubt there'll be any Catholics there) celebrants who do things like weddings, funerals and stuff like that. It's supposed to be a fun debate to offer them some light relief from their forum chores, apparently, and held at a big hotel conference room. I'm starting to feel a bit nervous as my team hasn't actually all met yet... our opposition team members are all earnest celebrants, and our team, well, one of us is a Very Reverend, one is Very Gay and one is Very Catholic. Guess which one is me *g* We have to debate the negative to the moot, 'That ceremony is no longer relevant in today's society'. I might need to borrow a Bishop's Mitre to make myself a little more ceremonially impressive!

So, I'm going to bed, feeling quite nervous about the start of this term. No, actually, really nervous. I just don't feel ready, somehow. Teaching philosophy won't help, huh! And I feel like I needed more stuff pre-prepared. And I'd much rather be writing in a nice little cottage in the hills. Still, just have to get through tomorrow. It's nearly midnight now, so... later, dudes.


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Jul. 20th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I hope you sleep well, or at least get some rest.
I have been having trouble sleeping as well. Pain in my back, and a noisey cat woke me before the sun was up. I am hoping to get the MRI scheduled soon.

Good luch with the debate and start of term.

Jul. 20th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
as you can see my lack of sleep has affected my spelling. LOL. I meant good luck!
Jul. 21st, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
-my lack of sleep has affected my spelling. LOL.
Hee! I could have pretended it was Scottish or something! American Quaker Scottish! I'm sorry you still have that back pain. I hope they can sort that out.
And the cat? I want to murder ours! She has 'five in the morning and I want to go out' syndrome just now, and won't take no for an answer. I suspect your cats are equally bossy!

-I meant good luck!
Thanks! With the debate, I just liked the idea of doing something different and kind of challenging!
Jul. 21st, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!!
Jul. 21st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
Hee, okay! So, asks curiously, d'you think ceremony is still relevant in today's society? *g*
Jul. 21st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I think 99% of people derive pleasure, comfort and inspiration from ceremony, whether it's religious ceremony, public ceremony or private ceremony. By public ceremony I'm thinking of things like royal processions etc. or the opening of parliament. By private ceremonies I'm thinking of the formal acknowledgement of anniversaries or even something like the Japanese tea ceremony. Ceremonies provide a link with the past, colour and spectacle, employment, a feeling of social cohesion and security. Etc. Etc. If there weren't any, I think people would rapidly invent them. I suspect they are part of the human condition but are also shared with the animal kingdom - think of the courtship dances of some birds. If any group tried to brush them aside, life would be poorer in many respects. That's not, of course, saying I personally approve of all ceremonies - for example I have just seen a programme about ceremonial female circumcision among the Masai...
Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comments, Mothy. I appreciate it heaps. And I think you're right, if there weren't any ceremonies, yeah, people would just invent them anew. Sometimes there are magazine type articles telling modern day families how to 'create' some ceremony for themselves, some things to recreate traditions lost in the last couple of generations.

-That's not, of course, saying I personally approve of all ceremonies - for example I have just seen a programme about ceremonial female circumcision among the Masai...
Heh, yeah, that'd be a hard one in which to find something positive for women.
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