succumbing to peer pressure

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Doctors for Global Health Conference (and a new crush)

Just home briefly to run some errands before heading back to the 'networking' dinner tonight. DGH conference is amazing, inspiring, all the things a good conference should be. Everyone talking about social justice and leveling the playing field financially and healthcare as a basic human right and public health within the larger (giant) social context of gender and racial discrimination, developed versus developing nations, WTO, World Bank, IMF, WHO, and dozens of other acronyms, and how we have to spark tiny revolutions in the small corners of the world where we are able to invoke change to ultimately change the larger paradigm within which public health is currently viewed. Amazing stuff. I'm surrounded by people who have been all over the world, kids my age who have already studied and worked in Haiti, Venezuela, New Zealand, Australia, and San Salvador. Gray-haired couples who spent months in Uganda. Which gives me something new to ask for in my nightly prayers - may I one day have more passion and care than fear. Because I know that right now I am not the sort of person who could travel to many of these countries and work for change. And I don't like that about myself. I met a peace corps volunteer who was devastated that she had to cut her service short because men in a neighboring village were threatening her. Two women travelled through the jungle at night (something which is not done) to warn her and she left promptly the next morning. I don't have the kind of courage one must inevitably have to work under conditions like that. But I hope that one day I do.

Tangentially, I have a huge crush on the president of DGH. A total dork - bad haircut, bad vest, bad tie. And a total inspiration professionally. So hot right now.

For the sake of the kittens!

Sid - as is so often the case, too many things, not enough hours. But I should have some down time in the next few days to give due time and thoughtfulness to your article. I look forward to it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The correct answer to the Republican's favorite line "John Kerry doesn't support the troops.  He voted against $87 billion for them."  Yes, that's true.  But he supported an alternate bill proposed by the democrats that offset some of the $87 billion by repealing the tax cuts for the rich.  I mean, the poor are sending their kids.  The least the wealthy can do is send their money.

Won't work with the Democratic party because that would be working with the enemy or selling out or something.  But letting the Republicans help him get his name on the ballot?  That's just plain hubris.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

"I'm a strong, independent woman in my professional life.  I don't need a man to feed me.  I do need him to love me and be loved by me."  --Before Sunset
And...shit.  I no longer fear growing up to be the crazy cat lady.  Now I'm slightly afraid of waking up one morning, 8 years from now, and realizing I've become Celine.