Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Fragments - Urns, Anita, Earthquakes and Mojo


 This is an idea I hadn't heard about before...


Bios Urn is a funerary urn made ​​from biodegradable materials that will turn you into a tree after you die. Inside the urn there is a pine seed, which can be replaced by any other seed or plant, and will grow to remember your loved one.

First of all-- Who knew "funerary" was an actual word?  Second, it's an interesting idea and far more cost effective than other more traditional burial options.  Third, what kind of tree would you be?  (And I ask that in my best Barbara Walters voice.)

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I'm going to see the Documentary Anita tonight followed by a Q&A but the film's director, Freida Mock.

Do you remember Anita Hill from the Clarence Thomas Hearings nearly 23 years ago-- (Yes, it's been that long!)  No matter what you think about the Hearings, Anita Hill started the national dialogue on sexual harassment in the workplace and for that I thank her.

I was working in a totally male dominated industry back then and man-oh-man, the "boys club" definitely didn't get it-- kinda like most of the Senators in the trailer for the movie.  (The film opens March 21st in selected cities.)



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Did you hear about the St. Patrick's Day earthquake in Los Angeles this past week?  I call it our very own "Shamrock Shake".

Dang!  I hate those things. 

Since it's the biggest one we've had in four years, and since our house sits practically on top of the fault line, we definitely "felt it".   I was as freaked out as the morning news guy was in video below.  My husband simple rolled over and went back to sleep.  Thankfully other than lots of crooked pictures on the walls and my frayed nerves, all is well.
 

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I have looked at the blank post page on Blogger for weeks.  Many days I have absolutely nothing to say-- as if my head did a Spring cleaning and emptied it of words.  Other days it feels like all I do is repeat myself.  So, until I have a light bulb moment and find my mojo again, I'll gladly participate in Friday Fragments courtesy of Mrs. 4444 to say hello to all of you....

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com  -  Joanna Jenkins


27 comments:

bill lisleman said...

Type of tree - good question. I would want to be one that had good blossoms and smelled good too. Maybe a cherry tree.
The FF post is my favorite. I'm interested in learning a little about your earthquake experiences. I understand that one happens somewhere in CA about everyday. Of course, they short and limited shaking. Write a post it.

Sweet Tea said...

Great video! Too funny, but great, quick reacting by the guy! I've never felt an earthquake and I'm thankful for that!

Brian Miller said...

ha. ok...i think i might not mind being a tree in my next life...you will have to let us know how Anita is...and i heard about the earthquake....def dont miss them from my visits to your coast...

Anita said...

The guy at the desk in the earthquake video is funny. His eyes got kinda big. :) A rare and big earthquake hit Virginia a couple years ago. If I could see my children and me running to the basement doorway along with the dog, I'd laugh at that, too. Of course, on a serious note, I'm glad when no one is injured.

Ohhh... the Anita Hill story. What a mess that was! I didn't follow the hearings, but tend to believe her. Maybe I'll see the film, too.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

An oak tree, no doubt.
"Shamrock shake"--that's funny! But I'm glad no damage was done at your place.

DJan said...

I certainly remember Anita Hill. And yes she started the dialogue, and it's gone a long way since then. Of course that creep is still in the Supreme Court. I think I would like to be an evergreen. :-)

Tammy said...

Well Barbara, first, I'm not going to cry, you can't make me cry, haha. I think I'd be a mighty oak if I was a tree and I LOVE the idea of when we leave the earth we give something very tangible back. I, like you worked in a very male dominated industry and I remember the Anita Hill trials and how the guys thought certain things about it were funny. I could hold my own just fine, but a lot of women couldn't and I felt it was a conversation that was truly needed and work places needed to take it seriously. Now as for that earthquake, the only one I was ever in was in San Diego, I was at a conference and I'm not gonna lie, I was HUNG OVER, these huge chandeliers started to sway and I'm looking around cuz I'm thinking - wow, am I that hung over or is something else going on. Yeah, not to smart and yet I still drank with friends the next night too. Hugs my friend!!

Christine said...

Nice to hear from you Joanna! Wow, scary about the earthquake.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Maybe a flowering pear or apple tree or a Japanese Maple...love the idea! I can't believe it's been 23 years...I'd like to say we have come far but considering the last reports of the military general getting off scott free says we are still in a mans world! I love the very own shamrock shake too funny and hopefully not too scary! Have a wonderful weekend!

Jeanie said...

Blogging should never control your life; your life should control your blogging. Welcome back -- and we love hearing from you "whenever." And thanks for visiting the Gypsy, too!

I love the term "Shamrock Shake" -- that is simply perfect! And I, too, am looking forward to the Anita Hill movie. Hope you'll share a little about the film and discussion.

Jeanie said...

I think my tree would be an Aspen...not sure why but that was the first one that came to mind for me.
I definitely remember Anita Hill and I also remember that I believed her. I hope you will give us you opinion about the movie.
Glad you have no real damage from the earthquake.

Tom Sightings said...

I remember the whole Anita Hill thing -- it was kind of unseemly -- and I did hear about the earthquake -- it was kind of unsettling -- and I find the tree burial an interesting concept -- although I dunno, I'm kind of uncertain.

Hilary said...

That mojo will return. Until it does, these fragments are quite enjoyable.

I'm glad all was okay with that earthquake. Geesh that has to be scary.

I think I'd want to be a cedar. It would be nice to have all that character. ;)

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I remember the Anita Hill testimony very well. At the time, she was at the University of Oklahoma as was my best ever writing teacher Dr. Elizabeth Swayne Yamashita and they knew each other well. Elizabeth, whom I respected greatly, wrote to me that "Those of us who know Anita know that she does not lie." It's even more appalling now to look back and see how she was treated during those hearings and how Clarence Thomas got more than the benefit of the doubt -- going on to become a disastrous Supreme Court justice.

As for earthquakes -- coming from L.A., I've lived through so many of them! That's one reason my husband and I decided to move to Arizona when we retired.

Unknown Mami said...

I love that you call the earthquake the Shamrock Shake, very clever. I do remember Anita Hill and the hearings and I cannot believe so much time has passed. I was very proud of her then and I'm still grateful. I've had lots of staring at blank blog post editors lately. I feel like I write so much for my "job" that when I come to write for my own blog, I'm not sure what to say or I feel like I've said it all before and who the heck is going to care anyway, but I do need to write more just for the love of putting words together.

Liz Mays said...

Pretty sure I'd have freaked out from the shaking too. I can't believe your husband just rolled over!

Also, I'm blown away by the fact that trial was 23 years ago!

ladyfi said...

Glad to hear you're all right after the quake!

Bio funerals are definitely a trend for the future!

Mike Smith said...

When I die I'm going to have my ashes put in an egg-timer. At least I'll be of some use in the kitchen...

Secret Agent Woman said...

I think I'll just have my ashes scattered somewhere, either in the mountains or ocean. But the tree idea probably sells well. Not sure what the success rate is for a single seed to make it all the way to a tree.

TexWisGirl said...

i guess i'd want to be a maple or oak tree. i kinda like that idea.

thanks for stopping in!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Oh I know- I would definitely want to be an aspen- quaking away on a Colorado mountain side- heaven on earth.

Simone said...

JJ, my tree would be a steel magnolia! They are beautiful and vibrant.

I'm hearing you about the blogging voice. I'm struggling with changing the voice, finding the voice or just hanging out for a bit.

Hope all is well and you can head out to Oregon for a visit sometime soon!

CiCi said...

There was another earthquake yesterday, my nephew and his family are at Disneyland for the week with their four kids and she told me about it. Then I saw it online this morning. I used to sleep through them too growing up there. I would like to be a dogwood tree, it must be a blond thing.

Holly said...

Stopping by on a snowy Sunday to remind you that you are loved whether you are writing to us or not. Your ECSS!

Chris H said...

I like the idea for one's ashes.
I would NEVER want to be a pine tree!

My dad worked in the foresty industry for over 40 years, and all his company did was chop down PINE trees. *smiles*

I would like to be a Kauri Tree (which is in the Pine family funnily enough). They grow to be huge, and can live for up to 2,000 years.
We call them the Kings of the forest here.


Waiau Falls Scenic Reserve,
Waipoua, New Zealand is home to Tane Mahuta, king of the forest and the largest remaining kauri tree in the country. The 1500 year old Tane Mahuta is 51.5 metres tall, with a girth of 13.77 metres. The second and third largest kauri trees can also be found in the Waipoua Forest: Te Matua Ngahere and the McGregor Kauri.

That is what I want to grow into.







Relyn Lawson said...

I LOVE the bios urn idea. I would definitely be a dogwood.

Sierra Sue said...

I just found your site ! Love it !
OK, I'd be a Pine Tree *she says with the appropriate tissue to eye*
They are tall, beautiful and smell wonderful ! What more could you ask for??