You’re Perfect – by RhondaJo Boomington
It is with sadness that I write my last post for Left Coast Voices.
I have enjoyed our Saturday chats. Of course, I had expectations that our time together would be longer. But, who knows, the way the Universe unfolds, perhaps we shall meet again at a different time in a different space. I am beginning a weekly blog entitled sappysoutherner. You can find me at http://sappysoutherner.wordpress.com/
When I joined the Left Coast Voices, the stated expectations were no racism, no sexism, no homophobia and no discrimination. Perhaps I was naive, but with those guidelines, I had differing expectations than what has occurred. The time has come for me to say goodbye to Left Coast Voices.
The primary explanations of why I am leaving were posted as a comment to the feminism blog this week and I do not feel a need to respond further.
I’ll leave you with an intriguing adventure I had this week.
On Sunday night, I attended the East Bay Open Circle satsang in Berkeley. Benjamin Smythe, whom I had never heard of, was the speaker for the evening.
Before Sunday night, Pema Chodron was my all-time favorite teacher. Now it’s Benjamin Smythe (even though he may cringe at being called a teacher).
Ben travels around the world, holding a sign that says “You’re Perfect.”
He is neither selling anything nor buying anything. Just spreading his message.
I spent a few hours with him on Wednesday. Sitting on UC Berkeley campus, holding the sign.
It was delightful to spend time with him. And to see the responses (and non-responses) of people passing by.
So, as I say goodbye, I’ll leave you with, perhaps the most important message of our day
RhondaJo Boomington is a Southern transplant from North Carolina. She landed in the haven of Berkeley six years ago and never plans to leave. Formerly a fundamentalist who voted for Jesse Helms many times, she now relishes her liberal lesbian life in the Bay Area and is frustrated that Obama is a bit too conservative. She has earned a J.D. and an MDiv., and performs in the Bay Area as a stand up comedian and solo performance artist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Watch for RhondaJo’s new blog sappysoutherner on wordpress.com and her upcoming debut on twitter as sappysoutherner.