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Pointing at Risk Taker

Kim:

(Kim: I don't agree with your definition of "taking a risk" as revealing secrets. For me it is taking "the road not taken" or following the beat "of a different drummer.")

You make a very good point. Hmm, wonder where that word or idea for point comes from. I suddenly flash on someone pointing their finger and it seems very aggressive. And not in a way that feels comfortable.

(Kim: Linda and I went to a lecture years ago about pointing. How sophisticated it was and how hard it is to get a computer to point. It went on for over an hour and the guy knew so much about pointing that it was amazing. He never mentioned the social meanings of pointing. We've had situations where white females teachers feel violated when African-American males point at them. That was the first time I became aware of how pointing is so offensive. Or think about the power of the Uncle Sam poster . . . "We Want You."

But I have done lots of dean drawings...to the point of not wanting to do any more.)

Well, the reason I ask about dean drawings is that you recently have been bringing it up and so it seems like an issue.

If you don't want to make any new or more dean drawings, would you please send a few that you have done. so i can try to understand that experience more?

(Kim: Sure. I'll try to copy some this weekend. It is interesting that I'm able to be as authentic drawing about your experiences as I am with mine.)

That is interesting. It suggests encouraging possibilities about empathy and understanding.

(Kim: Did I tell you that the brain responds identically to an imagined experience and a real experience? (Thinking about sex is real sex.) You cannot determine if something really happened by connecting wires to the brain.

Actually they are mine (vicariously) when I read about them.)

We need to dialogue more about this.

I also want to talk more about secrets.

What is your personal definition of a secret?

(Kim: A fantasy.)

Did you have any that you can recall as a kid?

(Kim: Yes.)

Do you have any now?

(Kim: Yes. Some about me and some about others.)

If so, how do you feel about sharing them with someone? Linda? Me? A wider public? Sometimes I share them.

(Kim: This is sounding like "you show me yours and I'll . . . ")

This is my last entry today as I will be leaving in a while.

Later,

xJoan

Monday, Nov 28, 2005

10:33 a.m.

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