Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Age Speak

Did anyone see this story about John Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, on the MSN homepage? I found it rather interesting. The whole New Age thing always makes me giggle because it takes me back to my days of living in NM where there were plenty of strange folk and women from other parts of the US who had moved to Taos looking for inner peace in outer space. New Age Speak reminds me of being in a dress store in Taos with my aunt and uncle one summer. While my aunt was trying on clothes, my uncle and I were hanging out in the front of the store. The sales lady struck up a conversation. Similar to what the reporter said of Rielle, this sales lady had no idea what small talk was. She went straight to her personal story as if we were old friends. She told how she had been a businesswoman, a singer, a dancer, married, divorced, moved to Taos,etc. She mentioned Buddha, several other religions, and all sorts of New Age talk. I was torn between being horrified or just giggling because my uncle is as conservative as they come, and he was hearing all this crazy talk. I remember the look on his face – his brown eyes were serious, his brow was furrowed, and he seemed to be totally interested – as if he could really follow her wild conversation. But when she finally took a breath and let him speak, he said, "Ma’am, do you know Jesus Christ?" I am sure my mouth fell open – now I was horrified. I had no idea what would happen next. But the woman just laughed and said, "Why yes! He is my best friend." My uncle was satisfied with that answer and conversation moved on. That Edwards would have an affair with one of these women is just mind-boggling.


Buck said...

Well, I hadn't read that Newsweek story until just now. My bottom line: I could have a fling with Rielle. Easily. She seems like a rather complex person and (more importantly to us males) she's NOT bad looking. But let me be clear: A fling. Not a commitment.

Hey! Maybe I should run for president! ;-)

Laurie said...

Uhmmm, just uhmm. On the blog post and Buck's comment. LOL!

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

i'm certain the MSM will condemn him...while they shrugged it off on their previous king.

Sansego said...

I agree with you about New Age crazy talk! Too many New Agey people I've met seem to be flaky and won't commit to anything. They're all over the map. I've been to Santa Fe and that was a pretty New Agey place. I like some New Age ideas, but I think it's important to be grounded in some sort of tradition as well.

Good post.

Bag Blog said...

Gee, Buck, I might couls see you having a one night stand with Rielle, but any more than that and I would be deeply disappointed.

Laurie, I felt the same way.

Piper, good point!

Sansego, most of the New Age people that I knew in NM were very friendly - I'm okay; you're okay - type people. Some were old hippies. Some were Buddhist. I've mentioned before my neighbors who were Jewish/Budhist/Christian/Catholics and all was right with the world. Afer a divorce one neighbor changed her name form Wiseman to Wisewoman. Friendly folks - just flaky!

Knit and fall back in it said...

Rielle reminds me of a woman in my knitting group. Until I met her, I didn't realize that people were actually like that.

I'm not sure what it's about, but there is just something about those freaky chicks that men can't resist, at least for a little while.

Bag Blog said...

"...something about freaky chicks that men can't resist..."

That made me lol.