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In my twenties I sat with lamas in the Himalayas. Now I sit with Thomas the Tank Engine. Both are holy.

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman: I don't really know what a blog is. Eight years ago, in the Stone Age of the Internet, before Facebook and Twitter and hearing about Iranian protesters in 140 character missives, we did an episode of "Judging Amy" in which Donna (hilarious eccentric) talked about her "blog." It was a laugh line. "What is a blog?" queried the non-eccentrics. Ah, crazy Donna.

Now I find myself embarking on this blogging journey of my own. So here we go. Some introductions, I suppose, are in order, and maybe what the hell I envision this little slice of Internet real estate to be. In 350 words or less, because we all have busy lives!

I am a mom. I am an actress in Hollywood. I am a wife, an artist, and a political activist. I am many things that don't always co-habitate neatly and create a "Sybil"-like experience for my family from time to time. I am a working mother balancing second-grade volunteerism with making it to work on time. It's true that sometimes my work involves getting naked with and kissing virtual strangers, but what the hell -- that's just an interesting side-aspect of the whole acting thing. It is also true that while wrangling a tantruming 4-year-old in Target, I get to contend with curious onlookers saying, "Where do I know you from?" It's a cognitive challenge, let me tell you, to run through a resume while prying chubby, vice-like fingers from a bag of Reese's Pieces.

I'm also a seeker. It's not for nothing that I studied Comparative Religion in college -- the spiritual quest has been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember. I am a meaning junkie. I love learning about how other people find meaning -- the glorious myths, the personal constructs, the faiths that they cling to when life is tough. So I may write about that from time to time. I've had several title ideas for this -- "Looking for God in All the Wrong Places," "Spiritual Orgasms," "Enlightenment at the Diaper Genie" -- you get the idea. In my twenties I sat with lamas in the Himalayas. Now I sit with Thomas the Tank Engine. Both are holy. All of it is holy. All of it -- the carpool lanes, the tantrums, the quickies with my husband before the kids figure out where we are, the fertility treatments, the sitting in the hair chair for the third straight hour, the driving home from work at four in the morning listening to Roseanne Cash -- all of it is holy, if I allow it. I challenge any lama to see his practice is more rigorous.

So that's me. Thanks for reading, and for joining me from time to time as I get things off my chest, rant a bit, observe a lot, and feel your community around me. The beauty of the Internet is realizing how much community we share. I thank you for sharing yours with me.

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Nathalia December 11, 2009, 5:47 PM

HI Ammy:)
I loved the blog, loved the first post, Good luck here.
I hope you always post, I’m your fan and I love reading your twetts and now with the blog just got better:)
I can not wait to

- Nathalia Mantone

D.V December 11, 2009, 5:50 PM

It’s weird, there are so many things that keep people apart like borders, social recognition, Phd, race, beauty andother things… But If you analyse the person, you’ll see that all resumes to searching… for happiness, by building a family…for success in work, friendship, motherhood… For recognition from parents, peears… For some thing, or someone that keeps us alive…
We may never find it… but we trie!(Oh God, how we trie!)
You make people think, I beat you would be an amazing teacher!
Well for me you’re a great person, and I’m glad i join to you on twitter, It was just for fun, but you already teach me a lot…
Amazing 1st Post, and be Happy!

Nathalia December 11, 2009, 5:53 PM

Loved the blog, the first post was beautiful!
Ja loved his twetts the blog so I’m loving, good luck to you here, I can not wait for the next posts! : D
From a fan of Brazil (:

- Nathalia Mantone

Lizadizzle December 11, 2009, 5:58 PM

Oh man! AmyB with a blog. Yeah… my world is officially 15% more complete. :D I’ve always wanted kids but have generally fell on the side of “ohmygodican’tdothat! what if I DROP it?!” lol *shrug* you make me think I can at some point if I can just keep a sense of humor about it. :D You rock. I look forward to more lol :)

Amy S December 11, 2009, 6:49 PM

Oh yay, so glad you’re starting a blog. I have been a big fan since judging amy.

Jeff December 11, 2009, 9:50 PM

Following Amy… Congratulations on your inaugural weblog. Look forward to the journey in words. Continued success in all ways.

Jan December 11, 2009, 11:32 PM

Hi Amy, I am a fan of your work on PP, and really enjoy your tweets. I empathize with your full plate, since I had 3 young kids while studying for my master’s degree, and working. It’s definitely a juggling act, but so rewarding when you are thoughtfully raising your own children. My kids are now in their 20s and 30s (yikes) and have turned out to be very nice human beings. As for theology, I have more questions than answers, so I’m looking forward to following your thoughts and opening myself to new ideas.

A. M. December 12, 2009, 12:35 PM

Oh, AMY! That was a fabulous start. I always love reading your Tweets and now this blog entry. You are such an intelligent and beautiful person. I really admire you! :) Can’t wait for more…

Greetings from Germany!

Elizabeth A. Havey December 14, 2009, 8:20 AM

JUDGING AMY was the best thing on television for a long time—because you and your writers researched issues and dealt with them in ways that everyone needed to know about. Your viewpoints were always on a straight line to the truth. Maxine Grey was the mother of all mothers and some of the lines—like men are all over your reproductive organs, still swirl in my head. Keep being a seeker, Amy, and share what you learn. Beth writer and MOM!!!

elaine December 14, 2009, 9:55 AM

Please set up an RSS feed. Thanks!

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