A Toast to Little Houses: May You Always be Satisfied

Some months ago I had the pleasure of re-reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books. And I do mean ‘re-read’: I’ve lost track of the times I’ve read those books in whole or in part since my mother first read them aloud to me as a child. It was a window into another world: a… Continue reading A Toast to Little Houses: May You Always be Satisfied

A Tale of Two Marches: On the 44th anniversary of Roe v Wade

For many years living in or near DC, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion gave me mixed feelings. Decades of women forced into a terrible choice, millions of children denied their first breath – this is a somber occasion, no? But January 22nd also meant the March for Life, which meant… Continue reading A Tale of Two Marches: On the 44th anniversary of Roe v Wade

Gender-Inclusive Language: a Christmas PSA

Ursula LeGuin opens her essay “About Myself,” by saying “I am a man….I predate the invention of women by decades.” She’s referring in part to that linguistic quirk (or difficulty) common to so many languages: that words such as ‘man’ can refer to both a male person of the human race and to any person… Continue reading Gender-Inclusive Language: a Christmas PSA