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
How difficult it is to say just what I mean! I wanted to continue my thoughts from last week on the legal status of abortion before I lose my train of thought completely: specifically, why I don’t think that one can truly oppose abortion personally while still supporting it legally. I’ve lost count of the… Continue reading In Pursuit of the Lawful Neutral
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
Dave Barry’s 2016 retrospective is helping with my catharsis. A self-sufficient Scottish island is for sale. How hard could it be to come up with a couple million dollars? One thing I love about this time of year are all the book lists! Time to spend hours reading reviews and making numerous lists and sublists,… Continue reading Links & Quick takes
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
A wise (if fictional) gentleman once warned me that it’s a very dangerous business, going out your door; if you don’t keep your feet, you don’t know where you might be swept off to.