Happy Independence Day

The Fourth of July, Independence Day. It is the celebration of our beginning as an independent nation and as a wild experiment in creating a functioning republican democracy. Yes, despite what those who consider themselves to be of superior intelligence like to claim…we ARE a democracy. That is not eliminated by the form of our …

Don’t Be A Jerk

Earlier today I posted a meme thing on FB that basically said there are many reasons why somebody wears a mask and many why they don’t wear one – no matter which side you fall on, don’t be a jerk. I immediately got blow back from people wanting to know why certain things were and …

Books and Reading

Posts on books, reading, bookshelves, collecting books, buying books, culling books, not culling books, have been coming to my attention in the last few days (check out Cedar Sanderson's post, Bibliophilia). I have a LOT of books. My husband has a LOT of books. Between us we have TONS of books. We live in a …

Masking

To mask or not to mask, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged Karens, or to use research against a sea of shaming and by opposing end it? With profuse apologies to Shakespeare, this is where I find my brain wandering off to these …

Big Changes

I resigned my faculty position at the end of May. Today, I finished cleaning out my office. Walking out of the building today, I got a little verklempt and teared up. I've joked that this is the end of an era, but it really is. My senior year of high school we were asked to …

Riots and Mayhem

Watching Philadelphia burn the last two nights brought back memories of the L.A. riots in 1992. I was living in Long Beach, CA and we had a curfew and I had National Guard soldiers patrolling my block. A record store (they still existed way back then) and other stores a couple blocks away were completely …

A new chapter

So, I went and did it. I officially resigned my faculty position. As of June 30 I will be a former professor. I'll still be ornery, never fear. Now, a new chapter opens up in front of me. For a few years I've been picking at the corner of the page and peering under it …

Life is risky

As the memes and cliches say...no-one gets out alive. Life is risky and we're all gonna die (unlike in the movie "Cocoon" where Wilfred Brimley says "you won't ever get sick and you won't ever die" when they find the aliens). Stay on Earth and you will die. Where we seem to be having an …