Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Storm

by Mary Oliver

Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quote for the day

"But maybe keep in mind that moving inequality around isn’t exactly the same as addressing inequality."

Love it! From an article doing a great public service to keep us thinking about the harms of for-profit education and reminding us of the link between that and poverty.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Why didn't i know this?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

art show

She had three prices in the art show this year - two in the metal category and one in the woven.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

not so profound

found this sticky note on my computer today:

"an idealist amid the imperialists"

turns out, it's a book chapter.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

brilliance on capital punishment

Stephen Colbert on the lethal injection drug shortage:  he suggests new methods of execution. He says we can use gravity to execute those on death row.

"Just shove the condemned off the Sears tower. If he survives the drop, remember he'll land in Chicago and someone will shoot him."

Also, he says, don't worry about it being cruel and unusual punishment. "If we are cruel often enough, it won't be unusual."

Monday, December 23, 2013

dialect quiz

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

I took this quiz twice and the questions were different 

The first time I got DC, Baltimore and Newark.  The second time it was Baltimore, Richmond and Greensboro. 

Either way, it makes me an east coast girl.

Friday, December 6, 2013

How Do You Rate as a Girl?

1. Do you wait for a boy to open a car door, even though you both know you are quite capable of managing it yourself?

2. Do you listen responsively to a story you have heard before rather than squash the pleasure of the boy who is telling it?

3. If you are going to the movies with another girl, do you look presentable enough to cope with an unexpected encounter?

4. If your bureau drawers or closets were open to view without warning, could you stand the inspection without apologies?

5. In a serious discussion which includes both sexes, can you keep from being overpowering even though you know a great deal on the subject?

6. If a boy forgets his manners, can you restrain yourself from correcting him?

7. Are you able to refuse a kiss without hurting a boy’s pride and sending him home in a huff?

8. If that special boy told you he liked your long hair, would you keep it long to please him?

9. Have you the courage to be nice to a boy whom the other girls consider a bore?

10. In stores, are you apt to moon over pretty lingerie and perfume?

Scoring: Seven or more yesses: you are a veritable flower of femininity! Five to seven yesses: there are a few thorns. Under five: ouch!

From the February 1960 issue of Seventeen magazine and Pink Think by Lynn Peril (2002).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

just regular stuff going on around here

the kid drew this last night.

i'm off to Atlanta for the annual ASC conference.  only it's not hot in hotlanta this week!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

catch 22

Steven Staley is on death row in TX and has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.   he cannot be forcibly medicated for the purpose of making him competent for execution and without medication, he is not competent to be executed.  
Staley fatally shot Fort Worth Steak and Ale restaurant manager Robert Read in the course of a 1989 robbery that came at the end of a four-state crime spree with two accomplices. He was sentenced to death in 1991. ... "He believes there is a big conspiracy orchestrated by the state and that everybody, everybody, is part of the conspiracy," his attorney, John Stickels, said in May 2012. "He believes that he was wrongfully convicted because of the conspiracy."  ...  In February 2006, Staley's execution was stayed after the court found him mentally incompetent. In 2006, he told psychologist Mark Cunningham that the jury found him guilty because the judge was trying to steal his one-of-a-kind faded red 1958 Pontiac pickup, which he said had a $1.5 million street value, and because Oprah Winfrey paid off the jury.
    via The Texas Tribune

Thursday, September 5, 2013

how much for a wrongful conviction?

"While nearly two dozen states don’t compensate exonerees at all, Louisiana has a statute that entitles people like Thompson to $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration — capped at $250,000 — plus up to $80,000 for “loss of life opportunities.”

Friday, August 30, 2013

not sure what pitter-patters

I just read this line in my book as my kitten runs around the house, sounding like a herd of elephants.

Whoever coined this phrase did not have a kitten.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

drunk tank pink

The university of Iowa had painted the lockerroom of the visiting football team pink as a way to calm/weaken their opponents.

For real.

Pink Paint Used to Win Football Games and Calm Prison Inmates

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

a teacher rapes a student and gets 30 days

A sad story on all sides. The 14 year old girl committed suicide. It sounds as if the judge said the girl was asking for it.

In Montana: Former Senior High teacher gets 30 days for rape of student

Thursday, May 30, 2013