Category Archives: Culture

Literature, art, music, performances, and people who do these things.

In Memory: Neil Alden Armstrong (1930-2012)

Over forty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. I watched; my mother got me up from bed rightly believing that this was something I should remember. Neil Armstrong was one of the quietest … Continue reading

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In Memory: Sally Kristen Ride (1951-2012)

Dr. Sally Ride — astronaut, scientist, and teacher — was one of my heroes, as she was for many women of my age/generation. Dr. Ride died yesterday, at 61 years of age, of pancreatic cancer. I posted the following on … Continue reading

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The Republican Party’s Conservative Problem

Jonathan Bernstein wrote the following in today’s Washington Post, and it’s so good that I want to quote verbatim: The sad part of all this [the defection of conservative intellectuals from the Republican party] is that it leaves the Republican … Continue reading

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A “Gaffe” by Prince Philip of the UK

Today, after the Duke of Edinburgh (aka Britian’s Prince Philip) — who was attending an event with the Queen — made a very funny and rather inappropriate comment about a stunning red dress worn by an equally stunning young woman … Continue reading

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From the Cradle to the Grave….

In addition to a husband with a blog, I have a sister with a blog, and that blog has moved to its own domain and new web site as of yesterday. A few blogs from the old site were imported … Continue reading

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Welcome, 2012!

I’m back from the holiday road trip. The first few days were gorgeous: brisk, cold, sunny, and lovely. We stayed two nights in Bend, Oregon, in a hotel with rooms that overlook the Deschutes River. I rafted on it over … Continue reading

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What We Owe the Men and Women Who Serve

Today, November 10, is the anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Marine Corps. I didn’t know that. Elizabeth Moon, a science fiction and fantasy writer I know, posted about it on her newsgroup at SFFNet. In addition to being … Continue reading

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Proud to Be a Texan (Expatriate, but still)

At least, when I read this blog describing how two east Texas women set up emergency services for firefighters fighting a local wildfire. With a little bit of help from their friends and (I hate to admit it) Facebook, they … Continue reading

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Cherokee Nation: Slave Descendants Need Not Apply :(

I was checking blogs of some of my friends tonight, and ran across a disturbing bit of news on Robert Glaub’s blog. In short, today the tribal government of the Cherokee Nation is reported to have expelled from membership the … Continue reading

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High School Senior Pretends Pregnancy as Sociology Experiment

There’s no way I could summarize this story adequately, so please just read it here. I do have a couple of thoughts: She’s one of the more courageous high school kids I’ve ever heard about, and I’ve known a few. … Continue reading

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