Spring Break

March 21st, 2012 → 5:58 am

    “If all the year were playing holidays,
    To sport would be as tedious as to work;
    But when they seldom come, they wished-for come.” – Henry IV, Part I

Thank goodness for spring break.  I’ll be taking some time off myself, so this will be my last post for a few days…but I’ll be back next week with some good quotes about family vacations!

Filed under: Blog & Other

The War on Women

March 19th, 2012 → 6:32 am

“He…curses all Eve’s daughters – of what complexion soever.” – The Merry Wives of Windsor

There’s been a lot of commentary lately about the G.O.P.‘s apparent “war on women.”  And it is true, that the increasing discussion and reappraisal of many issues and rights long thought decided is worrying.  But as an economist I have to wonder if much of this isn’t recession related.  When societies (like people) enter hard times, their worst tendencies tend to emerge.  Yes, much of this is emerging from Republican lawmakers, but I think the reason it is coming out now is partly because of this darn recession.  When times are good people are happy, forgiving, tolerant.  When times are bad people are resentful, accusatory, and, sadly, surprisingly intolerant.  I pray the effects of this recession end soon, so that we can return to being a relatively decent, tolerant society again.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Politics/Politicians

“The Moon! Mommy, the Moon!”

March 17th, 2012 → 7:38 am

“How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!” – Merchant of Venice

My son has his favorite words:  “Car”  “Airplane”  “Cracker”.  All of a sudden, he’s added “Moon” to the list.  Before he goes to bed at night he wants to see the moon up in the sky, and when he wakes up in the morning he wants to search for it again.  I’m not sure why he’s so enamored of the moon all of a sudden, but it is cute.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Jane Austen Fight Club

March 15th, 2012 → 7:19 am

“O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!” – Henry VI

A friend from my writing group (thank you Reggie) alerted me to this Jane Austen Fight Club video yesterday.  It’s hilarious!  I just had to share it with readers of this blog as well.  Enjoy.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Family

March 11th, 2012 → 9:23 am

    “Wife and child,
    Those precious motives, those strong knots of love.” – Macbeth

Here’s to a Sunday at home with the family.  Too bad it’s an hour short.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

The Nomination

March 7th, 2012 → 7:32 am

    “The task he undertakes
    Is numbering sands…” – Richard II

It’s all a counting game now.  Just a steady slog racking up the delages until Romney (more than likely) hits the magic 1,144 that wins the nomination.

(Side note: finding counting/number related quotes in Shakespeare is hard!  I can only assume he wasn’t that into math?!?)

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Rush Limbaugh

March 5th, 2012 → 6:06 am

“O teach me how I should forget to think.” – Romeo and Juliet

O, wait, I think he already has.

Filed under: Blog & Stupid/Evil People

Jonathan Franzen

March 1st, 2012 → 7:15 am

“No word to save thee.” – Measure for Measure

Jonathan Franzen, alleged author of the year, expressed his true nature with this misogynistic article about Edith Wharton in the New Yorker.  It makes me enraged, the misogyny against women that still exists in the world.  I imagine there will always be racism, bigotry, meanness of some form in society, whether it be against women, overweight people, African Americans, or whatever, but why?  Why does it have to be this way??  It just makes me so mad!!

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Stupid/Evil People