Trump’s Trade War

June 3rd, 2018 → 5:46 am

    “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
    That it do singe yourself.” – Henry VIII

Europe (and Canada and Mexico and all our allies) must be asking themselves right now, with friends like the U.S., who needs enemies?  Trump is so wrong on so many things it makes my soul cry.  And I’m afraid the worst burn to the U.S. is yet to come.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Benedict Cumberbatch

May 26th, 2018 → 5:15 am

    “We came into the world like brother and [sister]:
    And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.” – The Comedy of Errors

Benedict Cumberbatch is my new hero, for saying he will boycott any project that does not pay female co-stars the same as their male co-stars.  He is urging other actors to do the same.  And if that isn’t enough, apparently he is a “fervent feminist.”  I don’t think I’ve had this big a crush on an actor since Michael J. Fox and Back to the Future!

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

The Royal Wedding

May 20th, 2018 → 5:45 am

    “Eternity was in [their] lips and eyes,
    Bliss in [their] brows’ bent; none [their] parts so poor
    But was a race of heaven.” – Antony and Cleopatra

Yes, I watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle yesterday.  As it happens, my son woke up early too and we watched it together – that was fun!  God bless the new couple, and may they enjoy years of happiness together.

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Friends

May 18th, 2018 → 5:45 am

    “Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.” – Hamlet

I made a new friend yesterday afternoon, and then met up with an old friend after work for coffee.  A medium friend (what do you call someone who isn’t a new friend or an old friend, but a recent friend of 2-3 years??) I found out is leaving the United States at the end of summer and moving to the Netherlands; I don’t know when I’ll see her again.  Friends come and friends go, they give pleasure and sadness, and if I could grasp some of them with hoops of steel, believe me, I would.

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life

The Seasons Change

May 7th, 2018 → 5:54 am

    “The seasons alter…
    the spring, the summer,
    The childing autumn, angry winter, change
    Their wonted liveries.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The semester is ending, the weather is turning, neighbors are moving, colleagues are retiring, change is afoot.  I feel the need to grasp onto something steady, heavy, and strong.  As the rivulets of life rush past, cool, wet, and murky, I look into the waters and consider.  And sigh.  And then, as a yellow butterfly winks past, I slip off my shoes and step into the stream and enjoy.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

“Into Eternity, Vilma”

May 1st, 2018 → 6:20 am

    “Beauty, truth and rarity,
    Grace in all simplicity,
    Here enclosed, in cinders lie.” – Phoenix and Turtle

It broke my heart to read about the letter a woman wrote to her husband, just before she was put on the trains to Auschwitz.  It is amazing the letter survived the Holocaust at all; it is even more astonishing how love, it seems, can shine through anything.

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Windrush Generation

April 25th, 2018 → 6:47 am

    “England, that was wont to conquer others,
    Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.” – Richard II

All countries make mistakes.  Treatment of the Windrush generation is definitely one of the UK’s.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

All He Has Taught Me

April 22nd, 2018 → 6:44 am

    “Look thou character. 
    Give thy thoughts no tongue,
    Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
    Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar;
    Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
    But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
    Of each new-hatched, unfledged courage.  Beware
    Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
    Bear’t that th’opposed may beware of thee.
    Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
    Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
    Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
    But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man…
    Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow as the night the day
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Hamlet

    It’s Shakespeare’s birthday sometime this week (we don’t actually know the exact day), and in the interest of saluting the bard, I’m quoting some of his pithiest advice. There are some really good nuggets in there. Hard to pick a favorite, but… today maybe it’s… ‘Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.’

    Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art & Other

Small Talk

April 14th, 2018 → 6:44 am

    “Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons,
    and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping houses,
    and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-colored taffeta,
    I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous
    to demand the time of the day.” – Henry IV, Part I

This quote reminded me of my mother, who was famously bad at small talk. A woman in an elevator once said to my mother, “Nice weather we’re having.” To which she replied, “I find that insignificant.” Ah, my mother… A flawed but fierce woman, whom I miss terribly….

[Note: “leaping houses” refers to brothels, and “dials” to sundials]

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

White Privilege

April 7th, 2018 → 6:19 am

“Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee!  Thou art translated.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I just finished reading Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.  It’s a good book.  Well written, compelling.  Yes, it’s also uncomfortable at times (for me particularly, the section on white feminism), but it presents the kind of discussion the world needs to be having today.  I am so very grateful my black son has Barack Obama to look up to, and Wakanda to dream about, and a mixed community that is (relatively) welcoming.  But it’s no use denying that racism still exists, and we need more people to read more books like Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

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