Grumpy today. Annoyed by the motion that someone must be totally perfect in order for their ideas to be accepted. I can think of NO ONE with whom I agree on everything; if I demanded that I could never vote for anyone, listen to anyone, read anything. Wouldn't it be better to accept what we agree with, argue against what we don't, but not diss the person because they don't fit every category we want? [/soapbox]
The above was inspired by the criticisms I've been seeing of Emma Watson and her talk of feminism recently. Apparently because (a) she's a celebrity, and (b) her comments were not anything brand-spanking-new, it's fine to say "but this doesn't actually do anything for women's rights." Look, we've had various efforts to secure equal rights for women for centuries, and we still don't have them. I don't think it's helpful to criticize someone who supports feminism just because she's a celebrity and a young woman. She's doing what she can, and it's a lot better than doing nothing at all. Ditto Jennifer Laurence and Beyoncé and other public figures. We're just coming off a long stretch when many many women refused to describe themselves as feminists because, frankly, the feminist movement was defining itself in extremely circumscribed and exclusive ways, demanding a lot of ideological purity. That's not the way to succeed as a movement.
Just, you know, busy. We're still working on getting enough suitable pictures for the Dear Birthmother letter; the text is all approved but we need a few more pics. Sigh. Kind of tough to get pics of the two of us together, given that neither Juno nor Tain has good facility with the camera. ;)
At work I'm hiring a new staff member, so did interviews for that last week and now need to start calling references. SO is chairing a search committee for a new faculty member in his department, so he's even busier than I am doing that since he has to organize campus visits. Also I am on a Very Important Committee at my uni, which is probably going to have about 4 hours of meetings Every Week in the fall semester, plus a lot of out-of-meeting reading to do. We're already doing some work now in the summer, but it's only about 2-3 hours of meetings per week and not as much needing to be done outside the meeting times.
Anyhow, that's at least partly why I haven't been posting lately. But I wanted to say that I'm Not Dead Or Anything, and to say MANY THANKS to felaine
for the lovely postcard!
I might be trying to write a Jane Austen fanfic for a local library competition. I have about 2-1/2 weeks to do so. Maximum 2500 words. It would be under my real name.
We shall see...
[The following is taken from Wikipedia's entry on the First Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution:]
In Reynolds v. United States
(1878) the Supreme Court used these words to declare that "it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the amendment thus secured. Congress was deprived of all legislative power over mere [religious] opinion, but was left free to reach [only those religious] actions which were in violation of social duties or subversive of good order.” Quoting from Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom the court stated further in Reynolds
In the preamble of this act [...] religious freedom is defined; and after a recital 'that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion, and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy which at once destroys all religious liberty,' it is declared 'that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government for its officers to interfere [only] when [religious] principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order.' In these two sentences is found the true distinction between what properly belongs to the church and what to the State.
To me this decision indicates very clearly that if someone "acts against peace and good order," e.g. by discriminating against a class of persons, under the claim of religious principles, the government may appropriately interfere to prevent such actions.
Up yours, Arizona.
It's been a busy social weekend for SO and me - two engagements! We went to see a play last night, to celebrate the 17th anniversary of our first date. :) Then today we drove over to Other City and visited alisanne
and C and had a good time with them (hung out and talked, ate yummy food, watched RED 2
). Now back home and have casserole (chicken biryani made with brown rice
) in the oven and saag
Tomorrow I'll do the usual weekend stuff, a couple loads of laundry, some grocery shopping, some cooking. I'm making easy things this week. Besides the biryani, going to make an easy-looking new fish recipe, some simple veggies, and roasted chicken and vegetables
; plus my usual breakfast casserole, but just like tuna salad for lunches. Need to finish reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Book Store
for next week's book club too.
Next weekend will also be busy. Book club, plus we're having Game Night at the library on Friday, and Saturday we'll go out for dinner (my birthday is the following Monday, but since Monday is yoga, it doesn't work well to go out that night). So yeah, busy!
Cooked LOTS this weekend. I mean, I cook a lot most weekends really, but this one seemed to be more than usual. I made: grilled tuna, spicy roasted cauliflower
, braised cabbage
, steamed asparagus, chicken strips breaded with almond flour and parmesan
, broccoli, Moroccan lemon chicken
, green salad (for lunches + dinners), stuffed bell peppers
(using roasted eggplant in lieu of rice), veggie-bean soup with chard and pulled pork
(for lunches), sesame-almond crackers
, many seeds bread
, and sugar-free macaroons
. WHEW. And that despite having a book club meeting (postponed from last weekend b/c of weather), and also having no water for a couple of hours Sunday due to a water main break down the street.( Health care musings, serious stuffCollapse )
I'm just wanting to shout out a big I LOVE YOU GUYS to all of my friends out there, both those I know online only and those I know offline as well. You're all fantastic and I'm so glad to know you.
♥ ♥ ♥
I wrote a handful of drabbles for the holidays, and just managed to get them all posted. All are General in rating; there are 2 HP het (although the Minerva one is allusive at best), 1 HP slash, 1 LotR gen, and one original. Links for the interested:
Not that I was gone all THAT long, mind you (although the dogs might disagree) - was off visiting alisanne
today, and had a lovely time. I got to read the first part of her daily_deviant
piece, we chatted about fandom and films and books and whatnot, and wrapped up by watching the film Red
which I had not seen and enjoyed very much. What a great day!
I gave up making official resolutions long since. I'm just going to try to make this a good year for me, my family and friends, and others, to the extent I am able.
A big THANK YOU for the various cards I have received from friends: aome
, and wolfie
- boy, I hope I haven't missed anyone out!
Hoping also that everyone has been having a happy and pleasant holiday season, and wishing you all a new year full of peace and love. (Can you tell that I once bore the nickname "Moonbeam"? Yes, I thought so...)
If you could invite any 3 fictional characters to your Thanksgiving dinner, which ones would you choose?
I'd invite Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould (from the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt mysteries by Anne Perry), Galadriel (from LotR/Silmarillion), and Masterharper Robinton (from Anne McCaffrey's Pern books). Between them they would have TONS of great stories to tell, I am sure!