Sunday, June 29, 2008
This story is more than just another story about cultural differences and human rights abuses, it's about the dignity and innate intelligence of a few little girls. The bit at the end blew me away.
I always love the Modern Love column in the Sunday paper; this one was especially well told (and I love the ending of this piece too).
And Thomas Friedman does it again.
Oh yes, we are in big trouble.
Here, there, everywhere.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I came home lunchtime and he was still there, hanging out in front of some bushes in what we call our pond yard, a non-grassy part of the yard with a little pond near the back door. I let the dogs meet him and he was cool about that. There he is with Marley.
When Mark came home the tortoise was still hanging around, so Mark called a gopher/wildlife person in Jacksonville who said I had done the wrong thing, in fact, the illegal thing. I could not remove a gopher tortoise, only help to the other side of the road. Obviously this person does not know Dale Mabry Highway as I would clearly only have delayed his death slightly had I simply put him in the parking lot that is either side of Dale Mabry. But Mark started working on a list of possible places we could release him close to where he was found.
By the time I got home from work it was a moot point. He'd found his own way out and I hope a safer home. Hard to find now that they have paved almost all of the gopher tortoise's habitat. In fact, developers have a choice when they are building in a gopher habitat -- move the tortoises to another location, or pave over them and pay a fine. What do you think those developers usually choose?
Think about all the buildings we enter every day in Florida that are built over gopher tortoise graveyards.
'Spunow is same price as Snickers?'
It took me and the other employee about a minute to get what she was talking about."
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
My GoodReads rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the most immediate experience I have had of WWII. A completely absorbing, tragic story of a wealthy German family in the months before the Third Reich fell. Anna is traveling with her mother, younger brother, two soldiers who have become part of their little group, their horses, trying to stay ahead of the invading Russians. The terrible trek is filled with tragedy and horrors, and love. A very rich story and history I needed to know.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Congratulations to Jesse, Chamberlin and Armstrong both!