Wednesday, April 28, 2010
No? Just me? Kthanxbye.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The Phoebe Prince bullying case: As someone who was bullied, I can tell you from first-hand experience that the general advice those who are bullied get, such as 'Ignore them, they'll go away', or 'Stand up for yourself, bullies are really cowards', is bullshit. Why should the person being bullied have to do the work to correct another's behavior? Too many teachers, coaches, adults in general turn a blind eye to this behavior, to everyone's detriment.
Part of it, I think, is the term 'bully' conjures up some overgrown kid who regularly takes some other kid's lunch money, under threat of a punch. I get the feeling from news reports the kids who are charged in this case are well thought of, good students, kids who have never been in any real trouble.
I can't help but think it's the Catch 22 of bullying. They've probably been 'teasing' other kids for years, with no repercussions. Why wouldn't they think it's okay to dehumanize this girl with their words.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
What is peripherally amusing is the likelihood these ignoramuses (ignorami?) are doing this from their work fax machines. And that things like this are easily traced through originating phone numbers, etc.
What will be genuinely amusing will be the video of the FBI showing up at Consolidated Amalgamated Inc.* to question/arrest the perpatrator. Hopefully management will have the wherewithal to shove the pink slip into said perp's manacled hands as they are escorted out.
*Actually, the real amusement/schadenfreude will be for the FBI to show up at some city/state/federally funded worksite to 'interview' suspects. Because we all know it's probably some idiot public employee who finds this 'government overreach' the most egregious and does not in the least grasp the concept of cognitive dissonance.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Plus a plethora of birdies singing in the sunrise.
The children in my community are getting a new elementary school, thanks to voters who can see past today, and tomorrow; who have a vision for the future of this community.
It's a wonderful world.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The camellia bushes have bloomed, and there are buds on the azaleas and the confederate roses. I drove past a patch of cheery little daylilies yesterday and the sight of them made my day.
I'm off to DC in a couple of weeks. The conference hotel is the Omni Shoreham, where you walk out the back door and head about 3-4 blocks to get to the National Zoo. Yay Pandas! Although the baby has gone back to China, the 'rents are still there. Can't hardly wait.
Plus I'm taking the train. Le Boyfriend is mightily jealous. I've promised I'd bring the tickets home so he can fondle them, but he says that would just be cruel. We'd like to do a real DC tourist trip ourselves one day soon and will likely travel by train to do it. $86 one way from here to there. And the station is seven miles away. The only downside is having to meet the train at 2 a.m., but that's not enough to ruin the experience.
All in all, life is pretty good.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
We will think of Spring, as we should, as a rebirth of sorts. Where shall we go? On flights of fancy? Make this a little outpost of whimsy and distraction in the noisy space that is the Internet? It's worth the attempt.
I am not saying I will try. Yoda (great philosopher that he is) said 'Do or do not. There is no try.' So I resolve to do.