We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hornet problem? Blame Bush. In fact, blame American global warming for all the weather that happens until there is a Dem in the White House. If fact, blame him for anything. Why stick to weather? I have ants in the kitchen this year... Or, for example, Fitzgerald today.
Reconstruction teams in Iraq. Dem Project. Sounds like a big piece of the puzzle.
An enemy is not a friend.SC&A. Amazing that we are so far gone that this needs to be said.
Long overdue. Adding to blogroll - Good old Mr. Smash at Indepundit
Gore may get honorary doctorate in climatology. I say - why not a free real doctorate? After all, he discovered the Gore Effect.
There will always be an England: Hedgehog Rescue. How about a Culture Rescue?
Do women make an informed "choice"? Villainous says no. Your eggs do get old, ladies, and your bodies do not make fresh ones.
Did these idiots deserve rescue on my nickel? No, but the dog did. Lucianne. What would it cost to put up a sign saying "Climb mountain at your own risk", for the morons who think that Mt. Hood is a Disney Experience?
Good article on women making dumb, ignorant choices. However, remember that tho men's fertility does not seem to decline quite so rapidly, more and more research is beginning to confirm that the children of an older dad may have higher rates of disabilities too. The study on older dads and autism:
tho some commentators have suggested that autism itself (perhaps in a less extreme form)might lead to a person marrying later, but their age rather than their genes might be blamed for the kid's autism.
Yes, BL, ithe ghosts story was sad. The frustrating thing about these stories is all the details that are left out. Was it mental illness, alcoholism, drugs, or all of the above? How did it affect the relationship with her husband? Did she get help, etc. It's a good story to give women who are battling denial that their troubles afflict their families and not just themselves.
The scariest part of being a parent is the responsibility that first hits after the positive pregnancy test: OMG, every single thing I do, eat, drink, indulge in, neglect, is going to have a ripple effect on this new person. As a parent one tends to look at the good stuff and think "where'd that come from, certainly not me!" and berate oneself for all the bad stuff, indubitably the fault of one's own genes and bad childrearing.
Probably the most reassuring book title ever was the "Good Enough Parent" but not many people can be sure that their kids would write one with that title....And it is ironic that that prince of parent-blamers, Bettelheim should have used those words...
The responsibility is entirely awesome, and no one would dare try it, except for the fact that others around have taken the plunge, and are bearing up ok. It's one of those 'everyday miracles'.
I remember those thoughts, when the kids were being born--several times daily I'd have to deliberately review the whole sequence--"Look, so-and-so did it, so-and-so is doing it, surely you can do it, too."
Otherwise, hell, no. Too much of a god-like power.