The weather continues wet. Every few days the sun comes out, abet briefly, and we find ourselves momentarily disoriented by the light. The tree frogs have taken refuge in the topmost branches of the maples, and folks have traded in … Continue reading
Today dawned cool and hazy. The squirrels have deciphered the “squirrel proof” bird feeder and are stealing seed. Later , we are told, the day will turn hot. We live in a house in which the front faces an active … Continue reading
I’ve been left wordless. In spite of that, I’ll try to write something in response to recent events; these events demand words and actions. The weather has turned, and remains, warm and dry. Most of the trees, save the oaks, … Continue reading
While revisiting my last post, I became aware of what is a common conundrum for people of color, Jews, Natives, those with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. How are we to tell what is a microaggression, and what is simply an eddy in the swirl of social interaction?
My brief conversation with Dr. Spitz took place in the midst of normal, post-lecture, chaos. There were demands for her attention from many directions, and I had interjected a topic about which she had no previous knowledge. It is clear to me that Dr. Spitz meant no harm, and, given the context, had the next person with whom I spoke not abruptly turned away, I would not have thought much about it. Only after the second experience did the first become meaningful. Continue reading