I have been doing lots of things that don’t involve writing blog posts. I went on several trips this summer: In May, I attended the NGS annual conference in Raleigh NC and went on a research and visiting trip with my sister. (gone 10 days) My son got married July 1 in another city in Michigan. I arranged for a rental house for my extended … Continue reading Whatcha Been Doing?
99% done. There’s a problem with the three way valve in the shower. The kids were here for Thanksgiving, and everyone agreed that the bathroom was great. The only problem is that I had to put a cat box back in the bathroom because one of the cats did not adjust well to the new location. Notes: Working with Lowes had its good points and … Continue reading Bathroom Remodel
I’ve been reading … White Trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance (2016) No matter what you call them – crackers, rednecks, trailer trash, white trash – white people who live on the edges of society are there. Often unseen by the rest of us, they live day to … Continue reading of time and money
For a Toastmasters speech, I read aloud Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”. This is the story of a woman, who hearing that her husband has died in an accident, realizes that his death frees her of her wifely obligations. The story was published in 1894 in Vogue. The author, Kate Chopin, is one of America’s first feminist writers. Born in 1850, she grew up … Continue reading Kate Chopin
The bathroom project is taking much longer than I thought. We are at the stage where we are waiting for the electricians and plumber to make their last visit so that the room can be painted and trimmed. I’m getting to know the various tradesmen who come here to work. Still waiting . . . Continue reading Still Remodeling a Bathroom
I am finally having my 1960s/1990s bathroom remodeled. It was originally built in the 60’s. In the early 90s, I had a new floor, toilet, and paint put in. The vanity and tub were original, including the laminate top and the tile surround for the tub. We are working through Lowes, so they ship all the supplies here to the house. They are stored in … Continue reading Remodeling a Bathroom
Vermont is a Farming Town The streets roll up when the sun goes down. Continue reading Vermont is a farming town …
I recently gave a speech to my toastmasters group centering on the issue of brain damage in NFL players. Now, today, I find that a local foundation will be funding a football program for middle schoolers. Newspaper article. I realize that football is still an accepted sport for boys. I was taken by the irony of the timing – the same week that I did the … Continue reading Concussion
Harrisville State Park – Harrisville MI, on Lake Huron. The park has a great sandy beach, but the water will be on the cold side. There is a new accessible ramp down to the waterfront. (It has just been installed; I didn’t see it listed in any online guides. It is at the campground beach.) Beautiful campground in a cedar forest along the shores of Lake Huron. I … Continue reading Harrisville – Memorial Day
Why? Why do men think of us as a different creature? It’s like we are a piece of gold – it’s not his – but he wants it. He’s not going to hurt it – just use it a little, beat it up and toss it back when he’s done. And once he’s done this, he secretly believes that the gold piece has lost some … Continue reading Why? Why do men think so little of women?