Musings on Muses
Monday, November 15, 2004
(upon discussion of why he stopped designing board games and writing plays)
"That's because I became a hedonist, devoted to the pursuit of Pleasure, instead of things I actually enjoyed."
(regarding beating dead horses, metaphorically)
"I am a walking one man knacker's yard."
(from a discussion on politics)
"There is a difference between the freedom to do as you ought and the freedom to do as you will, and it is the chasm that separates Heaven and Hell."
While I have aspired to the status of domestic goddess, cultivating along the way many arts which have nearly been lost to mankind, like napkin folding, one art that I have not tried to learn is darning.
Darning, you will of course remember, is the art of fixing torn knitting, and is usually employed when one has a hole in one's sock. Now I can sew a button, fix a busted seam, tailor a 19th century waistcoat, make 16th century garment to fit for myself, and even patch small tears in weaving. But I cannot darn. Why? I used to buy good socks.
Then I discoved Target. At first I was enthralled. Novelty socks for $3! Great looking knee socks for $5! Argyle! Then I noticed the other day that the socks I bought in August, a pair of fuzzy angora dark blue knee socks already had two holes in the right foot. Now I am at a crossroads. Should I give in and learn darning or remain stubborn and declare that Target is a purveyor of inferior merchandise, not worthy of my feet, even if they are the only place I've found selling the socks I love?
Thursday, November 04, 2004
The Democratic Party has lost touch with its base
This election has proved one thing: the National Democratic Party has lost touch with its base. Forty years ago, it would be unthinkable for a Democrat Catholic to be unable to carry the Catholic vote and a Democrat Southerner to be unable to carry a single Southern state. The party has always relied on loyalty voting but there are few groups left that still vote in blocs large enough to carry an election. Zell miller is right. It's a national party no more. I suspect the Democrats will go the way of the Whigs and within the next twenty years we'll see a split of the GOP into two parties to reflect the divide betweeen conservative Christians and northeastern liberal who are hereditary Republicans.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
A New Salvo in the Mommy Wars
A tip of the hat to Stanley Kurtz of National Review Online for the link to this book review. He's right. It's a stunning article, with an amazingly favorable review for the New York Times. The book itself, Home-Alone America:The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs and Other Parent Substitutes, presents an out-of-the-box look at the possibles costs of divorce, single motherhood, and working mothers on children. Designed to examine trends rather than point fingers, she asks us to look beyond our particular situations (I was in daycare/had a divorced mom/a single mom and I turned out just fine and so will my kid) and looks at the bigger picture of how these might be a major reason for why kids today have so many more problems than children of previous generations. It's not intended to indict those in an unideal situation out of necessity but rather to give those with choices to make those choices with a more informed view. I'll certainly be looking into a copy.