Ask culture vs. guess culture

This came to my attention from BdiJ. The following was an easy cut and paste way for me to provide the basic concept (from The Atlantic): Let’s say your husband or wife has a friend who will be coming to your city for two weeks on business. This friend writes to you and your spouse,Continue reading “Ask culture vs. guess culture”

The unhoused and their trash

Keywords: homeless, stress, mental health, housing first A recent letter to the editor of the Eugene Register-Guard asked what I assume is a common question about the unhoused. Why, when they establish camps. do they allow trash to accumulate around them; why do they seem to “choose” to live in their trash? If you liveContinue reading “The unhoused and their trash”

Some insights into mathematicians

Keywords: social awkwardness, handedness, learning modes, conversation, methods of thinking I’m one of the fortunate people that have always had a direction in my life (as well as to have the ability to pursue that direction). When I set off for college, there was absolutely no doubt that I would major in math. By theContinue reading “Some insights into mathematicians”

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Keywords: women’s’ studies, civil rights, feminism, mea culpas I came across Lucy Diggs Slowe in a N.Y. Times article Overlooked No More: Lucy Diggs Slowe, Scholar Who Persisted Against Racism and Sexism. From that article: “She influenced broad campaigns for racial equality, feminism, personal freedom and peace activism. She made it a priority to createContinue reading “Lucy Diggs Slowe”

Maria Sibylla Merian

Keywords: caterpillars, butterflies, women’s studies, women scientists, scientific method I first became aware of Maria Sibylla Merian decades ago at an exhibit of her artwork (in L.A.) She made meticulous and beautiful drawings of insects in their different life stages. I was more interested in her artwork at the time than her other accomplishments, butContinue reading “Maria Sibylla Merian”

Don’t touch my beard

Keywords: don’t touch my hair, intimacy, social norms, courtesy, assault I just saw a gif meme that I think is clearly assault. A bearded person that appears to be a sports journalist is holding a microphone and speaking into the camera while standing in front of a sports venue. Another person (presumably one of theContinue reading “Don’t touch my beard”

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Keywords: Astronomy, women scientists, glass ceiling (There are many influential people in history that are not generally known. Many such can arguably be said to have changed history because they doubted something and acted on that doubt. Here is someone I recently came across that I put in these categories.) I recently became aware ofContinue reading “Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin”

Disrespect for RBG by Another View

Keywords: RBG, after life, Judaism. Christian privilege This is a letter I had published in the Eugene Register Guard Sep. 27, 2020, p. 8A. On the 22nd, the Another View editorial cartoon showed Ruth Bader Ginsburg in judge’s ropes walking through the pearly gates on a floor of clouds. Interestingly, this was the first timeContinue reading “Disrespect for RBG by Another View”

Florence Howe : “Mother of Women’s Studies”

Keywords: women’s studies, feminist, woman authors, The Feminist Press (There are many influential people in history that are not generally known. Many such can arguably be said to have changed history because they doubted something and acted on that doubt. Here is someone I recently came across that I put in these categories.) I sometimesContinue reading “Florence Howe : “Mother of Women’s Studies””