Take away a manâ€™s actual sense of manhood–which is conventionally based on the ability to work, to earn money, to be self-sufficient, to provide for children–and youâ€™ve got to give them something else. And they did.
This hideous religion thatâ€™s all over the country–these huge church-malls–thatâ€™s what substitutes for these lost towns. But thatâ€™s not a town. Thatâ€™s a cult. A town is diverse, in a real way, not in this fake way we have now. A community is a butcher and a doctor, a minister, a town troublemaker. A ‘community’ is not a bunch of people united by some grievance. Thatâ€™s just self-righteousness–incredibly dangerous and antidemocratic. People have become so rigid; their opinions seem to them like themselves. When that happens (and it has happened) people canâ€™t change their minds. If you are identified by your opinions–if that is the very basis of yourself–how can you change your mind?
Fran Lebowitz, Ruminator Magazine interview with Susannah McNeely (August/September 2005)
As the days go by, Katie’s time gets more and more precious. I’m not the only one who is missing lazy days of cuddling up to do our lessons together at our own pace, doing as much as is needed and no more, then going on to Girl Scouts or dance or friends.
Every night, every weekend is full of more and more homework. Some of it is very obviously work for the sake of assigning homework. She has four classes, and only two of the teachers assign homework. I can’t begin to imagine when she’d sleep if she were taking four “serious” courses, but we’ll know next semester, when she adds a third one.
So this article really hit home. It’s something we railed about when Sam’s children lived with us, and now it’s an issue for our family again.
Think hours of slogging are helping your child make the grade? Think again
Too much homework brings diminishing returns. Cooper’s analysis of dozens of studies found that kids who do some homework in middle and high school score somewhat better on standardized tests, but doing more than 60 to 90 min. a night in middle school and more than 2 hr. in high school is associated with, gulp, lower scores.
I suppose it’s time to start campaigning, which means first getting involved in other ways. You can’t walk in with a complaint and expect to be heard very well if you haven’t already established yourself as a positive asset.
This week’s Stitching Bloggers Question is:
Since you started blogging, have you noticed any difference in your stitching habits? Tell us about them.
Blogging hasn’t really changed my stitching habits, but I haven’t gotten to know a great many other stitching bloggers — yet 🙂
When that happens, though, I expect that it may have the same effect that subscribing to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework did back in 1995. I discovered Q‑Snaps and Ott Lites and new techniques and fibers and fabrics! And there were designers who actually participated in the newsgroup!
I’d been stitching for over a decade then, but r.c.t.n. sparked a period of growth and renewal that has continued to this day. I’m excited about the new inspiration I’m sure I’ll find from reading the blogs of other stitchers!