Monthly Archives: January 2010

Quick Hit: Getting it Right

Please go here for a clear, calm, and rational counter to the claim that homosexuals are more likely than straight men to be child abusers.

This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I lament the lack of thoughtful, reasoned counter argument to what most of us know are lies perpetuated by the closed-minded.  Rob’s thoughtful, defensible, and researched response to hatred, prejudice, and bigotry is something that I’d like to see a lot more of – everywhere, of course, but in mainstream media in particular.

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Monday Meme; The Big Read

The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. (I lifted this from Kwizgiver). The novels I’ve read are in italics.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (parts, not all)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (many, not all)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (I’ve read several, but not all, of this series)
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres (this one’s on my list…)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 The BFG – Roald Dahl
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Black Beauty – Anne Sewell
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (I read this every year)
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (everyone knows this is more than one story, right? I’ve got the collection, but I’ve not read them all)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I’m always suspect about lists of this sort; I understand that they’re highly subjective.  Were I to rewrite it, I’d want to include Frankenstein and, really?  I enjoy Bill Bryson – quite a lot even – but I’m not sure Notes from a Small Island belongs on a list like this.  Anyway, it is what it is; what have YOU read?

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Seven Words for the Seventh Day

Success Warrior does this most every week – posting seven words on Sunday, that is (and he often includes the added bonus of a yummy hunk of man flesh to balance out all the chick pictures he posts all week long).  I’m in a bit of a rush this morning, so I thought I’d play along this week (though without the boy cake; I just don’t have that kind of time).

Yoga first, then visiting Auntie and TG.  YAY!!

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Hate Mail

Someone forwarded this to me yesterday:


Looks pretty doesn’t it? Pretty deceiving….
PLEASE, DON’T USE THESE STAMPS! NOT FOR VALENTINE’S,
NOT FOR ANY MAIL!!

USPS 44-Cent Stamp Celebrates Muslim holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha .

If there is only ONE thing you forward today… let it be this!

REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are
purchasing your stamps at the post office.

All you have to say is “No thank you, I do not want that Muslim Stamp
on my letters!”

To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS
who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight 103!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Military Barracks in Saudi Arabia !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001 !
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM
attacks!

Pass this along to every Patriotic American that you know and get the
word out! Honor the United States of America !

I have a lot to say about this, but let me limit it to these few points. One, this is hate speech (“I do not want that Muslim Stamp on my letters!” sounds exactly like “I don’t want those fags living in my neighborhood,” or any number of other closed-minded, ignorant statements) and if it does anything – at least, for me – it inspires me to go out and buy these stamps (if they, in fact, even existed… we’ll get to that in a second). The response I sent to the person who forwarded this to me essentially said that I WOULD buy these stamps, and that it’s messages like this one that serve to perpetuate the hate and misunderstanding that gets us all into so much trouble.

Two, the stamp featured in the email doesn’t even exist, at least, not as something one can go in and buy (or object to) at the Post Office; it’s a custom design that someone created on the zazzle website (and yes, I checked ALL of the USPS offerings on their website. The only Eid stamp I could find was this one (and yes, I’ve bought this stamp):




So, this is my way of forwarding this email: please, if this finds its way into your inbox, forward it out with the message that you DON’T condone its hateful rhetoric.  If we don’t start treating each other with respect and dignity – if we don’t start fostering understanding and compassion instead of hate and oppression – we will surely hasten our collective doom.

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Quick Hit

I found out about Stacyann Chin via Feministing yesterday.  I still haven’t checked out many of her poems, but this one made me well up:

I believe that ‘holy‘ is what you do when there is nothing between your actions and the truth.”

Indeed.

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Three for Thursday

Three things I’m doing instead of blogging:

1.  Putting the finishing touches on the materials I’m using for my next round of CHS classes.

2.  Taking care of fussy little housekeeping things (like filling the humidifiers and wiping up salty-sandy footprints in the foyer) that have been bugging me for days.

3.  Going out for my “birthday dinner” with my in-laws (no, they didn’t forget; they’ve just been busy since the 15th and this is their first free evening).

I hope your day is as productive as mine has been!

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Because I’m speechless…

“Those of you who aren’t Christians… well, get over it”?We hunt people for Jesus; hunt ‘em down; get the hounds of Heaven after ‘em… that’s our business!

Really?!

hat tip to Stucco.

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