It rains as the Nigerian(?) sheet rock guys chat in the background.

This is my niece…

A Riveting Memoir of Life as a Chef with an Eating Disorder | The New Yorker

I first read Loew-Banayan’s book because I was a fan of their cooking. Last year, they opened Café Mutton, their first restaurant, in the upstate town where I live, and it quickly became my favorite local place to eat. They work there in an open kitchen, wearing a baseball hat and T-shirt, roasting pigeons, pickling mussels, making pigs’-head terrines.

Rain last night…

Related to journaling note taking discussion…

The Paris Review - Clipboard, 2022 - The Paris Review

I don’t use a journal, just a small piece of clipboard material on which I place quartered (torn) sections of 8.5 x 11″ paper that I have folded in half.

First flattened can I have run across in 2 1/2 weeks. People around here don’t toss much on the ground and when they do the grounds crew whisks them away.

I think this is more of a pinky drive than a thumb drive. And it holds 256 GB to boot!

Moonlight reflected on the Gulf of Mexico…

I really like underexposing images sometimes…

These are dropping from the trees around here all the time. Hope I never happen to be underneath when one comes down.

Almost full moon over the Gulf of Mexico this AM.

Wow, panic time over. I briefly got locked out of my account but @manton got me fixed up right away. Thanks!


Full moon setting over the Gulf of Mexico

What Stood Out, WK 20

This week began with Mother’s day (shout out to all the Mothers out there, hope you had a great week) and this post by Heather Cox Richardson which taught me something I didn’t know about Mother’s day:

May 7, 2022 - by Heather Cox Richardson

“Mothers’ Day”—with the apostrophe not in the singular spot, but in the plural—actually started in the 1870s, when the sheer enormity of the death caused by the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War convinced American women that women must take control of politics from the men who had permitted such carnage.

I wouldn’t mind returning to this concept of Mothers' Day except my faith that women and power are a combination that is any better than men and power has been shaken by the likes of Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Boebert and Sarah Palin.

Concerns about the Supreme Court’s likely decision to overturn Roe V. Wade continued unabated in the early part of the week. As I have read more and more on the issue, a part of me has started to wonder weather it will be a good thing in the long run despite the horror show it will be in the early going. It is interesting to note these thoughts by Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Offers Critique of Roe v. Wade During Law School Visit | University of Chicago Law School

“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum on the side of change,” Ginsburg said. She would’ve preferred that abortion rights be secured more gradually, in a process that included state legislatures and the courts, she added. Ginsburg also was troubled that the focus on Roe was on a right to privacy, rather than women’s rights.

“Roe isn’t really about the woman’s choice, is it?” Ginsburg said. “It’s about the doctor’s freedom to practice…it wasn’t woman-centered, it was physician-centered.”

But then again, there was this article about the stability to abortion brought about by Roe V. Wade:

In Defense of Roe

… for most Americans, Roe led to a half-century of remarkably stable cultural consensus about how to balance the rights of women with the rights of fetuses or, as pro-lifers prefer, unborn children.

And this article attacking Justice Alito’s conclusion that there was nothing in the US Constitution about a woman’s right to an abortion seemed particularly effective in questioning the idea that the constitution is a flawless document as written:

Of Course the Constitution Has Nothing to Say About Abortion | The New Yorker

As it happens, there is also nothing at all in that document, which sets out fundamental law, about pregnancy, uteruses, vaginas, fetuses, placentas, menstrual blood, breasts, or breast milk.

Moving on to a different topic, this article on why achieving equality in our society is so difficult caught my attention:

This Research Explains Why Equality in America Is So Elusive – Mother Jones

Social scientists call this “Vladimir’s choice.” Even as we claim to support greater equality, we are hung up on protecting our relative advantage—even if it costs us in absolute terms.

And now, from the parochial to the universal, there is a new theory about where dark matter comes from:

A Mirror Universe

Scientists say there’s an “Anti-Universe” out there mirroring ours but running backward in time. According to Caroline Delbert of Popular Mechanics, the new theory could explain the presence of dark matter.

The subject of book banning came to the fore towards the end of the week when in conversation with a family member we both swore that it was the other side that was doing it and that “my” side would never do that. It turns out that book banning is a bipartisan issue:

Banning books is a nasty habit, whether it comes from the right or left (opinion) - CNN

For some years, the American Library Association has published annual lists of the most “challenged” books. Most of them offend the self-righteous right, which can’t bear that students should learn about America’s history of racial oppression and bigotry, or read positive depictions of LGBTQ people, or witness the naked face of poverty and prejudice.

But banning books is not just the product of right-wing intolerance. Many liberal parents don’t want their children to encounter the N-word anywhere, not even in what is in my view the greatest American novel, “Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain. And so they fight to ban a novel that eloquently and passionately attacks racism in 19th-century America.

I have maintained for some time now that in order to have a conversation across party lines about anything, one had to talk directly about the issues. In this case, once I acknowledged to this family member that yes, indeed, my side has been guilty of banning books, we were immediately able to agree that all book banning was bad.

On to the world of art. I have been following NFT art for a while now, as I suspect that if I can figure it out some of the photographic work I do might be uniquely suited to being sold this way. This third in a series of articles on the ins and outs of NFTs was interesting as is the whole series:

NFTs Part 3 – The 10k Project – A Photo Editor

August’s great-grandson Julian Sander had put the project together to create a permanent archive on the blockchain where I was told information about the images could be added by the community.

The August in this case is August Sander, a major figure of the photographic community of the last century.

And this article on Louise Bourgeois was interesting because, well, what isn’t interesting about her?

The Monstrous Beauty of Louise Bourgeois’s Late Textiles

The artist’s genius is in how she hints at the deep complexity of human relationships.

And finally, I will end with this article about an exhibition of women photographers (a big interest of mine) at MoMA:

The MoMa’s New Exhibition Surveys a Century of Photographs by Women

The histories of feminism and photography have long been entwined,” curator Roxana Marcoci writes in the exhibition catalogue chapter ‘What Is a Feminist Picture?

… child proclaiming his dislike of watermelon to his mother… “For all these years where have you been? I don’t like watermelon!”… apparently he doesn’t like cantaloupe either… random eavesdropping can be amusing…

It’s as if there is a rule about where the wet can pass…

Margaret Atwood on Women’s Position in Society

Women were nonpersons in U.S. law for a lot longer than they have been persons. If we start overthrowing settled law using Justice Samuel Alito’s justifications, why not repeal votes for women?

The Devaluation of Care Work is by Design

The work of mothering remains out of sight and out of mind to many because it occurs in the home. The scholars Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore call this confinement of women, which began in the 17th century, the “Great Domestication.”

Kimberly Hirsh

I thought this paragraph particularly poignant:

Parenthood likewise forces an encounter with the illogic of the market: good fortune means getting to pay someone less than you make to do a job that’s harder and probably more important than your own.

Conservative vs. Liberal Book Bans | LitReactor

Oh, and holy shit, you both compare each other to Nazis way too often. Did you know that Nazi scientists attempted to create conjoined twins by sewing two siblings together? Like, more than once?

Video still from yesterday…

From a walk…

NFTs Part 3 – The 10k Project – A Photo Editor

August’s great-grandson Julian Sander had put the project together to create a permanent archive on the blockchain where I was told information about the images could be added by the community.

In Defense of Roe

… for most Americans, Roe led to a half-century of remarkably stable cultural consensus about how to balance the rights of women with the rights of fetuses or, as pro-lifers prefer, unborn children.

From this morning’s walk…