Thinking about

Jarvis's First Birthday Party
Walnut Creek Park, from Jarvis’s party last weekend.

On my mind lately:

Pernicious gender roles and the natural disadvantages of being a woman, thanks to this (fascinating) book, Delusions of Gender, by Cordelia Fine. Rachel S. recommended to me, and I’m glad she did. It’s making me want to fight The System. And to have seven girl children who all grow up to be theoretical physicists and aerospace engineers.

How nice it is to have just one dog for a while. (Rainer got adopted!) Pyrrha might miss him, but she also might really love being an only child.

Thomas Jefferson: Not a total tool. Pretty useful to the founding of this country and all. And just as complex as everyone else is; it’s silly to think of Founding Fathers as these changeless demigods. (Also reading American Sphinx, by Joseph J. Ellis, which is good, albeit his incorrect, vociferous assertion that the whole Sally Hemings thing never happened.)

Inescapable damp air.

What if I had been good at math?

Does anyone take the GOP seriously anymore?

Semi-related: This quote that Guion shared with me from Bishop John Shelby Spong:

The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.