THERE ARE ANTS IN OUR HOUSE.
I have managed to get rid of most of them but oh, how persistent they are. Now, I could understand their wanting to come into the kitchen, where all the food is, and they have indeed been in recently to get crumbs that our Offspring leave on and under the table, and then they leave when I clean up. But then the other night, the Handsome Sidekick and I were about to climb into bed when we discovered our bedroom — where no food is consumed! — was under attack. They had swarmed all over my bedside table and were even on the bed. After almost 45 minutes we got the last of them. Phew, it was a late night.
On that note, I’m off to double-check that all the surfaces in the kitchen are still clean and ant-free. Enjoy the links!
Growing up on a farm, the concept of repairing what you had rather than buying a new one was not only financial, but also geographical, necessity. What else do you do when you discover that the recipe you were making requires an ingredient you don’t have? Or when a piece of machinery breaks down and you’d have to wait for a couple of weeks for the new part to arrive from another state? I also love the idea of passing things down, which have been modified by others; the personal additions which makes the object different from all others made at the same time. In our world which tends to place such emphasis on monetary value rather than practical use and tradition, I’m glad to read that some are still rejecting that, even in the face of so much planned obsolescence.
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I confess that I don’t read my tumblr often, and since I’m only following two blogs there, I would probably have missed this anyway, but I heard some murmurings about John Green earlier in the week then read another blog post which mentioned (and defended him) and so went to find the offending (offensive?) post. I particularly agree with him when he writes these words:
I’m tired of seeing the language of social justice–important language doing important work–misused as a way to dehumanize others and treat them hatefully.
(You’ll need to scroll down to read this post – it begins with the quote from the other tumblr, to which John Green responds).
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When I first read the story about Rachel Dolezal, I was a bit perplexed about the whole situation. I didn’t understand why you would choose to represent yourself as a different race; I also wondered why it was that her parents chose to expose her so very publicly. While discussing this with the Handsome Sidekick, we mused on the idea that this story exposes just how entrenched our views of race have become, and how these impact on our ability to accept people’s strengths or to judge their choices and behaviour. This Guardian piece also addresses some of those issues.
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Finally, a different look at colour and our individual perceptions. Even though this is to do with art, not race, I found fascinating the descriptions of how Mann had to readjust his perceptions with every change to his sight. It really speaks to how what we see, and what the brain perceives are very different things. While it’s sad that he had to lose his sight in the first place, this kind of experience is nevertheless amazing for Mann, and the rest of us, too, as he navigated his understanding of colour, and the interesting and beautiful results.