Pass the popcorn please
2 hours ago
...and Clawdia's antics
We white people should choose "conver-sation starters that have nothing to do with identifying a person by where they're from, what they do for work, or any other sorting and ranking criteria." For example (from p. 215): "So what was the most interesting thing that happened in your day today?"I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark ~ by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, 2016, children's, 9/10
"You could say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life has been one disagreement after another. Disagreement with creaky old ideas. With unfairness. With Inequality. Ruth has disagreed, disapproved, and differed. She has objected. She has resisted. She has dissented. Disagreeable? NO. Determined? YES."
"Though the digital clock on the bedside table in his hotel room read 5:17, Jack Griffin, suddenly wide awake, knew he wouldn't be able to get back to sleep."I got this novel from the Crown Center library. It's a duplicate copy, so Donna and I culled it to be donated. I'll read it first. A summary:
For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod. The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened? It's about marriage, family, and all the other ties that bind.
1. If I go to the kitchen and sit at my empty bowl, she knows to feed me.Most people are able to learn things like that. I have trained Bonnie, however, to do an additional task.
2. If I jump up on the table beside the place Bonnie keeps my treats, she knows I want treats.
3. If I run to the door, it means I'm anxiously awaiting our nightly ritual of taking a walk down the hall so I can explore what's going on. I hear sounds from behind those closed doors, sounds like televisions, and I smell smells coming under the doors of what people have eaten.
4. If I sit on the zippered part of my carrier, she knows I want to go visit Donna. (I used to have to get inside it before she understood.)See that photo up above? Yes, I'm sitting there, but Bonnie was wasting time taking a picture of me. I watch her to be sure she doesn't get distracted by something like her laptop, but she isn't perfect. Sometimes she says we can't go because it's the middle of the night. Sometimes she claims Donna isn't at home, but I say we can't know that until we go check it out. So c'mon c'mon c'mon, let's go now!