Saturday, September 03, 2005

Ten Things I Love About September

10. As knitting guru Elizabeth Zimmermann once put it, "September is the logical beginning of the year." Which says something nice about Orthodoxy.

9. The tourists head home.

8. When I bring my laundry in from the back yard in the evening, the house casts a long enough shadow that I'm not standing in that glaring summer sun.

7. In September, there is no glaring sun.

6. It's dark earlier, so I have to put the lights on in the house, and it's all lit up when dh comes home from work. I like lit-up houses. Can you tell that Thomas Kinkade is my favorite artist?

5. I get my life back, because I get my brain back. No more wishing the sun would go away so I could think.

4. Good sleeping weather!

3. Only two birthdays, all month. In a family as large as mine, that's worth remarking.

2. No more cold suppers. I get to cook again.

1. That wonderful autumn glow, when everything turns to gold, especially in the early morning and the early evening. I read once that it has to do with the angle of the sun and particulates in the air, and the sun reflects off the particulates (composed mostly of stuff that plants shed) and creates that golden glow. Trust a scientist to explain something magical.

The only thing I dislike about September is that it's hurricane season. On the other hand, here in the northeast, most of our hurricanes seem to occur in August. And since everyone else is commenting on the disaster in New Orleans, I might as well, too, if only to say....

What's with shooting at rescue personnel?!?!?!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Although I'm not sure it will show up publicly, I have just deleted 8 comments from my last post -- all spam. Can't help wishing these people would get a life. Now we all have to deal with Word Verification, meaning, if you want to post a comment, you have to type in a squirrelly-looking word that says you are a real live human being, not a half-life whose only purpose is to sell penis enlargement to women, or something equally dim-witted.

That said, I feel I must comment on something rather unpleasant that has occurred on the OrthWomen's list. I'm referring, of course, to the current flap over feminism. I won't go into the history of the flap, since I think you are all on OrthWomen anyway, but what was interesting to me was the reaction not only on the list, but among the moderators. This topic caused passions, misunderstandings, recriminations, sleeplessness -- and one moderator resigned from that position, though still a member of the list. (Me.) To me, that says everything that needs to be said on the subject of feminism. It always was a hot button, it remains a hot button, as far as I can see it's entire raison d'etre is to push buttons -- this is not any kind of appropriate topic for Orthodox discussion.

And I am still mightily annoyed with the original OrthWomen's member who felt compelled to push this agenda onto the list. Go feel Empowered someplace else, willya?