March 27, 2020

“A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality” — Irving Kristol. “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” — unknown. Folks, the stimulus/relief bill I wrote about earlier this week finally passed, in its somewhat less pork-laden Senate version.  And at the time I was so angry about the Democratic wishlist provisions of the House bill ($15 minimum wage, board representation by… Read more

March 24, 2020

Here’s the latest on the stimulus/relief bill making its way through Congress: Democratic lawmakers are blocking the stimulus bill proposed in Congress, slamming their Republican colleagues for refusing to include reparations for transgender Native Americans affected by climate change. “If we aren’t handing billions of dollars to Native Americans with gender dysphoria displaced by our current climate emergency, then what are we even doing here?” shouted Chuck Schumer in a scathing speech outside the Capitol Building. “The American people are… Read more

March 21, 2020

Just a couple thoughts and an invitation to discussion: First, the first “relief” bill has already been passed — it offers 2 weeks paid sick leave to everyone, and a total of 12 weeks at 2/3rds pay for parents whose kids are home from school or daycare. There are a couple quirks. First, it only provides benefits (federal benefits paid through a mechanism of refundable, advanced tax credits to employers) to workers at companies with fewer than 500 employees.  This… Read more

March 20, 2020

Folks, I am now convinced that we should all be making — and wearing — facemasks. Here are some links, which I will be updating as I see more: Why? A New York Times article which says that the US took a strategy of discouraging masks, in order to protect the supply for healthcare workers, when the reality is that mask-wearking by the general public is one part of the general strategy of those Asian countries which have controlled Coronavirus/COVID-19:… Read more

March 16, 2020

I have a sewing machine. Regular readers will know that I lament not being able to put it to good use very often, especially as my days of making homemade Halloween costumes are over.  Periodically I contemplate actually putting into action the maybe-someday offer of making a cosplay costume for a friend who cosplays, but it’s logistically challenging as said friend lives in another city and we only really know each other through a Facebook group.  And I periodically contemplate… Read more

March 16, 2020

So yesterday I ranted (and I’ve temporarily removed the post as it was a bit too ranty), as it seems this blog is becoming a platform for expressing my frustrations in this new social-distancing world. (Narrator: she social-distanced before social distancing was a thing.) But here are some more thoughts: At the debate yesterday, one, or both, of Biden and Sanders — I don’t recall the particulars — claimed that every American would be made whole for every financial impact… Read more

March 13, 2020

Let’s back up to Wednesday, when my husband drove up to my son’s college, a couple hours away, for a wind ensemble concert.  He gets there and finds out (a) the concert has been cancelled and (b) classes are cancelled for Thursday and Friday, and after spring break (which was already scheduled for this coming week) classes will resume online only until Easter.  So my son starts packing and they get back here at midnight. Somewhere along the way, my… Read more

March 11, 2020

First: In the news today: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are urging students to stay home and will conduct classes online as the number of coronavirus cases grows in Massachusetts. MIT said all classes are canceled for the week of March 16 through March 20. Online instruction, which some units are already experimenting with this week, will begin for all classes on March 30, and continue for the remainder of the semester, MIT said. Undergraduates should not… Read more

March 10, 2020

Folks, I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I’d like, and, in particular, my ambition of creating a mini-cookbook doesn’t have much to show for itself (by which I mean that I’d like eventually to pull together all the recipes which are scattered across multiple cookbooks and photocopied in a binder, into a single spot).  But I have landed on a new favorite for the Instant Pot, from, in fact, one of those cookbooks, with, of course, the usual sorts… Read more

March 1, 2020

So last weekend, when hubby and the boys were all at a Boy Scout outing, I took advantage of the warm weather and the museum “free day” to go to the Field Museum. It’s a funky sort of museum in that it’s a combination of a true “natural history museum” (dinosaurs, animals) and what the Europeans would call a “museum of ethnology” — and my interest generally lies in the ethnology side.  (The evolution/dinosaurs display has a recreation of a… Read more




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