Archive for May 2011

pretty pretty pretty*

May 29, 2011

The Weekend section of yesterday’s Times had a suitably benign article in response to Lisa Bloom’s new book ‘Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World’. The premise of which: that ‘celebratainment’ is reducing educated women to mush-headed simpletons who use text acronyms as verbs in actual real-life conversations. Bloom has […]

the numbers, part the second

May 22, 2011

A few months ago I posted about the numbers as I was beginning to prise their grip from my brain. These days, those bad boys are just part of the story – they are information, data, tools; used to measure and track and predict. Calories, kilos, centimetres, miles, times: all helpful to me in understanding my […]

sixty two

May 19, 2011

The last few weeks have been a happy vortex of warm, sunny days, long weekends, new and old friends. Our garden has been filled with the sounds of clinking glasses, the hiss of meat on flame, laughter. We inherited a wooden bench seat from the old couple who used to live here, and the shed […]

a question of nomenclature

May 08, 2011

In the 1850s in Massachusetts, a suffragette named Lucy Stone decided to keep her name when, at the age of 37, she married an abolitionist named Henry Blackwell. In 1921 The Lucy Stone League was founded in New York; a circle of forward-thinking women devoted themselves to the preservation of women’s names. In 1925, a journalist […]