On Being “Driven”

November 18, 2010

A friend calls my attention to an interesting article about women, work, and culture in the Netherlands.  It suggests that in feminist and post-feminist America, women tend to feel unrelenting pressure to succeed on the same terms as men in the workplace, while also trying to find time for such traditionally feminine activities as caring for their children.  Because women are given no more hours in the day than men are, they cannot find the time to do everything, and are unhappier than American women of generations past. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Surprisingly Useful Skill

November 8, 2010

I don’t want to make light of people’s serious misfortunes, and God be with the victims, and the robbers, and may justice be done, and His kingdom come, et cetera.

That said, I loved this, from today’s issue of the UC student newspaper:

The suspects took Miller’s keys, wallet, cell phone, backpack and gum.

While Miller ran upstairs to his home, he noticed the suspects were trying to steal his car.

“The only reason they didn’t steal it was because he didn’t know how to drive a stick shift,” Miller said.  “You must push on the clutch to get it to start.”

Great Minds Think Alike?

November 4, 2010

(Well, no, that doesn’t actually seem appropriate.)

I got the current issue of National Review in the mail yesterday, and I was surprised to learn that someone else had also been writing about repealing the Seventeenth Amendment (requires subscription).  Read the rest of this entry »

Election 2010

November 2, 2010

I made a difference; so can you. Vote!If I remember correctly, it’s pretty usual for the president’s party to lose seats in Congress in the mid-term election of his first term (although it may not be usual for him to lose as many as he’ll lose tonight).  Today I remembered that I wrote a poem in celebration of the trend-bucking 2002 mid-term election, when Bush’s party gained seats and a majority.  Read the rest of this entry »