common sense, Culture, Quote of the Day, Womanly Feminism

The Greatest and First Rule: Make Friends With People Who Want the Best For You

If you surround yourself with people who support your upward aim, they will not tolerate your cynicism and destructiveness. They will instead encourage you when you do good for yourself and others and punish you carefully when you do not. This will help you bolster your resolve to do what you should do, in the… Continue reading The Greatest and First Rule: Make Friends With People Who Want the Best For You

Plain Speaking, Religion

It seems to me that nothing screams “white, eurocentric, privilege” like….

…some wretched (and I use the word advisedly) “guest preacher” at Trinity (Cambridge) College Chapel yesterday, who took the opportunity, during the Evensong service, to expatiate on the matter of Jesus’s sexuality while displaying Medieval and Renaissance paintings (from Europe) in which he focused on depictions of Christ’s penis (which are vague and rather amorphous… Continue reading It seems to me that nothing screams “white, eurocentric, privilege” like….

Family, History, Military, Truth, War

In Memory, Thomas Herbert Mapson

Thomas Herbert Mapson was my Auntie Betty’s father.  (Strictly speaking, she wasn’t my auntie–being my great-grandmother’s niece–and her given name wasn’t Betty–they were Jenny Alice May–but “close enough for gubmint work,” as they say. He was born and baptized in Bilston, Staffordshire in the UK, on July 4, 1878.  Given what I’ve found out about my… Continue reading In Memory, Thomas Herbert Mapson

Family, Military

United States Marines I Have Known and Loved–And a Couple of Others

A Ricochet post from four years ago, on November 10, 2018. Reposted today, November 10, 2022, in honor of the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Some months ago, a United States Marine Corps career officer of my acquaintance observed that, for a foreigner, for a civilian, and for a woman, I seem… Continue reading United States Marines I Have Known and Loved–And a Couple of Others

Britishness, Culture, History, Plain Speaking

Merry Holiday Christmas Shopping in the UK!

First they came for the meat: A [London ] university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate emergency; Could Scotland Ban Meat?  Parliament Considers Petition to Transform the Food System. But many of my neighbors raise and process their own pigs, beef, and chickens and are happy… Continue reading Merry Holiday Christmas Shopping in the UK!

History, Quote of the Day

A Guy Fawkes Thought Experiment

This weekend brings on that most British of holidays–Bonfire Night–Guy Fawkes Night–the Fifth of November. The holiday that, when I was a kid, was exponentially bigger than Halloween, as for a few days before, children would push around a wheelbarrow laden with a straw-stuffed effigy of Guido Fawkes, usually dressed in their father’s cast-offs or… Continue reading A Guy Fawkes Thought Experiment