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October 11, 2005

some who sit apart

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:30 pm

Yes, we’re late posting again today, but, the haiku of

our Honored Guest Peggy Willis Lyles is always worth

the wait.


marsh light

the owl’s cry dilates

our eyes








lunch at the zoo

even among gorillas

some who sit apart





owls small




three turns

of the pepper mill —

autumn nightfall










graveside rain . . .

the old hymn fading

into earth scent




Peggy Lyles from To Hear the Rain (Brooks Books, 2002) 

except: “three turns” – Upstate Dim Sum, Special Guest, 2005/I



you can’t carve that!

daddy snatches

the orange bocce ball


[Oct. 11, 2005]  


“brideGroom” Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com tells us today that public complaints

have caused the temporary shelving of proposed legislation in Indiana, which would

have “sharply limited the use of assisted reproduction medical technologies

by married couples, and banned them for everyone else.”  Under the proposal

by State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis:

“couples who need assistance to become pregnant — such as through 

intrauterine insemination; the use of donor eggs, embryos and sperm;

in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer or other medical means — would

have to be married to each other. In addition, married couples who

needed donor sperm and eggs to become pregnant would be required

to go through the same rigorous assessment process of their fitness

to be parents as do people who adopt a child.” (Mary Beth Schneider,

“Legislator drops controversial plan”, Indianapolis Star, Oct. 5, 2005).”

Walter links to critical comments at MedPundit, and Nobody’s Business, but

notes that some of the Commentors at the American Values’ Family Scholars Blog 

were sorry the bill didn’t go farther.   After representing hundreds of children

in Family Court, I am well aware of the difficulties that arise in single-parent

families (as well as in both “broken” and intact married families), but this

legislation is far too broad and far too intrusive to be a valid response to those

problems.  Ironically, many who would support such restrictions do so in the

name of the most famous child ever artificially conceived by an unmarried mother. 


maleSym  “malesym”                                                                           


tiny check  Transcripts please!  When podcasting pioneers create a piece that is important     

and should be widely read, discussed and quoted, I (a confessed podriah) wish

they would provide transcripts.  Case in point: Coast to Coast‘s pow-wow on

Diversity in Blogging, discussed here by one participant, Monica Bay.   One

reason I’d like to read the content of the audio meeting is my inherent skepticism

when I hear diversity-participation worries about a medium that can be easily

and cheaply entered by anyone.   I’d like to know why smart people are concerned. 

As far as the absence of women goes, I believe that the inherent “loudness” of

the conversation at many weblogs — with much sarcasm, partisanism, egoism, 

and fanaticism — is very much (and, speaking as a male, sad to say) a “male

thing,” and has turned many women off to the weblog medium.  


update (Oct. 12, 2005): see Marcy Peek’s take on gender, weblogs and academia

at PrawfsBlawg. Prof. Peek says, in part:

“[It] is my intuition that the atmosphere that plays out in elementary

schools and in high schools in regards to gender imbalances in class

discussion and class participation may bleed over (on a larger scale)

into academic discussion and thought. 


“. . .In other words, academic women have perhaps shied away from

expressing their personal views on matters in spheres such as blogging

due to their unwillingness to subject themselves to criticism and negativity

in a medium that is not required for tenure or promotion review.


“. . .   However, I made a decision long ago to live my life by my own

personal and spiritual creed, rather than by the world’s criteria. 


“So this means that I have to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. 

So here I am. And this is who I am. 


“But it’s still not easy – in fact, it is damn hard.”

Marcy makes my point:  While males jump into the rough-and-tumble with glee,

an outspoken female law professor sees blawgging as taking some sort of heroic

courage and effort. 




tiny check I enjoyed seeing this progression today:  On my Came From Page, I

found this Google Search, which led the searcher to this post at f/k/a, which

resulted in that post (pointing to our discussion of the difference between haiku

and senryu) at Alison Williams’ Cabbage Soup, and to my Comment there

thanking Alison (in the UK) for the pointer.  Besides ease and speed, the

internet makes doing research so much more personal  — for the searcher

and the searchee. 



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