Despite the weirdness of my health this week, I got a fair amount done. I don't feel too bad going into the weekend, although I think I will write myself a short list of things to do this weekend. I have a manuscript I'd like to finish editing and a couple of contracts to turn around. The price of having the freedom to take it easy this week to celebrate and recuperate is that I'll do a little work this weekend. I'm happy with that trade!
However, I will also continue to take it a bit easy, because I need to be actually back to full strength soon.
But that's neither here nor there. You're here for links, so let's get to the links.
First of all, from several different sources... here's a story about the coming of open carry to public universities in Texas.
I can't bring myself to talk much about Trump, but this article from Jamelle Bouie might make you feel a little better. I think we all need to do our part to make sure Trump isn't elected. I see no reason not to take him at his word and assume that a Trump presidency would be very dangerous to our democracy.
I think his candidacy has already wraught changes that we'll be reckoning with for awhile. I notice a much more open nature to the racism that has always been present here. Maybe it is a good thing. Maybe it will make those of us who don't usually run smack into this racism notice it more and try to fix it. Maybe we'll finally lance the boil, as it were. Or maybe we're in for a really ugly period. Or maybe both. I don't know.
And maybe we'll learn that we aren't that special, that no one thinks their country is about to slide into fascism or what not before all of the sudden it does, and that our democracy and freedom is no more guaranteed than anyone else's, and we'll think a little more carefully about what actually makes a good, fair, and free society. (Hint: it is not guns.)
Anyway, moving on.
Joan C. Walsh puts the Hillary-vs-Bernie thing in the larger context of what happens to women as they advance in their careers. It is worth your time even if you're sick of the Hillary-vs.-Bernie thing, because it will tell you more about what happens to women in general.
The graphic in this tweet is really interesting:
Always check whether unpaid labor is being distributed fairly. Do not ever assume. Check, discuss, rebalance. pic.twitter.com/lAeFmkbOg4— Naomi Clark (@metasynthie) February 24, 2016
I lack any context for this tweet, but I love it anyway:
"NO, Mommy! I no sit down with dinner! I pirate of the high cheese!"— Kate Cox (@KCoxDC) February 22, 2016
And then she literally ran away with the cheese, shouting "yo ho ho."
This is a really cool article about the interplay of sound and music in ancient churches. I want to go hear the angels' wings. When I first visited Europe and went into some of the really old churches, I was really struck by how different the atmosphere felt in them. I do not believe in God, but I was impressed by these buildings people had created to glorify God. A lot of terrible things get done in the name of religion. I think it is worth remembering that some really beautiful things get done in the name of religion, too, and that these things can have meaning even if you don't believe in the religion.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I share more random cool things like the above on my Annorlunda Books facebook page, if you're into that sort of thing. Also on the @AnnorlundaInc twitter account.
And that's all I have this week, because coughing. Also, politics have consumed all my feeds, and I can only take so much of that.
Happy weekend, everyone!