3 September, 2015  |   Comment

Good things on the internet this week

I read some dense, heady stuff this week on the Internet.
It was worth the time and thinking.

Harvest time!

From 3 Quarks Daily
Can Free Speech Survive the Internet?
“These days it is not enough to consider how your words will appear to the people you would like to read them. You must bear in mind that anyone at all might discover them, share them with like-minded souls via social media, and hold you answerable to their moral standards.” < more

The more I see how utterly unprepared humans are for this internet reality, the more worried I get. I no longer text, email, say on the phone or say in electronic format anything that I cannot defend to my death [threat]. We’ll get there, but we humans aren’t quite yet set up to communicate with the entire world at once. And our brains and emotions suffer the consequences.

From Sady Doyle
PC Comedy and Paul Revere
“In other words: They made the joke because they didn’t know, at the time, that it was a bad joke. They were just wrong.” < more 

Sady draws a brilliant line between art and comedy and rape jokes and making the work that will inspire people to greatness, not abuse. It’s a difficult read and 100% worth setting aside the time.

Here’s a gif of Dottie rolling her eyes. Because that always does the trick for me.
DJH rolls her eyes

26 August, 2015  |   Comment

Kindergarten Bound

Dearest Dottie started Kindergarten.
(She’s back to Dottie, after a time as Dorothy.)

Dottie's first day of Kindergarten

It’s a huge change, one that comes with
tantrums and
general weepiness.

Dottie, Pinot and Nora Lea on their first day of school, 2015

I don’t think we recognize, how adult humans are exactly like child humans.

Don’t you get
bad dreams,
short-tempered and
general weepiness
when you have a big shift or change in your life?

The first day of school, hell, of ANYTHING, can be hard AND exciting.

Or do you blame it on other people?

Sometimes, we get in fights

I think more often than not, the loss of
nap time,
snacks and
keeps us from being the humans we could be.

Dottie requested spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, on the first day of Kindergarten, she got it.

I keep reminding myself of that, as I read those Facebook posts.
(You know the ones.)

The ones from the people you thought you knew, the people that say marginalized people are playing the “race card,” and that “if everyone had a gun, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Anyway, Kindergarten started.

New backpacks are the best part of starting school

We all make adjustments.

Pinot, Nora Lea and a little Super Mario to end a great/challenging day.

[P.S. I’m filling in the whole month of August through the end of the week, prepare for an HJ onslaught.  HJ’s FOR EVERYONE. As it should be.]


16 August, 2015  |   Comment

This weekend we:

Prepared for Back to School
First Day of School 2015

Had a Friday night parade Tonight, we painted our faces, grabbed our best instruments and had ourselves a Friday Night Parade.

Preparing for back to school is a joy, because we live in a wonderful, well-funded school district. Sometimes I get nervous, talking about how amazing our public school system is here, because it’s basically funded by wealthy vineyard owners and tourists. The money that keeps our teachers top-notch, our education forward-facing and our arts education growing is money just not available in other school districts.

We need to make public school districts across our country as marvelous as ours is here.