- My thought on the Kavanaugh affair (well, on sexual assault in general): I honestly feel like some women are crying wolf for various reasons. It seems like something accidental or even looking at a woman the wrong way is now considered sexual assault if it is a painted a certain way. If that is really the case, then high school was one long, drawn-out assault, and practically every high school boy is an assailant. True, drawing the line is difficult, especially when it’s one person’s word against another’s, but the definition of “sexual assault” unfortunately tends to be flexible.
- Parenting books. Usually, if I tell someone I’m reading a parenting book, they start laughing because there is apparently nothing about parenting that can be learned from a book. But I find them useful because they seem to give at least an idea of what to expect, even though all the ones I’ve flipped through come with the caveat that “every child is unique. Don’t freak out if he or she doesn’t meet each milestone exactly on time.” OK. Easier said than done, I guess.
- Everybody needs to read We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. I’ve read a lot of “realistic fiction,” but this book is by far the most realistic of all the realistic fiction I’ve ever read and one of the better books I have read so far this year. Yes, it is incredibly sad, but it’s sad because everything in it is true. Nothing is sugar coated. The book is pretty long, but it is actually a fairly quick read.
- The biggest news is the latest Storm of the Century, Hurricane Florence. Fortunately, it is now a Category 2 and doesn’t look like it’s coming directly for North Carolina anymore, but it’s still going to bring a ton of damage. We are prepared… well, as prepared as we can be for a natural disaster.
- I found an interesting site where you can list your web-based fiction: Web Fiction Guide. I had no idea something like that existed until about a week ago, so it will definitely be something to keep in mind if I ever publish something online.
- Last weekend, my husband and I went to the Eucharistic Congress, which is basically Catholic-palooza. The most notable thing was that we got to see the bishop, and honestly, I found myself staring at him very hard, while I wondered whether he was a “good guy.”
If you are in the path of the hurricane, stay safe!
- Now you can’t even go to a gas station without being bombarded by media. An Exxon near my apartment has gas pumps with a little TV inside them that shows (of course) the news (but fortunately not CNN). The only good thing about it is that it occasionally displays the word of the day (on Tuesday, that was “desiccated”).
- Has anyone used Medium? It’s a fairly new blogging tool that is geared toward journalists. I don’t think it has as many features as WordPress, but it does seem to be more user friendly and basic, like a bigger and cleaner version of Twitter.
- I now know where the rainbow ends… and it is unfortunately at the DMV!