The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Sometimes the world gets it right. They did just the other day, when Malala Yousafzai was finally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to do so. This is a girl who has fought tirelessly for education, particularly for girls, and even came very close to giving her life for the cause. She …

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Picking Fights

The View from a Drawbridge

There’s this habit that I will never understand as long as I live. Some people, it seems, take delight in getting others all worked up. I detect this mainly in the male of our species, but it’s not exclusive to them by any means. They find it funny to push other people’s buttons. They actually …

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A friend and I have this little game we like to play. If you could invite 10 people, living or dead, to your house for a dinner party, who would you choose? This is an interesting thought experiment. It makes you think about the questions you’d like to ask. It makes you examine closely the …

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Aw, jeez, I need to stop surfing the internet. I just came across a website called Recent Natural Disasters, and it gives you all the reported disasters all over the world, 24 hours a day. I have a hard enough time avoiding my tendency to anthropomorphize nature, especially when it seems as though the planet …

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Recently I saw an interview on the Daily Show that impressed me beyond words. Sixteen year old Malala Yousafzai is the most dignified, respectful, dedicated and determined young girl I have ever seen in my life. Growing up in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, she has witnessed violence and oppression for most of her life. …

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Everyone probably has a story about trying to help someone and instead unintentionally making things worse. This is one of those stories. But if you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know I don’t ever go half way. I strongly suspect I may have ruined someone’s life, and the worst part about it is that …

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On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town in Hartford, Connecticut. This was a very special treat for people who had been suffering the deprivations of World War II, and it brought with it a great deal of excitement and anticipation. In fact, 7,000 people came from all …

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