Why am I pro-choice?

The promised Blog for Choice Day post, belated. I’ve been pregnant twice, both times intended, and both my pregnancies resulted in healthy full-term babies. Both were (and continue to be) happy experiences. In the ten years of my life before… Read More ›

Blogging for choice

I’ll probably be doing a belated entry on this topic, as I’m still marshalling my thoughts (attempting to pummel them into some cogency actually) on the deceptively simple topic – why exactly am I pro-choice? Anna put up a top… Read More ›

Maybe I’m not crazy enough

A life without thinking is not a life. But only the crazed can think deeply. The text in the “about” field of new blog discovery – Amygdala Reconnected, a Chinese blog on health science, weight loss and life in general…. Read More ›

This bumper sticker I like

I find a lot of bumper stickers and badges promoting partisan politics or ideological positions way too shrill for my taste. But I might actually buy this one: Found at Carry A Big Sticker. Might be nice if they also… Read More ›

Sat’dy arvo abouttohaveanap-blogging

White Heather blended Scotch is better balanced than the Black Douglas for a similiar price.

Glenfarclas 15yo single malt is a superior mid-palate and lingering mouthfeel to the Macallan’s 18yo for 2/3 the price.

That is all

Beyond the 11th

This is the name of a charity begun by two American widows, Susan Retik and Patricia Quigley: both women were mothers of small children and also heavily pregnant when their husbands died on 9/11, one in each of the planes that hit the Twin Towers.

Many other people lost their loved ones that day, but few have reacted as these women have done. Despite their grief and anger at the terrorists, Patti and Susan are actively engaged in charity work for the people of Afghanistan, the country where most of the hijackers trained before coming to the USA and committing their atrocity.

I heard Susan Retik interviewed on Radio National this morning to mark the 5th anniversary of the disaster. Before 9/11 she barely knew anything of Afghanistan, and her reaction to learning more about the Taliban and their oppression of women was to awaken her compassion in a very personal way based on her own recent tragedy: if life was so bad for women there generally, how much worse must it be for unsupported widows? And what could she do to help them, woman to woman?