Almost the End of Aquarius PotPourri


  •  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has a series of perfumes that celebrate some of Antonin Scalia’s more colorful legal phrases.  Proceeds are donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and other good organizations.   I would totally wear Jiggery Pokery.
  •  Terri Windling is writing about landbase.  Here’s a wonderful quote from Carolyn Servid.

Given the biological evidence that the earth is our home, it’s not difficult or even particularly imaginative to assert that we in Western societies have been living for centuries in a perpetual state of homesickness. We have worked hard — somewhat blindly and somewhat successfully — to disconnect ourselves from the source of our being. Our efforts have only partially succeeded because we cannot, in fact, separate ourselves from the fundamental truth of the context of our lives. . . .  The human hunger for place that Brueggemann speaks of might be thought of as a longing to be reconnected to the very source of our being. That longing is also a hunger for love — for the nurturing that a home place provides, for its familiarity, its comfort, its human community, i[t]s natural community, its light and landscape. I believe, too, that our hunger for place is a yearning for a sense of the holy, for home ground sacred enough to sustain our faith, sacred enough that we will not violate it, sacred enough that our commitment to its holiness will not falter.

Just now, when many of us have been stuck inside for TOO LONG due to inclement weather, remembering our relationship with our landbase can take some extra effort.  I keep some stones, a chestnut from the Virginia arboretum, and some acorns from my old oak tree on my altar.  How do you honor your hunger for a place, your yearning for home ground sacred enough to sustain your faith?

Being able to work well with others is a standard requirement for most jobs today. But a new study suggests that women do not get their fair share of credit for group work, especially when they work with men.

Heather Sarsons, a PhD candidate in economics at Harvard, gathered data on economists to see how teaming up with others (in this case to coauthor a paper) affects the likelihood of getting promoted (i.e., getting tenure), and whether it differs by gender. She found that coauthored papers correlate with fewer promotions for female academics. Women essentially experience a collaboration penalty, which is most pronounced when women coauthor with men and less pronounced the more female coauthors there are on a paper. Men, however, are not penalized at all for collaborating.

Women are tenured at far lower rates than men in academia, and prior research has found that this can’t be fully explained by differences in productivity or family commitments. Sarsons’s paper suggests another reason: the promotion gap appears when women work in groups with men.

  • Here’s the brilliant Wendell Berry, also talking about his land base, his ancestors, and the right thing to do today:

“For me—and most people are like me in this respect—“climate change” is an issue of faith; I must either trust or distrust the scientific experts who predict the future of the climate. I know from my experience, from the memories of my elders, from certain features of my home landscape, from reading history, that over the last 150 years or so the weather has changed and is changing. I know without doubt that to change is the nature of weather.

Just so, I know from as many reasons that the alleged causes of climate change—waste and pollution—are wrong. The right thing to do today, as always, is to stop, or start stopping, our habit of wasting and poisoning the good and beautiful things of the world, which once were called “divine gifts” and now are called “natural resources.” I always suppose that experts may be wrong. But even if they are wrong about the alleged human causes of climate change, we have nothing to lose, and much to gain, by trusting them.

Even so, we are not dummies, and we can see that for all of us to stop, or start stopping, our waste and destruction today would be difficult. And so we chase our thoughts off into the morrow where we can resign ourselves to “the end of life as we know it” and come to rest, or start devising heroic methods and technologies for coping with a changed climate. The technologies will help, if not us, then the corporations that will sell them to us at a profit.”

Picture found here.


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