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Marilee J. Layman

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07:52 pm: Long Sleep
I kept going to sleep while I read last night and ended up having to take more pain meds in the middle of the night, so I slept 3am to 3pm today. Thursday is the day our regular mailguy is off and the substitute does the route in a different order and is usually through by 3:00pm, and it's likely the day my check came, so I stopped on my way out and checked. I deposited the check, took the book to the library, and considered ice cream at Nathan's, but came home instead.

Spirit came all the way into the kitchen as soon as I opened the shades in there this afternoon. It was really cloudy today, so maybe I should start turning the light on in the kitchen when I go in. She went back a couple of times when I got my cranberry juice and the newspaper. When she'd eaten about a third of the wet food, I put the snackies out and she came to eat those. Tonight I didn't put any dry food on the end table and she keeps trying to bring herself to go into the kitchen. I'll have to decide if I just leave it or bring her some later.

The WashPost had a couple of items related to our genre yesterday:

The local scientist/traitor is defended by Jerry Pournelle - "Stewart is too smart to be caught up in something like this," said science fiction author Jerry Pournelle, who worked with Nozette and others in the early 1980s to advise the U.S. government on space policy. "I just find the whole thing very odd." Unfortunately for Jerry, Stewart has pleaded guilty already.

Several authors were asked what story "scares the hell out of you" and story authors include Kelly Link, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, and more.

And finally, the DC area has had two situations lately where high-school-age boys did things they knew were wrong, and are unhappy that they're being punished. One group took turf and spelled out KKK and symbols in the parking lot of an elementary school (and are no longer expelled, but suspended, as of tonight, plus the payback for the turf) and the other was a football team that, instead of working with the ball, took on two of the players of the other side (their season is now over). What are we doing that lets kids believe they shouldn't be punished for doing things they know are wrong?

(Ah! Spirit just went into the kitchen and ate!)

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From:cakmpls
Date:October 30th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
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What are we doing that lets kids believe they shouldn't be punished for doing things they know are wrong?

They need only look at politics and business over the past several years...
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 30th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
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True, but I'm not sure high-school kids do that. The mother of two of the KKK kids went to the school board to try to keep her boys from being expelled. It wasn't clear in the evening news if it was her work that got the punishment lowered to suspension, but she wanted it to go away.
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