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Shroomers heaven

June 30th, 2004

Have you ever eaten a fresh morel mushroom with scrambled eggs and a bit of parmesan cheese? Have you even eaten one with pencil-thin spring asparagus and butter? I have. Share your morel stories if you’d like — these are mushrooms worthy of adoration.

And while you’re at it, read the stories from the Great Morel Site. People will do the damndest things to get their shrooms.

Now, can anyone tell me where can I get my hands on some in Maryland?!

Round

June 29th, 2004

A history of the Ferris Wheel from the Galesburg Zephyr. Galesburg, Illinois was the birthplace of the Ferris Wheel’s inventor, George Washington Gale Ferris.

Like many other things (Frederick Jackson Turner’s notion of the closing of the frontier, Ragtime music, Edison’s Kinetoscope, the zipper, pancake mix, juicy fruit gum, the automatic dishwasher, cracker jacks, shredded wheat cereal, the vertical file, the pledge of allegiance, iced tea, and more than I care to list right now), the Ferris Wheel was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Power

June 29th, 2004

This Washington Post article about HIV/AIDS in African women dances all around the point. Most anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns in Africa (such as they are) emphasize abstinence, monogamy and condom use — which many African women cannot negotiate with their male sex partners due to their social and economic dependence on men. The article’s author, Janet Fleischman, contends that what women need to combat and live with HIV is education, female-support, and safe ways to control their own risk factors for the disease.

Fleischman is wrong. What is at issue here is power. In most African cultures, men have it and women don’t. Education and sisterhood may help women attain power, but they are just means to that end. Identifying proximate needs is not enough — it’s only half the conversation.

go go go

June 28th, 2004

I’ve written before about the effort in Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Last year it passed the Illinois House. This year, it may come up for a vote in the Senate. Like I said last year, this is a battle worth fighting, even if the ends seem uncertain.

Redux

June 22nd, 2004

I’ve been cleaning up Breaching the Web lately (mostly turning comments on old posts off to limit the comment spam problem), and I came across this post from a year and a half ago about Ronald Reagan Day in Mississippi.

This movement to honor the deceased President with a day of rememberence on his birthday is gaining speed. According to Working for Change, over 25 govenors have already declared February 6 to be “Ronald Reagan Day.”

Ugh. What a misguided use of public attention and time.

Dictionary

June 14th, 2004

A Flapper’s Dictionary is great fun to peruse (link via eclectica).

Georgia

June 11th, 2004

For my birthday a few years ago, my husband surprised me with tickets to see Ray Charles. We saw him at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, a small venue with about 2,500 seats, and a round stage that rotates. For Charles’ performance, the stage only rotated between sets instead of continuously as for other Celebrity performances.

Our seats were in the second row. We were close. When the band had their backs to us, I could read the music on their stands. When Charles was facing us, I could see the wrinkles on his face and the painful-looking angles at which his fingers were bent (presumably due to arthritus). The performance was amazing. The energy and spirit he exuded, and the fun he seemed to have with every song, filled the room with music you could almost touch.

I was sad yesterday when I heard news of Charles’ death at age 73. I feel blessed that I got the chance to see him perform.

Mod

June 9th, 2004

Just today I’ve discovered the work of Eva Zeisel. Zeisel is an artist who designs dinnerware. Her work is really lovely, with a look that feels more retro-cool than dated.

A recent exchange with Medley has inspired my interest in dinnerware, and lead me to accidentally discover Zeisel. I’m not in the market for dishes right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for her stuff.

Record locator number

June 8th, 2004

Juan Cole’s comments about Reagan’s legacy are well-written, restrained, and spot-on. Go read them (link via LaDiDa).

Ideas

June 7th, 2004

America, at its best, exports ideas to the world. In the midst reading about all the bad ideas we are exporting to Iraq, I was pleased to read about the first gay marriage celebrated in France. It looks like the mayoral revolution is spreading around the world.

Some days, I am still proud to be an American.