March 24th, 2006
Some people — perhaps many — among my aquaintance think that I am “anti-child.” My love of cats, dogs and other small furry creatures only partially redeems my reputation in the minds of these people.
But I’m not anti-child. It might be fair to call me “anti-baby” but only because I don’t find babies that interesting and they are a little annoying. But I like the idea of babies, and I’m always happy for people who want them and have them. However, kids from the ages of about 2 to about 12 are a whole different thing. They are enchanting. Their uncolored view of the world, their playfulness, their fearlessness, their cuteness — all of these things amaze me. I like kids in that age group a lot, and I enjoy spending time with them.
Which is why I was so tickled by this Miss Manners column. I really wish I lived in the multi-generational world she describes, where adults and kids socialize, celebrate and learn together.
March 7th, 2006
I have not yet paid much attention to Bush’s proposed FY 2007 budget, but it’s starting to look like I (and you, and you, and you, and you, and you) had better. Buried among what I’m sure are other outrages is legislation to sell off 300,000 acres of National Forest Service land.
This sale will provide money for states with a lot of national forest land — such states have lower tax bases, so Federal government helps them fund schools, roads and other kinds of infrastructure development. The Feds are now having trouble funding these subsidies because of their gross fiscal mismanagement. Proceeds from the proposed sale will be used to fund these subsidies.
Read that again — the Federal government is proposing that we sell our land to fund an ongoing program. That’s like refinancing your house to pay for child care expenses or to buy groceries. It’s a bad, bad idea because it reduces your assets without creating wealth.
Was taking Sadaam out worth this?
March 3rd, 2006
I’ve been rumaging around, looking for a book to read, and I’ve been thinking about authors I who’s work I have really enjoyed and would like to see more of, but who haven’t written anything new in a while.
I’d like to see a new book by Sage Walker. Her first novel, Whiteout, was quite good; it won a Locus award for best first novel in 1996. It appears that she stopped publishing after that — no new short stories or books have appeared since then.
I’d also like to see a new science fiction book by Sarah Zettel. The Quiet Invasion was amazing. Her most recent science fiction book, Kingdom of Cages was published in 2002. Since then she’s published a large handful of fantasy books — but I want more sci fi from her!
And then there’s Kage Baker. I’d like to read the final volume in the Company series, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to it — that series started strong, but quickly went off the rails. What I’d really look forward to from Ms. Baker is another book set in the same universe as Anvil of the World, a fantastically funny, scary and tense book with well-developed characters that tells an engaging story.
And finally, I’d really enjoy something new by Kay Kenyon. All of her books are fun, but the first two — The Seeds of Time and Leap Point — are outstanding. Her last book, The Braided World, was published in 2003, so I’m probably just being impatient here.
Perhaps I’ll just reread one of the above rather than finding something new.