When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

 ”I continually push the young women in my classes to speak more. They must gain the confidence to value their own insights and questions, and to present them readily. My husband agrees, but he actually tries to get the young men in his classes to act more like the women—to speak less and listen more. If women are ever to achieve real equality as leaders, then we have to stop accepting male behavior and male choices as the default and the ideal.”

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Native American Proverb

Handpicked (by moi) wild huckleberries from Montana.  I see scones and jam in the very near future.

Handpicked (by moi) wild huckleberries from Montana.  I see scones and jam in the very near future.

This little peanut-popper has been pestering me for the last 8 days straight…perhaps I should stop feeding him.

This little peanut-popper has been pestering me for the last 8 days straight…perhaps I should stop feeding him.

It is 3:30 on a Tuesday.  The closest place with internet access is the bar around the corner, a 100 yards from the lake.  There are no complaints from this girl.

To Do:

[X] Deposit severance check

[X] Complete catastrophic health insurance paper work

[   ] Pack car

[   ] Clean house

[X] Update iPod

Last remaining items before I can blow this popsicle stand. The feelings of guilt about no longer being a “productive” member of society are slowly starting to fade.  With a little luck, two weeks of no tv or cell service in the boonies of Idaho will cement the transition.

Willfully Unemployed

…in the worst economy since the great depression. Not one of my more sensible decisions to date. Twenty-six years of honor rolls, steady paychecks and lunch meetings on indefinite hold. For what? To see where depositing in my soul instead of my bank account leads. Things around here should become a lot more interesting in the coming weeks. 

Sage Advice

  • Joni: Oh financial blahblhablah. You are young and fancy free! Soak it up!
  • Me: I like the way you think.
  • Joni: Deposit in your soul and not your bank for a bit.