Thursday, May 18, 2006


Remember Lani Guinier? Clinton nominated her for AG but she had nanny problems -- hey she kind of jump started Caitlin Flanagan's career and this whole immigration mishegas!

Anyway, there's a nice interview with her here where she talks about why the American system of democracy is unfair and suppresses voting, and is generally demoralizing.

"We’re still operating with an eighteenth-century notion of democracy and with eighteenth-century technology in the twenty-first century." Lani Guinier

Monday, May 15, 2006


It's been raining here.

It's been raining for a week.

They say it's going to rain all this week.

I'm not talking about Seattle-esque misting every day. It's been pouring.

Thank goodness our basement is dry and we're fine, but people on the North Shore have rivers overflowing their banks and streets are flooded.

They say it's going to be the worst water disaster since the Hurricane of 1938.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Recently Austin has done something really cute: he reads to Mari. He'll sit and read Brown Bear Brown Bear to her, or even a Chinese book we have about balloons. I especially like when he reads The Monster at the End of This Book because he doesn't know the words but just tells the story.

Some recent favorite books: Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey; The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein; and comic books (Justice League Unlimited and Bongo Comics [Simpsons characters] that we got for free on Free Comic Book Day {Saturday})

Mari still likes Each Peach Pear Pie and Dr Seuss' ABC.

Recent pix

At the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA:
Hand me down skis! Never too early.
Sitting on Steve's steps, waiting.
Found an Egg! The Easter hunt continues

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Boston traffic

From today's Boston Globe:

"It was an exhausting day and game, emotionally more than physically. At 3:30 p.m., a lineup was posted with Doug Mirabelli, acquired yesterday from the Padres, catching. By 3:45, Jason Varitek's name was in the lineup instead. Mirabelli's charter landed at Logan at 6:48, and his police escort arrived at the ballpark at 7, giving Mirabelli 12 minutes to collect his thoughts and get into uiform."

Twelve minutes from Logan to Fenway!? 720 seconds? Okay, he had a police escort, but still -- what route did he take!?