Archive for May, 2016
“Why are you asking that?” This, I’ve found, is always a good answer to an unfriendly question. – Rebecca Solnit, in The Mother of All Questions
Many years ago I asked a Kwantlen Fashion Design student taking one of my classes to explain to me why women spend so much time selecting – and so much money purchasing – their purses.
She told me this: “A purse is a symbol of the female owner’s body. There is the beautiful outside, and it is filled with all we need on the inside.”
Teaching is a blessing.
Earlier this week I stumbled upon Lydia Loveless‘s 2011 album Indestructible Machine. I don’t remember how, because her songs and her singing engulfed me so completely, provided so much delight and elation, that I forgot where my first entrance-way to this world was. (Her 2014 effort, Somewhere Else, is also astonishing.)
This woman has been really, really good to her muse.
My sister Jenny Basil, a renowned professor of biology at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, is over the moon because of this news: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending that the chambered nautilus, pictured below, be placed on the international endangered species list.
The chambered nautilus, with its beautifully intricate shell and exquisite coloring is traded in large quantities, mostly as jewelry and shell products. The United States has long been concerned about the impact that this trade may have on the seven species in the nautilus family , as have some ambitious young conservationists (learn more here and here). Nautiluses are slow to reproduce, leaving them particularly vulnerable to overfishing. The United States, Fiji, India and Palau have put forward a proposal to include the nautilus family in Appendix II to ensure its survival in the wild.
Truly happy news.
Photo from the Flickr stream of Klaus Steifel shared under Creative Commons licensing.