I did this job, washing heavy industrial cookware in a hospital kitchen. This author describes it perfectly - the endless grease, slippery orange tiled floor, penetrating heat. I wore a brown one piece uniform, leather work boots, hair pulled on top of my head in a loose ponytail. I was young and healthy and it was brutal. Could not imagine doing it having cancer.
“Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.” My sister and I have been writing letters (emails we call tomes) to one another everyday for over 8 years. The thought of that ending is a loss I can not fathom.
Beautiful language and images. The opening captured me. “If I ever get over the bodies of women, I am going to think of the rain of waiting under the eaves of an old house at that moment when it takes the form like fog.”
Sundays at my childhood home involved my dad cooking for a change, my 3 unmarried aunts joining us after mass, sometimes the priest too, a stop at the bakery on the way home and lots of conversations. I loved the tradition, the incense, stain glass windows, music - but not the religion. Now, every Sunday, I can hear the church bells ring from across the river. It fills me with memories but I no longer go to church. Life is my church, sacred and holy. Easy to worship Nature and love the everyday interactions with people. However, I do understand that some need the community of church, which can be very nurturing.
One of the most interesting, thought provoking articles I have read on Readup. Just a sample. “It is an apt description of The Future Library, which grafts an environmental taboo onto an artistic one: trees that are planted to be cut down; books that are written, not to be read.” The “Ark of Literature” the “Svalbard Global Seed Vault” and time capsules containing “techno fossils” are mind blowing installations. Beyond a 10, a must read!
I find this topic overwhelming, frustrating, depressing and disheartening. I have spent my career in health education and we are worse off today than when I began in 1975. And it was terrible back then! Our entire health care system is broken. So is my hope that it can be fixed. Perhaps the way to change is with many small scale programs within the local communities.
Wow, this is important information about a subject I know very little about - schizophrenia. But the thread is a common one - we can’t continue to do scientific studies using male subjects and then apply the results to women.
Mind blowing ! Some may be really sick of hearing about the devastation of the patriarchy on women’s psyches. But sometimes the pendulum must swing far to the opposite direction for people to wake up and understand the severe toll it takes on women. I experienced it as a young girl within my Catholic religion and it has taken me my lifetime to disengage from the emotional damage. It’s a form of brain washing. And it really pains me to think it continues in this day and age.
I would also like to add that I don’t like the title of this article but was drawn to it because I like Lisa Miller’s writing. Click bate, yes, but the material is important from my perspective.
This was very well written. I liked the approach - using her own situation to segway into the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. I know it has passed but her point about young people making mistakes and the difference between truly feeling sorry and apologizing or doing nothing was felt strongly here by me.
This is very exciting news! For me, the clothing item would also have to not stretch out or wrinkle - 2 things that make me want to throw them in the laundry basket. Love the idea and innovation. What is the cost? That’s important also.