1. My mom’s in the hospital–she’s had this thing going on with her foot that she’s getting treated, and thus far the hospital staff has been less than cooperative, so prayers would be appreciated. Thanks.
2. A brief Harry Potter geek moment: The two Hogwarts houses we see the most, and the ones that are most opposed to each other, are Gryffindor and Slytherin, the two houses founded by men (Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin). In addition, the primary characters we see from these houses are predominantly male–Harry, the Weasley brothers, the Marauders, Snape, Malfoy, Voldemort, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Slughorn. The girls we see from these houses either have strong connections to men (Ginny, who has six brothers; Mrs. Weasley, who had brothers and is the mother of six boys; Lily Potter and Narcissa Malfoy, who were wives of a dominant Gryffindor and Slytherin; Lavender Brown, mainly known as Ron’s ex) or have strong connections to the houses founded by women (Hermione was almost a Ravenclaw, Parvati Patil has a sister in Ravenclaw). Most of the other primary female characters come from Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff (Cho Chang, Luna Lovegood, Professor Sprout). Ravenclaw is also the only house with a female ghost.
There are, of course, some obvious exceptions to this (Professor McGonnagal is a woman, Professor Flitwick is a man; Cedric Diggory, an important male character, is a Hufflepuff, I think; we’ve had multiple girls on the Gryffindor quidditch team). Still, I’m sure gender studies folks could have a field day with this. I have no idea if it means anything or not. 🙂
3. I’ve been reading too many books on sustainable agriculture–I have a sudden urge to go buy some land and grow things now. Of course, a friend from college and I have plans to go raise sheep in West Texas eventually, so there’s no reason we can’t grow stuff out there, too. Right?
4. So. I’m thinking about selling my guitar. Yes or no?
5. One reason why I am skeptical (albeit hopeful) about democracy in the Middle East: The Middle East never underwent the Reformation or the Enlightenment as the western world did; considering the modern democratic republic was built on principles born of those movements, it might be more difficult to root in places where they didn’t happen, due to the different set of presuppositions and philosophies that already exist. I hope they can find some way to make it work over there, but it’ll be a long and difficult process, that’s for sure. It took Europe a long time and several bloody revolutions before it happened; it will likely be the case in Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan as well.
6. If you haven’t seen a film called Amistad, go and rent it now. No, really. Second movie ever to make me cry, and that is saying something. Go now.
7. Um…that’s a lot to say. I’m done. Have a good one.