Keeping Things in Perspective

There's a song out there (I don't recall it) of which its gist is this: "You got problems?  Some people out there have *real* problems." I think this because my mom called me a few days ago, asking that I contribute money to her poor side of her family in the Philippines.  "We're so lucky … Continue reading Keeping Things in Perspective

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Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 4

In some posts back in August 2004, I mentioned the idea of us (meaning people in general, but perhaps people living in America specifically) living in an age in which Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener is not only tolerated but also encouraged, even if not consciously nor obviously. How else to explain people complaining how lousy … Continue reading Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 4

Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 3

I just got back from a weekend trip to Austin with hubby and former housemates (now next door neighbors) to see a mutual friend before he takes off for his year-long teaching gig at South Korea. It's scary, to leave the safe environs of one's home country (i.e. America) for a culture that is so … Continue reading Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 3

Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 2

A few days ago, while standing in line at the grocery store, I got bored and started looking at the merchandise in the cart of the customer in front of me: frozen pizzas, pre-packaged frozen dinner, name brand snack cakes and chips, corn dogs, ultra-sugary sweet cereal, diet soft drinks. The woman in front of … Continue reading Living in a Bartleby Age, Part 2