Retired biomedical scientist, teacher, traveler, and writer. Also mother and grandmother.
BioInfo, Body Wisdom, C4W, SWAHAA, travel, Unitarian, Writer, Writing Life
Thanks for the great review! You nailed it. And yes, the book was compiled in part from journal entries and emails written while I was in Korea.
Good one, Will! It's amazing how much Charleston and its culture have been transformed in the more than forty years I have been here. I would never have imagined, in the early 1970s, that the city of Charleston would erect a statue to Denmark Vesey. And a huge bravo for the statue of Waring, an unsung hero!!
I might disagree with you on the Tillman statue, though. Perhaps move it away from the front of the Statehouse. But it is a part of history, however despicable, and history should be left for our descendants to contemplate and to learn from. I wouldn't want our fair state to be compared with the Taliban, destroying those offensive statues of the Buddha.
Melinda, I have never raped anyone. Does that protect ME (a woman) from rape? Of course not. You can say "Don't rape" until you're blue in the face, but those so inclined will continue to find victims. Women need to protect themselves from being victims of sexual assault, just like the elderly need to protect themselves from being victims of swindling. Most swindlers get away with it, and most people blame the victims for being naive. Let's not be naive.
Will, we will truly miss you!! Your coherent, thoughtful and well-written commentary will be impossible to replace. And this parting column is a sterling example of your style and thoughtfulness.
A great many Americans are part Native American. A lot more men than women crossed the Atlantic to the colonies, and guess where they got their mates? Early on, and particularly in the South and the Mid-West, settlers and Native Americans lived side-by-side and intermarried. There was a "reservation" not to far from where I grew up in Michigan, and one of my three girl friends was half "Indian" as we said then. Her mother came from the reservation. My friend would have grandchildren by now, and they would be one sixteenth Native American. Probably anyone with high cheekbones (like Elizabeth Warren), regardless of hair or eye color, has either Native American or Slavic blood. Yes, the Slavs (e.g., Russians) also interbred extensively with their Mongol conquerors for a couple of centuries. We are all mongrels.
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