Okay, it’s not art, but I made it, and am proud of it. And I fell in love with power tools.
My daughter’s Funny Bunny was driving me crazy gnawing on her cage in the house, and she’s much happier living outside, munching on the dandelions and grass that grow up through the floor wire, sniffing the air, listening to the rest of nature with her long ears, touching noses with the dog, fearless under a sky where bald eagles and osprey fly. She happily sits in the rain or on the roof of her little house.
Though I took woodworking in grade eight instead of home-economics, this is the biggest thing I’ve made with hammer and nails, and it’s just whacked together scraps. I made it movable by two people, and to be able to fit in the back of the truck. The little house has a sliding removable floor-wall that I invented so it could be cleaned easily.
Unfortunately, its resident isn’t co-operating with the logic of this idea. She seems to think its’ a good idea to sh-t in her house and nest rather than the great outdoors – perhaps from culinary interests — so I may have to cut out the bottom of her house and wire it up.
It’s just me against the rabbit, matching wits.
My father had a similar contest with a squirrel once, and I can’t remember who won.
Infidel, Ayan Hirsi Ali.
The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam, Ayan Hirsi Ali.
Both Hirsi Ali’s books a must for anyone who believes in human rights. The mutilation of the genitals of little girls by the family that should love them is unspeakable. Forced “marriage” is rape and slavery, and there is no word that describes forced child-bearing. It is becoming more and more difficult for me to like my own species.
God: A Biography, Jack Miles.
Written by an ex-Jesuit, this book explores what taking the Bible literally really means concerning the development of God’s personality as the main character. Puts the fun back in fundamentalist, at least if you have my kind of sense of humour.
A Virtuous Woman: Sex Life in Relation to The Christian Life, Oscar Lowry.
From the Recycling Depot. Truly the most horrify addition to my “how to behave yourself shelf.” 1930’s Pentecostal American advocacy for female genital mutilation among other things – so we North Americans have little to be proud of either.
Apocalypses: Prophercies, Cults, and Millenial Beliefs through the Ages, Eugene Weber.
Garbo Laughs, Elizabeth Hay.
Midnight Salvage, Adrienne Rich.
The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith. (Lots of Rabbis. Gave it to a Rabbi)