Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to avoid tv dinners and a lonely death

Dear Hannah,

I'm sure you've heard me tell you about the way your great grandpa Don died, but I want to remind you about him because I think the story proves something a lot of people forget.  We can all theorize about ways we'd like to live; history reminds us that others have tried things and ended up a certain way.  And however much we loved him, your great grandpa was certainly such a case.

Monday, September 8, 2014

On menstruation

Dear Hannah,

My anthropology professor once told me that in certain bushman cultures, a menstruating woman gets put into a hut until she stops menstruating.  My first thought on the matter was that they locked her away because she was a nuisance, but I was wrong.  It turns out, according to my professor, they hid her because they believed menstruation made her too powerful, and the power made her too dangerous.