Wednesday, November 29, 2006
This was a good day, I think.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Those are the pumpkin products - pumpkin bread and different types of pumpkin pie.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Yesterday I baked pumpkin bread (many many loaves - it freezes well) and the buttermilk cornbread for my stuffing recipe.
I love the T-Day food. Yes I do.
Tomorrow my arms up to my elbows (at least) will be inside the turkey cavity and underneath the skin, salting, spicing, herbing, and buttering that bird to perfection. I will also be making:
- a basic gravy comprised of drippings, mirepoix, shallots, flour, and broth (ok, and maybe a little wine),
- a new green bean recipe that involves cranberries and roasted maple sweet potato chunks,
- the stuffing, of course,
- Mashed potatoes - must be rich and creamy and must be made with some type of yellow potato, preferably yukon golds
- roasted and carmelized butternut squash,
- and the cranberry sauce (just finished making that, too).
My sister is supposedly bringing fruit and rolls. We'll see what actually happens.
After all of this, I get to turn the carcass into soup! I'm thinking that it will be cream of turkey noodle, but I might think of something else by then.
Back to baking....
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I guess I'm a little bit happy. Even better (in a temporary way), I leave tomorrow for the hoosier state for an extended T-day break with my family!!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
In Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth Century Women Physicians and the Writing of Medicine, Susan Wells explores the theses, journals, and written records of women physicians in the 19th Century. She looks at their rhetorical practices as they operate in a masculine - and almost exclusively male - profession. She writes that:
“Women physicians developed distinctive strategies for speaking and writing in a hostile profession. Many wrote as if they were men of the received order: they insisted on the regularity of their medical views and the rigor of their education. These women sometimes argued for a wider sphere for women or claimed that their gender gave them a special understanding of some neglected (and usually undervalued) aspect of medicine, such as hygiene, public health, or prevention. Theirs was a strategy of masquerade: the woman physician wrote as male but did not present herself as ‘a man.’ Instead, she was ‘a doctor as good as any man’; her disguise is foregrounded as a performance, rendered memorable by the special skill she brought to it” (Wells 5).Wells discusses much of their writing as what she calls "cross-dressed rhetoric" and as "gendered performance." She writes about the ways these women position their discourse so that they can develop a sense of ethos within both the medical community (which regularly scorned their presence and society as a whole.
One thing that fixed my attention throughout the text was the problem of women patients seeing male doctors and the lack of comprehensive medical attention they received as a result of the 'need' to maintain modesty. I'm fascinated by the manuals for women that were published during this period. Before I returned to school, I had a job that allowed me to collect antiquarian books. These types of manuals and guides were among my favorites. The medical/health advice, as well as the rules for proper comportment, come out in Wells' descriptions of the poor health care women received due to a generally poor understanding of women's bodies and health concerns, as well as this reluctance (and often refusal) to disrobe and submit to examinations performed by male doctors. These women doctors were often able to use these situations to argue for the need for female doctors, to establish their importance and status.
I'm a member of the Jail Library Group - we are having a book club-like meeting to discuss the book in early December. Goines is the most popular author among our population of prisoners. If you are interested in donating materials, please visit this site to find links to our most wanted list and our amazon.com wish list. Large print books are especially needed (many prisoners have vision problems but do not have glasses), as are any materials in Spanish.
So yeah, the text is rough and graphic. (warning - spoilers) I expected that. Even though I hadn't read one of Goines' novels all the way through before this, I had flipped through enough of them to know what they are all about. My favorite line in the whole novel is the last line of chapter 5:
This is the story of Whoreson Jones - that really is his name - and his hardcore brutal life in the innercity (mostly Detroit) as a prostitute's son who became a pimp by age 16. It is filled with graphic violence, rape, assault, and everything else, as you might expect. While I normally I wouldn't choose to read this sort of thing, I was most disappointed in the ending. Whoreson goes soft! He plans to fly straight after getting together with the virginal (well, until he comes along) Janet. They had known each other as kids, but she wouldn't get together with him until he straightened out. Although he was trying to seduce her, once finally got her in bed, he realized that he was in love and would live right. Could this be more clichéd? Sure, at the end of the novel he ends up in jail (one of his former prostitutes plotted a little revenge), but he plans to come out of prison as an upright citizen and father - yes, Janet is pregnant at the end of the novel.
"I knew then that I would one day pimp and pimp good, because I was going to pimp with a passion"(48).