Thursday, June 23, 2011

a P.S. from Santa Cruz

Remembering back to the recent trip to Santa Cruz...I forgot to mention the sea lions that perch on the decks below the pier.

They seem to enjoy company and sun as much as the rest of us!

These sea creatures seem at peace here.  Their cousins in the Puget Sound have alienated fishing boasts by eating the same salmon that humans wants.  In the Northwest sea lions are being shot by angry frustrated fishermen.  The Salmon War has only one armed side.  You would not know that in Santa Cruz.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Week -End Drives

The above photo is a view of Mt. Shasta from I-5.  Am planning a slower drive through parts of Northern Calif. and much of Oregon this summer.  

Quiet farm land always whispers 'peace' to me.  Am wondering if that is first cut hay peeking out of the barn door?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Playing ~ the Photo Contest!

Last week-end I escaped the long rainy season that Washington State called "Winter through Spring" to visit my youngest son who was graduating from a Master's Program at UCSC.  What a delightful visit.  Coastal Californians really know how to PLAY!   Their weather cooperates with their playful intentions.

Even bikes can relax after playing on the pier in Santa Cruz!

Sailors out playing on their boats!

Many people out playing volley ball in the sand!

My personal favorite... Kayaks waiting for me! :) 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dancing with Time and Feminism...Again

"Nothing's ever done.... No matter what you do, or what you pretend, the past is there. You can't ignore it"
~JOHN SAUL, When the Wind Blows

"Men - their rights and nothing more; Women - their rights and nothing less."

~Susan B Anthony    

"You do not have to be anti-man to be pro woman."              
  ~ Jane Galvin Lewis                                                        

It was not my intention to ease-drop but the truth is, that is exactly what I did.  Then I interrupted a conversation ... it was an invasion of privacy.  It was Friday and it had been a long, stressful day.  Two managers (one a man who is a nurse supervisor and a woman who is a social worker) were sitting in the conference room that connects to the office I had borrowed to finish the day's paper work.  As I scanned a new batch of applications for the 3-11 nursing position that had just opened, I heard the deep male voice say, "my old boss (Director of Nursing) only hires men into management positions because she thinks women with power are too catty."  The woman murmured her agreement.  I groaned...'not this old conversion again!'  There was no choice...I had to join the conversation.

"Sexism is a social disease"  
~ Author Unknown (ergo, probably a woman)

I was the uninvited guest in this later afternoon salon.  I immediately asked if he thought his old boss was discriminating against womenx?  I pointed out that the person who made the decision to hire only men was a woman.  Did that seem inconsistent or odd in anyway?  What did she mean by catty?  Did he agree with that definition?  Did he ever think about why women might engage in mean spirited talk. Did men ever engage in mean-spirited talk?  Did he think all women were catty?  I wanted to know how he planned to supervise the women nurses whom he managed.  What were his plans to assure that people with talent would rise through the ranks ~ regardless of gender.  Before long we had discussed everything from the different ways in which men and women compete, to who becomes a nurse in the first place. I find him to be an intelligent man who is steeped in stereotypes.   When he is working the nursing unit he is kind and compassionate to of all his residents. The jury is still out on how he manages his staff...mostly women.  He probably wishes he'd said nothing for now he is engaged in an ongoing conversation with his boss's boss.  Oh well, there are worse things to be sure.

"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes."
~ Bella Abzug


The more things change, the more (some) things stay the same.  I wonder what Florence Nightingale would have made of this conversation?   Would she have wondered that there were men who were professional nurses and not  doctors?   Would she have been taken back by a woman who supervised those men who were nurses?

Florence Nightingale

"All tradition is merely the past." 
~JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himsel