It was a pleasure to burn. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
'Cause Sadie moved like water poured
The shapes she shaped had angels floored
She knew her walk turned wind to fire
A wink from Sadie turned brains to mire" -Tim Seibles, The Ballad of Sadie LaBabe
Friday, February 05, 2010
the kid had me read "The Hitchhiker" by Lucille Fletcher (originally heard on the radio in 1946) after she read it in school. she thought is was an interesting read, but was a bit baffled at the interpretation that it may have had anything to do with the afterlife or god.
i'll leave god out of it, but i am glad she shared the story. now i am passing it along. [simul-post]
"We have become increasingly dependent on the criminal justice system, evidenced by the quadruple increase in prison populations in America over the last 25 years (Travis 2005). Criminological attention has recently turned to examine the consequences of these actions, especially in the realm of offender reentry (Travis 2005; Urban Institute 2006). Research has found that two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested within three years (Langan and Levin 2002), over a million children have a parent incarcerated (Mumola 2000) and four million people are disenfranchised (Fellner and Mauer 1998; Urban Institute 2006).
Former inmates face a variety of risk factors including unemployment, low education, substance abuse, disease, and homelessness. “With limited assistance in their reintegration, former prisoners pose public safety risks to communities” (Urban Institute 2006:2). New legislation such as residency restrictions on sex offenders have made life increasingly challenging across the nation and in California. Although many believe that sex offenders are due these challenges, “there is good reason to believe that the real-world consequences of residence restrictions are actually decreasing public safety because the conditions associated with homelessness are directly associated with increased sexual recidivism” (Delson, Kokish, and Abbott 2008:2). The general consensus is that sex offender recidivism is quite high (Thompson 2006), although this is not actually the case. In addition, to say that sex offender recidivism is high implies that the commission of a sex crime is repeated, (as opposed to some other type of crime); this is not the case either. Successful reentry is impacted by a lack of social capital, education and work experience, and waning mental and physical health (Visher and Travis 2003). [simul-post, written by me]
posted by jessica at 11:09 PM -
This excerpt from your dissertation was wonderful! I think you really know how to write a phd dissertation, and all of its turn. And from the looks of it, the topic really deals with our everyday life, so it just fit that you tackle it.
# posted by Mary Platt : Monday, July 22, 2013 11:19:00 PM
But there was a more real life for Hester Prynne here, in New England, than in that unknown region where Pearl had found a home. Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence. She had returned, therefore, and resumed, —of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it, —resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. Never afterwards did it quit her bosom. But ... the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, and yet with reverence, too.
"Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands two new approaches to the written word. First, it requires a new approach to orchestrating information, by skillfully choosing what to read and what to ignore. Second, it requires a new approach to integrating information, by reading faster and with greater comprehension."
Americans seem perpetually startled at slavery. Children are shocked to learn that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves... Very few adults today realize that our society has been slave much longer than it has been free.. The first colony to legalize slavery was not Virginia but Massachusetts.. Wall Street was the marketplace where owners could hire out their slaves by the day or week (142).
Textbooks canonize Patrick Henry for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Not one tells us that eight months after delivering the speech he ordered "diligent patrols" to keep Virginia slaves from accepting the British offer of freedom to those who would join their side (146).
Every addiction, she said, was just a way to treat this same problem. Drugs or overeating or alochol or sex, it was all just another way to find peace. To escape what we know. Our education. Our bite of the apple.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. This is one of my absolute favorite stories. Focusing on prejudice, it demonstrates the silliness of segregating people based on categories (race, religion, gender, etc). The story's strength is that it shows just how arbitrary these categories are.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In this classic story, a new mother suffering from what we might today call 'post-partum depression,' sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.
"Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?" He asked.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
(both quotes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," available in full-text here.)