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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1244

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1442

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 431

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/query.php on line 61

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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Http in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/http.php on line 61

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-settings.php:512) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

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Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ftp_base in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/lib/ftp_class.php on line 56

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Monthly ArchiveApril 2013



Books & Commentary 25 Apr 2013 06:57 am

Revisiting Little House

Prevailing wisdom among people who study pre-teen reading habits is that girls will read books about boys, but boys are less likely to read books about girls.

Maybe this is changing because of the success of “The Hunger Games,” with a strong female lead whose exploits in three bestselling books are a hit with not only the YA crowd, but adults as well.

I’ve always been an exception to the boys-not-reading-about-girls rule, myself. One of my earliest literary adventures was “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” with spunky Dorothy traveling down “the road of yellow brick,” encountering eccentric companions and showing off her silver slippers to good effect. (Her route became “the yellow brick road” and her footwear turned ruby only in the MGM movie.) I’ve read the book more than a dozen times, and Judy Garland was one of my first big-screen crushes, even if she was too old to play Dorothy.

Recently, I had a chance to revisit another childhood favorite with a female protagonist: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, newly reprinted in two handsome hardbacks by the Library of America.

These books hold a special place in my heart. When I was a new student at Washington Elementary School in 1976, my second-grade teacher, Melva Jean Watson, read aloud from “Little House on the Prairie” almost every day. Something about the Ingalls family leaving Wisconsin and heading West in a covered wagon struck a chord with me, even if my own migration from Middlebranch to Washington Township in the backseat of a car wasn’t much by comparison.

I am still impressed by the family’s moxy. Laura’s father, referred to mostly as Pa, decides the woods of Wisconsin — immortalized in the first book of the series, “Little House in the Big Woods” — are becoming too crowded. “Quite often Laura heard the ringing thud of an ax which was not Pa’s ax, or the echo of a shot that did not come from his gun,” writes Wilder, who refers to herself in the third person. “The path that went by the little house had become a road.”

Those all sound like good reasons to stay in Wisconsin, not leave it, but nobody has ever accused me of having an overabundance of pioneer spirit.

In the books, little Laura and her sisters often take a backseat to the story of their parents, and Laura’s main occupation is to observe the ways of pioneer families. Not surprisingly for people who lived for — and by — the harvest, the books are filled with food, much more than I remember from age 8. (Maybe Mrs. Watson omitted some parts.)

The Ingalls’ attic in Wisconsin is a veritable produce stand: “The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell.”

In “Farmer Boy,” which tells the boyhood story of Ingall’s husband, Almanzo Wilder, in New York, mealtime is almost sensuous. “Almanzo ate the sweet, mellow baked beans. He ate the bit of salt pork that melted like cream in his mouth. He ate mealy boiled potatoes, with brown ham-gravy. He ate the ham. He bit deep into velvety bread spread with sleek butter, and he ate the crisp golden crust. He demolished a tall heap of pale mashed turnips, and a hill of stewed yellow pumpkin. Then he sighed …”

All that’s missing is a cigarette afterward.

Nearly every page of the Little House books is filled with industrious people planting, nurturing, harvesting, storing, slaughtering and building for winter. It’s impressive, especially to a reader whose winter preparations involve nothing more than covering the air-conditioning unit with a tarp and buying a new ice scraper for the car.

Wilder’s characters have fun too, going to the occasional dance and inviting extended family to visit at the holidays, but mostly they work.

One of my favorite sequences in the books, however, has nothing to do with harvests or dances. Later in “Farmer Boy,” Almanzo’s teacher drives a group of disruptive students out of his classroom using an ox-whip. Taking the biblical injunction to spare the rod and spoil the child almost literally, the teacher thrashes the students, jerking them off their feet, tearing their clothes and bloodying their bodies.

Maybe it was my imagination, but I always thought Mrs. Watson read that section with even more vim and vigor than the other chapters.

It’s always nice to revisit old friends, and even nicer to find out that they are more companionable than you remember. So it is with the Little House books. While these new editions omit the classic illustrations by Garth Williams, they are hardly missed. Laura Ingalls Wilder still holds me in thrall with stories of pioneer pluck and an almost-vanished lifestyle that appeal to either gender and all ages.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

@cschillig on Twitter

Originally published April 25, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary 18 Apr 2013 05:28 pm

Lace up and keep running

I started running about four years ago to lose weight.

At first I hated it. My lungs burned and my head hurt and every footstep felt like sledge hammers pounding on my calves.

I persisted out of stubbornness. I’d bought a good pair of shoes and I didn’t want to waste them.

A few months later, everything still hurt, but not as often and not as long. I grew to tolerate running and, eventually, to love it. The solitude of the open road spoke to me, giving me a place to sort out my thoughts, to plan my day or just unwind. When solitude grew too, well, solitary, I started running races — 5Ks, 10Ks, even a half-marathon. I was never going to be the fastest runner — not overall, not even in my age group — but that didn’t matter.

Camaraderie was a new experience. Imagine me, shunner of everything athletic, bonding with other athletes, encouraging and being encouraged, crossing the finish line with a feeling of euphoria while family and friends looked on.

Crossing the finish line.

That’s one of the things I pondered after I learned of Monday’s bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon — that the rat bastards responsible had corrupted yet another place that should be associated with victory and joy.

First, terrorists stripped Americans of our sense of security on 9/11. Since then, it’s been one reduction after another. Shooters in schools, in malls, in airports, in churches. Some with guns, some with bombs, one crazy in Texas last week with a knife.

And now the Boston Marathon, probably the Super Bowl of races, one that runners dream of qualifying for, if not competing in. At least three dead, more than 100 injured.

Where are we safe anymore?

The answer, of course, is everywhere and nowhere.

Everywhere because, despite the horror and tragedy, the loss of life and the injuries, most places are perfectly safe, at least from the kind of homicidal cruelty that took place Monday, because the bad guys still are few and far between.

Nowhere because it’s impossible for anybody — police, volunteers, government officials, the courts — to protect us 100 percent of the time. We wouldn’t want to live in a world where they did. A poster by comics legend Frank Miller shows a young woman with her eyes, ears and nose covered by Band-Aids. A pair of hands reaches toward her mouth to place another Band-Aid there. “Just one more and you’ll be safe,” the caption reads.

The post-Boston 2013 world is one we know too well already. Races will now begin with totally appropriate moments of silence for lives lost in Boston, another painful reminder of innocence lost. Runners will cross finish lines and remember images of another finish line, one choked in smoke and raining blood and body parts. They will wear T-shirts and ribbons in colors yet unchosen to mark lives senselessly lost.

Another moment of joy will be tainted by the unfathomable actions of a person or people who consider decency to be just a word and for whom life is cheap.

And yet we soldier on. Americans still fly, despite 9/11. We still send our kids to school, despite Columbine, Texas A&M, Sandy Hook and too many others. We still go to the movies, despite Aurora.

And now we will still run, despite Boston. We will persist out of stubbornness, running to escape the weight of the world, despite the burning in our lungs and the pain in our hearts.

Because we can’t stop congregating. We can’t close down the world and huddle in our houses, and we can’t teach our kids to do that either. Just one more and you’ll be safe.

We’ve got to lace up and keep running.

But running toward the future or away from the past? Sadly, that answer isn’t as clear.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

@cschillig on Twitter

Originally published on April 18, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary 11 Apr 2013 05:12 pm

Luck, fortunate timing and good advice

I wasn’t having a good day.

It was late and I was grumpy and the woman in front of me was holding up the line by buying cigarettes, which required the cashier to step away from the register to get them from another aisle. When she came back, the customer said they were wrong — filtered when she wanted non-filtered or a different brand, I don’t know — which sent the cashier on another trip.

I studied the items in the woman’s cart. Brand-name everything — snacks, colas and frozen foods. I looked at the way she was dressed, considered the cigarettes she had asked for and made a wager to myself that she would pay with some type of government assistance.

I was right.

After she peeled off money from a roll of cash to cover the smokes, she produced a blue Ohio Direction Card. Our eyes locked as she handed it to the cashier, and in that split-second I’m convinced she knew that a complete stranger had just taken her measure, had judged her life and found it — and her — wanting. I also knew that it wasn’t the first time it had happened and wouldn’t be the last.

I was ashamed.

Who am I to judge others and how they choose to live or how circumstances force them to live?

I am the unworthy heir to a lifetime of luck, fortunate timing and good advice, augmented by a strong work ethic that I never asked for, but that was granted me nonetheless.

I grew up in a single-parent household where money was tight, but where all my needs were met. I was fortunate to attend college and lucky to have sensible advice to persevere when I wanted to quit. I received equally good advice when I wanted to walk away from a full-time job to follow an uncertain freelance path that could have destroyed my finances.

I am lucky to have chosen a career that remains in demand, to have weathered enough years to build security, to have three employers whose checks keep my daughter’s tuition at bay so that she isn’t buried in student loans.

If any one of a long line of dominoes had fallen a different way, I easily could have found myself in that woman’s position, having her food choices criticized by strangers, forced to endure cold stares when buying cigarettes which maybe aren’t even for her, but for somebody who asked her to pick them up.

I felt ashamed that day because I’d aligned myself, albeit temporarily, with people who believe that the poor must somehow be punished for being poor, that the U.S. must drug-test welfare recipients (a common thread on the Internet) and cut assistance to families whose children don’t make good enough grades (a bizarre piece of legislation under consideration in Tennessee).

Given the economic situation in this country, I imagine many people who never thought they’d find themselves standing in food lines, living in subsidized housing or taking government assistance have found themselves swallowing their pride and accepting help from unlooked-for sources. Could they have made better financial choices? Possibly. But who among us hasn’t made an unwise decision and paid for it later?

We have a cockeyed view of poverty in this country. Those who are poor, we believe, must live like saints. They should dress in hand-me-downs, eat substandard food, and accept any position, no matter hazardous or demeaning, in the name of escaping poverty. They should not have the things “we” have — cars, decent housing, cellphones, cable TV, brand-name food and clothing.

They should live perfectly 100 percent of the time, with never a misstep or a bad habit. But show me the person who lives perfectly, who doesn’t indulge a vice every now and again. Show me a parent who doesn’t try to give a child all the best things, even if it means stretching a budget to the breaking point or beyond. If these are crimes, we are all guilty.

Yet we expect people in poverty to push forward constantly, never pausing to enjoy even the simplest pleasures, constantly working for that farflung day when they will be found worthy to escape into the middle class and some degree of security.

Some exceptional people can and do live like this. Most of us, however, are not exceptional, at least not all the time.

It’s not my place to judge if somebody on government assistance finds solace in the occasional cigarette or snack food. It’s not my place to monitor what they buy. It is my place to be grateful for what I have and for what I’ve been able to do, and to help people who haven’t had similar good fortune.

Next time I’m in line, I’ll look down at my feet, up at the lights or into my hands — anywhere besides at how someone is paying for her order, which is frankly none of my damn business.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

@cschillig on Twitter

Originally published April 11, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Family life 04 Apr 2013 08:01 pm

Easter leftovers

Wondering what to do with all those leftover marshmallow peeps that many people buy but few people like?

Try peep jousting.

Take two sugary peeps, preferably of different colors, and place them on a microwave-safe dish. Poke toothpicks into each so that the points face the other peep, like two Jedi knights. Place them in the microwave and nuke on high. The first peep deflated by its opponent’s toothpick is the loser.

An enterprising Advanced Placement student — hi, Donny! — informed me of the sport last week, and I instantly knew this was the excitement my family’s Easter Sunday needed. I invested in about three packages of peeps, the first time I’ve ever bought the things, and a box of toothpicks, and then sent out taunting text messages to family members about the supremacy of my squishy soldiers.

Surprisingly, my mom agreed that her microwave could serve as the arena for peep skirmishes. I wouldn’t have offered my microwave for fear that a peep would explode, causing an Easter trip to the store to replace it. (The microwave, not the peep.)

Maybe Mom was set at ease by the YouTube videos I forwarded showing peeps melting like the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” or Nazis at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” instead of exploding like Marvin’s head in “Pulp Fiction.” Or maybe she was vying for a new microwave.

In any event, no microwaves were harmed in the tournament, but plenty of peeps went home to their maker. And no, I don’t mean Just Born Inc. in Bethlehem, Pa., which manufactures the candy.

If you’d like to watch a preview trailer and actual footage of the Schillig peep wars, go to cschillig.blogspot.com and prepare to see too many pictures of a middle-aged bald man with nothing better to do mugging at the camera.

If the sight of scorched peeps disturbs you, however, then I’d advise staying far away.

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In other Easter news, Google inspired the ire of some users when it chose to honor not God, Jesus, bunnies or ducks last Sunday but instead featured an image of Cesar Chavez on its search engine home page.

While Fox News unsurprisingly dubbed the late Chavez a “leftist icon,” it’s probably more fair to describe him as a tireless promoter of the rights of working people everywhere, specifically farm workers. A former migrant worker himself, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, which eventually became the United Farm Workers.

His methods of protest were decidedly nonviolent, including hunger strikes, marches and boycotts. That last is probably enough to earn him the ire of Fox News, which crusades tirelessly on behalf of downtrodden millionaires who have had to lay off half their domestic staffs and cut back to just four vacations a year because of the downturn in the economy.

There really is no secret why Google chose Chavez to honor on March 31: It was his birthday, a holiday in three states.

Internet users who switched over to Bing because that search engine featured a more Easter-themed page may be surprised to learn that brightly colored eggs have about as much to do with the spiritual message of the holiday as peep jousting in a microwave.

And for those poor, deluded souls who confused Cesar Chavez with Hugo Chavez — the late, not-much-lamented president of Venezuela — and who used the occasion to advance a conspiracy theory involving Google, Hugo and President Obama — well, they’d be better off educating themselves via Google searches than blasting the company for ignoring Easter.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

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Originally published April 4, 2013, in The Alliance Review.