Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fair warning

As I’m only on my second post, I felt it only fair to warn ye vaste hordes of avid readers that this site will be updated only sporadically. I now have two disobedient children of my own (hurrah), and I don’t actually like computers (especially this one, but that’s another story), so the odds of me having a fabulous insight and me having the time to commit it to type, happening at roughly the same time, are low. But do check back, it’ll be exciting when it happens!

Knit-in for Peace!

I’m still young, but I hope when I’m old, I’ll be like these guys: The Granny Peace Brigade!

John Emerson characterized their protest very well:
“Grannies vs. generals; slow, manual creation vs. fast, technological destruction — this is not just non-violence, but perhaps an opposite of violence.”

Their calm, unflustered, and stubborn knitting of socks and blankets for victims of both sides reminds me of a grandmother (not mine) during WWII, who would watch the aerial dogfights above London and every time a plane went down, English or German, would utter “A mother just lost her son. God bless them”.

Looking at some of these women, and listening to their words, makes me realise that with age there comes a confidence, and a wisdom. Strip away all the playground posturing of our leaders, all the militarism, pride, protectionism and aggression. These disobedient grannies know what’s really important in this life. How inspiring.