||[Oct. 21st, 2018|05:15 pm]
I am happy to be home. I am doubly relieved that the news about the US Dept Health and Human Services broke this morning so i could tell Christine not to read the news before picking me up and i could tell her in person.
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,.... the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.
The news brought me to tears in the Atlanta airport. There are no words. Christine is coping. I don't know how widely the news is being spread. It was the lead story on my view of the NYTimes -- but apparently not on the print version. I guess they know i care. I suppose that it's not common news and that i shouldn't be hoping for people to reach out to Christine.
The Saudi news has been distressing this weekend too.
Once home i built the greenhouse with Christine's help, and then went and dug up lemon grass, three different pepper plants, a hibiscus, fame flower, and tulsi to put in big pots in the green house. I tried covering the rest of the peppers and the hibiscus, and i put row covers over the tiny lettuces and brassicas. It's going to get down to 35°F which isn't happy for the somewhat tropical plants so protecting them for tonight's dip might let some more peppers ripen and hibiscus bloom.
Visiting with Grandmámá went well. I asked her about how she had joined Christian Scientists. I was under the mipression she joined in Georgia (which seemed quite remarkable) but it seems she joined in Homestead FL. And she had a vivid memory of the Friday evening she discovered the Science of Mind magazine in the drugstore magazine rack in 1963. It was good to see her.
My friend B-- and her partners N-- and K--- were pleasant to visit with and dine with. I had to fly out of the Gainesville airport at 6 am this morning, so i left their place attempting not to disturb anyone. I don't know how that worked out.
I need to figure out how to go down there and zoom through seeing folks without disappointing folks. My friends wanted me to come and stay for a couple of days, but that is so different from my travel and socializing....