Lots of MUSTs.
Until around 250 years ago in the West, archaeological evidence suggests that most human beings had an edge-to-edge bite, similar to apes. In other words, our teeth were aligned liked a guillotine, with the top layer clashing against the bottom layer. Then, quite suddenly, this alignment of the jaw changed: We developed an overbite, which is still normal today. The top layer of teeth fits over the bottom layer like a lid on a box.
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When Judy first arrived at Creative Growth, says Joyce, “they couldn’t get her to do much of anything.” Judy did not like painting, sewing or sculpture class. Then she found her medium in a fiber arts class taught by textile artist Sylvia Seventy. She started wrapping. Yarn disappeared. Magazines disappeared. Even chairs and bike wheels disappeared. All of it would emerge later in colorfully woven sculptures. She even created pieces that looked like twins reaching towards one another.
“As she became more confident about her art, she became more confident about her place in the world,” says Ilana. “She became more extravagant, wearing scarves, head wraps, jangly things, necklaces.” With intense concentration, Judith worked five days a week for eighteen years, producing over 200 cocoon-like sculptures. “If you came to visit her while she worked,” says Ilana, “she would shoo you away.” Judith became the first artist with Down’s Syndrome to be featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in permanent museum collections in New York City, Paris, and London.
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This is hilarious and triumphant.
Here’s what the intensivist said to my patient as she was on the brink of dying of dehydration:
“I’m going to try to put a central line in you but you’ve shot so many drugs in your blood vessels that they may not be able to support the procedure.”
First, I listened to this lady on Morning Edition say something like, “I want women to want something aside from womanly things.” Aside from the weirdness of wanting people to want the things this author wishes they would want (Although, I don’t think Beyonce should want to be Beyonce. She should want to be a steel mill worker!), this is a problem because this classic position that feminists of a certain generation hold diminishes the role of mother. It’s not really helpful to females because a) offspring happen (see Jurassic park) and b) child-rearing can be meaningful work. It would be more helpful if she said something like “I want women to want things that are fulfilling to them.” If she wants to help even more she would say something about supporting working women with dependents.
Full disclosure: I do womanly things and enjoy them (Mothering and nursing). I also got a degree in anthropology because I really liked Indiana Jones (which surprisingly isn’t a job).
Secondly, I read this poem. It’s depressing but works well with my understanding of the world. http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~keith/poems/dover.html