Talking Stick Nov./Dec. 2000

Notable quotes from quotable notables


| November/December 2000


EXCEPT UNDER THE MOST ADVERSE circumstances--such as homelessness, unsafe living conditions, or lack of spouse and child care--child raising was not meant to be a full-time activity. No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child raising is not good for women or children.

Barbara Ehrenreich, essayist, Brain, Child (Fall 2000)

'I SPEAK A LOT IN ANALOGIES, and I often use plant analogies and tree analogies because I lived in a tree for two years. My roots are in forest activism, but just like a tree with good solid roots, I can branch out. And because everything in life is interconnected, I believe that all the environmental social justice issues today are connected.'

Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist,blue(April/May 2000)

'WRITERS ARE RESIGNED TO BEING onlookers; some of us actually prefer it that way. I am reasonably comfortable in situations where I am the only white person or the only heterosexual, but I can become irritable and self-conscious when I'm surrounded by adolescents--maybe because I was never black or gay, but I once was young.'

Francis Davis, writer, Atlantic Monthly (Sept. 2000)

'DEEP DOWN . . . I do not like religious people. I find religious people to be petty, sticky, small-minded, prejudiced.'