Bad Girl Chats
Have coffee and donuts with Sylvia & Nicole Hollander
Serving up a nation of possibilities may be too much for this woman. Share a perspective in a comment.
For the past ten years I’ve lived in a backwater village in the south of France. A few months ago I moved to Montpellier–a dynamic, forward thinking, culturally advanced, intellectually rich city of about 300,000–still in the south of France. I feel exactly the same as this woman. Too many choices. But I’m adjusting remarkably quickly. One day I’ll find time to finish organizing the abode..
BJ I am terribly curious, what circumstances have placed you in the south of France? I would like to replicate those for myself. Whenever the US does something particularly egregious, friend Margo and I discuss moving to France. She speaks french, I don’t, so that makes it impossible for me. But now I know you!!! it becomes a possibility. nicole
Do any of you drink milk straight from the cow (unpasteurized)?
Yes, I did. I hated it. I became addicted to coffee at a very young age because I refused to drink milk.
I still do not see a reason to drink raw milk.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
As Marge Piercy says, sounds reasonable if you don’t happen to be born malnourished to an addict mother in Detroit, or if you’re not a child laborer in the cocoa fields.
This reminds me of the John Barth Novel “End of the Road”. The lead character, Jacob Horner,
suffer from “cosmopsis”, the inability to make a decision in a world of so many choices. His
therapist gives him 3 handy rules to decision making: 1-The Rule of Sinistrality (always choose what’s
of the left) 2-The Rule of Alphabetical Priority and 3-TheRule of Temporal Antecedence (choose what came
first.) Of course this inevitably results in not being able to decide which rule to use.
A very funny and horrifying book.
End of the Road was one of my favorite books when I was a teenager and I quickly adopted the 3 rules for choosing, and use them to this day. They are actually very practical.
When I had a cat, I would freqently find myself feeling foolish, staring at all those flavors of cat food, trying to figure what my cat would like! lol A sad waste of time! lol
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