Thursday, May 26, 2011

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers

A lovely build to a great courtroom drama with slight humor from the brilliant Peter Whimsey. Dorothy Sayer's writing makes other mystery novels appear insipid. The historical aspect is quite intriguing, showing court manners with respect to nobility and class. I enjoyed reading the books out of order because this book shows a much younger Peter and not as well respected as the previous two novels (Busman's Honeymoon and Gaudy Night) that I've read. It makes me want to work on my wit!

Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat filled with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt — until the game turned up human and quite dead. He lay among the chrysanthemums, wore slippers and a dinner jacket and was Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimsey's own brother, and if murder set all in the family wasn't enough to boggle the unflappable Lord Wimsey, perhaps a few twists of fate would be — a mysterious vanishing midnight letter from Egypt...a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand...and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.

Experimenting with Our Children

Having children should not be a social experiment but a life experience.  These people who are not allowing their children's gender to be known are not allowing for life but using their child "Storm" as some strange iconoclastic experiment. 

Unfortunately, they will find that no matter how they raise their kids they will be held to account by these children for their strange decisions.  Kids appreciate normality.  They don't like strange names or odd parents.  They will ignore you at some point and blame you for all the problems in their lives.

Stop trying to be freaks and try to give these children a happy childhood.  Bringing all the social issues into your front door will create undue stress upon these children.  They are individuals and by taking away their ability to be who they are you are limiting them NOT freeing them.  Gender is physical and no matter what you say or do boys will be more aggressive and girls will be more nurturing.  Get over it and study your biology!