England has a reputation
for foggy wet weather, right ?
Yes, that's its reputation and I guess deservedly so, in terms of the rain if not the fog, but that abundance of rain is what makes it such a green and pleasant land- which is, at least in my neck of the woods, the first thing I noticed and fell in love with about England.
But my father was describing what he loved about England to me when we'd found out I was coming, but before I'd ever been and he said, "A perfect summer day in England is more perfect than anywhere else in the world." I've come to agree with him. There's just this wonderful indescribable "somethingness" about it that makes it extra special- I think birdsong plays into it somehow - at least for me.
*Here's something weird as I know you're a spelling afficianado- I just did the opposite of phonetic spelling and automatically added a "k" to the beginning of "neck". I had to look at it three times before I realized what was wrong...I know I don't spell neck all that often, but that's kind of weird. ..
What happened to summer vacations ?
People still have them, but not people who are incarcerated- although they did get the Queen's birthday set aside as a special day of inactivity.
Where I work David, the opportunity to leave one's cell for education is seen as a relief from the routine of lock down and being banged up in the cell- a chance to get out- so what you and I would call a vacation- is the opposite to them. I can only guess what your response to that would be
- unless you make a response- and then I'll know for sure, but it brings me to an interesting question which is somewhat on topic- what is your feeling about education for offenders who have been imprisoned? Do you think they deserve it? Would you provide it in your program of banishment? Why or why not?
then two weeks in Greece
Take in the history ?
Remember: don't look at Medusa.
A friend of mine has a friend who has a house on Kea- the largest island in the Cyclades. I'm going to stay a few days there, and then I'm working on a volunteer work program doing some environmental clean up and clearing of trails in one of the national parks which has some sort historical significance. I'll be flying into and out of Athens, and I'll only be a short ferry boat ride from Athens, so I'll be able to also see all the sights there pretty easily as well. I'll be sure to avoid Medusa.
and then back to the US for good mid August- upstate NY-
I'll let you know when we get there and then maybe I can meet you at
that restaurant with the Aaron Burr connection you told me about and we
can compare American to British beef Wellington.
I 'll look forward to it.
Okay, because I am going to hold you to that- so just be ready.
Sorry to bend your ear with all this- but you're so elusive these days-I wanted to take full advantage of an enjoyable chat while I had you here- sorry if it offended anyone elses sensibilities-but I figured as it's such a rare occurrence these days- maybe I could have a little lee-way without too much bad feeling.
But I actually do have a question on topic for you and here it is:
It hit me when I was reading the thread on kindness that I think the ability or desire to be kind is more innate in some personalities than others. I have to also say that I've come to believe, through direct experience and observation, that the ability or desire to behave criminally is more innate in some personalities than others (and not just politically liberal folks David- that's not the avenue I want to go down with this).
Do you believe that's true? If you do, had you thought of that when you came up with the list of consequences you'd impose? If you hadn't thought of that, but upon reflection do come to the conclusion it might be true, is there anything you'd change in your punishment regime, based on this particular possibility?
Nice talking to you- see ya- Rebecca