May 28th, 2017


Sunday reading

Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month)
Warriors ed. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen, by Josephine Wilkinson

Last books finished
An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity, by J. Mulrooney
Everything Belongs to the Future, by Laurie Penny
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Every Step You Take, by Maureen O'Brien
Descartes' Clock, by Gary Powell
Broederschap: Pleidooi voor verbondenheid / Fraternité: Retisser nos liens, by Frans Timmermans
A Motif of Seasons, by Edward Glover
The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Next books
Europe In The Sixteenth Century by H. G. Koenigsberger and George L. Mosse
Dune by Frank Herbert
Short Trips: Defining Patterns, ed. Ian Farrington

Our daughters

A lot of you are kind enough to ask sometimes about the situation of the girls - B, who turns 20 next month, has no language ability at all, and lives full-time in a care facility half an hour to the east of us; and U, who is 14, can talk a little, and is with us five nights a fortnight and in the same place as B the rest of the time.

This is a short (15-second) video that I took two weeks ago when we took the entire family out to Tienen for a combined Mother's Day / Anne's birthday outing. There is a very tolerant brasserie in the main square where we sometimes go, and the girls were both quite excited to be there with us and with each other.

The video starts and ends with them making eye contact with each other, and U (who as ever has a spoon tightly clutched in her fist) burst out into loud chortles immediately after both times. In the meantime B's gaze roams with interest around the brasserie and the world outside, keeping contact with her mother by slapping hands, until she comes back to look at U again. (Anne attempts to persuade U to be quiet, but without success.)

We are very lucky to live in a time and place where our children can get the care that they need.