Had to read this book for a 1st grade last week. The book was published before Hilary spewed her statist BS based on that supposed African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," which is also an inspiration for the book. The author was in the Peace Corps and served in Benin; is her village modeled after a modern-day "matriarchy"? It takes place in the village market place. There are a few men in the marketplace, but the father of the two children is notably absent from the story. Why is that?
The obvious rejoinder to Hilary is that the village is not the same as the nation-state; for one, the scale is much different and even 1st graders understand that they cannot rely on the people around them in their "communities" to take care of them, because they are STRANGERS.
Saw a 'possum walking in the middle of the road last night. Residential street so I was able to stop without hitting it, though a part of me wanted to keep driving. It appeared to be bleeding and scraped, walking around in a circle and dazed. Hit by another car? A bad omen? Or a symbol of America or the typical American?