Entries by Hillary Rettig


Hi Everyone, The Romanovs abdicated today, and so shall I. As you might have predicted from my recent sparse posting, I’ve decided to give up my front page status. That’s for a lot of reasons, including that I’ve got a bunch of other writing projects going on, and there’s a limit to how much time […]

Paul Ryan, Invertebrate

For one brief, shining moment this afternoon, Wikipedia listed Paul Ryan as a species of invertebrate. The edit is gone now, but yet, somehow, I don’t think it will be forgotten. And, yeah, I’m putting this right in Faunasphere! Open thread for discussion of all things backboned and otherwise.


There’s been a lot written about “resistance” lately, and I’m all for it, and of course it’s a wonderful topic for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I’ve done my share, but never anything like what animal activist (and FOIA ninja) Ryan Shapiro describes: My first arrest was at Ringling Brothers in 1997. We locked ourselves […]

Caregivers Thread: Dr. Arthur Kleinman’s Work

A couple of years back, I had the great good fortune to hear Dr. Arthur Kleinman, who holds professorships in medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard and Harvard Medical School, AND is a former director of Harvard’s Asia Center – what an underachiever! :-) – speak on “Caregiving and the Moral Experience.” His talk really […]