About

  July 10, 2011

I am trained as a classicist, a lawyer, and a medieval historian, but I seem to have wound up, at least for the past ten years, doing spiritual and social work, for which I have no formal credentials.

I have used the screen names Ani and AniDalit in the past, and still use them occasionally, on particular websites.

9 Responses to “About”

  1. chloe Says:

    I like your comments at the NYT and would like to follow there more than what you chose to write about here–I too am far flung in interests but they seem to have little overlap with your focus here. But I do rather like your tangental takes on issues you take up at the Times. Consider joining up so I can follow you.

  2. JO Says:

    Realize this isn’t the best place for this, and feel free to take it down, but…

    V. much liked your comment on Friedman’s column of 7 Sep. — Tea Party as “fear translated into anger,” a dangerous chemical reaction! — enough to follow the path here, so to speak. Thanks for the insight. Might cause me to rethink my (v. negative) attitudes towards the “tea partiers,” or at least reconsider how to deal w/ this phenomenon. Living in the sticks has been a bit of a rude awakening! (Imagine having a M. Bachmann clone as a neighbor, and probably not the only one!)

    Best regards.

    from beyond the Pale: Colorado!

  3. kGrace Says:

    Hi–I got here because of your comment on Friedman’s column–it was “pain and difficulty are not the same thing as existential threat” that got my attention. (We notice concepts that we need personally even if they are from a more universal context.) We as individuals and as society have a tendency to avoid, distract, deny, bury, etc. pain and difficulty as if our existence was threatened while the most effective and beneficial approach would be to face the reason why we are feeling pain (often the disconnect of reality vs. expectations) and the need to change our own beliefs.
    Also appreciate the concept of fear translated into anger (especially seems to be how men react).
    I don’t usually comment to people–preference is to be “below the radar”–but some of your writing resonated with my thinking. I might comment on those (or not).

  4. dr2chase Says:

    Regarding how to deal with cyclists (NYT comment, Bruni article), I would suggest that as a pedestrian you simply do as you ever did. They don’t want to hit you, and they have a plan not to. You can talk to them and they are well aware of hand signals. I think it is good practice for cyclists to pass pedestrians behind their direction of travel, so you might work with that assumption, though I am not 100% sure of this.

    There is unfortunately a bit of a selection effect at work here. Right now, with the cycling share so low in NY you can be pretty sure that anyone on a bicycle is among the least-timid fraction of the population, and also not especially worried about personal space (for example, when I ride through stopped traffic, I sometimes have to duck my shoulder to avoid truck and SUV mirrors. I’m pretty confident of my lane position, plus or minus two inches). What seems adequate to these people is not going to seem adequate to the average person. The two things that will get them to give you more space are to get more “normal” people on bicycles (with normal assumptions about personal space) and to let Bloomberg and Sadik-Khan give them more space of their own.

    I often ride on a local (Boston) busy multi-use-path (12 feet wide, two directions) and it is common for 15-20mph cyclists to share space with stroller-walking moms, dog-walkers, and at least one blind woman who regularly uses the path. About half the pedestrians are hearing-impaired by their iPods. It’s common enough to have a temporary two-direction mix of bicycles and pedestrians four wide (i.e., 3 feet each), though this is not comfortable. Sometimes the cyclists need to slow down or stop; real live bicycle-athletes tend not to use the MUP, except as a way to get to the place where they really want to train (perhaps this is more of a problem in NY). The pedestrian traffic on the path is nowhere near as dense as NY sidewalk traffic, though.

    As a driver (I am one too), I think it is important to always remember that you are about 30 times more likely to kill someone than a cyclist (just taking basic pedestrian mortality stats for the US, 3000:1, and scaling by the 100:1 ride share — and this is cyclists as they are now, not law-abiding perfect cyclists). In a car, the cyclist cannot hurt you, and you have an umbrella, climate control, comfy chair, and sound system. You should be sure not to break a single law (full stops at stop lines, maintain lane position and safe passing distance), and to always remember that if you aren’t comfortable with what is in front of you, slowing or stopping is an option. Speed is secondary, and always has been. If you drive, you’re also part of the problem (remember, I drive plenty too), and taking advantage of a huge government subsidy in the form of taxes not paid to fund defense of oil, reserved space for parking, and a huge wide lane from which you exclude pedestrians and cyclists. Auto traffic jams impede commercial truck traffic, mass transit, and emergency vehicles. Consider why you are uncomfortable on a bicycle — isn’t it the cars? Think how much space would be available if so much of it weren’t dedicated to car parking and car traffic.

  5. Laura Says:

    Read Your Comment on the Bill Keller NYTimes piece today. Thought you might like to see…

    Occupy Wall Street – New Song & Video: “Where’dat Money Go?”

    For more info:

    thatguitarman@yahoo.com

    http://www.thatguitarman.com/

    • Diana Moses Says:

      I like that balance in the line, “Where’s the love and where’d dat money go?” Because it isn’t just about the money. My question is where’s the piano we hear in the audio background of the song?

  6. Andrew Clifford Says:

    I was very touched by your comment in today’s NYT article in response to Brooks’ article on Jeremy Lin.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/opinion/brooks-the-jeremy-lin-problem.html

  7. Ashley Harvie Says:

    Hello,

    I, too, am a first time visitor to your site as a result of a New York Time comment you posted. (I think it was In response to Frank Bruni’s piece today, but it was a few hours ago!)

    Your writing is a delightful discovery for me. I have bookmarked your site and look forward to exploring it more fully in the future. Thank you!

    • Diana Moses Says:

      And thank you, back. It’s good to hear from people reading — inspires me to try to make my ideas more intelligible, when I realize people are actually reading them!


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