Thinking of Andres Bonifacio

Is there any love that is nobler

Purer and more sublime

Than the love of the native country?

What love is? Certainly none.

— Andres Bonifacio, Pag-Ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa (Love for the Native Land)

Bonifacio was a self-educated warehouse clerk who became famous for starting the Philippine Revolution. He was murdered May 1897.

Story Self Began Ten Years Ago, Never Finished

A woman is alone in a white room.

She sits in the light from a window, looking thoughtful and composed.

She is reading a book.

She is holding it cradled in her arms.

She wears scuffed jeans and a faded black T-shirt.

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FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR, by Evan Thomas

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

3rd Saturday of August 2020: Evan Thomas

As a newcomer, one of three women on the Maricopa County Superior court bench, O’Connor was given the worst courtroom, a dark, noisy, poorly-airconditioned chamber in the basement. The overpopulated drunk tank of the county jail was next door. O’Connor sometimes stepped over or around slumbering bodies in the hallway, and she kept handy a large can of bug spray.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor, p. 106

FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR

Many parallels to today.

Exhibit A, p. 82: John Conlan, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman:

  • A fine-featured, smooth-talking Harvard Law School-educated evangelical Christian, Conlan was regarded by many of his colleagues as smarmy and insincere. “You knew he was lying when his mouth was open . . . He’d pretend to cry with widows at funerals.”

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