I’ve been strolling around the blogs this morning, rather than cleaning house or practicing my music. Having finally gotten back to the gym for the second time since I went down with a virus, I have allowed the sense of accomplishment to lure me into wasting lots of time. But it has been interesting.

Sandy (http://www.sandysknitting.com/) wants to see all our skies. I haven’t taken any sky pictures recently, but I found this very typical patch of sky in the corner of a snap I had on hand. Show your sky, too!


Mr. Joe (http://www.queerjoe.com ) has taken the interesting position that it is acceptable to be judgemental on questions of style, but not on morality. So we could fault Bill Clinton for eating at McDonald’s, but not for being unfaithful to his wife.

An aside. My mother claimed, when Clinton said, “I did not have sex with that woman,” that it was not a lie. “If that’s sex,” she said, “then a whole lot of nice little old ladies will have to change their opinions of themselves.” She was referring to what Florence King calls “everything-but girls,” who might have flashed their frillies, but still felt entitled to white wedding gowns. See her blog (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ozarque/22806.html ) for an interesting discussion — 19 comments — on whether or not it was a lie.

I found Joe’s view interesting because I have just exactly the opposite opinion. That is, whatever I may say to close friends and family, I would think it was tacky to make public nasty remarks about Mr. Bush’s looks and demeanor. I think it is entirely proper, however, to disapprove of his lying to the American people, or his acceptance of the torture of prisoners, because those are moral issues. It seems to me that we have a responsibility to distinguish between right and wrong, while we probably ought to learn some tolerance on mere matters of taste.

When the erstwhile Scarf Boy (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=Matt62842003 ) objected to his friend’s unchivalrous behavior, he was himself being chivalrous — a desire to protect women from the cad in question is by definition chivalrous. If he had made snide remarks about his friend’s grammar, that would have been something else. Like maybe just petty.

I have to admit that I sometimes enjoy reading snide comments in blogs and editorials (I read Joe, don’t I?), and I greatly enjoy wickedly satirical fiction. Fran Lebowitz and H.L. Mencken are both enjoyable and thought-provoking reads. But in real life, decisions about where to shop, whom to vote for, and how to behave toward other people should surely be more about good and evil than about good taste.

Natalie (http://knitting.xaviermusketeer.com/ ) is on the home stretch with her DNA scarf, and so am I. I am halfway through the final repeat, and then I’ll have the seed stitch border to do, and that’s all. And then I’ll start the next one. Here is the scarf, not much changed from last time, but in an entirely new and different pose.

I may take it with me to the library opening tonight. I don’t know whether we performers will be allowed to mingle with the paying guests, or will be in a green room.Well, they probably don’t have green rooms at the library, but whatever serves as one. In any case, there might be some knitting time. We had a good dress rehearsal last night, so I am looking forward to the performance.

In other news, I did finish the snoods, helped out by the serendipitous discovery of a suitably-sized doily in my laundry room. Comments on what kind of housekeeper I must be to make serendipitous discoveries in my laundry room will be accepted or not depending on whether they are moral judgements or merely aesthetic ones.