Teaser Tuesday! Happy teasing and Merrie Yuletide/Solstice/Christmas!
“It sounds as though you’ve been trying to sew your skin back together,” said Mrs. Weasley with a snort of mirthless laughter, “but even you, Arthur, wouldn’t be that stupid –“
“I fancy a cup of tea, too,” said Harry, jumping to his feet. Hermione, Ron, and Ginny almost sprinted to the door with him. As it swung closed behind them, they heard Mrs. Weasley shriek, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THAT’S THE GENERAL IDEA?”
p. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 507. I’m doing a Christmastime re-read of the Harry Potter series.
For the first two-thirds of the twentieth century a powerful tide bore Americans into ever deeper engagement in the life of their communities, but a few decades ago — silently, without warning — that tide reversed, and we were overtaken by a treacherous rip current. Without at first noticing, we have been pulled apart from one another and from our communities over the last third of the century.
p. 27: Bowling Alone: the Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert D. Putnam
And thank you to my nephew, who pointed out that I’d written today’s date as 20 September for some reason.