Helen

Richard [reading children’s version of Odyssey]: “Odysseus swore to fight with the king, so he had to go help rescue Helen from the Trojans.”
Isaac: “Oh!  Helen!”
Richard: “You know about Helen?”
Isaac: “Sure, she lost her sight and hearing when she was only two years old.”

The Hiawatha Asylum

The Hiawatha Asylum is (or was) at terrible place.  I don’t want to write about it. 

But it has been in the news today.  This is a pretty good story and video: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/05/sd-native-american-insane-asylum/2137011/ 

Here is a good article you might want to read that tries to address some of the hard questions:

Anne Dilenschneider, An Invitation to Restorative Justice: The Canton Asylum for Insane Indians. Northern Plains Ethics Journal 1(1) 2013, 105-128.

Little Archaeologist

Isaac [nicely muddy from digging in the yard]: “Dad! We found ancient wood!  We pushed on it and the ground just collapsed.  It was like a wooden wall.  We think they people who used to live here were super bossy.  They built a big fence to keep people out of their yard!  And it’s old, like from the 80s.  I think we might be interested in, what do you call it?”
Richard [crying quietly]: “Archaeology?”
Isaac: “Yeah, that’s it!”