Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Persistence of Roots

The Persistence of Roots
Irene did no damage to our house but we were without power for three days, due to falling trees that pulled down power lines and hit transformers. The crew who worked on our street was from Georgia and they were great. For three days, I read on the back deck, gardened, swam in a friend's pool in the late

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Father's Names on Birth certificates: More artifice than fact

Oregon Health Authority

 
The baby may look like his dad, have his dad's  eyes and hair, but unless his parents have done their paperwork, his real dad may never be his legal father. As the chart above attests, Oregon laws, like those of other states, create a labyrinth which unmarried men seeking to establish themselves as fathers must navigate at their peril.

When my daughter Rebecca was born in California in 1966, the Vital Statistics Registrar took