The circumstances of women’s lives…provide examples for new ways of thinking about the lives of both men and women. What are the possible transfers of learning when life is a collage of different tasks? How does creativity flourish on distraction? And at what point does desperate improvisation become significant achievement?
— Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of Margaret Mead, whose book of social anthropology,  Composing a Life,  is giving me far too much to think about right now.