July 21, 2008 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.