I link to Dorotha's weblog last night and excerpts from her post end up on one of the faculty-weblogs-from-the-other-side-of-Bascom-hill. But, in the postscript to her post, Ann seems sure that when Dorotha was talking about splinters, she meant "emotional splinters." However emotionally splintered Ms. Harried may be, I think she was talking about physical, little-bits-of-wood splinters. I'm waiting for her to e-mail with the answer.
Update, next day: Dorotha responds in her blog. Answer: Real splinters. Bascom Hill Northside Bloggers 1, Southsiders 0.