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Oxymoronic Jeans

I need new jeans. This is a perennial situation; I've been looking for new jeans for years, waiting for comfort to come back in style. I...

 
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The Next Green Ember Book Is Coming

I've been waiting over a year for the next book in the S. D. Smith's Green Ember  series. As I said at the end of my review...

 
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Chez Stücklin

On an out-of-the-way street in a suburb of Lucerne, Switzerland, hides a small, by-invitation-only restaurant called Chez Stücklin...

 
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MarbleLympics

I guess I should end this year with a serious post, some profound commentary, philosophy, or at least a glimpse into my hopes and dreams...

 
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Jammin'

What happens when good quality musical instruments are found under the Christmas tree. I'm sorry for the back-of-the-head shots, but if...

 
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On What Were Called Cassette Tapes

Famed theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul once said to us that the first question he'd ask God on arriving in heaven was, "Why sin?"  I can...

 
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For Our Trumpet Players

Especially for Faith.  How does he DO that ?

 
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Let Grow

Lenore Skenazy has a new site (relatively new—I've fallen a bit behind) called Let Grow . I haven't explored much yet, but...

 
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Some Things Are Hard to Sing

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:...

 
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Me, Too - After Some Thought

At first I didn't participate in the "Me Too" campaign on Facebook (and elsewhere)—meant to reveal the magnitude of the problem of...

 
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Conversation Skills

I haven't forgotten my Seven Days of Thanksgiving series. Those posts take more time to write than I have right now ... maybe I'll...

 
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Royal Genealogy

With the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle making the news, and my old friend Gary Boyd Roberts * and the New England...

 
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Life in Chains, Part 2

It's time to bring back this quote from Joel Salatin. On every side, our paternalistic culture is tightening the noose around...

 
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Plus Ça Change ... Yet Again

This is the third time I've used that handy title for a post. It may be recursive. The inspiration for this occasion is a lament...

 
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Seven Days of Thanksgiving - Day 3 - Singing

I was going to make this Day of Thanksgiving about music in general, for which I am indeed very thankful. I have to admit that I usually...

 
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Life in Chains

This observation needs reviving again, from John Caldwell Holt. One of the saddest things I've learned in my life, one of the...

 
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Seven Days of Thanksgiving - Day 2 - Clean Water, and an...

Clean water, coming freely—hot or cold—at a touch, on demand. Not just for my community, but at our own house—several...

 
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Seven Days of Thanksgiving - Day 1 - Reliable Electricity

Inspired by my previous post, Presents of Mind , and a few incidents this year that left me temporarily without blessings which I...

 
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Presents of Mind

The Charlotte, North Carolina, area is home to some of my favorite people, so when I saw that this video came from Charlotte, I was...

 
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The Fall of Heaven

The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran  by Andrew Scott Cooper (Henry Holt, 2016) People...

 
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Napkin Origami

On our cruise to Mexico and Cuba with two of our grandchildren we were given a quick lesson in napkin folding. Naturally, the kids...

 
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They Were People

It's all too easy, when one's eyes and mind are blurred by immersion in a sea of birth, death, and marriage data (or worse, the lack...

 
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The Problem of Jonathan Stoddard Wightman’s Wife

Another genealogical puzzle with my research and conclusions. The Problem of Jonathan Stoddard Wightman’s Wife The...

 
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The Problem of David Wood

Genealogy research consumes my life, albeit in fits and starts, as other projects push themselves into the forefront of my life. Lately,...

 
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Where Math Meets Art

Math, art, travel, photography. What's not to like? For some reason, probably all of the above, this photo of "Seventeen parallel...

 
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