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Archive for September, 2013

Celebration of Life

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Last night I sang at a Celebration of Life for a woman who died a few months ago at 95. The musicians outnumbered the congregation and her family was represented by four people. There is something a bit sad about that. No one cried, which was good. I have never before been at a memorial […]

Get Ready for Autumn

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Last week on the HHP was kids’ week, and I have no little children now, only great big grown up sons and daughters, so it was a bit of a week off. Apart, that is, from working on our hand made gifts. I actually got some knitting done. Here you see three skeins of Grizzly […]

A Shock

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

We learned today that Fiona has a cancerous tumor on her foot. I think we stared blankly at the vet. True, she is as old as dogs of her breed usually get, but just last week she ran off. She loved going on walks and looked very goofy when she was asking for belly pets. […]

Angels and Tomboys

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Janalisa and I went to the Angels & Tomboys exhibit at Crystal Bridges, a traveling exhibit showing depictions of girls in art over the past few centuries. There were quite a few boys as well. This exhibit is all about the interpretation, though there were some very beautiful works included. We learned about how children […]

Richard Dawkins Backs Off

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Richard Dawkins was on The Daily Show last night. I’m a great fan of his, as you may know if you read my blog and have total recall. For your reading pleasure, a few of my many posts on his work: Unweaving the Rainbow The God Delusion The Ancestor’s Tale A Presbyterian clergyman asked him, […]


Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

#1 daughter and I went last night to hear this guy. He tells lots of offensive jokes, but he was an entertaining speaker. His intention was to persuade people to become insurance agents, which is not on my radar, but he spoke about the benefits of owning your own business versus being anemployee, and he […]

Rescue Time

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

RescueTime: Project Time Tracking Software & Team Time Management Software So here’s how I spent my time yesterday, courtesy of Rescue Time. This is a nice free program that keeps track of how you spend your computer time so you can identify times of greatest productivity, the distractions that get in your way, etc. At […]

The Future of Education

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

#1 daughter and the Good Old Boy came over for dinner last night. It felt enough like fall that I made scalloped potatoes with ham, plus a vegetable salad and fresh pineapple. It was nice having them over — lots of conversation and they brough their little dog to play with our dogs, so everyone […]


Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Much of my day was spent reading and knitting, as you see here. I finished The Science of the Discworld IV while working on #2 son’s Christmas sweater. I started the sweater again with size 2 needles. This is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Grizzly Heather, and the pattern is from Men’s Knits: […]


Saturday, September 21st, 2013

There it is: the first red leaf of the year. You know what that means. Our town is filled with bikers I’ve already written about the noise and the numbers, the lack of sleep and the local response. I don’t think I have anything new to say unless I actually go to the festival, which […]

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