Chimney Flue or the disease? ;-) · 56 minutes ago
Chimney. Recovering HVAC Engineer.
I share this identity with the hubs, he is an avid Ricochet reader but rarely a writer. So here we go:
1. I grew up in central Washington State where the sun shines. Now I live in Seattle where it mostly does not. Susan in Seattle is my dear friend and introduced me to Ricochet, for which I am truly grateful.
2. Flue and piano (have always wanted to be in an orchestra), band geek and cheerleader, recovering engineer, small business owner, am learning watercolor. I missed the English lit education I wish I'd pursued, so eagerly devour every Ricochet post on that and related subjects.
3. So much to do, so little time!
50 felt formidable when I got there. I wasn't sure what I thought about it. As I was pondering, my 80-something always-positive mother-in-law said, "Oh, 50 is a GREAT age to be!"
Man, I feel lucky to have been raised in a different era. I was probably eight or nine when I started to mow our lawn with a push mower. We had a big hill in the front yard that ended with a dropoff down to the sidewalk. The rule was, if you slipped and started to slide down the hill with the lawnmower, push the mower away and get ready to jump down to the sidewalk.
Living on the edge (for a nine year old) and helping keep up the place was a great feeling. Do I have scars from my youth, yep. Some I'm proud of and others are constant reminders of what to never do again.
"in an act of conspicuous Freudianism"...nicely put.
it is the highlight of living in Yakima.
Last year, though, we went and picked a huge wagon-full of apples and then juiced them into a 5 gallon bucket.
wow. that's all I can say.
Sorry for deviating from the summer theme, but Ryan's wagon-full of apples has me in a full swoon. We used to pick apples during "apple vacation" - two weeks in late Sept/early Oct when high school would close so the high schoolers could help the famers get the apple crop in. An apple right off the tree -- another little slice of heaven.
A fresh Yakima peach, right off the tree, eaten outside or over the kitchen sink, juice dripping off the chin and elbows.
This is the busy season at work, so late at night when the work is done, and the hubs is hogging the desktop, I grab my phone and a cup of tea, or something stronger (depending on how much winding down is needed) and tune in to Ricochet. It IS a really great way to wrap up the day.I never get close to reading all I want to, and there is not much time to compose comments either. But I still feel the camaraderieand take great comfort in hanging with "scary smart" (as Susan in Seattle calls you) like- minded friends.
Abortion proponents grant personhood only to human beings who have been born. To have only partially passed through the birth canal is not enough; one must be fully out. Then and only then will they consider that being “human” and confer upon them the rights that go with being human.
Abortion proponents do not consider human DNA or even the stage of development as evidence of personhood, they seek a narrower definition: having passed through the birth canal, or not?
So, by this narrow definition, couldn’t babies born caesarian be considered “unborn” because they did not pass through the birth canal?
And being classed as “unborn,” would the caesarian born be in danger of having their rights stripped away, including, like those of their brothers and sisters still inside the womb, their right to life?
They did not choose to be delivered caesarian, they did not choose to be, they just are, like us.
St. Salieri: Dickens went through the same process in writing the work. It began as a series of sketches to make fun of faux-sportsmen from London bumbling in the country and grew into the novel that it is by accident. In fact Dickens was commissioned to write stories based on the original illustrations, which were created first, and the illustrator, whose name escapes me - was furious he was being paired up with such a nobody as one hit wonder (Sketzes by Boz) Dickens...how things change...but I love Pickwick too, early Dickens is so much more enjoyable than his later, "better writing". · 3 hours ago
Dickens' own Preface to the 1867 Edition described how Pickwick got its start; great anecdote about the illustrator -- I'm sure he thought it was his name we'd be remembering now, not Dickens'! For me, the book's charm was precisely this process of the author discovering Mr. Pickwick's real character. I also liked reading a book written in installments; he could not go back and edit or revise. It would make a the best sitcom.
Just finished The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickins. It was so delightful that I finished it and started over again. At first Pickwick seemed to be a silly, foolish fellow, and by the end I knew him to be the best sort of person one would ever want to meet.I want to read the beginning again, knowing what I know now.I read Pickwick on the heels of Nicholas Nickleby and loved them both.
Liberals love big government. Big gov = bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is cruel, because bureaucracy is heartless.
The house is quiet, decorated, all ready for the big family party tomorrow. I just sat down after a day of putting the leaves in the table, getting out the tablecloth (crocheted by our 89-yr-old mom who is still healthy and blessing us daily), setting up the punchbowl, etc., etc. etc. Am grabbing a bite to eat, and punched up Ricochet on my phone for company to be serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, thanks to you Dave. For a moment I felt like I was standing in the field with the shepherds!Merry Christmas Dave! And to your dad. May God's infinite blessings be yours in the coming year.
Oh, so wonderful, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you for posting.
Yes, yes yes. We're in.
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