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“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 Full disclosure: This is actually my second post with a title rather like this. The first one was penned on November 22, 2012 (six years ago! Lord), and was among the first dozen or so posts I’ve written during my tenure here […]
“It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some […]
“Technology paces industry, but there’s a long lag in the process. Industry paces economics. It changes the tools, a great ecological change…. The politician is someone who deals in man’s problems of adjustment. To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.” — “Bucky” Fuller, 1962
Well known for his geodesic dome design, Richard Buckminster Fuller was considered quite innovative. Growing up in the 1960s, I was exposed to articles where he was more a “guru” rather than an inventor. He has many more quotes on Wikiquote than most scientists/engineers. Even though the quote above makes sense, he thought that “all politicians can and will yield enthusiastically to the computers safe flight-controlling capabilities in bringing all of humanity in for a happy landing.” He was famous promoting “synergy” and was naturally materialistic. He had many inventions that were failures, sometimes due to circumstances, and other times due to his self-promotion.
Last Thursday I had the very great pleasure of driving to Armagh, PA, a tiny little town in farming country about one-hundred miles East of us, in West-Central PA, where Mr. She, my stepdaughter Jenny, our granddaughter Eve, and I had lunch at Griffith’s Tavern, a nice little diner of the “hot meatloaf sandwich with gravy out of a can” variety. Good comfort food, reasonably priced. Also, excellent beer. A great time was had by all.
Other than the chance to see and visit with each other, the purpose of the trip was the handing-over of the annual Halloween costume. I’ve been making my granddaughter’s Halloween costumes since she was two, and now she’s ten. Let’s see: Benjamin Bunny; a chicken; a butterfly; a peacock; an ‘underworld peacock, black and sparkly, probably the closest Eve will ever come to the ‘Goth’ look in her life; a mermaid; ‘Girl Darth Vader’ — I think that’s all of them. All of them unique challenges. Almost all of them made with stretchy, spangly, slippery fabrics that those among us who sew will recognize as just the worst and most difficult stuff to sew, ever. Still, it’s been great fun, and the bag of scraps I’ve accumulated over the years has come in handy from one project to the next.
So, now Eve is ten. A fifth grader. Old enough to be somewhat tuned into pop culture (or whatever it’s called these days). To be paying attention to the news. To go to the latest kid movies. And to surf the web.
“Any young woman who can read, can cook.” — Grandma Galloway (my mother’s mother)
As a family of four children and two parents, living on a doctor’s salary, dining out regularly was not a wise budgeting option. Beyond the financial incentive to cook our own meals, meals were family time. Financial and family rationales for cooking still apply today. As we turn, in our own homes, to cookbooks, and other sources of recipes, our mother’s recitation of her mother’s wisdom echoes in our memory.
“On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy” – Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) TRON Preview Open
“It has been said an engineer is a man who can do for five shillings what any fool can do for a pound” * – Nevil Shute Author Nevil Shute was born in 1899, and became an Aeronautical Engineer, airplane pilot, and a novel writer. I remembered as a child when the movie On the […]
Well, he’s one of those who knows That life is just a leap of faith.Spread your arms and hold your breathAnd always trust your cape.—Guy Clark Albert Jay Nock was born on this day in 1870 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He served as an inspiration to those who founded our modern conservative and libertarian movements. Besides […]
“We’ve made it… This far.” -TRON (Bruce Boxleitner) TRON Preview Open
[CHARLIE BROWN (overlapping)] If I start writing nowWhen I’m not really restedIt could upset my thinkingWhich is no good at all.I’ll get a fresh start tomorrowAnd it’s not due till WednesdaySo I’ll have all of TuesdayUnless something should happen.Why does this always happen,I should be outside playingGetting fresh air and sunshine,I work best under pressure,And […]
“Nothing in the World can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Attributed to Calvin Coolidge (Unverified).
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” — Winston Churchill, speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England, Oct. 29, 1941.
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