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We find ourselves in an impossible situation regarding the final results of the November 2020 election. And I can’t see how we will get ourselves out of it. The difficulty began when President Trump, in his usual hyperbolic way, immediately declared the election a massive fraud. I’m not saying he wasn’t correct, but it gave […]

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Lifelines and Deadlines

 

“Are you sure you should go?” my mother asked. Yes, I was. Positive. A family friend had just lost her newborn. How could I not go, unless my presence at the funeral would disturb her too greatly? But I had been assured this was not so: the grieving mother would not be undone by the sight of the visibly pregnant, and would rather have more people, not fewer, with her to remember her own child’s brief life. So I went.

The child had died of SIDS. The coroner said there was nothing that could have prevented it. It was just one of those things. The grieving mother, though, believed the truth might be otherwise. Hers had not been an ideal pregnancy from the start. She had made choices that she now wished she could unmake. No one could wish to add to her grief by agreeing with her, at least not during a time when the grief was so fresh. But her regrets were understandable ones.

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Update – Vectorman will take over Group Writing in May and June. April has ended, and Deadlines met – one way or another. . We had 25 entries this month from 25 different contributors. One made the Main Feed – Vectorman’s Apollo post. The maximum number of comments generated by any of our deadline topics was 41: […]

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Many years ago before the world became so modern, the circus coming to town was a major event. Thousands of people would flock to the gigantic tent, eager to gawk at exotic animals and people performing amazing, and sometimes death-defying, acts. Andy and the Circus, written and illustrated by Ellis Credle, is a book about one boy’s […]

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Deadlines—I can’t decide if I love them or hate them. What I do know is they dictated my academic life, much of my work life, and a lot of my personal life.  After reading the book, Mindset, I decided to change that. I intentionally threw away my deadline mentality and promptly lost all sense. I […]

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My father and I have a lot in common. We like the same movies, the same music. We both have a sarcastic, cynical streak and yet, we’ve been known to tear up at a Folger’s commercial. (C’mon, that classic where the soldier surprises his family for the holidays? Makes me all misty.) We laugh at […]

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My maternal grandmother recently died at 93, leaving behind hard working progeny, a dozen grandchildren, and a handful of great-grandchildren. She was humble and funny, a one-time aspiring fashion designer who ended up marrying young instead. Six children came along, and then she began a nearly thirty-year stint at a typewriter factory once the youngest […]

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JFK’s Deadline for Apollo

 

One of the most famous speeches given by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was at Rice University on September 12, 1962, where he said “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” How was such a deadline determined given the enormous complexity of such an endeavor?

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Having just celebrating Easter, and now with Passover approaching, I got to thinking about divine deadlines. For example, Noah was given a prophecy to build an ark. He was divinely given its dimensions and building instructions that have been recreated as models, so we know details and that it actually floated. God told Noah he […]

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Back in 1992 when I changed careers to become an industrial buyer, I joined the local chapter of NAPM, National Association of Purchasing Managers. It was ideal for networking, and I got my first full-time job as a result of an evening class with a bunch of buyers. As I went to meetings, and met […]

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I am confident that most–if not all–of us have agreed to something a later date in the future thinking, “no problem. I’ll have plenty of time to prepare.” You mark your calendar and tell yourself, “there is no need to fret about this yet.” It sits in the back of your mind because, after all, […]

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When I started my PhD program, it was sold as a 4.5-5 year process with an MA in hand, which I thought seemed long, but since I was offered a full scholarship and a full stipend as an assistant, that was fine. I met my wife during my first semester, though not at school. She […]

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It was only 6:30 am, but I was wide-awake. The day called me to join it, and I decided grudgingly to oblige. It was my day off, but there were things I could do that I’d been putting off for a while. So after a hot shower and my favorite breakfast of pancakes and maple […]

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In book 6 of The Prelude, William Wordsworth tells the story of a trip through Europe as a young man. He and a friend travel through France, and take the Simplon Pass through the Alps. They are eager to mark the point at which they are at its height, the grand place where they will […]

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Last night I was talking to IShotTheSerif, discussing the prospects of actually finishing this piece. She read me a bit of hers so far, and I pointed out I had even less written than that. It would be ironic, we said, if I failed to meet the dealine to finish my piece on deadlines. I […]

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Next month’s Group Writing Project is Deadlines. And next month, April, starts the day after tomorrow. We still have seven openings. A week’s worth of empty days. That’s okay – when the going gets tough, the Ricochetti get going. I know I can count on seven more Ricochet members to volunteer to take one of the […]

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