Who packed the pegs?

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A husband in graduate school with three small children in tow—that was life for six years at Indiana University.  We lived in married student housing—what Bob dubbed “the finest in institutional living”—he went to school and worked as a teaching assistant while I muddled through part time as a nurse, sometimes nightshift so that babysitting was minimal, which meant sometimes sleep was also.   Graduate student families are poor, by definition, but again, that depends on whose definition.  Our bedroom was so small, Bob said that if you walked in and fainted, you’d have at least 60% chance of landing on the bed. 

I somehow convinced the man that family Continue reading “Who packed the pegs?”

Unbelievable

quillYeah, I know, I know, Christmas is over, but the message is still relevant this far into 2016!  The author can be found here: UFUOMAEE  I recommend you wander over to her place and see what else she has in store for you this still very new year.

(Oh, and if you’re new to this part of the blog, here’s the “disclaimer”.)

UNBELIEVABLE

It is unbelievable that a Continue reading “Unbelievable”

Truth Tutorials

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Blogging 101 and 201–good stuff.  No, great stuff.  Naturally, you get out of it what you put into it.  The important (and encouraging) thing to remember is that there is JUST SO MUCH there, especially for someone like myself who still remembers the Dewey Decimal system.  When I started this blogging adventure, I wasn’t merely on the ground floor. More like the basement.  But I’ve progressed to some extent, am now helping my husband through Blogging 101, and, lo and behold!  I am learning new things the second time around!  (As in, “wait-a-minute-how-did-I-miss-that?!?)

My point: any new skill set is, well…new.  That is, frustrations and setbacks are to be expected, anticipated, even welcomed as the learning process continues.  If I learn nothing else for a particular attempt but patience, that in itself is success. 

Major kudos to WordPress, however, not only for the free courses provided us newbies, but also for the myriad of Continue reading “Truth Tutorials”

Spiritual placebos

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Did you know that one of the original Snake Oil compounds was found to exclude anything related to a snake?  Thus the term “snake oil” claiming to be a cure-all has become synonymous with quackery of any kind.  Just another placebo in the world of false advertising, I suppose.

By contrast, a double blind drug trial is one in which neither the scientists nor the human “guinea pigs” know who is actually getting the medicine under investigation.  One group gets the real stuff, and the other gets the counterfeit.  It’s an important way to test legitimate new drugs, since even thinking I’m the one getting medicated can produce symptoms, even if all you’re getting is Continue reading “Spiritual placebos”

Will somebody please check the plumb line?!

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I like to think that I’m fairly open to trying new things; if something needs fixing, why not try it on my own first?  Not that I’m against supporting the economy by employing the local workforce; it’s just that I like supporting my own economy better.  Needless to say, I have had varying degrees of success, some of them comical.

I do, however, tent to shy away from all things electrical, with the exception of changing a light bulb (all existing jokes aside, I really can do that by myself.)  Albeit one day I Continue reading “Will somebody please check the plumb line?!”

Reader, Beware

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I tend to the side of gullible.  I want to trust too quickly. In this offering, Jacob Emet makes me think and be more circumspect.  Visit him at: https://jacobemet.wordpress.com/  Once again, HERE’s my disclaimer.

READER BEWARE

Beware the names
Beware the faces
Beware the words
Beware the spaces

Beware the lies
That lie between
Apt words scriven
And truth unseen

Beware the allure
Of thoughts evoked
When buds of reason
Thorns have choked

Beware the bride
Without her groom
Her charm is deadly
Her beauty is doom

Beware the beast
In every man
The cunning wolf
Appears a lamb

Beware the light
Behind the eyes
Heart and mind
Aligned knows lies

Beware the perfect
For there is none
Fullness of earth
Unrighteous undone

Beware the truth
All claim to hold
Not all that glitters
Is refined as gold

Beware the words
Beware the spaces
Beware the names
Beware the faces

Reader beware
Reader beware
The names and the faces
Your sins mask to wear

Drip . . . Drip . . . Drip

~ © JacobEmet  used by permission, Visit him at https://jacobemet.wordpress.com/