You are a HUGE distraction to me. There are too many fascinating people to read and to see. But I won’t be able to play today because I have homework to do and then class and then tomorrow I will be gone most of the day and when I’m not gone I need to be doing other things. So, I bid you adieu for today until late tonight. Will I ever catch up? I’m afraid not to read every single thing on my dashboard because there are so many people to read about! Places to see! Things to learn!
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19 (via faithlovehopefreedom)
I know I have liberal followers who will want to disagree with me, but I think extending the school day is a horrible idea. Children need time to be children — not to be institutionalized by the government. And why do they need more time in the classroom when so much knowledge is at their fingertips as never before in the history of the earth? A person can easily homeschool their child without buying one book. There are enough resources on the Internet now to give kids a great education — much better than the one I received. It’s so much easier to home school now than when I started homeschooling my kids 23 years ago.
And no, I’m not talking about doing away with school subjects such as writing in cursive (schools are dropping this from their curriculum) or reading great books. I still believe kids should learn how to write and read and do math without a machine.
A culture that can’t read and write is a culture that can be controlled and exploited by the government. Oh, wait. Maybe that’s what they want?
I don’t have a real problem with year-round school as long as kids have time off now and then to have family vacations, etc. But I do have a problem with a longer school day. I have many more reasons, but I’ll stop here for now.
The unfortunate mistake our leaders are making is that education itself can make better citizens, but it is virtue that is prior to and higher than mere knowledge. Still, as far as public education goes, the need is not quantity of school hours but quality of learning.
Also worth noting is that year-round school was a popular notion in the 1970s and was implemented in various schools around the nation, but today it is harder to find. It was proved ineffective and inefficient then, and it will certainly not be any better now.
Just let children be children; learning is a lifelong process, after all.
Awkward Family Story: The Thanksgiving Letter From: Marney As you all know a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner does not make itself. I need to ask each of you to help by bringing something to complete the meal. I truly appreciate your offers to assist with the meal preparation.
Now, while I do have quite a sense of humor and joke around all the time, I COULD NOT BE MORE SERIOUS when I am providing you with your Thanksgiving instructions and orders. I am very particular, so please perform your task EXACTLY as I have requested and read your portion very carefully. If I ask you to bring your offering in a container that has a lid, bring your offering in a container WITH A LID, NOT ALUMINUM FOIL! If I ask you to bring a serving spoon for your dish, BRING A SERVING SPOON, NOT A SOUP SPOON! And please do not forget anything.
All food that is to be cooked should already be prepared, bring it hot and ready to serve, warm or room temp. These are your ONLY THREE options. Anything meant to be served cold should, of course, already be cold.
The Mike Byron Family 1. Turnips in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. Please do not fill the casserole all the way up to the top, it gets too messy. I know this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but most of us hate turnips so don’t feel like you a have to feed an army. 2. Two half gallons of ice cream, one must be VANILLA, I don’t care what the other one is. No store brands please. I did see an ad this morning for Hagan Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, yum!! (no pressure here, though). 3. Toppings for the ice cream. 4. A case of bottled water, NOT gallons, any brand is ok.
The Bob Byron Family 1. Green beans or asparagus (not both) in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. If you are making the green beans, please prepare FOUR pounds, if you are making asparagus please prepare FIVE pounds. It is up to you how you wish to prepare them, no soupy sauces, no cheese (you know how Mike is), a light sprinkling of toasted nuts, or pancetta, or some EVOO would be a nice way to jazz them up. 2. A case of beer of your choice (I have Coors Light and Corona) or a bottle of clos du bois chardonnay (you will have to let me know which you will bring prior to 11/22).
The Lisa Byron Chesterford Family 1. Lisa as a married woman you are now required to contribute at the adult level. You can bring an hors d’ouvres. A few helpful hints/suggestions. Keep it very light, and non-filling, NO COCKTAIL SAUCE, no beans of any kind. I think your best bet would be a platter of fresh veggies and dip. Not a huge platter mind you (i.e., not the plastic platter from the supermarket).
The Michelle Bobble Family 1. Stuffing in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please make the stuffing sans meat. 2. 2.5-3 qts. of mashed squash in a casserole with a lid and serving spoon 3. Proscuitto pin wheel - please stick to the recipe, no need to bring a plate. 4. A pie knife
The June Davis Family 1. 15 LBS of mashed potatoes in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please do not use the over-size blue serving dish you used last year. Because you are making such a large batch you can do one of two things: put half the mash in a regulation size casserole with lid and put the other half in a plastic container and we can just replenish with that or use two regulation size casserole dishes with lids. Only one serving spoon is needed. 2. A bottle of clos du bois chardonnay
The Amy Misto Family (why do I even bother she will never read this) 1. A pumpkin pie in a pie dish (please use my silver palate recipe) no knife needed. 2. An apple pie in a pie dish, you can use your own recipe, no knife needed.
Looking forward to the 28th!!
I am reblogging this mess IN ITS ENTIRETY, because otherwise, who would believe it? First of all, who would want to eat at her freakin’ house?? I want to torch it! Pretty sure I would eat McDonalds before I would grace this control freak [redacted] with my [redacted]!
If I ever got a letter like this, there is absolutely NO WAY I would show up. People like this are scared of something, and they make me cuh-razy. I have a two of these kinds of people in my life, and I avoid them as much as possible. Nuh-uh. Ain’t gonna spend my Thanksgiving like this! WILL. NOT. DO. IT.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but unfortunately, this myth has been widely accepted. The reality is that electric motorcycles can go as far as most people need. While lithium-ion batteries will expand the range dramatically, the technology is not yet ready for a massive road trip. But what is its range? The federal government reports that the average daily commuter distance for all modes of motor travel (i.e., cars, trucks and buses) is 10 miles, and this figure hasn’t changed appreciably in 20 years of data gathering. An earlier study showed that 98% of all trips are less than 50 miles per day; most people do all their driving locally and take only a few long trips. One-hundred-mile and longer trips are only 17% of total miles driven.
Virtually any of today’s 120-V electric motorcycle conversions will go 75 miles using readily available off-the-shelf components — if you keep the weight under 1,000 pounds. This means that an electric motorcycle can meet more than 85% of the average person’s needs. If you’re commuting to work — a place that presumably has an electric outlet available — you can nearly double your range by recharging during your working hours. In addition, if range is really important, you can optimize your electric motorcycle for it. It’s that simple.
3. Electric Motorcycles Aren’t Convenient
A popular question is, “Suppose that you’re driving and you are not near your home to charge up or you run out of electricity. What do you do?” Well, my favorite answer is, “I would do the same thing I’d do if I ran out of gas: call AAA or a tow truck.” The reality is that electric motorcycles are extremely convenient. Recharging is as convenient as your nearest electric outlet, especially for conversion motorcycles using 110-V charging outlets. Here are some other reasons:
• You can get electricity anywhere you can get gas — there are no gas stations without electricity.
• You can get electricity from many places — there are few homes and virtually no businesses in the United States without electricity.
• Plug-in-anywhere recharging capability is an overwhelming electric motorcycle advantage. No question that it’s an advantage when your electric motorcycle is parked in your own garage, carport or driveway. If you live in an apartment and can work out a charging arrangement, it’s an even better idea. Moreover, a very simple device can be rigged to signal you if anyone ever tries to steal your motorcycle. [Oops, guess the Fuel and Veggie Van Organization team needed one of those!]
• The widely available 110-V electric supply does the job quite nicely if your electric motorcycle has an onboard charger, extension cord and plug(s) available. In the future, you will be able to recharge quicker from multiple voltage and current options, have “quick charge” capability by dumping one battery stack into another, and maybe even have uniform battery packs that you swap and strap on at a local “battery station” in no more time than it takes you to get a fill-up at a gas station today. Just as it’s used in your home today, electricity is clean, quiet, safe, and stays at the outlet until you need it.
4. Electric Motorcycles Are Expensive
While this is perhaps true that electric motorcycles manufactured in low volume today are expensive — and partially true of professionally done conversion units — it’s not true of the do-it-yourself advocates. The reality is that electric motorcycles cost the same to buy (you’re not going to spend any more for one than you would have budgeted anyway for your second internal combustion engine motorcycle), the same to maintain, and far less per mile to operate. In the long term, future volume production and technology improvements will make the cost benefits favor electric motorcycles even more.
“Back in the 1900s, it was a wonderful experience for a boy to discover H.G. Wells. There you were, in a world of pedants, clergymen and golfers…and here was this wonderful man who could tell you about the inhabitants of the sea, and who knew that the future was not going to be what respectable people imagined.”—George Orwell on science fiction (via macmankev)
My tumblarity has hit the lowest mark I can recall… and you know what? I’m okay with it.
I feel like I’ve been actually living. Have you ever just sat in wonder of how the universe exists? It makes no sense without God…. and just like the fact that you are conscious of thoughts and that every single second something is keeping you breathing. Your heart beating. Your mitochondria working. It’s sort of ridiculously awesome. I can’t even think about it without it blowing my mind so far that it feels like it’s some crazy dreamland…but it’s reality.
Somebody wrote to the Wall Street Journal’s book advice column to ask how you go about convincing your 13-year-old nephew to stop reading science fiction. Thank goodness the WSJ’s in-house book nerd was smart enough to say: You don’t.
Be glad that when you were a teenager, you didn’t have an aunt like the person who wrote to the Journal’s “Book Lover” column to ask this question:
My 13-year-old nephew is a voracious reader, but he tends to limit his reading to science fiction. He recently read “Brave New World,” because he thought it was sci-fi. Any suggestions on how to expand his horizons to include other genres?
Anyone with half a lick of sense will know that a 13-year-old who’s voluntarily reading Huxley is doing just fine and does not require an intervention. But the WSJ’s book columnist, Cynthia Crossen, is a nicer person than I am, since she refrains from telling the aunt what an idiot she was being.
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system. ~Flannery O’Connor”—(via iwannotowidigdo)