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Politics: The Post Turtle

September 28, 2008 by


(note: I posted this at my other blog but I doubt most of you visit it so I’m reposting here) I’m prefacing political posts with the above prefix. This way if discussing or politics upsets you, feel free to peruse to another post on the blog. However, even if you don’t agree with my stance […]

The Cure

September 26, 2008 by


Something happened to me the other day that hasn’t happened in a long time.  I got the hiccups.  And I was surprised to discover how incredibly annoying they are.  Even when they’re not immediately interrupting your conversation, your mind is completely absorbed in anticipating when the next one will hit, or constantly trying to stabilize […]

Who’s That Again?

September 24, 2008 by


Last Sunday my parents came to church with me and the kids. When it was time for the special musical number, the conductor announced, “And now Slade Thackeray will sing ‘[some song]’ for us.” My dad’s response was “Slave Factory? I didn’t even know they were playing here today!” So if any of you want […]

Odd Encounter

September 24, 2008 by


While pushing the kids in the stroller last night, I crossed a bridge where a woman stood. She was so still, I thought she might be a sculpture. Under her arm was a long cardboard box, and she wore a bandana in her gray hair. She looked up as she heard me approach, at quickly […]

The Family

September 24, 2008 by


Heather’s been in Europe for a week and a half now, and she’s coming home next Tuesday. The kids and I have been surviving pretty darn well, mostly due to the kind intervention of my parents and our friends, the McElfreshes. Mom and Dad spent all last week living at our house to take care […]

The alignment of the universe?

September 21, 2008 by


Sometimes it feels like the whole universe has aligned itself just right so that your life is absolutely perfect, even if only for a small amount of time.  That’s how it feels now.  I can’t believe that of all the schools I could have gone to I came here, to Humboldt, and that of all […]

Correcting False Impressions

September 18, 2008 by


This article here references a study showing how correcting false information with true information doesn’t necessarily fix people’s impressions, and can even worsen them. It gives several examples from recent political events. So if the antidote to misinformation isn’t to debunk the misinformation, then what is it? It’s a fascinating article, and I suggest reading […]