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"... I think that hope is a moral obligation and I've been saying that for a long time now. I don't think that hope is just a feeling state. I think that hope is a choice you make. It's not a choice to deny reality, but it's a choice to use your intelligence to examine the world in front of you and the obstacles to progress and to try to identify places from whence progress can reasonably be anticipated and to try to put your efforts into making those -- I mean that, to me, is what hope is, it's an activity. Just as I think despair is, I think that both take effort. And I remain optimistic, I think that is still work to do."
- I think I pulled something while laughing.
- Every town should do this.
- Thank you, Captain Obvious.
- This is a very good speech.
- Being poor is a full-time job.
- If nothing else, we are getting better at talking about post-partum depression.
- If nothing else, a reminder that pregnancy was the most likely killer of women for centuries.
- I will miss The Good Place.
- It works if you embrace it.
- We were not worthy.
At the end of most years, I do a sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. This year was one of those years. It sounded like this.
Lobo is, in short, a gigantic goober. He origin story is also a total mystery.
Because I had some spare Christmas cash, I decided to see what science could tell us about this majestic beast. A couple of weeks later, I have the results.
What's surprising is how much husky is in there. We figured there was some but not that much. What's also surprising is that there is no shepherd, which means I should stop calling him a husky-shepherd mix. I didn't expect the Akita, either, but here we are.
Also surprising: the DNA service also gives descriptions of each breed's most prominent traits. All three of those are described as intelligent, loyal, and stubborn. So two out of three isn't bad.
Most surprising of all, however, is that this wanna-be sled dog wound up on a Caribbean beach. That's the mystery I most want to solve and the one that is most difficult to unravel.
- Shipwreck, scandal, and homesickness.
- For my money, the crew in Spotlight comes the closest.
- "... and Amazon Prime."
- For the record, the publisher of my forthcoming book also publishes some writers (like Bill O'Reilly) whose work makes me itch. However, those titles make titles like mine possible. It's a weird business.
- They key quote: "...we're actually paying more to store our stuff than we are to store ourselves."
- On being a traitor.
- Tag yourself. I'm the cobweb one.
- I spent a not insignificant amount of time in Japan being amazed by the baked goods.
My latest column for another mother runner is alive. In this one, the fates smile kindly upon my run in Rehoboth.
First up, over at Another Mother Runner, my latest column is live. In it, I am visited by the fates.
Second, I happened to stumble over this old interview with Alton Brown I did. While I think the piece turned out okay, all I remember from that day was trying to not throw up in his lap because I was still in the puke-y stage of pregnancy. Good times.