Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 17 2008

Why, You’ve Grown A Whole Foot!

One of the wonderful things about babiesIs counting each finger and toe,And seeing the miniature fingerprint whorls—Each one is unique, as you know.The joy’s universal, or so I would hope;I don’t think I need to explain.But no one expects to find fingers or toesOn a foot growing in your kid’s brain! But three-day-old Sam is …

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Dec 17 2008

A Critical Examination Of Belief

I noticed something while grading yesterday–a student had found that our class topic had presented some challenges to his belief system. Our topic often does that. He decided to write his final paper on those challenges, and to see whether the two positions might be made more compatible. (Of course, the possibility that one or …

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Dec 16 2008

A special place in Heaven…

My apologies in advance… There’s a special place in Heaven(‘cept it doesn’t quite exist)For the special, special peopleLike the first I ever kissedOr the ones who always volunteerFor nasty, smelly work,Or who yield the proper right-of-wayAnd not just be a jerkThere’s a special place for people Who repair the power wires(So that blogger poets now …

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Dec 15 2008

It Could Be Much, Much Worse

It’s been four days, so far, without powerAnd our moods are still cheerful, not dourBut this powerless stintMakes my co-workers hintThat I’m welcome to borrow their shower! (the truth is, our wood stove heats waterTo the point where it couldn’t be hotterSo despite lacking power“Have ladle, will shower”Say father and mother and daughter)

Dec 13 2008

A Christmas Love Song (which just happens to be atheistic)

One of the more frustrating aspects of blogging is that you can’t do it when the power is out. And the power is out in a six-state region right now. Not a huge deal–just get out the candles and oil lamps, light the wood stove, and you’re good to go. Or to stay, as the …

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Dec 11 2008

A Few Pics, And Thoughts, From Greece

In the shadow of Mt. Olympus is Dion, the site of … well, of a great many ruins, now. Once, the site of temples, steam baths, an amphitheater, shops, houses, a thriving and important community, where the religious sanctuary was the center of everything. Later, because it had a constant supply of spring water, fed …

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Dec 09 2008

“I got a word what rhymes wit you”

That sentence, or its functional equivalent, was in a Tarzan book. I read them voraciously, some 30+ years ago. Good moral advice; good stories; good skepticism of motives. In this case, the person who was to be rhymed was named Bubanovitch, if memory and spelling serve. The rhyme today comes from Illinois. Governor Blagojevich is …

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Dec 08 2008

“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

So, tonight, one of the true traditions of the season… I’m sitting in a cozy room With Cuttlekid and CuttlespouseWe’re watching Charlie Brown againAs custom goes, in Cuttlehouse It’s not the babe, it’s not the mangerNot the shining star aboveI hope that Linus would approve,But Christmas is for those we love I have no need …

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Dec 07 2008

Why? Ultimately, Sex.

So, PZ posted and linked to this comic: One interpretation is that our interest in sex is what keeps us from being so interested in everything else… I don’t know if that was the artist’s intent, but if it was, I disagree strongly. It seems to me, the reason forInvention, Industry, or WarOr Art, or …

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Dec 06 2008

Ok, I did not expect this…

Ok, so… about a million years ago, when Enzyte was in court on false advertising charges, I wrote a little ditty I called “The Enzyte Song (The Biggest Dicks Of All)“. It was not flattering. It spoke of the $100 million fraud charges against Smilin’ Bob et al., and concluded that the Enzyte manufacturers were …

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