You Asked For This…

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Day’s Verse:
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Ecclesiastes 9:17-18
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Morning FrostPictures! Pictures! Pictures! OK, I actually hit my October upload limit, and only got a few Vermont pictures up. Thankfully, tomorrow is November and I start fresh with 20 more megs of upload space on Flickr, so check back on my Flickr page tomorrow. Many of the pictures consisted of people doing silly things (Alka-Seltzer tablets combined with a mouthful of rootbeer, while wearing a sheet-toga; rolling downhill through dried leaves; emulating a 5-legged dinosaur; Rock-Paper-Scissors as a chicken or gorilla or egg; wrestling; or sitting as a group looking rather dull) and I do not intend to put many of those up. You would find them boring because few of my readers know any of these people. Continue Reading >>

Vermont = Wow

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Day’s Verse:
But as many received Him, to them He gave th e right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12
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I’ll say this for Vermont: it’s gorgeous. They’ve got beautiful mountains, rolling hills, bubbling brooks, and quaint towns and farms (we stayed on one of these in an amazing house). I seriously can’t rave enough about how gorgeous Vermont was. We drove in after dark, and didn’t really gather a true appreciation for its scenic power until the next morning. The house we all stayed in was perched on the top of a hill, offering sweeping views of the small farmed valley edged on all sides with taller hills (mountains?). Outside took my breath away at all times of the day – golden in the morning and evening, bright and sparkling and autumnal during the day. Continue Reading >>

Off to Vermontland

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Day’s Verse:
Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.
Ecclesiastes 9:7
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Ian and I are off on a retreat with CBF this weekend. I’ve gotten all but my Ecology work done ahead, so that huge Ecology textbook’s coming with. This is a new experience for me: we’re heading to Vermont. I expect sort of overcast green mountains, possibly with some snow thrown in for spice. We’ve even received a wishywashy promise that Ian and I will be able to sleep together, which may be a first for any CBF retreat. I’ll keep you posted for all the shenanigans & goings-on. Continue Reading >>

Wouldn’t You Just Know It

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Day’s Verse:
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life,
still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly.

Ecclesiastes 8:12Aren't We Classy
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I have acted normal all day. Normal clothes, normal walk, normal talk, normal backpack and accoutrements. But when I went to get my laundry – a short walk, just around the back of the building – I unaccountably draped the laundry bag over my head. Ian Turban (4)Ian and I have a tendency to do strange activities like that around each other. Let’s be honest here: how many strange things have you done when you knew your companion’s opinions of you wouldn’t change as a result? Why be normal with your spouse, when he’ll love you just as much when you’re silly? So I draped the laundry bag over my head, and left it there as I walked around the house. A gardener raked leaves at the house next door, but he never looked up to see my strange hat. Continue Reading >>

Confused Ramblings of a Depraved Mind

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Day’s Verse:
Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

Ecclesiastes 7:16-17
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In Geology yesterday we started by talking about the universe, how it came into being, how our solar system eventually formed, and eventually the way earth came to circle the sun with its cozy lunar companion. Turns out that is all wrong! Oh yes, Ian pointed me towards a fine web site called Fixed Earth that explains how everything the scientific establishment has taught us to believe is all lies. I encourage you, my fine and intelligent readers, to explore the site a bit – read its rantings, discover why the internet can be such a valuable and amusing playground. You don’t meet people who think these crazy things everyday, but the internet is the perfect place to foster these kinds of long diatribes that are at least good for a chuckle. If you want real science news, though I recommend checking out the fledgling SciBite, started by Ben and Ryan. They are collecting interesting science tidbits there, and have graciously allowed me to add my two cents in whenever I find something worthwhile. Continue Reading >>

Big News

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Day’s Verse:
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man
Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:5
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I’m going to cut to the chase here. Ian and I have decided that he should accept a job at the IDS branch of Raytheon in Sudbury, MA. That means we’ll be staying in New England much longer than we originally planned; we won’t go back to Washington after we graduate this May. Instead, we’re planning on returning to Washington in four or five years, when we’re ready to have kids; this gives us the advantage of being near my and Ian’s parents, who are most eager to help with their future grandchildren. I will continue looking for science writing jobs in Massachusetts and we’ll try to find an apartment to rent somewhere near Sudbury. Continue Reading >>

Another Day, Another … Sand Dollar?

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Day’s Verse:
All a man’s labor is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not satisfied.
Ecclesiastes 6:7
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PensiveBack in Worcester. Oh, yes. No snow has fallen; but though few leaves have turned, they fall in green abundance. No blaze of fall colors yet, just a steady decline from pleasantly cool to nippy to downright cold weather. I walked to school today behind a cloud of my own breath, hurrying to buy my books for the term ($171 for three classes; the fourth required no text). Even as my body grew too hot, my ears and neck informed me of my chilliness, and when I breathlessly swooshed into the Campus Center, I felt that distinctive too-hot feeling that assails us all during winter. The conundrum, of course, is what temperature to maintain inside in relation to outside: in sub-freezing weather, adventurous people bundle heavily to retain their extremities. But those same people arriving inside a toasty room immediately must shed their six layers in order to avoid heatstroke. Ideally, you would have a transition room, in which the subject stood and experienced progressively warmer temperatures that allowed them to shed their layers at a reasonable rate without immediately breaking out in a sweat when they came inside. Continue Reading >>