Apple Speculations

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Day’s Verse:
He must become greater; I must become less.
John 3:30
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Imagine an apple. It grows on a tree in an orchard in Eastern Washington, near Yakima. This apple receives special treatment: No pesticides, no chemicals, no sewage sludge fertilizers. It’s an organic apple, and you pay extra for that delicious, chemical-free flavor.

Now imagine another apple. It is genetically identical to the organic apple from Yakima, but this one is created from scratch, atom by atom, in a laboratory. No pesticides, chemicals, or nasty fertilizers have ever touched its pristine skin. The question is whether this chemically synthesized apple, which is identical in every way to a naturally-grown apple, qualifies to be sold as organic. Continue Reading >>

Two Weird Signs, Etc.

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Day’s Verse:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the 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 1:12-13
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I have all sorts of fabulously exciting things happening in my life, but alas — one of them you’d find boring, and the other I can’t talk about online yet. Does this make you desperately curious? No? Well, this makes me desperately irritated, which may or may not be similar: Continue Reading >>

I Love Warranties

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Day’s Verse:
How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

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I just learned that it never hurts to call the manufacturer when you have a problem, even if it’s iffy. Here’s the story:

I have a ticking pedal. It sometimes goes away, but always comes back and keeps getting worse. A bike shop overhaul costs $70 for the pair; a new pair costs $130; a lower-level pair costs $80. I reluctantly decided to overhaul my current pair, but felt that $70 sounds awfully steep. So I checked the manufacturer’s web site and discovered that my pedals have a 2 year warranty. Hmmm, I thought, I bought these pedals last July. That’s not two years ago. So I decided to call, figuring, What the heck? Can’t hurt to see what they say. Continue Reading >>

Sprinklesome Adventure

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Day’s Verse:
Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.

Psalm 32:1
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The weather predicted 0% chance of rain for today. No clouds in the sky when I left. Yet, despite these fair indicators, I arrived at work sprinkled and slightly damp. How, you may ask, could this happen?

Two words: Wayward sprinkler.

That’s right. The empty building I ride by on my bike ride —


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— has sprinklers going every morning when I come by. Setting aside the question that may come to mind (“Why would an empty building need perfectly green grass?”), I still have to wonder why they spend all that money and energy to sprinkle the road, rather than the grass. The road doesn’t seem any lusher or more verdant, despite their diligent daily watering regimen. Continue Reading >>

My Favorite Photos from the Weekend

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Day’s Verse:
31Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country—Judea, Samaria, Galilee—the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully.
Acts 9:31
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Ashland State Park:
Canoe in the Woods

Kayaking

Holden Rail Trail:
Chipmunk on a Branch

Pathway

KF quality

Ashland State Park, Yesterday Evening (or, Deja Vu)

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Day’s Verse:
[A good wife] is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:14 (context)
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Waiting at Sunset

The funny thing about Ashland State Park (above) is that it’s almost exactly the same as Hopkinton State Park, right down to the same style of dam, spillway, and bridge, only the spillways are a mirror image of each other. It felt a little surreal that way, emerging from the woods and seeing almost the same view as at Hopkinton (below):

Reservoirtop Path

We walked around the perimeter of the Ashland Reservoir, which turned out to be just about 4.5 miles: Continue Reading >>

TGI Friday’s Experiment – Sign Up Today!

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Day’s Verse:
Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!”
Luke 21:1-4
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Baby PumpkinToday Ian and I tried to go shopping. My work allows the wearing of jeans, but they have to not be too ragged. My single remaining pair of un-holey jeans has reached that desperately worn point where just looking at them will cause a hole to appear in the knees. So we went to Sears, where you can find Lands’ End clothes, in the hopes that a nice sensible pair of jeans would make itself available to me. Continue Reading >>