Dept. of Alternative Facts: Wither or Wether?

wither: (v) to shrivel or fade; to make powerless

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Fog in August: Winter Weather Prediction 2018-19

October is with us and Winter is just around the corner… we will just ignor that it is 80F still and we are having thunderstorms as if it were August.  That brings us up to our annual Fog in August report.  Just a reminder, the ole-timey idea is that for every day of fog in August, we will have a snow event during the Winter months. Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Frankenstein, or The Model Prometheus, by Mary Woolstonecraft Shelley

I continue my project to read books that have lingered on my bookshelf, unattended for too  long.  Leading up to Halloween, next month, I thought that an edition of Frankenstein would be good to pick up now.  It is one of those stories we know too well, but if you did not read it in high school, as I did not, you do not know it at all. Continue reading

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Farm Life: Mirror, Mirror

Life is not a Disney movie.  Mirrors do not talk, except in our imagination.  But, imagination can sometimes start a sequence of events that makes for a good story.  Recently, I have been telling stories related to our Spring remodeling projects.  How did this all start?  A mirror. Continue reading

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Farm Life: Acquiring Antiques

I grew up with the Protestant idea that God had a city built in heaven awaiting Christians.  Some of this belief came from scriptural references, such as John 14:2, “In my father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.”  Somehow this got morphed into Streets of Gold, Heavenly Townhouses, and Victorian Era furniture, with Jesus turning down the bed linens and leaving See’s chocolates on the pillows (Hell, no, he’s not leaving some Lady Godiva morsel on the pillow!).  Guess some folks might call the Rapture.  Adulthood sort of took those images out from my aspirations.  But, it does beg the questions, “Does God care about furniture”? Continue reading

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Farm Life: Room for Two Much Fun

If you caught the literary reference in the title for our remodeled guest room, A Room with a View, the 19th century novel by E. M. Foster (and if you stay in the room, you will notice lots of books on Italian art), you might say, ah, ha, he’s now quoting Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen’s 1970’s tune, “Too Much Fun”.  Do you remember “there’s a whole lot of things that I’ve never done, but I ain’t never had too much fun” (probably no, unless you were down to seeds and stems again).  Well, you are wrong.  This phrase actually came from a road sign in front of a Methodist Church near Lebanon Church, VA, which read “Trouble often starts as  fun”.  We happen to see this while going to the airport to pick up one of our mothers and a travel companion. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Inquiry

inquiry, (n) a series of questions along a line of reasoning Continue reading

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