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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.

Dept. of Alternative Facts: Reputation

reputation: (n) the knowledge and esteem in which people hold someone Our local weekly paper ran an editorial in the January 6, 2021 edition, which questioned how sullied the reputation of evangelical Christian groups has become because of backing President … Continue reading

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Dept. Alternative Facts: Epiphany

epiphany: (n) a sudden realization, discovery, or awareness usually of something divine, spiritual, or metaphysical Epiphany: (n) the feast day to celebrate the day on which the Magi found Jesus I will let the letter speak for itself. Cut to … Continue reading

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Poem: What If

What if, when Gabriel called,Mary said, “No”; And, John baptizedwith water for repentance,but no baptismof the spiritfollowed; And, he lost his headafter Salome danced,to be forgottenas one more fanatic; And, no one washealed in body or spirit, andhad no need … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Injection

injection (n): something that is inserted into something else, such as a method of administering a vaccine with an injection; or, a method of distributing public funds to stimulate economic activity. Spoiler Alert, we will cut to the case: Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Poem: Dad Had A Good Life

Born, as he was,in the depressionand the world at war,he grew up without,and learned to make do. Family, friends, neighborsmake communities,and were the focusof his life,as a backgroundof stability and security. He came of agein the era of Americanprosperity and aspiration. … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Or, And

or: (conjunction) the option of one of two possibilities and: (conjunction) the possibility of two, linked options I overheard a co-work and client talking about the pandemic the other day. We often banter about various topics while working. The client … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Myrtle and the Big Mistake, by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange

Wednesday, I took a vehicle to the dealership to get some service done. While waiting, I got to watch (only half way as I was reading too) two episodes of Law and Order on the lounge TV. I have never … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Farming While Black, Leah Penniman

Let’s start with a quiz to establish essential knowledge and philosophy for reading Mrs. Penniman’s “Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land” “Food Apartheid” is: a) a system of organizing one’s garden, pantry, and menu plans b) a system of … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Thanks Giving

thanks (n): an act or statement of gratitude giving (v): to offer an object to someone else This Thanksgiving season, I have been hearing al awful lot of grumbling. Those making such statements fall into two opposing groups. One grumbles … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: 1919, Eve L. Ewing

For whatever alignment of the stars, with the Black Lives Maters protests after George Floyds’ death, I happened to read a cartoon by an African American cartoonist which dropped the phrase “Red Summer”. I did not know the reference. Then, … Continue reading

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