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Our Real Journey

Quote posted on my cousin’s Facebook page by a friend of hers. I made a meme for it.

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed.” ~ Wendell Berry
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This and That

Tech Republic has an article about why remote working makes sense. It really does, but it also depends on the worker. My husband manages a global computer network from a closet in one of our rooms. Well, the desk is in the closet, his chair is out in the room. Both my husband and I earned our degrees and graduate degrees remotely. We are both capable of, and comfortable with, working unsupervised. Of course, not all positions are conducive to working remotely. You can’t cut hair remotely, but lots of work can be done remotely perhaps freeing up hours in commuting time a day.

Comment at Althouse post on the President’s comments about US versus European Muslim assimilation:

Churchill had a noteworthy assessment of Islam in 1899:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_River_War

Harsh, but history shows that peoples, and generations, ascribe to certain inculcated behaviors. Assimilation is a consequence—or not assimilating or being accepted.

Paddington Cake Pops at Bakerella!

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Cool Idea to Implement Locally

And a great story that used it…

Lenore Skenazy at Free-Range Kids brings us a cool idea to maybe change grumpy people we live around.

In Windsor, Ontario an anonymous Canadian started a website and Facebook page called Spotted in Windsor for people to be able to thank and comment to each other via a public message board. It was modeled on one from a local university.

The story that a woman posted is very moving.
Read the whole thing.

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Happy New Year!

My laptop was in the shop so I didn’t have the ability to do this until now.

2015

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Christmas Song of the Day: O Holy Night

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O Holy Night

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O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need-to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

 

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Christmas Song of the Day: Silent Night

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Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth ”

 

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Christmas Song of the Day: Silver Bells

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Silver Bells

Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you’ll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of street lights, even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
This is Santa’s big day
And above all this bustle you’ll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
Soon it will be Christmas day

 

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Christmas Song of the Day: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

It came upon a midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harp of gold

Peace on earth, good will to men
From heaven’s all gracious King
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world

Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing

For lo! The days are hastening on
By prophet barbs foretold
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold

When peace shall overall the earth
Its ancient splendors fling
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

 

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Christmas Song of the Day: Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
“Do you see what I see?” (Do you see what I see?)
Way up in the sky little lamb
“Do you see what I see? (Do you see what I see?)
A star, a star, dances in the sky with a tail as big as a kite, with a tail as big as a kite.
Said the little lamb to the Shepherd boy,
“Do you hear what I hear?” (“Do you hear what I hear?”)
Way up in the sky, shepherd boy
“Do you hear what I hear?” (“Do you hear what I hear?”)
A song, a song, high above the trees with a voice as big as the sea, with a voice as big as the sea
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
“Do you know what I know? (Do you know what I know?”)
In your palace warm mighty king
“Do you know what I know? (Do you know what I know?”)
A child, a child, shivers in the night, let us bring him silver and gold, let us bring him silver and gold.
Said the King to his people everywhere
Listen to what I say (Listen to what I say)
Pray for peace, people everywhere
Listen to what I say (Listen to what I say)
A child, a child, sleeping in the night. He will bring us goodness and light, he will bring us goodness and light.

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