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My cat seems to be really enjoying the new addition to our yard. I think this is his way of saying, "Thanks for buying me a new bed." And, unfortunately, he also thinks it is his new scratching post. Because, as every cat caregiver knows, every new purchase made is always for the cat.
We took out our above ground pool and replaced it with a gazebo, or more accurately a "teahouse". It has a double swing inside. We haven't finished the landscaping, obviously, but I think it is coming along nicely. The plan is to plant spirea and butterfly bushes, along with some lantana and some annuals which are yet to be determined. Show More Summary
As is obvious by the previous post, I'm happy to see that President Obama has won a second term. Results from here in Alabama were about what I had expected; however, Judge Roy Moore's opponent, Bob Vance, gave a better showing than I had expected.I am very happy to hear, too, that Jon Tester (D-Mont) has won reelection to his senate seat in Montana. Show More Summary
I did my civic duty and voted. I voted for Obama/Biden, but since I live in Alabama, I'm sure most of the few people I had the option of voting for will win. It is AMAZING how many offices were not contested. But at least I did haveShow More Summary
Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything here. But this definitely seemed worth posting about. I went to the Music Midtown Festival over the weekend. It was so much fun. I've never been to a music festival like this before. It was like a sea of people out there. Show More Summary
I decided that it might be interesting to make a word cloud of the words actually spoken by Jesus in the New Testament. I looked to see if I could find one and I couldn't. So I started making one. I only got through Matthew. Maybe I'll finish later. Here is what I got. For some reason the code from Wordle isn't working to show it here, but here is the link
The question is, was it worth it? It certainly shouldn't have been as difficult a process as it turned out to be. But ultimately I did get to watch tonight's premiere of Doctor Who, so it all worked out okay. I do, however, find myself...Show More Summary
I have finally gotten around to watching the newest series of Doctor Who with the eleventh Doctor. I wondered how I would feel about the new Doctor because I was so accustomed to David Tennant and I didn't know how the show would be with a new writer. Show More Summary
Today I was looking back at an old post to find a link to a site to make a colored map for use in my American National Government class. I ended up not using the site, because it was specifically for making a map of the US states you have visited, but it reminded me of how out of date my map is. Show More Summary
Here are some pictures of the little garden I planted this year. I never got around to making one last year, because here at the new house it needs protection from the deer in the neighborhood. This year I built a really deep lasagna garden and put a 5 foot tall fence around it. Show More Summary
As this Lenten season draws to close, I find myself going over two song in my head and contemplating their potential for religious insight. The two songs are Like a Stone by AudioSlave and Michael Jordan by Five for Fighting. Near the beginning of Lent, I read through the Catechism in my Book of Common Prayer. Show More Summary
Today when I was out finishing my Christmas shopping in Montgomery, I saw a bumper sticker on a car in the Target parking lot. The bumper sticker said "Pray for Obama, Psalm 109:8" I wrote the chapter and verse down so that I could look it up when I got home. Show More Summary
Today is a sad day for my family. My uncle, William Ray Strickland died this morning after an extended illness. He was only 44 years old, but has had health issues since 1996 when he contracted encephalitis during the outbreak in Atlanta. Rest in Peace, Will. We will all miss you.
At the suggestion/request of a student, I watched the Zeitgeist video yesterday. One of many of the conspiracy theories set forth in the video is that the Federal Income Tax is unconstitutional because the 16th Amendment was not properly ratified. Show More Summary
This morning I am working on constructing a quiz for my American National Government classes. To date, the classes have not done exceptionally well on these quizzes, which consist of questions solely from the reading material combined with questions from the power point presentations. Show More Summary
Does anyone have any idea what kind of tree this is? It is yet another thing that I have in my yard that I have no idea what it is. It makes a cool looking berry.This is a close up picture of the fruit, or berry or whatever you call it, that it produces.Does anyone know? If so, I'd really appreciate a response.
I've uploaded most of our trip pictures from our trip to New England and Niagara Falls to Webshots. There is a permanent link to my albums over in the side bar, but here is a link to the new album. Here are just a few to get you started. Enjoy.American Falls at Niagara Nubble Lighthouse Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
I got a paper proposal accepted!!The paper is called "Carrying the Fire": Political Liberalism and Realism in Cormac McCarthy's The Road. It will be presented at the Western Literature Association Conference in Spearfish, South Dakota this fall. Show More Summary
I don't know what last night's season finale of Bones was supposed to be, but I was very disappointed with it. Oh, it was funny and all, but certainly not what I had hoped for in a season finale. The only thing I can figure is that the...Show More Summary
You've probably seen this commercial for Abilify before, but I'll post it for those who haven't.When I heard this commercial it just struck me how reliant on drugs we really are. Basically what this commercial is saying is that if you take drugs and they don't seem to be helping, or helping enough, the answer is to simply take more drugs. Show More Summary