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This and That

Whether or not this makes any sense, I feel like there's a lot going on, but nothing really happening right now.

Maya's busy with fifth grade homework and a lot of activities.  She has school band (alto sax) and chorus, which each require an hour-early start one day a week, volleyball, which means one practice and one game a week, and three dance classes (hip-hop, jazz, and ballet) over two evenings a week.  This is her favorite year of school, so far, and we owe a lot of thanks to her first-year teacher, Mr. B. 

Herb's back to a crazy work schedule that includes two jobs, a food business (smoker) with a friend, and still barbering for his regular clients.  When does he sleep?  Rarely.  So far, he does manage to keep Sundays at least mostly free for Maya and me.

I'm still waiting to learn whether my current job is going to transition from a hospital position to working for the affiliated university.  Besides a different reporting structure, I'll have access to mor…

Thought for the Day

"Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn't do what you do, or think as you think.  There was a time when you didn't know what you know today."   ~~Malcolm X

Incoming Mail--Sue

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Card from Sue in North Carolina.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

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Photos by my sister, Michele.

Thought for the Day

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Incoming Mail--Wanda

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Decorated envelope from Wanda in Canada.  Dogs and dolphins are my favorites.

Thought for the Day

"No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives."   ~~Reza Aslan
You can read the full text of Aslan's editorial, Bill Maher Isn't the Only Who Misunderstands Religion, from which this paragraph is taken, here.

Incoming Mail--Limner

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Postcard from Limner in Texas.  She blogs at Oh, Write Me!

Incoming Mail--Kym

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Sympathy card for Allie from Kym in Colorado.
Friendship card from Kym.
Outside of card:  "Life gets so busy sometimes that before you know it, you wake up one day and realize you haven't even touched base with one of your favorite people in the world for what seems like forever."
Inside of card:  "Hi, Favorite Person.  How are things going with you?"

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay

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Fall card made by Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Recent Reads

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012).  When a woman disappears in small-town Missouri, leaving behind a home showing a struggle and blood, her husband is the prime suspect.  Not all that surprising, the story is still well-written.  Now in theaters.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2010).  Twenty-five years after testifying against her brother for murdering their mom and two sisters, a now thirty-two-year-old woman is on a quest to talk to everyone who might know something about the details of the murder night.  I would much rather see the movie version of this twisty book.
Jack the Ripper: The Simple Truth by Bruce Paley (1997).  Paley makes a viable case for Joseph Barnett, the boyfriend of murder victim Mary Jane Kelly, as being the killer.  While certainly possible, there are other equally likely theories as to the identity of the killer.  Paley does a nice job of portraying what life was like in the Whitechapel of 1888, and the book held my interest.

Incoming Mail--Tami

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Decorated envelope from Tami in Oregon.
Lovely autumn card.  Tami blogs at A Mother's Musings.