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05 September 2007



I would probably have heart failure if I found a snake at the end of my pitch fork. I was digging out some shrubs this weekend and was afraid of finding a small snake in the undergrowth. But luckily, I didn't.


Did you say Discovery Informatics? University with computing power? Please provide details for this aspiring DI major at your local college.


Snakes are good, snakes are good...I keep saying this but then there are few poisonous snakes where I live and they still scare the heck out of me. It is that primal fear. I need to take a camera course! The manual is a pain and unless you have a specific task, impossible to retain! You are reading HP slowly in order to savor the experience which much be a far cry from reading and writing grant proposals. My friend bought a soapstone sink for her kitchen which is quite old fashioned yet industrial looking at the same time. It came from a place in Vermont which would make the freight high for you but it might be worth it. Let me know and I can send details if you wish.


Well, that was quite a list. At least you weren't disappointed by "Lord of the Gourds". If a giant pumpkin doesn't make you smile, back to Dunleavy's with you!!!


Carol: You'd have heart trouble in my garden then, the snakes are out of control. I still haven't gotten used to them - especially those big poisonous ones.

Layanee: My very nice brother lives in Vermont (Stowe), so Vermont isn't out of the question - I would be interested in hearing more about the soapstone sinks. Thanks.

Jeff: I was mesmerized by the 'Lord of the Gourds' and am developing my own gourd-growing plan for '08 as I type this. They'd better not poke my gourd though. That would be offensive. And yes, if all else fails, back to DunLeavy's for me (which, considering that it is the unofficial official start the the (two) month of birthday, isn't such a bad idea.


Agricola: I emailed you on your gmail account about our DI hire - I really like him so far, and that's optimistic, don't you think?

mss @ Zanthan Gardens

I felt the same way when reading HP. I read it very slowly because I didn't want it to end. I just wanted everything to go on--leave it open-ended. (Very against my J-type need for closure.) Then I got to a section, which my husband refers to as the "non-put-downable" point of a book, and I didn't do anything else but read it.

When I got to the end, I just started reading it all over again.

John B.

It strikes me that most if not all of these bulleted items are the same sort of variation on the "immovable-object-meets-irresistible-force" moment: the recognition of but not acquiescence to the fact that there are certain things we wish we could will to our will but which won't change in response. Taken in turn, some of these are humorous or wry; their accretion, though, is humbling or melancholic, a reminder of our impotence to change certain things unless we change--or, for that matter, our impotence to change certain things, period.

I feel a blog post coming on . . .


MSS: Well, last night was finally my point of no return, and I've finished the book. I could probably read the last 100 pages again more slowly, but I don't know if I will. I'm not sure how I felt about the whole Dumbledore thing, but overall, the ending was pretty predictable. I guess that's okay.

John B.: I'm glad that something about my crazy existence at the present time inspires someone to do something. Yes, it's tough having things in front of one that they can't change - I'm used to trying to figure out ways to do things, resolving stuff, mapping ways to go around something if you can't go through it. Yes, humbling and melancholic pretty much covers it. You could toss a bit of inadequacy in there as well. I'll look forward to your post.

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