random quote from the I guess i’m just in that kind of mood tonight dept.

Sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice. via Doc

perhaps I’m tuned into the same angst Dave is …

[India Today] Moon Mission: “In a bid to emerge as a global space power India plans an ambitious lunar launch that will boost its technological capability and ignite popular imagination.” I’m not sure about imagination, but they certainly got my attention. One thing that occurs to me off the top of my head … if India really want to get involved in space travel, I understand some folks are building a Space Station. You could always lend a hand with that instead of doing the ‘India lands on the Moon’ thing. Just a thought. I was led to this story by that demon slashdot.

more from Susan

Why I write in this weblog:

  • I can say something in a few short paragraphs and immediately publish it. (computer books = toil for long time before it sees the light of day)
  • I do a little writing daily. Naturally some days are better than others. But the dailiness of it is important.
  • I get to build a new audience. If you are reading this and you’re not a Brycer, then I’ve succeeded at expanding my “audience” beyond people who use Bryce.

Nicely stated! I don’t write computer books but the whole notion of connecting with other people and writing daily I really like.

[Wherein John VanDyk reveals himself as a hero of mine] John at VFIH talks about story time at Vacation Bible School. It sounds like you’re good at it John. It gets me to thinking how these stories tie us together as a group, because we know the same stories. The Lost Sheep, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Loaves and Fishes, Krishna and the Milkmaids, Draupadi’s hair (I may have misspelled her name from The Mahabarata), the endless variations on the Chinese master of something or other and the ferryman/wandering mendicant/hermit, Hansel and Gretel, Coyote. Here in the US (which probably should read white middle-class Protestant Midwest since that is from whence I spring) many of those stories come from the Old and New Testament, but there also the one’s that are decidedly secular. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed. Stories of a country in its adolescence and the Industrial Age. I’m not sure that losing some of the ‘triumph over nature’ stories is bad, what I am concerned about is that we’re not replacing the stories we used to tell our children with anything more than stories concocted by the marketplace to sell them crap. I’m sorry, I meant to say worthless crap that can, if unchecked, make them into mindless consumers who harbor the notion that even though the last worthless crap they bought in attempt to fill the void in their soul with material goods (sense objects) didn’t work, this new one will. Perhaps you should use your credit card since its rather expensive. The simple act of telling stories that matter to our children (that’s the encompassing “Our”) can make all the difference in letting them know that they’re part of a larger whole, that they’re part of US and that we, in turn, are part of THEM. We belong to each other. You’re a hero John.

I’m through venting – thanks for listening

[Books Unlimited] 21st century family values. “Infidelity, divorce, stepchildren… is marriage doomed in the 21st century, asks leading American writer Jane Smiley. Or could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?” Thought provoking. thanks for the link garret.

Susan is looking forward to giving her niece A Wrinkle In Time. You’re a good Aunt Susan! She also mentions what I’ve always thought was obvious – if you’re a reader, you never can have too many books!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released in: [Macro error: Can’t call the script because the name “editThisPageSuite” hasn’t been defined.]

Sorry about the lack of updates, sometimes the non-weblog world intrudes…

meanwhile there’s lots of things to see out there in weblog land. In no particular order and partially ’cause I want to se the icons:

Scripting News


Andrea |

Archipelago |
Dori and Tom |
David |
John |
Dave |

If I forgot anyone, I apologize

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  1. I agree with you, Hal (though I wouldn’t call myself a hero for volunteering for a night at VBS!). There are many facets to this problem and I’m glad I seem to move in a community that is aware of them.

    Raising kids in today’s world is a real challenge. Our current answer is home school, put a lot of time and effort into open communication, try our best to love them. It’s hard finding the energy sometimes, and a lot of the rewards are far-off. This coming from a guy who doesn’t know whether he could wait for the second marshmallow!

  2. That is the real challenge isn’t it? Finding the time and energy to try our best, while knowing that the rewards are far off. I still maintain that this is the fabric of heroism, the everyday battles that are seemingly insignificant when taken singly, but when the whole fabric is visible (or envisioned) it becomes very significant. When various public persons wrap themselves in ‘its for the children’ rhetoric I usually roll my eyes, because it seldom is. (I’m referring to things usually affecting the First Amendment like censorship of the internet, movies, popular music) Its my impression that those things emanate from the visceral response to change and power and control rather than the potential for corruption of our youth. Thats where parenting comes in. Even in my small town where I grew up various ‘corrupting’ influences were available. Granted, not from the computer in the family room, but with the ingenuity of Jr. High kids, it was available.

    After I matured enough to start to become a provisional adult (I think I was 23) my Dad developed the response to my realization of just what a pain we all must have been of saying “thats why you were allowed to live”. Now, with friends with children of various ages I’m on the other side of the situation and know what the adults were laughing about when I was being so serious about having to have something or do something. Heroism is doing those small things that if we didn’t have a larger view would seem horribly inconvenient. But the time to tell stories, teaching in Vacation Bible School, doing home school (we’re considering it), being a Scout Leader, or a 4-H Leader, are all so very important. By being a part of their childhood it opens that conduit that runs both ways. I’ve heard for a long time that raising kids finishes the maturation process and speed us towards becoming a whole person (Individuated, Actualized, Grown-Up, what ever label people hang on that). But its terribly important, because not only does it help us, but, (here I go …) its for our kids.

    Thanks John

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