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In Defense of the Lay

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concerned that a position he was advocating would not prevail against sophisticated opposition we were mounting through our lobbying organizations, a legislative staffer decided on a strategy of filing a lawsuit against us accusing us of practicing law without a license by virtue of th legal nature of the legislation we were promoting. his challenge was taken seriously enough by my colleagues that in a secret meeting they were all in favor of suspending our initiative. i alone urged continuing our efforts and i vowed to persist even if as a group they decided to abandon their project, even if they were to disassociate from me when i continued my own efforts, even if they themselves tried to bar me from continuing my own efforts, even if i remained alone

i gave a speech about how th ordinary everyday person ought be encouraged to participate in any way in th recommendation and support of legislation, even to the extent of recommending th exact language that was to go into th law, lest we become a society ruled by th very elite. i reminded them that our country was founded by men and women who were not lawyers. that while non-lawyers certainly ought not practice law in judging and carrying out th law many certain circumstances, just as we don’t look to lawyers to be th police who enforce our laws, likewise th making of laws must not be th exclusive province of lawyers

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17 January 2015 at 7:05 am

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Rescheduled Routes and Routines

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Beginning next month, our trash pick-up is being re-routed. Shifting our trash schedule from Mondays and Thursdays to Wednesdays and Saturdays. One nice benefit: Thursdays were being skipped every Thanksgiving; and Mondays were getting missed for maybe half the holidays of the year. So yes, whenever Independence Day or Christmas or New Year’s fall on a Wednesday or Saturday, we’ll still skip a beat on trash pick-up; but we ought to see those less frequently than on our Monday-Thursday schedule. At first, though, it will take some getting used to: my Monday morning trash/recycling routine has typically been coordinated with my participation with our community’s Special Projects Group meeting; and my Thursday morning trash routine has typically been coordinated with my attendance at our community’s Men’s Discussion Group. My Wednesday and Saturday mornings are currently clear of comparable activities. Maybe I will have to look into finding something new to do. For the sake of our trash.

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16 January 2015 at 4:56 am

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Sunny Disposition

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sunny dispositionOur weatherman promises we’ll finally see some sun today. After a week of cloudy skies. After less than a handful of clear skies since the solstice.

I’m ready for it.

But it looks like we’ll be right back to a streak of cloudy forecasts for the foreseeable future past this brief spell of sun. So let’s make good of it while we can — on my task list for today:

  • Walk double, triple, maybe more my usual day’s distance around the loop, maybe up to Ashley’s workplace and back, put some good miles under my feet out in the sunlight;
  • Work out in the yard, in the back garden we started last autumn, cleaning out more of that front garden we bought into, getting things ready for the spring no matter how far away that still feels;
  • Reacquaint myself with Weathermob, which has been doing without me since all we’ve had this winter have been gray skies after gray skies after gray skies after gray on gray on gray;
  • Head up to the pool and get a start on this season’s tan;
  • Create a water color painting of the return of bright colors to our world;
  • Check out the moon, watch Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and relocate Canopus and Algol and all those other stars I’ve been waiting patiently to see again (after sunset, obviously); and then . . .
  • Head back inside and get the fireplace going strong again, so we can be set for another month of cold cloudy skies.
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15 January 2015 at 6:47 am

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Prediction: Irreversible Damage

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An actuarial prediction for January 2017: Our next President will face a job that needs to be done with a public workforce against which irreversible damage will have been committed during the 8 years of the Obama Administration.

Supplemental prediction: not a single item on the Administration’s current to do list will be successfully accomplished.

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14 January 2015 at 6:41 am

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Practically Up There

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The Practical AstronomerSince two full moons ago, only one night in seven has been clear enough for us to see the moon. Yet I always know where the moon is relative to the sun and the stars and our horizons, and I always know whether our moon ascends or descends and when it stands still and when it crosses over, and I always know whether it has come closer to us or is farther away, and I don’t need to see it to know. Even so, the moon is always a welcome sight, even when it is so close and full that its light makes nearby stars as invisible as on a cloudy night.

And since Jupiter went retrograde back in early December, we’ve had little opportunity to watch the majestic giant back away from Regulus. Yet from the rare evening clear enough to catch the planet rising to the morning clear enough to watch it fade to the sunrise, I can tell the hour of day by its path across our winter night, and I can tell how far we’ve gone into the season by how far the planet leads Leo. Still, Jupiter is always beautiful to witness so bright overhead, and this winter on clear nights it has become the first wanderer I turn to see.

And we’ve had mostly clouds and rain through the past dozen cycles of Algol. Yet as easily as knowing dawn and dusk I can tell when the demon winks, and I know where Medusa’s head floats even during winter’s daytime when it crosses over the other side of our earth, and I know it’s a glimpse of Algol I’m catching even if it’s the only star peeking through a passing break in our clouds. Nevertheless I love having skies open enough to trace the path I love to trace from Saiph through Bellatrix all the way over to Cassiopeia, then back to this fave.

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13 January 2015 at 6:12 am

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Sincerely, Unacceptable

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Mockery is unacceptable. Far more unacceptable is attempting to silence mockery.

I’ve had my convictions and beliefs mocked, and by one who didn’t even know what my beliefs were. The mockery didn’t influence me to change my beliefs or my actions or my choices at all — making fun of someone for what they believe only hurts the one committing the ill, not the target of the abuse. I do know one friend who was briefly silenced when her own spiritual beliefs were ridiculed. Even then, the intolerance did nothing to erode her faith nor to change who she was in any way, and she could not be silenced permanently.

Literary satire or political comedy have their place, granted. But making a personal joke out of an individual’s spiritual beliefs only gets laughter out of those who know no better. There is no wisdom, no integrity, no good to be had out of religious mockery. But advising that a mocker would do well to choose silence over their foolishness is a completely different thing – infinitely different – than taking action to force the mocker to be silent.

As hypocritical as it is for one who preaches acceptance to run around mocking others’ beliefs, far more idiotic is one who is openly intolerant of others’ beliefs to think that killing someone can ever silence their voice. Unacceptable.

Accept one another. Respect one another. Love one another. Sincerely. Not just when it’s convenient.

Je suis Charlie.

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12 January 2015 at 9:57 pm

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Up Close and Intimate

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An Intimate Look at the Night SkyLike a love that never grows distant life after life after life, but grows only closer, more and more intimate, so is my friendship with the stars.

And like one can never study too many math books, like one can never lose oneself in too many chess books, like one can never fly too far on too many poetry books, likewise I can never have too many books about the skies around me. So yet another book purchased with the Christmas gift card given to me by Natalie: An Intimate Look at the Night Sky, by Chet Raymo.

When flipping through it while at the bookstore, what persuaded me to add it to my shelves: finding myself reading more than a few pages into Chapter 2 — “Dark: Why the Night Is Dark.” Start a discussion of darkness with a fave poem by Yeats and quickly hit escape velocity from there, and I’m caught as easily as a particle veering too close to the event horizon of a black hole.

Thank you again, Nat, for a Christmas gift that will last in my heart as long as the stars.

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12 January 2015 at 6:16 am

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