Thomas Times – Age

From the Thomas Times, our annual family newsletter:

 There is something sobering about age.  I recently sent a birthday soliloquy to one of my nephews, in which I mentioned an iron pot.  This is a pot I remember seeing in a field over 50 years ago, as men who worked on our farm boiled a hog they had just killed in order to turn it into hams and bacon.  Recently, a friend and I dug that same pot out of the ground where it had been partly buried under the side of a barn.  I made the point that it was still in good shape, because cast iron, once it gets a coating of rust, doesn’t deteriorate any more.  However, in the last day or two, I happened to walk by the pot and take a closer look, since I noticed something amiss.  As I tapped it with a small hammer, several pieces of the bottom chipped off.  As it happened, the very bottom had been in contact with wet earth for many of those 50 years, and the rust had penetrated… Continue reading “Thomas Times – Age”

Memories & Meaning

I recently sent this soliloquy to my nephew Riley on his birthday.  Since it includes thoughts that many of you may find interesting, I’ve posted it here as well:

 When I was a little boy, I remember walking in the lot west of our home.  It’s where the horses and Blackie the steer live now, about a 100 yards from the breakfast room window.  As I walked, I believe it was springtime, and I saw a big pot made of cast iron over a fire.  In it was the body of a dead Continue reading “Memories & Meaning”

Home Is Where the Buck Stops

Do you remember cheating on tests in grade school?  As I think back, I honestly can’t, though I probably did.  (The sins I remember were mouthing off in class & bringing a baby snake to show & tell — but that’s another post!).  Now, let’s go one more step: did you ever, in your wildest dreams, think that your teacher was cheating on a test?  Or that her cheating would hurt you??  Or that she was doing it for the money, because she was a criminal running a giant scam on the school district???

According to a report commissioned by the governor & published recently in Georgia, the former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Continue reading “Home Is Where the Buck Stops”

Lydia’s Graduation Weekend

This post is for those who have asked for pictures from Lydia’s graduation.  It will be mostly pictures, but I’ll tell you a little about what we did.  “We” means Ted, Beth, and Serena; Ben Allen and Emily; and Sarah, Rainey, and William. We all drove up together in 3 vehicles.  I had the 2 back seats out in my van so I could 1) bring 2 rented wheelchairs for Ted’s parents’ use, and 2) have room for all Lydia’s stuff to vacate her apartment and bring her back home. Continue reading “Lydia’s Graduation Weekend”

An Addition

My goodness, nobody’s written anything here in months!  I suppose we are just a dull lot (or just very busy)  Anyway, I am writing to inform the world, or just our friends, of a new addition to the blog world.  Namely, mine.  Yes, I have decided to start my own blog, mostly because I need somewhere to put all my art pictures where they are accessible to anyone who might want to see them (fellow artists in other words)  So, if you feel like seen what I’m up to, you can go to Life With My Muse, and read all about it.

Unusual sightings at Chenoweth

February 15 was a banner day for odd things around here.  The first occurred as a result of Neil. You family members know Neil — Sarah’s old friend that we have been helping.  He asked to use our dining room for a romantic Valentine meal for his wife, seeing as how he couldn’t afford to take her out to a nice restaurant.  I said o.k., and he made all the arrangements through Serena.  I didn’t think I would need to be involved at all.  (But you know me). Continue reading “Unusual sightings at Chenoweth”

What is this?

Google search page

Does this look familiar?  It should, if you use Google.  So what are the two buttons below the logo?  They are words written in the language this search page operates on, and the logo is a link to Valentine’s Day search in … are you ready? …

Klingon.

That’s right.  You can search the web in a language constructed for the world created by the TV show, Startrek!  That would be a search of the real world using the language of a virtual world that for some people is more real than the world they live in now.

Are you confused yet?

Welcome to the 21st century…

BTW – hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!  We did :-))

Gorilla Glass

For once, this kind of marketing catch phrase is actually understated!  Watch this video and marvel at what Corning Glass has done for Gorilla Glassthe iPhone and its millions of users.  The most intriguing idea for me is flexible glass– real glass that flexes as if it were plastic, yet is as hard as glass.  In a related article, the author touts the video he watched but couldn’t film- a 3 lb. steel ball dropping from 3 ft. on Gorilla Glass without breaking it.

Don’t try that at home!