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April 20th, 2013

my sister’s blog

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

My sister and her hubby are having their first house built, and she has been blogging about the experience with lots of pictures. She asked me not to say anything cheesy, so I won’t say how she’s my little buggy-boo or the apple of my eye. And I definitely won’t break into a chorus of Katie-marink-adink-adoo, because that would be embarrassing. (See, Katie? Promise kept.)

In all seriousness, it’s great seeing her go on this journey because it’s a process I’ve never gone on, and also because she’s really passionate about it in a good way. Do check it out and leave her a comment if you’re interested.

The Woodward Place

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

There are many things I can do, and do well. Apparently carrying bulky, heavy bed-frames isn’t one of them. Or even half a bed frame.

I got a new bed that looks pretty much like this:

… only it’s a twin bed rather than the full and it has a curved headboard that looks like the footboard only taller. (No white bars.) It’s a good solid bed but not so heavy it will be impossible to move. All important considerations for a grad student. Perhaps even more importantly, they delivered and set it up. Actually getting them here was a bit of a nightmare. But they put it together quickly and without me having to be the one to deal with it, and once I got it turned around it is the one shining aesthetic touch in my pig sty of a bedroom. Also much more comfortable than my old bed.

I started out with a wood-frame bed from Ikea, but at some point I broke it so it wouldn’t hold the mattress. I replaced that at some point with a basic metal frame which wasn’t very good and kept meaning to replace it but never got around to it. I’d held on to about half of the original wood frame because it gave me a rail to set things on. All of that meant that I had an L-shape piece of pressed wood, complete with a metal runner running along the inside to support the bed slats, as big as a twin bed. I also live four flights up in an apartment building, with no elevator and another flight down to the alley where the trash can is.

I decided trying to take it out late at night under the theory no one would be using the stairs so I could take my time. Problem was, I didn’t keep in mind that late at night everyone would be trying to sleep and the last thing they would want would be a large piece of wood clanging against the stairwell. Also, that the stairs down to the trash alley run right past the super’s young daughter’s bedroom. The last thing any of us needed was for me to wake her up at two in the morning. You have not lived until you’ve tried to carry a heavy, bulky object and had to do it quietly.

All of which gave me a massively sore back and calves that were having akind of minor muscle spasm. I’m not complaining, honestly – it’s already much better. But here it was 2:30 AM on a Friday night and I ducked into the corner bodega to pick up a sandwich, having to concentrate how I put my foot down and looking more than a bit tipsy. I hadn’t had a drink – in fact, I never have a drink, and the clerk had a good laugh at me. But in a good way, I think.

Now I haven’t slept in over forty-eight hours, but I’m not even tired. oo much adrenaline, or exhausted beyond sleep, or something. Weird how that seems to work out.

P.S. – The metal frame and the boxes the delivery men left are still here, but they’re much more manageable weight-wise.

a quick request

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

I crosspost this journal at LiveJournal, since I grew up there and a lot of people are more comfortable reading and commenting on that site. I don’t have a problem with that. Really – I’m happy you take the time to read, and want you to do that where it’s most comfortable to you.

But there is a small way you guys can help me. If you read a certain post, could you click the link to my fidesquaerens.org site? At the top of each post there’s a statement in smaller font: “Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.” Click on either of the two links. You can even open it in a new tab (in most browsers, by holding down the control of command key) if you don’t want to lose your place, and then just close that tab once it’s through loading. This gives me a better idea of how many people are reading what kinds of posts, and it also improves my rank on things like Google, so people searching for a certain topic are more likely to find me.

I’m not trying to force people to interact on Fidesquaerens.org – I crosspost because I want people who like LJ to still feel comfortable reading and commenting. But if you could at least open up the FidesQuaerens.org page it would give me a better idea of how many people are reading and what kinds of things they’re most interested in.

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Atheism: Reality is awesome.

My political thought of the day:

On Thursday the president attended a memorial in Boston, billed as interfaith. But according to some of my secularist FB friends this service is actually quite insulting, because atheists and other non-religious groups were not represented. This in spite of the fact that many of the seriously injured identified as atheists, agnostics, secularists, etc., and in spite of the fact that Harvard has a humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein, who could have helped them include his community in the public memorial.

* basic information from Hemant Mehta
* a more opinionated piece from James Croft (kudos to Dan Fincke for this link)

I don’t know why the secular people were excluded from this memorial. It may have been intentional. It may also have been an oversight, or perhaps someone thought secularists wouldn’t have been interested in participating – that label interfaith, with its connection to theism, does lead to that kind of misunderstanding. I honestly don’t have enough information to know what happened. But even if it was an innocent mistake as opposed to something malicious, that doesn’t make the oversight okay.

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Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

My political thought of the day:

On Thursday the president attended a memorial in Boston, billed as interfaith. But according to some of my secularist FB friends this service is actually quite insulting, because atheists and other non-religious groups were not represented. This in spite of the fact that many of the seriously injured identified as atheists, agnostics, secularists, etc., and in spite of the fact that Harvard has a humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein, who could have helped them include his community in the public memorial.

* basic information from Hemant Mehta
* a more opinionated piece from James Croft (kudos to Dan Fincke for this link)

I don’t know why the secular people were excluded from this memorial. It may have been intentional. It may also have been an oversight, or perhaps someone thought secularists wouldn’t have been interested in participating – that label interfaith, with its connection to theism, does lead to that kind of misunderstanding. I honestly don’t have enough information to know what happened. But even if it was an innocent mistake as opposed to something malicious, that doesn’t make the oversight okay.

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