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but there's no shortage of irony.

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Oh and ...

I flunked charm school.

So what.

Can't write anything.

= Jennifer =

Causing considerable consternation
to many fine folk since 1957

Pepper and me ... Seattle 1962

  

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In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal!

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

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Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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The Promise Of Redemption

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine


The Courage Of Our Hearts

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Daft Like Jack

 "I can name fingers and point names ..."


And We'll Sing It All The Time
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    Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion
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    Where Are They Buried (Revised and Updated): How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy
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    Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary
    by Frederick Buechner
  • The Black Bard of North Carolina: George Moses Horton and His Poetry (Chapel Hill Books)
    The Black Bard of North Carolina: George Moses Horton and His Poetry (Chapel Hill Books)
    The University of North Carolina Press
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    by Andrew Breitbart
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    by Tom Jokinen
  • Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits
    Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits
    by Matthew Rolston
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    Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt
    by Todd Harra, Ken McKenzie
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    Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
    by Robert L. O'Connell
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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
    by Lynne Truss
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    Master Books
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    Architects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops them
    by Peter Schweizer
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    Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews That Rule America From the Grave
    by Brannon Howse
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    The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
    by Thomas Lynch
Easy On The Goods
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    starring Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee
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    starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald, Rod Taylor
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    starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
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    Remember the Night
    starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway
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    The Ox-Bow Incident
    starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe
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    The Bad Seed
    starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden
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    starring R.A. Dickey, Charles Hough, Phil Niekro, Tim Wakefield
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    starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, Kathryn Marlowe
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    Act of Valor
    starring Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano
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    Deep Water
    starring Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Clare Crowhurst, Simon Crowhurst
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    Sunset Boulevard
    starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark
  • Penny Serenade
    Penny Serenade
    starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan, Beulah Bondi
  • Double Indemnity
    Double Indemnity
    starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
  • Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
    starring Gary Anthony Williams
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    Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
    Passion River
  • It Happened One Night (Remastered Black & White)
    It Happened One Night (Remastered Black & White)
    starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
  • Stella Dallas
    Stella Dallas
    starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale
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    The Iron Lady
    starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head, Alexandra Roach
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (4 Disc Set)
    Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (4 Disc Set)
    starring Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde
  • The Red Balloon (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
    The Red Balloon (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
    starring Red Balloon
  • Stalag 17 (Special Collector's Edition)
    Stalag 17 (Special Collector's Edition)
    starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
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    The Major and the Minor (Universal Cinema Classics)
    starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland
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    My Dog Skip
    starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Kevin Bacon
  • Sabrina
    Sabrina
    starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
    The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
    starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
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    Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport
  • Now, Voyager (Keepcase)
    Now, Voyager (Keepcase)
    starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, John Loder
  • The Trip To Bountiful
    The Trip To Bountiful
  • Hold Back the Dawn [DVD] Charles Boyer; Olivia de Havilland; Paulette Goddard
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That Dog Is Never Going To Move

~ JAVIER ~

Columbia's Finest Chihuahua

Simple. Easy To Remember.

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Saturday
May312008

Not Just Playing Possum

Sweet repose
Thursday
May292008

How Do You Spell Subway?  Q-U-I-Z-N-O-S

sub.jpgAll evidence to the contrary, I'm Having A Thought Here is not intended to be a rant blog, a humor blog, a religious blog, a critter blog,  a literary blog, a pirate blog, a foodie blog, a fangirl blog, a political blog, a mommy blog, or an ecumenical, spiritual, or grammatical blog. 

It's just me blog! 

Decidedly eclectic, I think you will agree.  Perhaps that is because I refuse to limit my horizons to the interior of any sort of little bitty neatly-labeled box!  The vistas available from such a vantage point appeal to me about as much as the prospect of milking a rattlesnake.

However.

At certain times various and sundry strong beliefs espoused by me (who else?) will ooze from my brain, travel through my fingers, and leak into the posts found here. 

If the result of said mental osmotic activity at any juncture begins to distress you, one click will take you away.  Bye now!  No hard feelings!  Please come again soon when what we are serving up may be more to your liking.  Or not.  Your choice.

I am not the hoagie type. I am the prime rib and crème brûlée by candlelight type.

One final caveat ... and I fully realize this could be the proverbial deal-breaker: here we do not strive to be particularly politically correct.

"What in the sam hill has her so riled?"  You quite possibly are asking yourself.

In a word ... Subway.

Not as in a form of mass urban commuter transit, but as in a place to buy sandwiches.  To be more specific, as in a place where I will never again buy a sandwich (which will actually save me $0.00 annually), and where I will do my best to see that the thirty-four people on the face of the earth over which I have the remotest scintilla of influence will likewise never again purchase so much as a crumb.

I think I know what you are thinking!  "Why is she worked up about Subway, of all places?  She doesn't even seem like the hoagie type!"

I am so glad you brought that up!  Your observations today are one hundred percent on point.  I've always liked that about you!  And no ... I am not the hoagie type.  I am the prime rib and crème brûlée by candlelight type.

But I digress.  Apologies.

The bright-ish folks at Subway, instead of sticking to cold cuts, have made it their business to categorically and remorselessly discriminate against an entire segment of American schoolchildren: the home schooled.  This they did while devising the rules and regs for their no doubt somewhat popular "Every Sandwich Tells A Story" contest.  Don't take my word for it!  Read it for yourself here, y'all.  Notice at the bottom of the entry fields as well as in the page footer, the tersely exclusionary "No home schools will be accepted."**

In case you were wondering, I did not home school a single one of our four children.  All four were privately educated from K-4 through 12 (two salutatorians in there, by the way) as well as college ... three tassels turned, one to go.

I am nevertheless personally acquainted with a number of exceptional home-schooled children ... among them my older sister's brood of seven.  Now, you'd have to know my sister, Kay ... she's a cross between Albert Einstein and George Patton, with a great big nurturing heart at the center of all that intelligence and grit.  She is also a lady of tremendous gravitas, spirituality, and practical wisdom.

**tips hat Kay-ward, blows kiss** 

So while those seven kids of hers were born with more than their fair share of grey matter, as it happens their mother worked them into a veritable lather of excellence in the academic milieu and continues to do so with her one remaining school-age child.  Character-wise they're pretty sharp too.

I realize that my sister's diligence and success on the home schooling front may not be the norm across the board, but I think the academic bar is hoisted at least as high in most home schools as it is in most public schools.  Although I am not in possession of any empirical data per se, I'm fairly sure the test scores would bear out the above assertion in just about any contest between children schooled in traditional classrooms versus those educated at home.  While we're at it let's blindfold a random selection of the home-schooled children and tie half their brains behind their backs just to make it fair.

If you clicked on the link to the home page for Subway's "Every Sandwich Has A Story" contest, you didn't see this next thing I'm going to tell you about because it has been corrected.  (As you might imagine there was quite the hue and cry from certain conservative camps in the face of Subway's blatant banning of home-schooled children from their writing contest ... and rightly so.  I myself sent Fred DeLuca a straightforward kind of email.) 

The promotional copy originally misspelled the words "united" (referring to our country as the Untied States) and "basket" (one of the prizes was apparently a Scholastic Gift bastket). 

Hmmmm ... ya'll might want to utilize the handy Windows spellcheck feature for those online writing contest entry pages.  At least it would have caught bastket.  Or employ home-schooled people to do your writing for you.  Just a helpful suggestion!

And if the Subwonks weren't comfortable giving the $5,000 worth of athletic equipment to a single home schooling family, they could have given it to a local gym or park or fitness center in that family's name.  Let's get creative, people.  Put your brain on.

Happily (sort of), in addition to rectifying the spelling errors that were pointed out to them, Subway has attempted to backpedal and deflect the flak they have justifiably received by publishing an "apology" which states in part: Our intention was never to make independent schooled children feel discriminated against or excluded from this specific promotion.  Oh really?  Could have fooled me!  Let's read it again, shall we: "No home schools will be accepted."**  Is that statement designed to make the independent schooled children feel included in this specific promotion?

My advice to Subway: keep churning out sandwiches and leave the mind games to those who know how to play them.

The rule has not been changed, by the way; the contest is in progress through June 30, 2008, and home schoolers are still not allowed to participate.

And now for what I like to think of as the coup de grâce ...

Does the name Evan O'Dorney mean anything to you?  He's the eighth grader from Danville, California (a state in which, incidentally, lawmakers seem intent on criminalizing home schoolers), who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2007.  The winning word in a fierce and über-dramatic three-round spelling showdown between Evan and his closest competitor, Canadian Nate Gartke, was serrefine.  I couldn't have spelled or defined that word ten minutes ago even if you'd told me that spelling and defining it would get me a candlelight dinner with Johnny Depp.  But Evan could spell it and ... oh, hey, guess what?  He's home schooled!  His mother, Jennifer, is his teacher and his father is ... wait for it ... a San Francisco subway train operator.

That's what you call ironic.

See you at Quiznos!  I hear they serve up a mean prime rib sub.

Monday
May262008

We'll Never Forget Today

Gonna Hang On Tight
Saturday
May242008

BUT I Missed You So Much ...

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Today the girls and I set out for an afternoon of shopping.  It was such a beautiful day ... sunny but breezy and fairly cool, with low humidity.  I wish our trip been the fun, relaxed shopping kind, but alas it was more the task-oriented, stressful errand-running kind ... although happily it did involve stopping at Barnes & Noble to take advantage of their Buy-Two-Get-One-Free classical CD sale.  I swung into a parking space not too far from the door and we piled out and started walking in.  We didn't get far -- specifically, we were behind an SUV occupying the parking space right next to us -- when a horn began sounding urgently from said vehicle.  Not an alarm, but a car horn.

Before we could figure out why the SUV's horn was sounding (everything was happening so fast), a lady charged up to the driver's side door and impatiently yanked it open.  I apologize in advance for the crude anatomical term I am about to use. 

"Get your butt off the horn!" 

Those were her exact words and she uttered them brusquely to whomever was inside the SUV, loud enough for all of us to hear.  Not turning my head to get a gander at the car's occupant but under the distinct impression that the woman was addressing a child, I had time to think, "Wow ... she certainly nipped that behavior in the bud, and none too kindly."

Audrey and Erica looked over and convulsed in laughter.

Turns out the creative horn-blower was the lady's large dog.

If she were my owner I'm not sure I'd have been so glad to see her ... but that's a dog for you.

Friday
May232008

Audrey's Chicago Pix ... Such As They Are

Audrey Too