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Your Morning Laugh: Factoid v. Fact [Jun. 22nd, 2016|09:12 am]
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According to someone with inadequate internet research skills, who published a post on Ten Things You Didn't Know About Gordon Lightfoot, I was his second wife.   He married his second wife (I looked it up in several places) in 1989 (when I'd been married to my actual husband for 20 years) separated from her in 2003, and divorced in 2011.

It would have been an interesting exercise in bigamy if I had managed to marry someone I'd never met in 1989.   I think my husband and son and mother would have noticed if I'd run off to marry a musician/songwriter.   My mother was beginning her final decline, our son was in the most difficult (for me) period of his childhood as an autist,  and I was writing as fast as I could in the midst of everything else.  I didn't have time or energy for a clandestine romance.

But since everything on the internet lives forever, I'm sure that this will make its way into multiple other sites before it can be corrected other than by my stating plainly in every venue every time that I was never married to Gordon Lightfoot, was married only once, in 1969, and someone just mistook me for someone else. I filled out the "responses" form on the Fraze Pavilion site, but have no idea if they even look at their mail, let alone correct their errors.  It's funny (R- and I laughed over it this morning) but it's also another proof that not everything on the internet is true.
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80 Acres: New plant for the list, June 18 [Jun. 19th, 2016|12:07 pm]
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R- found a tall blooming plant Saturday, June 18, that he didn't recognize: a colony growing  in the creek woods, in the 'swamp' area, now very wet again.  There's a kind of "sandbar" (except it's not sand, but alluvial mix from flash floods including black clay)  that gets midday sun.  He found a colony of these, 4 feet and more tall, and pulled the shortest one to bring back and show me.  It was about four feet.  By the time it got back to the house, it was fairly limp, the main stalk actually broken.  I snipped it short enough to fit in a pitcher, hoping it would perk up.  Some of the pictures were taken shortly after that; over time it did regain turgor so this morning I set it outside for a bit and took more pictures.

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Clearly Mint Family--square stem, opposite leaves, flower shape.
Now IDed as Teucrium canadense
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80 Acres: June 16, 2006 [Jun. 16th, 2016|03:42 pm]
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The rain stopped a week ago; the winter grasses are brown or browning, the early wildflowers have gone to seed.  But soil moisture is still good. The tallgrasses (switchgrass, Eastern gama, Indiangrass, big bluestem) are doing very well (switchgrass in the secondary drainage is taller than we are.)   There's an area in the east grass we call "The Bowl" because it's a roundish area that seeps in wet weather as it slopes down to the old drainage line.  It stays green longer.  When we got the place, it was covered with broomweed (non-native), bare under the broomweed with a few scattered grass plants, not doing well because of the chemical defense of the broomweek.  Today it looks like this:

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You can see the upslope edge (pale beige of dry grass)
Every different shade of green, every native plant, reveals something about the soil where it is.
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Things Jesus Didn't Say: "Hate Gays and Be Glad When Someone Kills Them." [Jun. 14th, 2016|10:18 pm]
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Just to be perfectly clear about this, and the easiest way to check up on what I'm saying:  Read the Gospels, in a good translation (avoid the so-called "Conservative Bibles" that are not accurate to the existing oldest texts.)  King James is OK, not the best, but OK.  My desk Bble is The New English Bible, the New Testament part coming out first in 1961, benefitting from additional scholarly study and the discovery of older texts than were available to those working in the 17th century.

Jesus did not say (or, if you're not convinced the Gospels come remotely close to what the historical Jesus said, Jesus has not been claimed to say) that homosexuals were sinful and deserved death.  Jesus did not say to hate homosexuals.  Jesus did not say to attack homosexuals.  Jesus did not mention homosexuals male or female.  The only types of people whose sexual behavior Jesus commented on were 1) men who divorced their wives, and 2) men and women who committed adultery (that is, they were married and they willingly had sex with someone other than their spouse.   And that is why I think so-called Christians (individuals, church leaders, entire congregations) who say that some sexual identities (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, whatever) are totally evil and deserve death and it's OK to rejoice at a massacre in a nightclub...are wrong, and not acting as  Christians at all.  Because the essence of Christianity is following Christ and that's not where Christ went.

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Purity Politics--Making a Religion of Opinion [Jun. 7th, 2016|10:21 pm]
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This year's political campaigns have offered many examples of Purity Politics, with multiple candidates claiming that they are "against the system,"  and their fans determined that they won't compromise on any point, and hate the candidates who have, or say they will.   They want *their* values/thoughts/opinions/ideals to be carried through--100%, no compromises.

And that's a bad thing.  Purity Politics is exactly akin--in the claim of Rightness, moral superiority--to the narrowest of religions, where there is only One Right Way to think and act.  And that's a bad thing.  No single human individual is entirely right, and the claim of being, the belief in being right, means that individual cannot learn, cannot compromise, cannot cooperate with anyone else who does not hold exactly the same opinions and beliefs.  As a result, that individual cannot cope with the inevitable change that comes to us all, because he or she insists that change can only be met with rigid resistance or active conflict.  As such individuals aggregate into defined groups, groups that demand purity of opinon and belief,  they feel strong bonds between them (the more alike they are, the more the bonds feel strong) and are more likely to restrict their opinions and define themselves by what they are against, creating an ever deeper gap between themselves and others.  Fear of the outsiders, fear of outside ideas, is typical of Purity Politics as it is of many religions.  A group of any kind that believes it is entirely right can only rule as a tyranny (if it has the power) or endure as an obstruction to everyone else (if it's not in power)   and its apparent strength is brittle--not tough and resilient--because of the inability to recognize that it lacks perfection. 
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Education Settings and Sexual Assault [Jun. 5th, 2016|01:55 pm]
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Any time you're looking for it, you can find sexual assaults in the media, though most of them are simply a single mention in a local newspaper or TV about a teacher accused of "inappropriate behavior" with a student, or an "alleged" assault at a party or on a jogging trail...small notices that quickly fall off the radar, until in a few days another one shows up.  The big-ticket, nationally known ones are rarer--but when they do cluster, they're a chance to bring up a fact that's often obscured--except to victims and their families.

Fact: Children and women are not safe in education settings, starting when children start school.  Sexual predators exist outside school settings as well, but this post is specifically about the way that education settings provide a rich hunting ground for sexual predators, and why this isn't widely known and nothing much is done about it until there's a big stink about a particular case.

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Why the Gaps? [Jun. 5th, 2016|10:44 am]
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So it's been, um, a month and a day since a post.  What kind of way is that to do social media, someone will ask.

LifeStuff.  Pressure of work and health issues.   Pressure of work always limits the time I have to compose posts--writing for social media competes directly with writing for a living.   (No, I don't want to monetize a blog.  I don't have ads on my sites or blogs for a reason.)  Sometimes I have spare time after doing a day's regular work, and then--sometimes it's fun to write a post here or on one of my other venues.  And sometimes I not only have no spare time, but am working past my physical limits to get the work done.
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80 Acres: May 5, 2016 [May. 5th, 2016|09:21 pm]
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Most but not all the surface water has dried up, soils that were seeping and running with water last week are dry enough to walk on in regular shoes.

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Main grass: Queen Anne's Lace, gaillardia, scattered bluebonnets
stiff-stem prairie flax, coreopsis, goldthread, Venus's looking glass,
skullcap, green antelope horns, others
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When Police Misbehave [Apr. 28th, 2016|10:56 pm]
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An Austin Police Department officer, who lives in a nearby town, got into an argument with an older female neighbor--he was off duty, out of uniform, not in his jurisdiction, you will note.  He came into her yard to confront her.   She told him to get out of her yard.  He didn't.  From the images of both shown on  TV last night, he is markedly bigger than she is--heavier and taller.   She said if he didn't get out of her yard she would spray him with a garden hose.   He continued to stay in her yard and argue with her.  She sprayed him with the garden hose.  He then physically attacked her, picking her up and throwing her onto the ground (I think it was the driveway, but am not certain) causing injuries for which she needed medical treatment.

An internal investigation by the Austin PD did not find he had done anything wrong, but the chief fired him.  Now the police officers' association is mad at the chief, claiming that the officer did nothing wrong, didn't break any laws, and shouldn't have been fired.  They claim he acted "in self defense."  (Against being sprayed with a garden hose...while trespassing.  Yeah, that really calls for a physical slam-down.  NOT.)
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Socks and Sandals [Apr. 26th, 2016|05:35 pm]
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I finished the royal blue socks last night, too late to take a picture.  Here they are in late afternoon sunlight and shadow:

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