We're moving to Nebraska!

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 10:15

Big news since I last wrote: after ten good years in Emporia, we sold our house and are moving to Omaha, to be closer to Jessie's family. Jessie has a new job, and I'll continue to do the same work from home. But probably the most interesting part of the story is that our house sold in just two hours! I want to emphasize that we are very grateful to the buyer and hold her in the highest respect, and if she's reading this, we hope she understands that we were just surprised by her enthusiasm for the property.

Why we haven't blogged in a while

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 09:52

There are a variety of reasons why we've fallen mostly silent on this blog...

  • The software got harder for us to use, and I didn't stay on top of updating it.
  • Most of our friends are on Facebook, so we got in the habit of just posting stuff there.
  • We got even busier -- Jessie with grad school, me with medical issues.

Fortunately there's light at the end of all three tunnels, so we hope to re-emerge soon!

On dust mite faces and rotting human flesh

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/17/2016 - 12:13
I've hesitated to publish this story because it's not flattering to someone that we know, but enough time has passed that I hope we can all laugh about it. We don't mean to poke fun, but it does make a good story. Several years ago, I was out in our back yard hanging up laundry to dry when a young, very pregnant woman I had never seen before walked into the yard. She said she was our neighbor's granddaughter, and she had just been trained to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners, and she needed to practice her sales pitch.

Why I'm a top Pocket user

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:29

I got an email a few days ago informing me that I'm in the top 5% of users of a service called Pocket -- I've used their free service to read more words on more Web pages than 95% of their users.  This is a totally unpaid and unasked-for endorsement, but chances are you haven't even heard of this service, so let me introduce you to why I use it so much:

Our other blogs

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:31

At my college reunion last weekend, one of my friends (Hi, Nathaniel!) lamented that Jessie and I don't blog here anymore.  I told him that's because we've been spending our time posting on other sites... Facebook certainly, and Jessie has a couple of Twitter accounts for work, but also our two businesses each have their own sites.  Here is what you can expect to see on our various sites...

Savannah trip, part 3

Submitted by Ben on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 17:06

Saturday, July 14

Ben outside the Contemporary Art CenterOn Saturday morning we paid our respects to the farmers' market in Forsyth Park before hitting the Interstate to Atlanta.  Our first stop in Atlanta was the Contemporary Art Center, which was in a surprisingly rough-looking neighborhood -- we were pretty certain our GPS had led us astray!  It doesn't help that the museum building looks kind of like a warehouse that burned up in a fire, but we had to assume that was intentional.  The exhibit featured several artists who were aiming to stretch our comfort zones.  There was a mostly-nude lady dancing erotically with a dead salmon, for example.  And there was "Hennessee Youngman's" thought-provoking (satirical) video on "How to be a Successful Black Artist."

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Savannah trip, part 2

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 19:11

convention center on the far side of the river, ferry dock in foreground

Monday, July 9

On the first day of the conference, we rode the ferry together over to the convention center and had an overpriced breakfast in the conference hotel; then I rode back to our hotel on the Savannah side of the river.  Jessie attended an all-day workshop on image-based narrative inquiry, while I gave my successor at Prairie Star District UUA an orientation to her new tools and responsibilities.  I also drove out to a grocery co-op on the far side of Forsyth Park to pick up some food for future breakfasts and moved the car to a cheaper lot for the week.

When Jessie returned to the hotel, we went for a swim and had dinner at Vinnie Van Go-Go's before attending the conference's opening reception.

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