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.

Zen and the Art of Jim Henson

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:18

Years ago, I taught an informal class where I gave a quick summary of the plot of Robert M. Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which has never been made into a movie) and then made the case that Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is in fact a movie adaptation of it. Since I know a number of people who have found Z&AMM too difficult to read, here is the breakdown:

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...