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…but our family traditions are changing.  It’s not an easy thing because, as you know, without Tradition, life is precarious as a fiddler on the roof.  Right?  Right.

So, here’s my short spiel. 

We’ve always used a clothes dryer.  It’s a tradition. The Girl’s mama used one, and her mama’s mama before her.  But, now, we now have to shlep the wet laundry from the washing machine out to the clothesline in the backyard.  Why?  Is our dryer broken, you ask?  No.  Are we trying to save some money, maybe?  No.  So, why do we hang the clothes?  It’s because, over the weekend, we saw the film, Fiddler on the Roof, and Girl was charmed off her feet by this scene.

You’re probably wondering if she now wants me to “find her a find, catch her a catch” and select a future husband for her, too.  No.  We’re not changing things like that; just traditions having to do with laundry.  Oy.

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So, Cutest Girl (age 13) is applying for her first-ever summer job.   I think she has a pretty good chance as who in their right mind could resist an application like hers?

Convictions? “None” – with a smiley face.  O.M.G.  How cute is that?

And, for personal references, she listed two of her teachers – and the principal at her school.

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“The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”
Robert Green Ingersoll

The most recent public statement by Christopher Hitchens:

Dear fellow-unbelievers,

Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before. I hope to help defend and pass on the lessons of this for many years to come, but for now I have found my trust better placed in two things: the skill and principle of advanced medical science, and the comradeship of innumerable friends and family, all of them immune to the false consolations of religion. It is these forces among others which will speed the day when humanity emancipates itself from the mind-forged manacles of servility and superstitition. It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency.

(continued)

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Interesting.  Just received an email invitation (from a public school) to attend a viewing of Race To Nowhere as a parent.  The film will then be followed by “Break-Out Brainstorming Sessions for Parents, Students, and Teachers to share ways we can help make a difference.”

IMDb summary:

RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today’s students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, who are good at everything: academics, sports, the arts, community-service. The film tackles the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture, with interviews that explore the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, academic cheating, young people who have checked out. RACE TO NOWHERE asks the question: Are the young people of today prepared to step fully and productively into their future? We hear from students who feel they are being pushed to the brink, educators who worry students aren’t learning anything substantive, and college professors and business leaders, concerned their incoming employees lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world: passion, creativity, and internal motivation.

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I hardly ever use my blog tag, “inspirational.”  Of course, all that’s gonna change now that I’m “following” Rick Warren on Twitter! 

I’m so glad he cleared that up for me.

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Here in California, we’re always being urged to use public transportation instead of vehicles occupied only by the driver.  All sorts of incentives are offered to get people to make the switch, but not enough progress has been made.  Hopefully, government administrators read my blog because I’ve just discovered the answer to increasing public transport ridership. 

“Just a Book,” 2010

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