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Random Quote #3

“Most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five million strangers.”

Jubal Harshaw in “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein

This one is a bit cynical but certainly has a grain of truth in it.

Random Quote #2

The standard disclaimer applies: I don’t necessarily agree with all of these quotes, but I find something interesting about them all.

The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell

This one is particularly appropriate during the election season(s).

Spring 2008

I’m a little late with this post because I was worried that we would have another snow storm just after I posted it. I still may be overconfident but I’ll take the chance.

We had a very hard Winter this year and Spring was late in getting here. But, as far as I can tell, it made it. Here are a few views of things around the house.

Here are the lilacs blooming along the road in front of us. The fragrance was wonderful and every time we had a south wind you could smell them anywhere around the house.

The front of our house

This is a shot of the front of the house, with all the shrubery starting to brighten up. I don’t know the names of these plants – maybe Jan will post a comment and identify them. Off to the left are more lilacs and to the right is the apple tree in bloom.

The apple blossoms were prolific this year. I hope that translates into a huge crop of apples.

Random Quote #1

In an attempt to get a little more content here I’m starting a semi-regular post of interesting, provocative or strange quotations. By way of disclaimer, I don’t necessarily agree with all of these quotes, but I find something interesting about them all. What do you think? So here we go:

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
— Carl Sagan

I find this quote quite useful when dealing with crackpots who feel persecuted.

Blog Update

I’ve just finished putting my customizations back after upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. I hope I remembered everything. If anyone spots something that doesn’t look right, please leave a comment here.