Over Simplification

Cooking it that way uses up too much gas.

Get up.

Clean up.

Put it up.

Turn it up.

Up and away.

Come on up.

Come up and see me.

Use it up.

Eat up.


These all seem like simple and basic English phrases and usages on first glance. But to the non-native speaker, they are bizarre and confusing. I had my earliest inkling of this when a non-native English speaker who often speaks in broken English told me, “Your method of cooking potatoes consumes your fuel much and quickly.”

Consumes your fuel is more precise, specific, definitive than ‘uses it up’ or ‘uses too much.’

Often when we try to simplify our words we only muddy them.  Often when we dismiss, for instance, the King James Bible as being far too complicated for a non-native English speaker to understand, we are wrong because we don’t understand that non-native speakers often have a deeper and wider grasp of vocabulary than native English speakers, it’s our sloppy, imprecise shortcuts that stop them short.


Stop them short…

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K-Drama: Ms Ma: Nemesis

Other title, Goddess of Revenge

This is just incredibly well done.  It’s a sort of an homage, pastiche, reboot of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories.  It’s not a retelling, but I can definitely recognize certain characters and the different stories.  The business man in Nemesis is an aging mob boss.  The Mirror Cracked episode makes an appearance, with some alterations, as do other Marple tales and characters.  Miss Marple is not the elderly spinster living in St. Mary’s village all her life. She is Ms. Ma, a married heiress who was sent to an asylum for the murder of her daughter five years ago, and has escaped and is searching for the real killer while living under the identity of a writer whom she resembles.  It actually works, much like the Sherlock Holmes stories work in the modern retelling.  I love this.

It’s a bit gruesome- a child dies and rather brutally.  They always blur her face, but still.  After all, it is a series of murder mysteries.

This is going to be in my top 20, maybe my top dozen, I feel sure.


I watch it at Viu.com, with a delay for the recent episodes.  I don’t know if that works in the U.S.


Hangul Titles: 미스 마, 복수의 여신


Lead Actress, who is killing it, and I love her character: 김윤진 –Kim Yun-Jin, who does more movies than dramas so I haven’t seen her much because I do dramas more than movies.


Park Jin Woo, 박진우, is the screen-writer.  Other drama projects:

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Good Reads, Frugal or Free

C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy for Kindle, 1.99!

The Collected Works of George MacDonald, .99! (Kindle) I confess that I find many of his works tedious, but his fantasy is strange and otherworldly (in a good way), and C.S. Lewis greatly admired MacDonald.r

D-Day Through German Eyes, 2.99– The editor’s grandfather interviewed German soldiers not long after D-Day, and then again ten years later. Accounts are unvarnished, sometimes dry, sometimes brutal.

Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, FREE for Kindle

Dickens, A Christmas Carol, FREE (it’s also at Audible for just .66!) Just in time for you to begin reading this aloud in preparation for Christmas.

Shakespeare’s MacBeth (and many other free Shakespeare plays, in omnibus or individual play form. Use these for doing the play together in character as a family)

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, FREE

Slave Narratives, collection of interviews with former slaves in Texas. Free

Redefining Truth, Delusions of Replacing God and Calling Evil Good by David Fiorazo, 3.99

Emma by Jane Austen- in French! Free.

The Once and Future King, by T.H. White (I love this book) 1.99

The Mind of the Maker, the Expression of Faith Through Creativity and Art, by Dorothy Sayers- 1.99, this is a deeply thought provoking book, and if you have any interest in creativity, writing, creating, and Christianity, you should read this book more than once.

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Crochet projects

Things that are worth doing are worth doing badly. Plus, the more you do them, for most people, the better you’ll get. There are good many reasons to work hard at picking up some craft and making it part of your life- and your children’s lives. IT’s good therapy, it’s good for children to learn how to do things, it builds grit and resilience and self confidence. I was in my fifties when I started crocheting anything besides lopsided dishclothes.
Your time may not be this time. You may be elbow deep in diapers and dishsuds and eating standing up so you don’t fall asleep with your face in your plate. But not now does not have to mean not ever.



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Links and Thinks

Wishing you were good at crafts?   This English Paper Piecing thing looks pretty neat, and quite doable.

Overpopulation– I have been saying this for 30 years or so, but these researchers were shocked to discover that half the world’s countries are not at replacement level. There are exceptions, of course, but the countries that are at replacement level or above are also largely not countries with a history or culture of innovation, technological advancement, protections for women, or indoor plumbing.

Lifespan not tied to genetics as much as previously thought. It’s an interesting topic for discussion at the family dinner table.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple

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