Learn from Novices

Lyman Abbott was asked to write a magazine article on a topic he knew nothing about. He declined and was asked if he would see if his father could do it. His father asked him why he wasn’t writing the article himself, and Dr. Abbott said it was because he didn’t know anything about it. His father told him that’s why he was best suited write the article.

A person who is ignorant of a subject is often just the one to write an article about it, his father told him, “for the chief object of a popular magazine article is to give knowledge of a subject to people who are wholly ignorant of it. To that end, he must know both the subject and the condition of ignorance. If he is familiar with the condition of ignorance, he can make himself acquainted with the subject, but if he is thoroughly familiar with the subject it is almost impossible for hiim to acquaint himself with the condition of ignorance.”  Lyman Abbott on advice received from his father on editing a magazine

I know when I want to learn about something, I generall start with the children’s section of the library.

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Epic hilarity

Fabulous. I laughed all the way through.

Minor point of disagreement, which I mention only because I’m curious. It’s a line in the song and I’ve seen plenty of others make it- that nobody ever changed their minds about anything because of stuff they read on FB or Twitter debates. But I have, several times. I don’t get it, why is it taken for granted that this never happens?

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Says it all…

“DOJ’s Inspector General found that Mr. McCabe did not tell the truth to federal authorities on multiple occasions, leading to his termination from the FBI.”
McCabe recently accepted a position as a commentator with CNN.”
https://m.theepochtimes.com/doj-emails-reveal-internal-response-to-wiretap-allegations-against-rosenstein_3073852.html via @epochtimes

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Growing Old

I’ve noticed that both my husband and I are growing more adept at pretending not to notice when things have fallen on the floor.  We can walk right over a pen or pencil the Cherub has let fall to the ground and make it look smooth and blissfully unaware.  Nobody would suspect us of seeing the thing perfectly well and hoping the other one will get around to picking it up first.

I even bought myself one of those hand picker-upper things a while ago.  It’s the only thing that makes picking up after the grandchildren have gone home even possible.  The lower back just sobs in misery and discouragement at having to bend over and pick something up even once, let alone repeatedly.  The only problem is it isn’t really convenient to tote around the house so it’s great for planned pick-ups, but less useful for those little things that one randomly drops.

A few weeks ago we were both in the kitchen when a can or box of something rolled out of the pantry and onto the floor.  We were caught.  We saw it and heard it happen and we each saw the other register this catatrophe.  We looked at the thing on the floor.  We looked at each other.  Then one of us said, “The ground is so much further away than it used to be, isn’t it?”

We agreed.  I think it’s found a new home.

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kindle deals

Today at Amazon: 2.99 for the Kindle versions of:

Overcomer: 8 Ways to Live a Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power Kindle Edition by David Jeremiah

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Kindle Edition by Nabeel Qureshi

How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea Kindle Edition by Tristan Gooley- I love this one.  I read it in hard copy from the library and for free using a free month of Kindle Unlimited, and then I bought this version.  Great stuff for nature study and observational skills.

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy Kindle Edition by Jamie C. Martin

Fix it and Forget it Cookbook And for .99, a Paleo cookbook with 90 grain-and dairy-free recipes it says the whole family will love.


Amazon lightening deal, today only, 64% claimed- 19.99 for Nutra Champ Omega Fish-oil capsules

National Geographic fossil dig kit for kids, 16.99 for Prime members.

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