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Earth Day Hodgepodge

This week’s Hodgepodge has a decidedly earthy feel to it given that yesterday was Earth Day.  I’m not much on celebrating this “holiday,” so the day sort of passed without much ado.

What does deserve celebration is the engagement of Joyce’s eldest daughter.  Congratulations, friend!  I know you’re beginning to dream of all things wedding-related.  🙂

Let’s move on to the questions now!

1.  April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?

God displays His beauty in nature, so yes, it does inspire me.  It’s difficult not to feel joy when I’m driving along on a warm, sunny day.  Because I live near the beach, I see all forms of nature…the good and the bad (hurricanes)…and I appreciate God’s power through it all.

2.  Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth…which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I’ll have to go with down to earth.  This describes me perfectly.  I’m definitely not haughty.  I’m a total goof and let my students see this side of me.  I have to with all of the stresses involved in education and statewide testing.

3.  Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

My advice would be to make sure you are best friends with your intended.  I don’t think this is true of many married couples, and it’s a sad thing when emotional distance separates them because they can’t or don’t want to talk to the person they are supposed to be best friends with.

4.  When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

My most recent attempt to engage someone to perform a task would be the project I am having my students complete right now.  I’d give most of them a five thus far.  Students seem to be rushing the work even though they have many resources and much time at their disposal.

5.  When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

I guess I engage in small talk somewhat frequently, whether it’s at church or at school.  I’ll be honest with you.  Small talk is awkward for me.  I’m more of a long-talk kind of person.  I like to finish conversations.  I like to hear a person talk about the small details of his/her life.  Small talk doesn’t allow for that, so it becomes awkward when the conversation seems cut off too quickly.

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

Gosh, but this question has me stumped.  I can’t really remember the last historical place I visited, but I do remember a few places I’ve been.  I think my favorite site was Manassas, Virginia…the site of the Battle of Bull Run (both battles, actually).

I had just finished reading the Shaaras’ series (father, Michael, wrote Killer Angels and won a Pulitzer Prize for it…son, Jeff, wrote the first and third books in the series…seamless writing styles…a MUST-read).


I am an avid history buff and was beyond thrilled that I had my picture taken by Stonewall Jackson’s statue, which is placed prominently at the battle site.  What a godly man.  He led by example and was gentle to a fault.  He was a brilliant strategist who died too young.

7.  The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

The world would be a better place if we just stopped caring what people thought, dropped everything, and danced whenever the urge hit.


This world needs a bit more cutting loose….everyone is so serious all the time!

8.  My Random Thought

Two words…



Is Tom good, or is he bad?

Did you see the commercial that aired midway through Monday’s episode?  I tried looking for it online but couldn’t find it anywhere.  It was clever, let me tell you.

It sure doesn’t take much to make me happy, eh?


4 Responses

  1. Haven’t seen The Blacklist. We just don’t seem to watch much TV anymore, although I am eagerly anticipating the return of Jack Bauer : )

  2. Good advice to the newly engaged! I loved the book ‘Killer Angels,’ which got me started on a decade long Civil War craze. Jeff is a good writer too, although I didn’t care for his treatment of Longstreet in Last Full Measure, and I still think his dad leaves a standard that’s hard to match.

  3. I don’t watch that show… is that something I need to catch up on!?!?!?!?

    Why didn’t I know you’d say, MORE DANCING in the world 🙂 YES YES YES!

  4. I’m all for bustin’ a move…any time, anywhere! 🙂

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