# Some Like it Hot, Some Like it Cold

### some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Preference is an interesting animal.

Tonight's dinner was a perfect case study of this in action: Ann made a delicious vegetable soup with butter biscuits. To make the soup, she spent the majority of the time cutting up and combining all of the different vegetables. Our oldest daughter (who is 5), for some reason (this thing called . . .

January 23, 2018

# Clearly, Plainly and Palpably

### in violation

In a two-page order, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled today that the state's congressional districts were unconstitutional due to gerrymandering and that it "clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." (J-1-2018)

If you are not familiar with gerrymandering, essentially it is the . . .

January 22, 2018

# The Gospel of Showing Up

### An Invitation to Act

In so many of the miracles recorded in the New Testament, Christ instructs those in need to do something. He instructed Lazarus to "come forth" from his tomb, the blind man to "go wash" the clay from his eyes, the man with palsy to "take up thy bed, and go thy way", his disciples to "give them to eat" when feeding the five thousand, and the . . .

January 21, 2018

# Behind Schedule

### On-the-Fly Decision Making

Apparently, walking on the moon is pretty breathtaking. It also appears to have been pretty unpredictable as well. Or rather, the teams of engineers who had to meticulously plan every detail (to make sure the astronauts had enough things like oxygen, water, and power, among other things) could only rarely predict how long any given task . . .

January 20, 2018

# Shutdown

### 2018

While the government has shut down in the past, this is the first time there has been a shutdown when a single party controls both the White House and Congress – ever.

It costs a lot of money to shut things down, and even more in lost productivity.

There will be plenty of a blame-game to go around now, but there are no two ways . . .

January 20, 2018

# $306 Billion in Damage ### 16 Natural Disasters in 2017 2017 was a bad year for damage-causing disasters. On average, according to data from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, there are 6 billion-dollar disasters a year in the United States. Last year, however, there were 16, costing more than$306 billion dollars in damage.

The other day I heard someone ask, if climate . . .

January 19, 2018

# Least Productive Month

### Research Shows

Apparently, research shows that January is statistically the least productive month of the year.

That doesn't mean stuff doesn't still get done this month – it just means it's not as robust a month as others. Spending the first two weeks sick with the flu definitely put the month behind for me in terms of getting things done. I'm . . .