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October is nearly over, but there’s still a day and a half to recognize that it’s National Dental Hygiene Month. So brush your teeth, visit the dentist, heck, pass out tooth brushes for trick-or-treating!

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Misc. Bits

So I don’t know what to make of the anonymous comment on my Pumpkin entry. Yes, I have a thing about anonymous comments – I usually ignore them and don’t post them. But this one just intrigued me, probably because I just don’t understand what it’s getting at.
I went ahead and posted it, but this is not the beginning of a trend of permitting anonymous comments. Perhaps “Anonymous” didn’t intend on being so; sometimes it’s easy to forget to enter your info, in which case go ahead and let me know who you are. Either way, “Anonymous” says: “The great pumpkin *is* just as controversial as religion and politics after all.”
Thoughts, anyone? Leave ’em in the comments.
In totally unrelated news, I’ve settled on the two classes that will launch my matriculation with Pitt. The Uses of Literacy and Observational Astronomy satisfy general education courses for writing and natural sciences respectively. They also satisfy personal scheduling criteria. It seems all I have left to do is meet with an advisor and then formally register for the classes. Then I wait. Until January.
Tonight was Open House for Evelina’s school. It rained. There were too many people and umbrellas. Kindergarten is awesome and I wish that’s what I was starting.
I have three rounds left to knit on the neck of my first sweater and I’d be finished. But it sits in the basket on the other side of the table where it can’t look at me with reproach and longing. Poor undone sweater! This always happens to me. I get to the final stages of a project and for some reason I can’t muster enough interest to plod through and complete it. Currently I have two nearly done garments in my basket. One is the aforementioned knitted sweater; the other is a lovely mohair crochet bolero. They are getting angrier. Today I had to zip closed the bag they live in just to hide their mockery. Pretty soon, I’ll pick up something new and further the fibrous adultery. (I didn’t make up the adultery bit, though I do think it’s funny.)
Ok. Bible Study tomorrow and I am, as usual, unprepared.

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I was intrigued by the monster-pumpkin growers. Lords of the Gourd: The Pursuit of Excellence – Yes that’s the actual name; I didn’t make it up – aired on WQED last night. There were pumpkins waist high and weighing over 1200 pounds. The growers wrap them in quilts and rub their skin with oil to prevent splitting.
The pumpkin growers meet annually in Cooperstown, NY to compete for weight. Skin splits and certain defects such as a “pumpkin pimple” disqualify the pumpkin.
During interviews, the growers discussed the pain of having to say goodbye. Disease, varmints, and “patch sabotage” are major factors in the death of Great Pumpkins. One grower said, “losing a pumpkin is like losing a child.” (May I just say, WTF?) And in reference to a gigantic oozing gourd, “it was like it was crying tears around its stem.”
After his potentially prized pumpkin disintegrated from the inside out, one grower had to hack it into pieces to see what went wrong on the inside. Afterward he lamented the loss, except that the pumpkin would pass on to a higher purpose, ” Five hundred pounds worth of compost. Compost! Sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth it.”
An elderly grower who had yet to bring home a prize said, “I’d like to have a 1000-pound pumpkin before I cash in my chips.” I’m sure his family is comforted that he has his priorities straight and final affairs in order. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be burdened with a square acre of pumpkin patch?
Finally, those viewers with fuzzier fetishes were reassured, “No woodchucks or mice were harmed in the filming of this program.”
Seriously, how could this not get you in the Harvest mood?
Below are more links to the Gloriously Orange Gourd:
Pumpkin 2007 Winners
Pumpkin Festivals; Aglow, Aloft and Afloat
Pumpkin Nook

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Advancements

New MacBook and bag, new Microsoft Office, and aggregators (finally) – oh my! Life is – technically – good.

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No Day Left Unclaimed

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and – get a load of this – Cyber Security Awareness Month. I’m sure there’s much more to be aware of this month, like the desertion of fall (though maybe that’s not as important to some people as the other Awarenesses).
If you discover any other Awarenesses that we should all be aware of this month, please leave it in a comment to make me aware of its thereness.

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…and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:14
Mark 10:14
Luke 18:16
I often note that I have to say something at least three times before my children take me seriously. I wonder if God feels the same way about us.
I am so proud of the kids I know. When I ask them a question and they don’t know the answer, they aren’t afraid of saying, “I don’t know.” It’s merely a statement of fact that they don’t know, not an admission of inferiority. I wish I could say as much for some of the adults I know. Adults are so identified with what they know that not knowing something removes all sense of identity and they are left naked – and often embarrassed.
Also, I keep thinking it takes a lot of maturity for people to say, “Lets agree to disagree” and still remain friends. But I think I’m changing my mind on that. I know roughly a handful of adults who can civilly disagree on something big and still remain friends. Ironically, my fourth and fifth graders at church automatically answer correctly when I ask them what should Christians do when they disagree on what books to read or what holidays to celebrate or what foods to eat. They said, “Well, as long as they all love Jesus, what does the rest matter?” And they are right. We serve the same God.
So either the children are beyond their years in maturity, or the adults are sorely lacking, or maybe maturity isn’t required at all. Maybe only innocence is.

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