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Praying for the repose of the soul of a friend's father, who passed this morning.

Yesterday we tried both the Impossible and Beyond meat substitutes. They are both pretty good, and if they ever become cheaper than ground beef, I would probably switch over to using them most of the time instead of real beef.

I am still among the living, but also, to quote Douglas Adams, having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.

I won't go into it here, but I would be very grateful for prayers.

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Veteran attends Yale at 52, shares his story as “My Semester with the Snowflakes”

gen.medium.com/my-semester-wit

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my biggest criticism about the original Star Wars is that they called it a "Death Star". any evil imperialist organization worth its salt would hire a consulting firm to come up with something like "Liberation Sphere"

The fun part is that 90% of the advice I've been able to find for dealing with my lip shape is "don't allow kids with this lip shape to even try playing the flute because they won't ever be able to be good at it".

The other 10% is "it'll be fine, just figure it out", which is not helpful either.

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I didn't want to play saxophone either, and the saxophone and the clarinet were the only two beginner instruments I could make a satisfactory sound on. I did end up good enough at clarinet that the same band director also refused to allow me to switch to bassoon after the beginner class (but my family moved, and at the next school they let me).

To this day I cannot play brass instruments at all. I assume that is probably also related to something about my upper lip shape. I never had any interest in that anyway.

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When we did band tryouts in 5th grade, I wanted to play flute but the band director refused to let me, saying that because of the shape of my upper lip, I wouldn't be able to produce a clear tone.

I didn't want to play clarinet, so I signed up for choir instead... and because of scheduling issues, ended up in band anyway, playing clarinet.

I'm 38 years old, and for Christmas I am buying myself a flute. I don't care (and never would have cared) if the tone is airier than ideal, or whatever. I still want to play the flute, so I'm going to.

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Writing for Crisis Magazine, Austin Ruse recounts what happened when his parish pastor decided to install an altar rail.

crisismagazine.com/2019/the-ma

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the fact that mature, fully grown adults, honestly believe that there preferred political party, isn’t as deeply saturated with propaganda and lies, as any other party they are against truly baffles me.

“A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.”

“One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection.”

“The day that man forgets that love is identical with sacrifice, he will ask how a God of love could demand mortification and self-denial.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, God's World and Our Place in It

"We don't believe that grace is something you have to feel. The Catholic always distrusts his emotional reaction to the sacraments." —Flannery O'Connor

“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.”

“Patriotism is an integral and persistent feeling of love for one’s homeland, with a willingness to make sacrifices for her, to share her troubles, but not to serve her unquestioningly, not to support her unjust claims...”

This time of year is a freaking minefield. I was on my way home from the dentist and this song came on the radio: youtube.com/watch?v=KNmtxXP4UC

Apparently it's from 2008, but I hadn't heard it before. It would have made me cry even then, but as it is...

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It seems as you get older, you’re less likely to cry from physical pain, but more likely to cry from emotional pain.

And now starts the season wherein people talk about babies constantly and share uplifting stories about how their unplanned pregnancy changed their life for the better, and I try not to be too conspicuous with my sobbing, wishing I could ever have been so lucky.

"No, all hope cannot be pinned on science, technology, or economic growth. The victory of technological civilization has also instilled in us a spiritual insecurity. Its gifts enrich, but enslave us as well.”

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