John Van Pelt

Towels

We’ve talked many, many times about using cloth towels and rags in place of paper towels, and despite sounding like a smart idea, it has never taken hold (with me). This time we (Marsh) bought like a 50-pack of towels, bar-mop style towels. When they arrived, they seemed smaller and flimsier than we’d been picturing, …

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Father’s Day 2016

Had a first visit here at Three Bunny Farm from my eldest, her husband, and her 11-month-old boy. We’d been thinking about this day for many months, and it was everything we could have hoped. Eleven months is pretty young to form lasting impressions, though, even of baby lambs and crowing roos and flooffy bunnehs, …

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More ID Notes

Here’s the thing: we got here from that damned pocketwatch, that someone dropped in a field. Yes, it’s a marvelous design, intricate, ordained, functional — it could not have occurred by accident. But nor is it accidental that when that analogy was first proposed, the gold pocketwatch was indeed the very pinnacle of human design …

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The Reluctance of Off-Brand Cereal Box Manufacturers to Offend Home-Schooled Religious Fundamentalists, as a Parable for the Dumbing Down of America

It looked promising at first. “Do You Know Why…?” The eternal question of philosophers and scientists. Why does your hair turn gray? (Pigment cells die in the follicle.) Why do your feet fall asleep? (Compressed nerves.) Why hiccups? (Diaphragm irritated.) You could ask more “why” questions about each of these answers, but that would be …

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