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Is Less More in the 21st Century?


Less Is More

Today is seems as if everywhere we turn, we are told that "Less is More." The expression is from a 1855 Robert Browning poem "The Faultless Painter." The phrase was adopted by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who preferred simplicity of style. Now many proponents of conciseness or economy parrot "less is more" to urge people to do more with less.

Recently I received that e-mail with a list of ways that life in the 21st century is "-less."

our phones and other technology ~ wireless

cooking ~ fireless

cars ~ keyless

food ~ fatless

tires ~ tubeless
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Camping Tips – Take 2


picture of a tent

Monday morning Becka and I left to go camping at the Davidson River Campground, near Brevard, NC. Although we have done lots of camping throughout our adult life, this was the first time it was just the two of us — we've always had children with us when we've camped in the past. Family and friends in Greenville who knew we were camping were concerned about us while we were gone because it absolutely poured here. We had only a little rain (normally all it takes to bring drought relief to an area is for us to go camping there). But when we got home yesterday our rain gauge had a little over 3 inches of water in it, but we saw nowhere near that amount up in the mountains.

All in all it was very pleasant, but it really is more entertaining with younger people along. We knew how to do everything to put together meals over our campfire and Coleman stove, and we enjoyed some simple yet delicious stuff. The hotdogs cooked over oak embers were nothing short of amazing, and we have to report, in all humility, that we experienced S'mores perfection during our camping trip. But I think future trips will need to include grandchildren. If Megan and the kids get to visit us this summer, I'm already planning to sleep one night in the tent with Drew, just in the backyard without all the work required for a full-blown camping trip. He's already excited about it.

Below are some camping tips. For the most part, this is a republishing of a blog post from October 13, 2008. Readers posted some good tips and comments there, and I hope there will be others who do so to this post.

I'll start off with a camping story that is not ours.
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Random Humor


My readers and students send me some of the funniest stuff, knowing what my sense of humor is like. One of the problems is that so many things wouldn't fit into any one topic for a blog post. So the topic of this one is randomness to allow me to share some of the great things I've received lately.

This basketball player must have been forewarned, because now he's four-armed.

Forewarned Is Four-Armed

I've been told that the Wizard of Oz is only of the most universally recognizable pieces of Americana. During my 40 years of teaching, I have had drop many bits of humor from my repertoire because my students no longer recognized them, and the time required to explain the humor was simply not profitable. I can attest that most of my American students still respond to some of the most oblique references to the Wizard of Oz. Here's some humor about the movie most of Americans will get ... I think....
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Survivor – Texas Style


Pink Toyota

I know I have several long-time readers from Texas, and so when I saw this I thought they would enjoy it especially. But even if you're not from Texas, I think you'll chuckle as you read this if you know a little bit about Texans.

Due to the popularity of the "Survivor" shows, Texas is planning to do one entitled Survivor - Texas-Style!

The lucky contestants will all start in Dallas, drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, then over to Houston and down to Brownsville. They will then proceed up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo. From there they will go on to Abilene and Fort Worth and finally back to Dallas in this vehicle:

Pink Prius

Ah yes, each contestant will be driving a pink Prius. And if that's not potentially lethal enough, each Prius will have a dozen bumper stickers which will read:

1. "I'm A Democrat"

2. "Amnesty For Illegals"

3. "I Love The Dixie Chicks"

4. "Boycott Beef"

5. "I Voted For Obama"

6. "Re-elect Obama In 2016"
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