L. R. Denham

This and that . . .

Month: January, 2013


I found out this afternoon that our cat, Boo, is dying.


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Cultural literacy?

I submitted a piece to an online writing group recently, including the following excerpt:

[The cat] jumped into his lap and after circling once curled up and closed his eyes. [He] stroked the animal absently, and the cat started to purr. Food, shelter, family, and a cat. What more was needed? Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

One critique made this comment:

I really like the last 2 sentences, seems like a quotation, but I don’t remember one like this.

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January 8, 2013

Today, the biennial session of the Texas Legislature begins. They meet in the Texas State Capitol, an 1885 structure paid for with three million acres of land in the Texas panhandle.
Texas State Capitol - Austin, Texas

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The Early Circumnavigators

The idea of the earth being round rather than flat has been known since ancient times. Eratosthenes calculated the diameter of the earth, a few years before he became Chief Librarian of the famous library at Alexandria (Egypt), in 236BC (that’s 2,248 years ago). But it took a long time for anyone to actually try to travel all the way around the earth.

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