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I'm Dan Jewett. I post personal musings on what I observe in my daily life. I'll tell you what I'm reading, what I'm listening to, and what I see when I'm out walking about.

On Writing by Stephen King

First Paragraph:

“I was stunned by Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club. Not just by its ferocity, its beauty, and by her delightful grasp of the vernacular, but by its totality—she is a woman who remembers everything about her early years.”—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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/reading/writing

Lie to Each Other

The collapse of our democracy begins with the loss of places where silly people can get together and lie to each other.

#idontunderstandthefirstamendment

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The Captive Mind

I found a copy of this book at The Dusty Bookshelf here in Lawrence, KS today. It's reputation proceeds it but I would have purchased it on the strength of the epigram alone.

“When someone is honestly 55% right, that’s very good and there’s no use wrangling. And if someone is 60% right, it’s wonderful, it’s great luck, and let him thank God. But what’s to be said about 75% right? W

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/reading/writing

The Captive Mind

I found a copy of this book at The Dusty Bookshelf here in Lawrence, KS today. It's reputation proceeds it but I would have purchased it on the strength of the epigram alone.

“When someone is honestly 55% right, that’s very good and there’s no use wrangling. And if someone is 60% right, it’s wonderful, it’s great luck, and let him thank God. But what’s to be said about 75% right? W

terribleideas.me/the-captive-m

/reading/writing

Stacey Abrams

Amongst my many faults, I count a certain baseline cynicism as one I would like to overcome.

I can excuse myself to some extent by pointing out that many humans I share this planet with seem capable of a never-ending stream of selfishness and awful behavior.

But then, a fellow human steps up and gives the lie to all my negativity.

It’s a shame that news of the moronic exploits of our nations worst ci

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Christmas Quilt

My sister Beth is a talented quilt maker.

This is one she gave to me for Christmas 4 years ago. I'm putting it away before it gets too much wear and tear from the cat, but I'll miss having something so beautiful to look at. Until next year...

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Bobbie Draper

We're gonna need to send in the Marines!

How many?

One should be enough.

Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) - The Expanse

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Reading for 2021

On the reading page for Terrible Ideas, the Currently Reading section now contains 9 books. The list doesn’t contain any books that I want to give up on, so it’s time to get moving.

The On Deck section, on the other hand, is completely ridiculous. I’m going to have to do some revising and reconsidering there. There are forty books “on deck” and for some of them, I should consider adding a “wishful

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/reading/writing

New Year’s Eve Me

What do you know? You reach a point where it's New Year's Eve of the year 2020 A.D. How about that?

And I'm not grumpy! I'm...thoughtful.

Happy New Year everyone!

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New Year’s Eve Me

What do you know? You reach a point where it's New Year's Eve of the year 2020 A.D. How about that?

And I'm not grumpy! I'm...thoughtful.

Happy New Year everyone!

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New Year’s Eve Me

What do you know? You reach a point where it's New Year's Eve of the year 2020 A.D. How about that?

And I'm not grumpy! I'm...thoughtful.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Wakarusa

A nice thing about living in Lawrence, KS is the increased likelihood that you will get to say the word Wakarusa.

Try it. Wah-kah-roo-sah! It feels pretty good yeah?

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/fun/interesting

KJHK Sound Bite

Sound bite for KJHK FM id check this morning.

Mom: What happens if I listen to jazz in the car?Toddler: I will turn into an old man.

Ouch.

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50 Words For Snow

As the ice builds up on my windows this morning, I'm enjoying this beautiful recording. A gem you may have missed.

youtube.com/watch?v=0FqKjk7ZLi

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/art/film/design

Here and Her

Between here and her are rolling hills wherewind-weathered peoples once cornered game.They walked and hunted and walked and lived.

You can save money crossing those hills if you have a K-Tag on your windshield.

Then great flats we only desire to knowas vectors of speed over time, sit uponthe largest unbroken tectonic plate in the world.

“This was once under a vast inland sea,” she said. “More than once.” he

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-lyrics

This site would be a whole lot bleaker/blander without the colorful paintings my friend Kyra Mills occasionally shares with me.

Here in the Midwest, our memory of Summery things can fade quickly, so dose yourself up with some butterflies!

You can see more of Kyra's paintings if you scroll through the posts on this page.

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/art/film/design

Fox

On the way home from rowing practice this morning I came across a pair of foxes. They wouldn't stand together for a photo, but they seemed to be having a good time.

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Office

On a recent Facebook post, one of my friends made the comment "Crew coaches have the nicest offices."

Here's what mine looked like at 6 am this morning. It was 21º but you can't ignore water like that. We launched a novice 8 and had a great session to finish off the week.

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