Archive for October, 2012

It’s been a while, but here’s what we, and the soil, the plants, and the critters have been up to this summer.

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Check out this video, and then check out the speaker’s response to all the correspondence he got about the speech.  The welcome statement his congregation says at the beginning of each day is what did it- the last line:

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here:

If you are young or old, you are welcome

If you have brown skin, black skin, white skin, yellow skin or any color of skin, you are welcome

If you are married or single, you are welcome

If you are gay or straight, you are welcome

If you cannot hear or see, you are welcome

If you are sick or well, you are welcome

If you are a man or a woman, you are welcome

If you are happy or sad, you are welcome

If you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, you are welcome

If you believe in God some of the time or none of the time or all of the time, you are welcome here


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Only in Seattle…

I believe I just traded chicken coop plans and advice for a protocol on how to make bone marrow chimeric mice.

This also speaks to my ability (and perhaps to an inevitability in life) to do good and bad things at the same time. Extinguish life, nurture life. Experiment on mice, save chickens from factory farm fate. Kill mice, save kids from malaria (eventually). Make husbandry mistakes and watch my chickens keel over from unknown causes, save (a small part of) the environment.

I’m finding the key is to be very good and efficient at the bad things so you don’t have to do them often. If I make my bone marrow chimeras well, they won’t die by accident and I won’t have to repeat the experiment. Make their little lives count!

Gawd I hate bone marrow chimeras…

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