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RL Sidebar: Build a Hoosier Cabinet   Leave a comment

What am I doing talking about a Real Life piece of furniture in a Second Life blog? Well, I’ve never considered restricting myself to just Second Life, as long-time readers know. And I found an article on the history of these things on Facebook today — yes, Facebook actually has useful things! Especially useful because it led me to exercise my secret superpower of research training, and I found another article. More on that in a moment.

This piece of kitchen furniture is what’s called a Hoosier cabinet, after the original maker, Hoosier Manufacturing of New Castle, Indiana. These people set off an industry that lasted for 30 years, in making kitchen cupboard and work centers, essentially movable pantries. Stock units held storage for staples from flour and sugar to glassware, crockery and utensils. As more manufacturers came in, the styles and customization increased in elaborateness.

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Posted December 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life

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Christmas 2019   2 comments

From all of us, to all of you ….

Christmas Eve 2019   1 comment

As always since the beginning of this blog in 2007, Around the Grid presents our holiday tradition, our plea and hope for peace in this world for all creatures and things. The 1977 video, embraced by thousands in the years since, was from Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, and the only one I know of that David Bowie ever did for the season.

May you and yours find the peace, blessings and joy of the Divine as you perceive it, tonight, tomorrow, and all through the year.

Amen.

REBLOG — This World Needs More Neighbors Like Mr Rogers   Leave a comment

John Pavlovitz

As I promised back in 2017, this blog wasn’t going to stay aloof from sensitive things in Real Life.  We do, however, pick and choose what we fasten on to for speaking on or republishing, which is why the political world hasn’t intruded as much as we might have.

However, this piece, written by John Pavlovitz, needs to be read, please.  If we remembered the core message of all Fred Rogers did, ignoring the surface hagiography that has accumulated since his death, and put those teachings into effect, we might not be in the state we’re in currently.

Please click through and read this.  They who have ears to hear, let them hear ….

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I got to visit with an old neighborhood friend today. When I was a child, Fred Rogers always made me feel that his home was my home, and I gladly spent countless afternoons there learning and listening and dreaming. Sitting in a packed screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a much older, much more cynical… Continue Reading This World Needs More Neighbors Like Mr Rogers

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Posted November 23, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life, Reblog

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Veterans Day 2019: The 442nd   Leave a comment

We of Around the Grid always try to remember the men and women who have served in the military on Veterans (or Remembrance) Day. This year, I want to touch briefly on one group of veterans from World War II. It’ll be brief, only a few paragraphs, because I’m far from a professional historian, and all that the unit did in the European Theater would compose a book of its own.

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Writing About Thad   3 comments

This isn’t a pleasant piece, but I want to write about it here, to get some of the sadness out of my system. I’ve just received news about a man I’ve respected since the mid-Eighties, when I entered college.

Thad was president of the school when I entered, but he’d had a long and distinguished career before then at other schools, beginning as a professor of English at a northeastern university. I recall this large man, addressing us all at the front of the room during our orientation meeting, wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. I ran into Thad a few times after that during the remaining years of his presidency, always a friendly face and caring for his students.

This morning, the word worked its way to me that Thad is in a hospice, going through his last illness. He hasn’t died yet, but it’s only a matter of time, probably no more than a month or so. I’m praying for him, for a gentle death, and I’m praying for his family.

Posted October 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

Vote … Canada   1 comment

An Elections Canada ballot box is shown on federal election day in Montreal, Monday, May 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The ladies have ceded the blog to me for today, because their goals are much the same as mine when it comes to politics. Specifically, we want you to vote.

This time, though, I’m talking, and so I’m talking to Canadians. Today is our scheduled general election day, after 40 bruising days of campaigning by the six parties, and it’s now up to us to choose. That’s what I’m asking you to do. Polls are already closed in the Atlantic provinces and parts of my province of Québec, and more will be closing in some 20 minutes. It’s your job, if your poll is still open, to get in there and make your X on your ballot.

Why? Because, believe it or not, the votes matter. This is where we finally get a real say in how we want our country to work, how we can hold these men and women accountable for the actions they’ve taken. Your vote matters, especially in an election as close as this one is. So get out there!

Posted October 21, 2019 by Conan Bankersbox in Real Life

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