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Dang Snow

Dang Snow

I often welcome snow, but this dang snow is very COLD.  It started off at 9″ and is now about 12″ (and has stopped for the day.)  It took a while to clear the driveway because the snow would fall to the side of the blower and I’d have to go back for a second pass.

Someone posted a picture on Facebook complaining about the 18″ snow.  They showed two things in the picture that were points of reference:  1) a small snow shovel with a blade about 8″ hight, and 2) the 4″ clapboard on their house.  It was 12″, not 18″.

Snowstorms, like fish, are always bigger than reality.

Blog Updates

I’m working on blog updates for days missed while I was traveling.  It is a lot of work, but the feedback has been positive.

It is so cold in the studio that I can’t get things warm enough for my fingers to move quickly.  Brrr… this cold snap is a strong one.  However, I keep plodding (blogging) along.

Winter Projects

I have not touched my winter projects yet.  Of course, the year started with a 10 day trip overseas, and now I’m playing catch up.

One of my winter projects is a posing corner for my Phicen figures.  Elizabethe gave me a hard time that I wasn’t this interested when she was doing Barbie stuff.  Hmmm… I think part of it is Barbie is not realistic, and Barbie doesn’t pose well.

I ordered an older version that is hard plastic so Elizabethe can use it as a dress form.  The silicone ones are too expensive and fragile.

 

Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine

I used to love Peabody and his Wayback Machine.  It was a cleaver way to teach history.

I had a dream last night.  In the dream it was last week and I knew it.  The strange thing is, it was like I was living it for the first time with a single exception.  That exception was I knew what was going to happen in a few days and I was presented with the opportunity to do something about it.

As I stood there talking to a person who was about to meet a tragic death I realized that although I new what was going to happen, she did not.  A cold feeling of helplessness overcame me in the dream.

I turned to Elizabethe as my skin turned pale and said, “She doesn’t know.”

Faced with the dilemma many time-travel science fiction stories are faced with, I though, “Can traveling back in time change the future?”

Like many dreams, I then woke realizing it was just another nightmare associated with feelings of helplessness.  I woke my wife and shared it with her.  She shared an interesting insight from Orson Scott Card.  She said Brother Card handles this in as if you went back in the past and changed things it wouldn’t matter because the future you now know becomes irrelevant because it never happened.

Okay… interesting take for a plot, but the fact of the matter is Michele still lost her life.

A friend posted this on Facebook which brings some solace.

President Featherstone pondered and wondered what he might say to comfort this family who was very faithful in the Church who had strong testimonies and an understanding of the Plan of Salvation. What could he say that would comfort them. The Spirit prompted him to tell them that upon her death she was embraced in the arms of the Savior and the terrible memory of the circumstances surrounding her death was erased forever.

I got thinking though… In my own life, if I could travel back in time and tell my younger self three things, what would it be (besides “Yahoo!”… okay, that’s a reference to the movie Frequency if you haven’t watched it.)  Here’s my list…

  1. Disassociate yourself with anyone who ridicules or puts you down in front of others, or those who take joy in doing this to others.
  2. Please God, not people or trust God, but don’t trust people who don’t trust God.
  3. Pursue your good ideas.

That’s really about it.  No, I wouldn’t give myself tips on what stocks are going to do great.  Instead, I chose these three things that had I learned them earlier in life they would have saved me a lot of grief and disappointment.