Teaser Tuesday: The Swan Thieves

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know what I’m doing this week:

Roger the ShrubberWhile I labor with overgrowth and deadwood, the wheel of time has landed on:

Teaser TuesdayJust in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

This week I’m reading The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. This will be my second attempt at reading this particular book; I can’t recall why I abandoned it the first time.

So far it is less intriguing than The Historian, but it’s picked up after page 50.

I use the Truly Random Number Generator to pick the page number for my Teaser Tuesday post; today we go to page 45.

[W]hat will we someday do, I always wonder, without the 
pleasures of turning through books and stumbling on 
things we never meant to find?
. . .
And how could anyone consent to give up that smell
of open books, old or new?

This line convinced me to keep reading rather than abandoning it a second time.
 
The Swan Thieves Cover

In Retrospect

I finished two books since the last Teaser Tuesday:

Atonement by Ian McEwan earned three stars for a somewhat predictable plot and a less-than-satisfactory ending.

BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker also earned three stars; the storyline was thrilling but the characters flat.

What have you been reading?


 

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The Gentle Subjugation of Humanity

 

Special thanks goes to Liesel of Skill Up Skillet for suggesting today’s topic!

 

          The Gentle Subjugation of Humanity

 
Waiting for centuries, biding time. 

Staging a bloodless, velvet revolution. 

Infiltrating the very fabric of society, all fell victim:

    Princes and Potentates

    Priests and Popes

    Politicians and People


Like cannibals of old, we gained power by consumption. 

  Power, but not victory. 


Now, we are enslaved: 

  Economies of nations rise and fall.

  Temples call for universal worship.

  Factions arise. 

  Blood spills.
 
  We cannot function.

 
                Coffee Reigns Supreme

coffe beans world map


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Sunday Snaphots

This week I stayed inside and tried to beat the 100+ heat index.

However, I did go out earlier in the week and take some photographs.

These were inspired by DM Shepherd’s Ghost Sign:

I did some tutoring at the school this week; tree removal has begun:

Tree Removal

Smokey begged for the venison I cooked up:

Smokey Begging

What did I make?

Venison Alfredo and Venison Sloppy Joe.

My sister-in-law needed her battery changed:

Mustang Car Battery

This sunset caught my eye:

IMG_3329Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving!

These little guys and girls reminded me to make way for ducklings:

An ever-present reminder of hurricane season:

Science Friday favorited and retweeted one of my tweets!


 

What did you do this week?


 

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Defending Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Ten Dollar BillBy now you (probably) know the U.S. Treasury Department plans to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.

Their decision vexes me.

Replace Andrew Jackson; as Women on 20s proved, he’s become wildly unpopular.

Replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington.

They already appear on commonly-used currency:

the quarter and the penny respectively.

Although, in fairness, there’s been talk of discontinuing the penny for decades.

I hope not – this will hinder my squished penny collecting.

Squished Penny CollectionI have close to 500 souvenir pennies.

Pre-1982 pennies make the best squishing pennies for their copper content.

Modern zinc pennies or – heaven forbid – those metal alloys sometimes provided by the press manufacturer just don’t stack up.

Back to the task at hand.

Of all Founding Fathers, Hamilton is the most deserving of a place on our currency.

Hamilton . . .

Grew up in the West Indies.

Acted as Washington’s senior aide in the Revolutionary War.

Served in Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Spearheaded the Annapolis Convention,

which led to the Philadelphia Convention,

which led to the Constitution as we know it today.

Advocated for constitutional ratification in the Federalist Papers.

Using the pseudonym Publius, Hamilton wrote 51 of the 85 papers.

Today, these papers are considered the single most important source of constitutional interpretation.

Established the foundations United States’ federal government, specifically in arguing in favor of the doctrine of implied powers and the creation of a National Bank.

Influenced early foreign policy, especially in America’s preferential treatment of Britain.

Swayed the electoral college to make Thomas Jefferson third President of the United States.

Opposed Aaron Burr’s attempts to become President and Governor of New York.

You may recall that Burr attempted to establish his own empire in what would become the Louisiana Purchase.

By this time, Burr had killed Hamilton in a duel over comments made regarding the aforementioned elections.

 

Alexander Hamilton lived the American Dream before it was a thing.

Removing him from our currency would be both a travesty and a dishonor.

 
NPR’s Steve Inskeep (sort-of) disagrees with me.
 
Over at Faith and History, Robert McKenzie agrees with me using a much better argument.
 

What do you think?

Should we replace Hamilton, Jackson, or someone else?

Who should take their place?

Let me know in the comments!

 


 
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In The Off-Season

Is there anything emptier than a classroom during summer break?

Off Season

 


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I Recommend . . .

 

Ron Swanson's Guarantee

 

I wish I had Ron Swanson’s confidence.

However, I use neither Army-issued mustache trimmers nor the C.R. Lawrence Fein two inch axe-style scraper oscillating knife blade.

I do, from time to time, use Morton’s Salt.

 

Now, I appreciate it when people direct others to my blog (or Facebook, or Twitter).

I’d like to return the favor.

Normally, this would fall under the “You Should Be Reading” list at the bottom of this page.

However, some things just don’t show up on WordPress. Things like . . .

Blogs:

 

Shut Up and Take Your Seat

My friend Jon talks about “the radicals of public transportation” in Bellingham, Washington.

 

Whatever

The personal blog of down-to-earth and all-around-good-guy (and SF/F writer) John Scalzi.

Yes, I’m giving him a plug even though he told me to stay off the internet forever.

Proof:

Scalzi Leave Internet Forever

Comics:

 

xkcd

A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language

 

Existential Comics

Updated every Monday, a philosophy comic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also jokes.

Podcasts

 

Stuff You Should Know

They cover pretty much everything under the sun.

 

Stuff You Missed in History Class

A springboard for further study of little-known (or at least little-taught) history.

 

The Christian Humanist

Philosophy, Theology, Literature, and Other Things Human Beings Do Well

Not for the intellectually faint of heart.

But the hosts are funny, and they plug Dante.

 


Don’t forget to follow me on:

 

Facebook – where I share news stories, articles from other blogs, and various and sundry miscellany that happens to catch my eye. It’s stuff you won’t see here! Well, mostly.

 

Instagram – where I show you my Life in Motion and share quotes and such. The widget only shows my last three photographs – don’t you want to see them all?

 

Twitter – where you can see my thoughts in 140 characters or less. Also, funny retweets.

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