we were all a bit suprised last night when odin lost his fourth tooth just two short months almost to the day after losing his first.
after giving odin a sacagawea one dollar coin for his first tooth and a two dollar bill for his second tooth and three magic stones for his third tooth we were all curious what she’s bring for the fourth, especially given such short notice!
and it seems that the the tooth fairy decided to show her philosophical side this time around and left a card with “Love Joy Widsom and Kindness” on the front cover under his pillow.
on the inside of the car we found a small pouch with four seeds and a poem:
here are four wishes i have for you
plant them well so they grow in you
plant each with care deciding just where
the fruit of the harvest we will reap
and in our hearts it will keep
we explained that the tooth fairy meant the four seeds were magical and represented Love, Joy, Widsom & Kindness and that she wanted him to grow those things deep in his heart. or something like that.
it was a little complicated but he thought it was a mighty thoughtful gift.
we’ll try to plant the seeds and see if they grow anything real along with a metaphor. who knows, maybe we’ll end up with a giant beanstalk in the backyard.
interesting analysis from arthur c. nelson, professor of city and regional planning at the university of utah, on how trends such aging population, increasing household size, dropping homeownership rates and tighter lending are conspiring to create a perfect storm for homebuilders.
the science of why we don’t believe science is filled with glimpses into how are brains are wired to trick us into thinking we’re reasoning when we’re really rationalizing. “We may think we’re being scientists, but we’re actually being lawyers.” see also, reasons people persist in believing conspiracy theories even given overwhelming evidence to the contrary. so, i’m guessing this isn’t going to change many people’s minds: fox news can confirm that the president of the united states is a citizen of the united states. period.”
update: well that didn’t take long and the response is predictable. obama released the long form birth certificate which raised still more questions about obama’s past in many birther’s minds. and this is not the end of birtherism.
americans now spend $1.2 trillion a year on stuff we don’t need ( nonessential goods ) which represents 11 percent of overall consumer spending, up from 4% in 1959. at least maybe some of all that junk will be around in 2016 which it the date the IMF says china’s economy will surpass that of america bringing an end to The Age of America.
working for motorola in 2001 i was well aware that the FCC mandated all phones track users which folks are just noticing. *possibly* unrelatedly i haven’t owned a cell phone since leaving ( actually, not really the reason why but i can talk no further
fun little article on 5 Crazy Things That Occur When You Raise Backyard Chickens which i’ve all found to be true in our experience with The Girls. jill richardson covers #3 quite extensively in her lovely post on chicken personalities.