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New Used Piano

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Tuesday, 08 August 2006

I’d been watching Craigslist for a good deal on a used piano for several months.   Although there has been no shortage of used pianos for sale, timing has been the issue.  Either I’ve found a good deal but haven’t had the money, or had the money but couldn’t find the piano. 


Well, my patience has been rewarded, because a pretty nice piano finally landed in my driveway, literally.


Leadership Training 101

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Thursday, 03 August 2006

A couple of weeks ago Pumpkin started to show signs of aggression toward Chris.  It wasn’t unusual for her to growl at him.  I think I’d have growled, too, if he were standing over me, tapping the top of my head while singing that high-pitched “Psycho”-like music.  So I didn’t worry about it.

Then one day, she bit him.


Going Classical

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Wednesday, 02 August 2006

A couple of weeks ago we were hanging out in Barnes and Noble and I gravitated toward the education section.  I found the book “The Well Trained Mind” by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.  Susan is Jesse’s home schooled daughter.  I was impressed by Susan’s dossier – entered college at 17 as a Presidential Scholar, earned her Bachelor’s degree in 5 semesters, visiting student at Oxford, earned 2 Master’s degrees, is now a professor at the College of William and Mary and has published numerous books… . 

Anyway, one of my fears has been that my kids would not be prepared to enter college because they have been home schooled.  Susan’s success is encouraging to me. 


So, I Have Chosen the Way of Pain

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Tuesday, 01 August 2006

But No Pain, No Gain...


Did you miss me?


I’ve been mired in books – home school resource books at home and QuickBooks at the office.  I’m ready for a little pleasure reading – next on my fiction list is “The Memoirs of Cleopatra” and some Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  I’ve never read the Sherlock Holmes novels (but loved the PBS movies) and hear they are great.

 It’s August 1, already – only 2 weeks until we officially start our school year – and I’m praising God for, yet another, heart change. 

My Goad vs. Your Goat

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Tuesday, 31 January 2006
The other day Chuck and I were discussing the phrase “get your goat.”  I said, “It’s not goat, it’s goad."

He replied, “What? It’s goat."

"No.  Think about it; how many people do you know who have a goat to get?"

He quickly tried to change the subject knowing that it is pointless to argue with me. We’ve been down this road before and he has learned that when it comes to language and history, what I don’t know as fact I invent.

So, who's right?  Is the phrase "get my goat" or "get my goad"? 

I decided to do a little research by submitting to the only bastion of authority and light and truth: I Googled both phrases, “Get your goat” and “Get your goad."

Here are theories:

The phrase “get your goat” comes from a formerly common but now outdated practice in horse racing where the owners would stable their horses with goats to calm them down. Thus, to get someones goat would anger the horses and, I suppose, render them ineffective.

Is that true?  Will the presence of a goat really pacify an agitated horse?  Sounds like a question for MythBusters.  Anyway, I don't buy it.

Another post refers to a dictionary definition of “goat” as prison slang meaning “anger.” This doesn't sound plausible.  I've never been inside a prison, but I suspect that when inmates are goading one another, "goat" isn't the first bit of slang to roll off the tongue.

Here is the most compelling explanation, I think: aside from “goad” as a verb - to goad someone into doing something, a goad is a pointy stick used to urge an animal into obedience. I further submit that the Bible provides very early references to a “goad” as something one could “get.” See Judges 3:31, 1 Samuel 13:21, Ecclesiastes 12:1. Also, see what Jesus said to Paul “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 8:5,28:14)

My conclusion is that the phrase, properly used, is “get your goad.”

But don’t mind me, I’m stubborn.  Like a goat.

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