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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

This posting just came across one of my email lists:

We are a small elementary church school library. We received a donation of 19 hard cover books about different types of dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the last 2 pages of the books contain information pertaining to when (read millions of years) these dinosaurs lived. We believe and teach the Biblical view of creation. The books are colorful and would be very useful, except for the last 2 pages of statistics. I can't cut them out because the last of the story is on one side of the statistics page. After reading the paragraph on the title page regarding reproducing, photocopying, utilizing etc. and that one shouldn't do this, I hesitate to solve the problem by simply gluing the last 2 pages
together and pasting a page of statistics on the blank back page. Is this legal? I love working here and don't want to create problems.

Wow. "Statistics." That's one way to look at it. Mark points out that at least they're just disagreeing over a timeline, and not something like whether various sorts of people deserve to live or die, but still. What's wrong with leaving the books the way they are, and explaining to the children that there are lots of viewpoints in the world? Discuss faith, belief, science, historical conflicts between the two.... It seems like there are lots of ways to use the books as they are.

I haven't read any responses yet (and there are a LOT of them!) so I'm a bit curious to see what this group comes up with!

Update: Here is a link to the whole thread in the list archives.

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