WINGSPREAD E-zine for December, 2015

“Spreading your wings” in a confusing world
James Hurd               December, 2015


  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Newest blog article: Getting New Knees
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes

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 New blog article:   Getting New Knees 

We’ve been married forty-five years. Barbara needs two knee replacements, but she doesn’t want to do it. A friend had told her, “I had one knee done. Then I had the second knee done. It hurt so bad that, if I’d had a third leg, I’d have just said, ‘cut it off!’”

One doctor has told Barbara, “We won’t replace your knee until it hurts.” But both knees are hurting more now…. Read more here:

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 Writer’s Corner
Writer’s Term of the Week:   Personification
Giving human attributes to non-human objects. “The airplane sat there, daring me to get in and start it.”  “When I arrived in New York, the city didn’t seem to notice.” “The ice cream in the freezer was softly calling my name.”

Books and Film reviews
Toby Lester, The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name. Free Press. 2009. This is a book about America, and the maps that put it on the map. A wild romp exploring dusty libraries, cartographic workshops, sailing vessels, and the people that changed the way we view the world.

Doc Martin. This wonderful British film drama, set in the charming town of Port Wynn, is set to start a new TV season. (Previous seasons are available on DVD.) An anti-social and somewhat dysfunctional doctor gains the hearts and praises of the townspeople. Beautiful landscapes. Humorous situations.

Favorite quotes

♫   He loves nature, in spite of what it did to him.    Anonymous

♫   I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges. Anonymous

♫   What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.    C.S. Lewis

♫   Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.    Woody Allen

♫   Atheism: A non-prophet organization.

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