For all those who flip-flop between feeling completely mushy and completely cynical about Christmas, my best wishes.
Over at Writing English, I happen to fall on this post about 25 funny analogies. They’re tagged as the 25 funniest, and I don’t know that I haven’t read funnier ones than that, but they’re pretty funny. Those analogies were collected ty High School teachers. Here are some of my favorites:
- His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
- She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
- Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
- Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
- The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
For a complete list, mosey along to Writing English.
Eventide is the sequel to Plainsong, although it does stand alone. The brothers McPheron, two old bachelors who took in a pregnant teenager and learned to love her, now must let her go when she starts college. A young boy takes care of his grandfather and befriends two little girls. Two young children, who live with mentally disabled parents, suffer taunts and an abusive uncle. Summer is over. Winter is coming.
In his usually understated, beautiful prose, Haruf weaves his way through these peoples’ lives and makes us care deeply for them. He doesn’t spare any of his characters from suffering, and in this way paints a concrete picture of life in a small, isolated town.
Despite the bleak setting of winter, Eventide ends with a message of hope. Once night has fallen, light is not far away. Haruf, in his inimitable style, leaves each one of his characters poised, waiting for the light, and the reader waits with them.
In a perfect malingering type of disinformation, a WorldNetDaily’s article, Soy is making kids ‘gay’, is full of mistakes, misconceptions, and red-neck-like statements:
“I have nothing against an occasional soy snack. Soy is nutritious and contains lots of good things. Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a lot of soy stuff, you’re also getting substantial quantities of estrogens.”
Ahhh…estrogen in soy? Sure, if you talk about phytoestrogen. Babyhopes.com explains the potential effect of soy:
“The type of phytoestrogen in soy is known as isoflavones. These isoflavones come in different forms and have different effects. Some may function similarly to estrogens in the body, producing a very weak effect compared to the real hormone. And others act as antiestrogens, to reduce the activity of estrogen. Evidence is growing that these phytoestrogens may help with menopausal symptoms, as well as inhibits cancer cell growth.
In fact, TransHealth.com, an online magazine for transsexual and transgendered people states:
“It has been speculated that a diet high in soy can have hormonally feminizing effects. This has almost no basis in fact, and really, makes very little sense. The beneficial effects of dietary soy are more related to the fact that it inhibits the action of estrogen, not that it has estrogenic effects itself. These inhibitory effects seem to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) as well as breast and uterine cancer, but only when taken as part of a complete program.”
To make things worse, the WorldNet article says that soy sauce is okay, “Unlike soy milk, it’s perfectly safe because it’s fermented”, which is completely false. Soy sauce indeed does not contain phytoestrogen because “since it’s the protein portion of soy that contains the phytoestrogens […] soy sauce does not contain phytoestrogens” (Babyhopes.com). The article quotes no studies, bases itself on no fact whatsoever. It is a pack of wrong information.
It is so pathetic, it’s hilarious. Anyway, what can you expect from a site that advertises the sale of a book entitled “Conservatives are from Mars, Liberals are from California”, and written by the Chairman of an outfit called Megashift Ministries?