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Confident otters

My day to day demeanor has been described in a variety of ways. Some have labeled it as having a crisis meter perpetually pegged on low. Others have wondered if my rejection of a Chicken Little mindset has swung to the opposite extreme of being an older, masculine Pollyanna. Pejoratively, it has been described as having a basis far from reality. Those with a more encouraging bent have categorized it as remaining hopeful in all things.

There exists a personality test that measures an individual’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions and makes comparisons with members of the animal kingdom: Lion, Otter, Golden retriever, and Beaver. Based on that metric, I am off the charts Otter. The summary statement of the Otter is “It will all work out.” If only I had a nickel for every time I said that…

Unfortunately, it rarely shows up in my facial expressions. I’m not much of a smiler, I have never considered myself a good smiler, and it has not crossed my mind to practice smiling. Accordingly, there are more than a few who, when looking at my face, think I am irritated or troubled, when more than likely the exact opposite is true. The Otter’s summary statement is precisely how I go through life. It will all work out.


Photo by “Mike” Michael L. Baird [CC-BY-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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I need my crutches

By now, you are likely aware that two nights ago, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” participated in a live debate, tackling the issue “is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Three hours later, at its conclusion, viewers were left with a mountain of information to sort through. Both gentlemen provided solid reasons for their positions, they both prepared and performed well, and despite the intense difference of opinion and interpretation of facts, they were gracious with each other. Perhaps they can offer lessons to future politicians in how to disagree without attacking. 

I enjoyed the parts of the debate I was able to see (while navigating dinner preparation and youngster management/containment). During the debate, most of the information presented by both sides I have heard before. Nothing presented by either side really shocked me – they said what I thought they might say. But, what I found most interesting is what happened after the debate. Continue reading