Lockdown

A friend of my wife emailed this to her.  Very poignant, given these trying  times.

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan, after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland

March 13th 2020

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UC Davis Women’s Basketball Starting Lineup

My daughter, Kimberly DeLaughder, did the starting lineup for the UC Davis women’s basketball team on February 27th, 2017 at The Pavilion on campus.
Kimberly played basketball there between 1984 and 1988.

My daughter Kimberly at the UC Davis Women's Basketball Game February 22, 2017.

Posted by Skip Harrison on Monday, February 27, 2017

Router Table Project – Table and Base Completed

Added a rolling base to the existing router table top.  Two additional drawers will be used to house the router bits and the tools required to change  the bits and to adjust the height of the router.

       

Router Table Project – Finishing Details

The table is essentially completed. I may round over the edges of the melamine top and use wipe-on poly for the cabinet.

I added the dust collection port to connect to my shop vac.

A rolling cart is to be built to bring the table height up to about 40 inches for ease of working while routing.

 

Router Table Project – Fence Painted and Notched

The fence painted and a center notch cut out to clear the tallest and widest bit I own. The end grain plywood part of the fence requires a lot of paint. I will probably add another coat or two to the end grain and edge grain.

A dust collection port is all that remains to the build for the table. A second project for the mobile base will begin shortly after completion of the table.

 

 

Router Table Project – Fence

Added two strips of T-track to the top and built a fence with bolts and star knobs to adjust the fence back and forward.

The top of the fence will get a piece of veneer to hide the end grain of the melamine and the plywood. A hole needs to be drilled into the fence to allow for the bits to operate properly. A larger hole will be added with an adapter for dust collection. I didn’t realize how much dust a router can produce doing the most basic cutting jobs.

 

 

 

 

Router Table Project – Drawer Pulls

Worked on the table a little today. Added the self-closing overlay hinges and created some drawer and door pull handles for some scrap walnut from another project. Just wanted to give a little contrast in color from the red oak the rest of the project is built of.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get the opportunity to use my palm router to cut a dado in the melamine top to install a set of T-tracks to mount the fence and dust collection apparatus to.

 

 

Router Table Project – Doors

Got the doors cutout and temporarily mounted to the router table body.  Still need to put on the hinges and the door pulls.

I actually used the router table to make the doors even though the table isn’t finished yet.  I can tell this table with the DeWalt 2HP router that accepts the 1/2 inch bits is really a good one.

The small folding table that I’ve been using to rest the router table on while I work on it is the second project that I ever completed.  It was constructed during a ten session class taken at Holmes Junior High School.  Each session was a one day a week 2 hour class about 4 years ago.