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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Did A Little Home Improvement This Weekend

Hebe, cupbearer to the gods
I got a home improvement project done this weekend. It was a project of long-standing as my home improvement projects are wont to be. We have a corner of our front yard that tends to stay shady making growing anything there nigh to impossible. So we thought it would look nice to build a little platform of paving stones and put a statue we have of the goddess Hebe there. Hebe was the cupbearer to the Greek gods, and she is considered the goddess of hospitality making her a great figure to great our guests as they come to one of the dinners my wife and I like to host.

Cat has had Hebe for several years, and the old girl has had an accident or two in that time. Cat has talked about replacing this Hebe with another one, but I kind of like her the way she is. She really looks like she could be one of those ancient statues they have in museums. She has dirty feet right now though because she has been standing in our garden for a long time before we put her on pavement.

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