Drinking in the REAL Green Dragon inn, and how it led to the Gods in Twilight

Matthew Wright

Years ago I spent a lot of time with friends playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons™. You know, the game where you rolled dice and looked up a table in a hardback book to find out what happened.

After a hard day’s adventuring, slaying orcs, trolls, goblins and so forth the characters would retire for a hard-earned ale or four in the Green Dragon inn, a name we lifted from Tolkien. This was inevitably the cue to crack a few beers for real, if we hadn’t already. I’d never have guessed, back then, that I might one day sit in the real Green Dragon, on the Hobbiton Movie Set. Well, I did. And it was exactly what I imagined – a rusticated, Arts and Crafts-inspired building with mullioned windows, adzed beams, and a wonderfully home-like feel to it. Awesome.

The problem with AD&D was that it didn’t do what we…

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What we learned this week

Make Wealth History

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Sunday Devotional: The two witnesses

Fellowship of the Minds

Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests…

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Michelle Obama’s healthy school meals are set to be scrapped by Trump’s agriculture secretary next week

Fellowship of the Minds

michelle obama lunch2 Say bye bye to Michelle Obama’s mandated school lunches Another Obama legacy bites the dust.

From Daily Mail: Michelle Obama‘s healthy school lunches could be on the chopping block with the Trump administration expected to announce new measures as early as Monday to ease the program’s regulations.

The US Department of Agriculture announced on Friday thatits secretarySonny Perdue is set to introduce new standards that will give schools more flexibility in relation to theNational School Lunch Program. It is not yet clear how the rules will change school lunches or the regulations.

The announcement will take place at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia, where Perdue andSen.Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will eat lunch with the students, The Hill reports.

Republicans have long held concerns about the school lunch program, which was spearheaded by the former First Lady to establish new healthy eating standards and curb childhood obesity.

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Wearing It


Last night, just as we were falling asleep, my husband drowsily remembered a conversation he had earlier in the day.

“Oh,” he murmured, “I talked to that guy from the committee.”

“Which guy?” I asked.

“You know… That guy… He wears a limp.”

My husband was only semi-conscious and that probably explains his weird phrasing.

But I kind of liked it.

The man wears a limp.

A limp as something you wear.

Think about the control that gives the man over his limp.

He owns that limp. It doesn’t own him.

It makes me want to think about other conditions that we experience as something we wear. How differently we might consider our issues, problems – our very bodies – if they are just Something We Wear.

We could wear our health:

“She wears some arthritis in her fingers.”

“She’s wearing her third pregnancy.”

“She wears a stroke on…

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