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Craig wrote:
Did you know that water is the only substance in the universe that EXPANDS when it freezes? Good old h2o.

Bill wrote:
Good one! Do you know the work of Bruce Cockburn? This one reminds me of your poetry:


Thanks for your comments to last week’s prayer. Reading it again, it sounds almost Buddhist, though I meant it more as a statement of how we can think we are different from others when, with a little heat, we are just like them.

Craig: I found the following on the Internet, so it must be true: "Bismuth and antimony also expand when they freeze, as do some alloys that contain those metals. This is why bismuth and antimony are used in type-metal, which can be molded with great accuracy: The metal does not shrink as it solidifies, so it does not pull away from the corners and edges of the mold.”

Bill: Bruce Cockburn was a favorite of a little home church I belonged to in 1981 and 1982 when I was going through my first divorce, especially his song “Coldest Night of the Year”. See: Good to see a musician have such a long and productive career! And, if you are comparing my work to his, maybe I can do as well in 35 years.