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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Name: Daniel Ashton
Location: Germantown, Maryland, United States

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Vicki made a Pumpkin Cheesecake for me, and I just had a taste. Yippee!!

Linguistic Progress

I've been plugging away at the Pimsleur language lessons, doing Italian III and Russian III in parallel. I've gone through both lessons 11 about four times recently, and I expect to do lessons 12 on my way to and from work tomorrow.

Vehicularly Enabled

Today I completed a transaction that has been pending for about four months: I bought a '91 Honda Civic CRX from some dear friends who found themselves in a position to do a kind deed. It has taken several weekends to fix it up to be able to pass the Maryland state safety inspection, but that finally happened yesterday, and this afternoon I completed the title and registration transfer and obtained new license plates.

The really good news is that Vicki will no longer be stuck at home without a car day after day, although the draw-back is that we now have fewer reasons for her to take me to work. <pout>

And the other great point, and the original motivation, is that I'm filling the little car with gas about twice a week, as I was with the van, but it's taking approximately one-third as much gasoline per fill-up.

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Xooglers: "It was hard and it was frustrating and it was pretty much the only kind of job anyone should ever want to do."

This appeals to me.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Special Music This Sunday

I'm pleased to mention that this Sunday morning the chancel choir at the Rockville United Methodist Church will be singing Maurice Duruflé's Ubi Caritas. I feel priveleged to have had this opportunity to study this short but astoundingly beautiful number along with the members of this choir.

Did it!

Today I took a 20-minute walk, completing my tenth week of physical activity and thereby earning a "rebate" of $150 from my employer.