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During the San Diego Fires, A Mild Criticism


Fires continue in the San Diego, California area. We hope all- including the firefighters, who surely do have their hands full – stay safe, and that the damage can be limited. But the following excerpt from an article in the San Francisco Gate did catch our eye:

One homeowner “stood in front of his charred Carlsbad home Thursday in sandals that showed his soot-covered feet. He said he was not impressed with the fire response.

“I don’t want to complain, but I wish they had just made a little more effort to put the fire out”….”The end of the house … was still burning. And they (firefighters) just left. And I’m just kinda going, ‘What would’ve been the big deal to stay here another 10 minutes and put that out totally?’ I just don’t get it.

The Siera Del Mar Salvation Army is collecting funds for victims of the San Diego fires.


Well, that’s cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn’t it?”
Upon seeing the Grim Reaper,  Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life


The obituary of John Rogers:

In his Presidentship, there fell out one thing particularly, for which the Colledge has cause to remember him. It was his Custom to be somewhat long in his Daily Prayers (which our Presidents used to make) with the Scholars in the Colledge-Hall. But one Day, without being able to give Reason for it, he was not so Long, it may be by half as he used to be. Heaven knew the Reason! The Scholars returning to their Chambers, found one of them on fire, and the Fire had proceded so far, that if the Devotions had held three Minutes longer, the Colledge had been irrevocably laid in Ashes, which now was happily preserved.

-Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana,  (The Ecclesiastical History of New England)



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