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January 10, 2005

And briefly... the sun stood still.

Cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretation.

I just suffered a bout.

Beth made brownies yesterday. Mmmmmm. Brownies!

Andy, prodigal son, just left today to return to his institution of higher indoctrination (actually, his school, Kansas State, isn't that bad, unlike the Flaw on the Kaw, Kansas U. Of course, being a Mizzou grad might be coloring my judgment, too).

His best pal August, who does attend the Flaw on the Kaw, was here visiting, too.

I had to come home this noon to pick up some work I'd forgotten this morning.

Andy and August are gone, not to return until some as-yet-unnamed date.

And there are brownies left.

Well, there was *a* brownie left.

There was a tremor in the underpinnings of my personal universe.

It will be worse for Beth.

When she gets back from taking Andy to Manhattan (The Little Apple on the Prairie - or is that Prairie Apple...) there will *still* be a brownie left.

Smaller than the one that A&A left, but, nonetheless, a definable mass of matter categorizable as a brownie.

We return you now to your regularly scheduled programming.