Sara tagged us (me) for the middle name game. First I must post the rules, copied from her post:
Paraphrased rules: 1) post the rules, 2) list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name, 3) blog your list, 4) tag one person for each letter of your middle name, 5) comment-notify each taggee.
Hakim Baker doesn't have a middle name, but the guy at the keyboard here does.
T: Thomas was my Grampa's name. I like it. I like Doubting Thomas (Grampa was a skeptic/atheist/rationalist) and I like the Gospel of Thomas (I'm an agnostic gnostic, to put it one way).
H: Hard work is easier when I'm doing it for my community & love, as opposed to for a boss or money. (Community means people I like to be with.)
O: Orange is the color of the monarch butterflies in our yard, feasting on the milkweed, instinctively heading forth on their migrations for what they do not know. I guess they have faith. Or maybe they know but just let me think they don't.
M: Monday we start "eating only from our yard" day. I have no idea what that will mean for breakfast in eleven hours.
A: Alienation only barely begins to describe how far apart we are, how much we could have that we don't. There are so many people on the Internet, whom I like so much, whom I'll probably never see, it makes my heart ache. Alas. It's like dard, the beauty of the pain of longing.
S: Silence is how they worship God in the church I was raised in (Religious Society of Friends aka Quakers) (I'm from a very liberal strain of Quakers ... there's a few different kinds out there.) I'm not active in a Quaker scene any more--I, um, commune through a variety of means and like to use as many names for the Source as I can think of--but silence is useful and important. Maybe I'm more comfortable with it 'cause I'm an introvert anyway. Just in the past year I've learned "The proper response to a fool is silence" from this dude, who knows what he's talking about.