Joan’s Farrier

Ain’t everybody cut out to be Joan of Arc.


Somebody had to farm & provide the food to feed the horses; and smitty to keep them shod.

The old proverb goes something like this:


For want of a nail… For want of a fastener, the buffer between soft feet and rough terrain came aloose and emperilled the mission.

What is the glue the holds us together? Is it our common gender? Race? Country? Is it our favorite football team, favorite performer, or our favorite outrages and protests?

Or are those ways we choose to express our humanity, making them neither right nor wrong?

Every encounter is an opportunity to increase our understanding.


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Fastest, Shortest, or Easiest?

I’ll take SAFEST for $200, Siri.

Every travel meet is an adventure, where we weave our way through streets peppered with pawn shops and payday loan places, all with bars on the windows.


Furniture rental is just as immoral  But I am not gonna get on my stump today

But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps the SwimMom from meets. Although appaxrently SoccerMom is deterred by crises of too little dryer lint accumulations.

I’m not sure if this is accurate or if Leah thinks it’s worse than this.

There’s few guarantees in life: death, taxes, and certain failure at parenting (as viewed by those receiving said parenting).


My kids have no idea how bad it could be. 

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Asymptotically Valid Co-Variance Estimator

Did you get yours yet? I heard all the hip variance-co-variance matrices are into bondage validity this year.


Variety is the Spice of Life. 

Econometric validity requires two conditions: no bias and consistency. This may be the first time the egg-heads got it right.


Boy, I say, Boy! Everybody’s jumping to confusion!

Back to the title: Asymptotic validity depends on the law of large numbers. As n -> infinity, then something wonderful happens. Equations and husbands become “good enough” with a big enough sample size. Maybe the variance goes to zero or men are all the same after 50 something.


Probably equals the square root of a negative number. #thankslyle

Econometrics methods to control for endogeneity are expected to be on my comprehensive exams tomorrow. Probability ~ 100%. So right now I’m doing some non-linear processing of all the information I’ve jammed into my head over the last few weeks. It’s coming out sideways.


Mandelbrot Image – it’s not linear or random. (Credit: St. Olaf College)


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Group Project Gone Bad

Anybody every have an assignment from hell GROUP PROJECT in school? Anybody like them?


Life’s like a permanent group project.


Substitute Fellow Citizens for Classmates

There’s no end-of-semester relief in sight. We have to live with all these other people as long as we all shall live because all the good hermit caves are taken.


This country was founded by immigrants. Whether our ancestors didn’t like it in their home country or weren’t liked in their home country, had a taste for adventure, or came for work (via indentured servitude or sold into slavery), our genes are coded differently than those who stayed.

The vast frontier of the West has allowed us the freedom of rugged individualism for a long, long time. But, now the connectivity of the internet is forcing us to realize that we have neighbors. And those neighbors are different from what we’ve been accustomed to seeing.



God’s Golden Rule for this Group Project is: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Here are some suggestions on how to make it easier:

  • Please look around for your empathy button, which might be disguised as the power off button on your television or other news source.
  • Go volunteer at a hospital or other shelter, remind yourself that people and suffering are real, not just internet punching bags.
  • Run for a local office.
  • Get involved in your community in a positive way— I believe this is why so many marched – they wanted an outlet. (The airlines and transportation industries thank you. The municipalities that needed to pay all their officers overtime do not– this will impact local budgets for funding for other community project & then folks will be upset there’s no money, never considering that the lack of funds is tied directly to their actions. But, this is a blog for another day)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it….

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Faith-Based Econometrics

It’s wrong like bacon fried Twinkies are wrong.

It’s wrong like laughing during Schindler’s List.

Not caring about the matrix algebra fundamentals underlying the SAS/Stata commands is wrong when I am cultivating a lifelong habit of learning.**


I am grateful every day for last semester’s B-

Does a girl need to understand a combustion engine or physics to drive a car? No. Same with Econometrics.


Actual notes from my class this semester.  I skipped 3 pages of proofs of assumptions 1 & 2. All I need is the highlighted line.

All I need is that last highlighted line. The Command Line. I will take it on faith that the programmer knows her math and my Theta estimator will be unbiased, consistent and robust.

** This meme is also wrong, but it’s hella funny.joint-significance

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Minor Epiphany at Albertson’s

I usually have my best ideas when I am driving, which is pretty inconvenient for recording my latest and greatest thoughts. Luckily, my husband still answers the phone when I call, will hash through my hare-brained schemes with me, and email me the edited version (all for the low, low price of half my retirement. HALF, Eddie!).


INSIGHT # 76: Husbands are handy.

But today I had a flash of insight while unloading pre-prepped salads, disgusting, gross healthy Greek yogurt, and free-range Al-fresco eggs onto the conveyor belt. A magazine cover in the grocery store checkout lane proclaimed that Oprah’s lost another small person 42 lbs.


I can relate.

Oprah (and I) have gained and lost the same 30-40-50 pounds many times. But unlike me, O has enough money to hire a personal chef, trainer, grocery shopper, maid, therapist, hypnotist, anti-depressants, stimulants, appetite suppressants, stomach surgery, etc… and she STILL can’t lose weight and keep it off.

Let me repeat. Oprah has all the help in the world, every advantage known to womankind, and she still has a weight problem. Maybe I should cut myself some slack (my pants damn sure won’t).


10 days after the Epiphany, that’s my epiphany. Be kind to others. Be kind to self. Be. Kind.

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Badges are nifty. Tonight I earned the coveted “my mom is an idiot” badge.


“MOM, You are such an idiot…” Love, your kids who can’t find their own shoes, make instant grits, or traverse DeSoto Parish without a speeding ticket.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t already seen the new STAR WARS movie, ROGUE ONE, don’t go.*

Apparently, I am the last person on earth to find out that this movie occurs between Episodes 3 & 4, which makes me an “idiot.” Which is absolute baloney..

Just because I’ve been living in a (metaphorical) cave for the last 2 years studying riveting subjects like positive accounting theory (we’re POSITIVE the debits go on the right), abnormal accruals (sounds like a bad rash, see your doctor ASAP), and discretionary revenues (looks like real money, but spends like Monopoly bills), instead of keeping up with the movies, now I’m erroneously branded an idiot.

Please. The correct term is IGNORANT. And just a little peeved that nobody told me!!!!!!!*


I’m really talking about me, but my meme generating abilities are so 2000 & late…, i.e. really super bad.

DON’T LOOK, ETHEL!!!!!   There’s a SPOILER down there.







*They all die. All of them. Except the bad guys.

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