1. Empty Hands

    Wed 04 January 2017
    By John Mark Schofield in Poetry

    I held my wife's hand
    as the needle went into her
    seven-months pregnant belly.

    Two days before:
    Your baby's not breathing.
    Your baby's not swallowing.
    Your baby's not moving.
    And a baby who does not
    breathe
    or swallow
    or move
    does not start doing those things once born.
    We'll give …

  2. When to Leave

    Thu 08 December 2016
    By John Mark Schofield in Politics

    I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the possibility of Fascism or Authoritarianism in the United States, and what that means for my plans to remain in the country. I don't want to overreact, and I don't think it's inevitable that this country will descend into fascism — but …

    Tagged as: Fascism Resistance
  3. RIP Lis Schofield

    Fri 19 February 2016
    By John Mark Schofield in Health

    On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Anne Lise (Lis) Schofield died from complications of dementia.

    Miles Schofield, her husband and father of John Schofield, died November 11, 2014.

    Lis leaves her sister Grethe, her son John, John's wife Marlyse, and their two children Heather and James.

    The service will be Saturday …

    Tagged as: Family Biography Funeral
  4. A Good BASH Script Template

    Mon 09 February 2015
    By John Mark Schofield in Technology

    I start out all my BASH scripts with the following boilerplate:

    #!/bin/bash
    set -e
    set -o pipefail
    set -u
    

    Let's talk for a minute about why each one of those lines is a good idea.

    set -e: Exit immediately if a simple command exits with a non-zero status. If …

    Tagged as: Bash Programming

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