Sunday, March 27, 2011

Find a Grave, Revive a Blog

The older I get the more I appreciate obituaries and tributes to those who are no longer with us. A few months ago I re-discovered the Find a Grave website and was pleasantly surprised to find it contains photos and information on the following loved ones.
Since landing there a few times, I decided to join up, so I've now got a little bio there and posted a couple of pictures I had to Adine's entry and some text to Dee's. While aggregating Dee's stuff in the great condo sale prep, I found the URL, login and password to his Dee's Believe It blog from 2004-2005. It was nice to read some of Dee's strong opinions again and I took the liberty putting in a link to his photo and Find a Grave info.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Failed, then Tried Again

ARUP blood services asked me to donate platelets a few years ago. They hooked me up to their machine, my blood pressure dropped within a few minutes and the donation came to premature end. My donor file was marked, "Whole Blood Only." But last week, as someone was combing through some database searching for the ideal platelet donor, my file emerged as one of the good matches for a particular need. ARUP called and asked me to try again.  This afternoon I did. The whole process worked smoothy. I wonder if they'll remove that "Whole Blood Only" designation from my record.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This Is Not Paul Gauguin's Tahiti

South Mountain Resort near Phoenix might 
stand-in for an island paradise, depending on your 
camera angle. I shot this on a business trip in 2007. 
I've never been to Tahiti but I certainly thought about it this morning as I listened to Susan Stamberg's NPR feature on the Paul Gauguin "Maker of Myth" exhibit of at the National Gallery.

A key element of the of the story is that the Tahitian imagery Gauguin conveyed in his paintings wasn't true to reality. "It's widely accepted that artists reinterpret reality, but the trouble is that Gauguin (1848-1903) insisted that his depictions of island life were true — factual representations of a serene, sensual, primitive place. The French tourist industry was something of a co-conspirator in this; it wanted tourists to travel to the Polynesian colonies," reports Stamberg.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Refreshing Take

A lot of conservative pundits have understandably applauded something that happened at that religious school south of Salt Lake recently, but here's a refreshing liberal take in support of the much discussed honor code and it's high profile enforcement.

Rooting for BYU's Sex Ban 
by Jonathan Zimmerman

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Fred Rogers congressional testimony remains relevant today

According to the Wikipedia, in 1969, Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts. In about six minutes of testimony, Rogers spoke of the need for social and emotional education that public television provided. He passionately argued that alternative television programming like his Neighborhood helped encourage children to become happy and productive citizens, sometimes opposing less positive messages in media and in popular culture. He even recited the lyrics to one of his songs. The chairman of the subcommittee, John O. Pastore, was not previously familiar with Rogers' work, and was sometimes described as impatient. However, he reported that the testimony had given him goosebumps, and declared, "I think it's wonderful. Looks like you just earned the $20 million." The subsequent congressional appropriation, for 1971, increased PBS funding from $9 million to $22 million.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Wonder of Wonders

Do you ever wake up with a song in your mind and you're not quite sure how it got there? This happened to me this morning. I found myself humming this song and sub-vocalizing these words from Fiddler on the Roof:

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
God took up Daniel once again,
Stood by his and side and- miracle of miracles-
Walked him through the lions den!

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
I was afraid that God would frown,
But like he did so long ago, at Jericho,
God just made a wall fall down!
When Moses softened Pharaohs heart, that was a miracle.
When God made the waters of the red sea part, that was a miracle too!
But of all God's miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all
Is that out of a worthless lump of clay,
God has made a man today.

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles-
God took the tailor by the hand
Turned him around and- miracle of miracles- Led him to the promised land!

When David slew Goliath (yes!), that was a miracle.
When God gave us matter in the wilderness, that was a miracle too.
But of all God's miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all
Is the one I thought could never be:
God has given you to me.

I'm a Mormon.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Limericks for Work

my.uen is a rich treasure
It helps teachers to a great measure
Is the foundation
And using it well is a pleasure

At UEN we embrace learning
It keeps our minds constantly yearning
We help great teachers
Become tech leaders
And for this, their praise we are earning

Parents give their children lots of thought
They fight hard for them to be well taught
Their kids should do well
And always excel
UEN helps this battle be fought

Warm springtime will soon be upon us
With UEN spring can be a plus
With games and great vids
Adults, teens and kids
Can make their cell screens a world campus

Brain awareness month helps us all think
But brain injuries really do stink
So to avoid pain
And protect your brain
A good helmet is the missing link

We’re pushing out a new LMS
Learning Management Systems are us
Campuses and schools
Will all use these tools
Utah teachers and students they’ll bless

A teacher lad who called himself Dan
Went a searching for a lesson plan
At UEN he
Found tons that free
Now his principal says Dan’s “The Man.”

A writer who called herself Annie
Of UEN was a fan, you see
She used Pioneer
Her research was clear
Now she’s an author of fantasy

A poor entrepreneur from Panguitch
Was seeking to make a great sandwich
At UEN he
Found recipes free
He’s now rich from his Panguitch sandwich

Bob loved the planet of Venus
But not quite so much as Uranus
At UEN Bob
Found science to laud
And now he is seen as a genius

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Blog Returns - With Some Humor

I graduated in May. My mom died in September. It's been a busy time, but it's time again to resume my blog here. And to celebrate I've got some awful, original jokes:

What do Twitter fans do at Halloween?
They go trick-or-tweeting.

What do wicker basket-weavers do at Halloween?
They go wicker-weaving.

What do alcoholic milk cows do at Halloween?
They go liquor-teating.