Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
And their friends.
And their families.
And their activities.
In fact, they supply enough personal information that any perv on the planet could locate them in five minutes. If you're a parent who has never prowled around on MySpace, you're in for a shock. In addition to countless photos of underage kids swilling beer and booze, you can find an endless parade of fresh faces dropping enough F-bombs to flatten a small nation. By clicking on "search" on the top of the MySpace home page, you can sort out people not only by their school but their year of graduation.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A co-worker of mine has a nephew who has been stationed in Iraq and has been told that stories such as this one are not at all uncommon. We just don't hear about them. God bless these guys for their courage and conviction.
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep in a hospital. The girl’s entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well. The girl received treatment at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often. According to nurses at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can calm down the girl, so he has spent the last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.
Friday, January 19, 2007
An estimated 36.9 million people watched the two-hour special on Fox Wednesday night, only slightly down from the 37.3 million who tuned in for Tuesday's two-hour season premiere, according to Nielsen Media Research...and these were the episodes that featured people who can't carry a tune! Unbelievable.
"What the bloody hell was that?" judge Simon Cowell said after enduring a unique version of "Unchained Melody," adding, "It was almost non-human."
To another woman who insisted a drink of water would smooth her delivery, Cowell replied: "You could lie in a bath with your mouth open and you couldn't sing."
Now that was kinda funny...
I'd love to know what Fox is charging for its advertising time slots. Considering that Ryan Seacrest probably says "back after the break" like fifty gajillion times during a 1/2 hour segment...I'm guessing the network is doing just fine in terms of turning a profit.
Both Cindy and Marie adore this show, while I- probably with a certain degree of jealousy due to my inability to sing (although I think I could hold my own on these first few shows) tend to me more cynical about this phenomena that has truly hooked most of America. C'mon, it's not like Ryan Seacrest is that good looking or Carrie Underwood is actually going to become some mega-star just because she won this little contest...
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The child has no fear. Let's see, this time last month Ms. Sarah had just learned to crawl...albeit backwards at first...very funny, I might add. Now, not only has she mastered the forward/ fast gearshift for her 20 pound frame, her newest trick this weekend includes trotting right up the stairs. At this rate, she can run the Cleveland marathon with me in May.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Goaded by a swarm of killer wasps and pelted by cold, cutting hail and rain, could you imagine chasing after a blank banner for all eternity? Myself…I’ll pass on that one. I began Dante’s Inferno with the kids a few days ago, and as we have slowly traveled/ descended the terraces of hell, so to speak, most of the kids stumbled upon the rationale of this particular punishable transgression. What’s the big deal? No killing, no thievery, no cheating, etc…where’s the crime?
Well, as the discussion ensued, I tried to convey to them this simple message: as young responsible Christian adults, it’s imperative that you “care” about things. Indifference leads to complacency and selfishness, which opens up the door to all sorts of other sins. All one needs to do is to look around us and see all the injustices in the world. So, pick an issue that you can embrace, show some passion, and do something about it. In today’s “It’s all about me” world, this can be quite a challenge for a young person. It’s foolish to assume that one person can rid the world of all evils, but it’s just as foolish to assume that you can’t make a difference.
Today, we held a school-wide assembly to kick-off our new Honor Code, which was student driven I might add. Can this small group of kids completely eradicate all cheating from our school? Probably not. But, by bringing this issue to the attention of all, plastering the school with signs, providing incentives/ awards for participants, etc…yeah, these kids can make a difference- and as a result- avoid those pesky bees!