September 6, 2011
Infographic found here. A history of Labor Day below:
In 1884, when President Grover Cleveland signed the bill making Labor Day a national holiday on the first Monday in September, he and its sponsors intended it not as a celebration of leisure but as a promotion of the great American work ethic. Work, they believed, was the highest calling in life, and Labor Day was a reminder to get back to it. It was placed at the end of summer to declare an end to the season of indolence, and also to distance it from May Day, the spring event that had become a symbol of the radical labor movement.
July 6, 2011
Complete with fireworks. By Philip Boom:
To be more precise, that boat ride began in Burnham Harbor on Lake Michigan, went through the locks at the mouth of the Chicago River, went west on the Main Branch of the River, then south on the South Branch (artificially straightened in the ‘20s, but still the River proper) to about 12th Street, then turned around and went back the way it came. The fireworks were the 3rd of July show on Navy Pier. (Why Chicago has fireworks on the 3rd of July is a long story…)
H/T: The Dish
June 20, 2011
I am starting to wonder where people get the idea that Obama is anti-fatherhood (or parenting) as well as a non-Christian. Let’s start with the first one.
Yesterday was Father’s Day. Obama circulated a message via email, radio address, and in People magazine. It doesn’t deviate from what he has talked about before (being raised fatherless) or how he lives his life today (a married father of two). Yet some on the right are surprised?
I know. So many of his policies do so much harm. I wish he would see the full picture. We need a president who does. We need leaders who do. But count me among those who are grateful Barack Obama is talking about the importance of fatherhood.
This beginning paragraph is somewhat of a ramble that I cannot find connecting to what Barack says about Father’s Day. By the way, good luck finding that president who sees the full picture. I find it funny and ironic that the GOP can hold the mantle of responsible, moral families when it is lead by Karl Rove (who has a gay dad) and Sarah Palin (who has a daughter who had a child out of wedlock). What about the Democratic president with the picturesque family?
This is not Bill Bennett or James Dobson. This is not National Review or the Knights of Columbus. This is Barack Obama in People.
Again, is there an expectation that Barack is to be advocating an extreme opposite of father’s being present in the lives of their children and family?
Now on to Barack and his faith. He obviously has been smeared by the right (the meme wasn’t helped by Hilary Clinton’s own mud slinging) as a Muslim, unwilling to commit to a church, and is a Democrat so he can’t be a real, true Christian (the party of God, the GOP, cannot answer without rationalizing why God would side with a pro-war, pro-rich, and mostly white party). I showed the following speeches to a friend:
My friend was blown away when he saw these videos:
Wow i got to say i’m impressed with Obama’s speech! … maybe being President is changing his views on God and faith.
Changed from what?
May 31, 2011
GOOD magazine has a slideshow of pictures depicting America’s relationship with food.
February 14, 2011
An infographic take. Mull over these details for the next 365 days, ya’ll.
Via: Online Accounting Degree, H/T: The Pajama Pundit
February 14, 2011
It isn’t hard to notice those today who are disenchanted by love, Hallmark holidays, and relationships of yore. I have been there myself, wondering if I would grow old and alone, wondering if there was a special one out there for me, wondering if I would feel this way forever.
What I have to offer today is a proposition to lend my heart out to those around me who are unloved. These words inspire me and change my heart:
One day I visited a house where our sisters shelter the aged. This is one of the nicest houses in England, filled with beautiful and precious things, yet there was not one smile on the faces of these people. All of them were looking toward the door.
I asked the sister in charge, “Why are they like that? Why can’t you see a smile on their faces?” (I am accustomed to seeing smiles on people’s faces. I think a smile generates a smile, just as love generates love.)
The sister answered, “The same thing happens every day. They are always waiting for someone to come and visit. Loneliness eats them up, and day after day they do not stop looking. Nobody comes.”
Abandonment is an awful poverty. There are poor people everywhere, but the deepest poverty is not being loved.
The poor we seek may live near us or far away. They can be materially or spiritually poor. They may be hungry for bread or hungry for friendship. They may need clothing, or they may need the sense of wealth that God’s love for them represents. They may need the shelter of a house made of bricks and cement or the shelter of having a place in our hearts.” (pp.65-6, emphasis mine)
The second part of the last sentence really stood out to me. To whom can I open my heart to? To which friend can I truly have my heart reach out to, remaining a presence of compassion and companionship in their life? To whom can I stand by when no one may stand by them? These and other questions are for us all to ask. Mother Teresa volleys these thoughts beautifully back and forth between material and personal connections. I am going to use my free time tomorrow to make a vday goodie package for a good friend.
February 14, 2011
The Atlantic staff pick their favorite books, movies, songs, and more in celebration for heart day today.
January 13, 2011
His point on Sarah Palin is right on. The rest? Enjoy!
January 3, 2011
I have to start somewhere in my Google Reader. So far, about 500 unread posts await me along with 48 starred items to read later. Here are some of the starred goodies:
What’s up with Chris Christie since the winter blizzard pummeled New Jersey?
The collapse of the 2010 New York Giants is receiving comparison status to the New York Mets.
Ezra Klein put out some really interesting pieces. First, one on inequality with charts, unemployment “hysterisis“, how valuable a good night of sleep really is, and a New Year’s resolution for our American government: lose weight and get fit.
I came across a really neat magazine tonight at the library. If you liked Freakonomics, you may like mental floss.
The Barack Obama / Michael Vick conversation has caught my interest.
I also came across these two intriguing books: All My Bones Shake and Beyond Tolerance. While we are talking about books, I am really being sucked in to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons book. The short chapters detailing the Hassassin make me want to read more and more! Now that is what a book is suppose to be like!
January 3, 2011
I received my usual phone call last night from the sub call lady at a certain school district. It was the first time we talked, obviously, in a week. I asked how she was doing and she responded that she was ready to get back into her routine. My mother would say the same thing. Unfortunately for for those friends of mine who teach, I saw from their Facebook statuses that getting back into the 6 am rising routine was tough today.
I am easing my way back in today with a half day of teaching, some errands, and a cup of morning joe. As I was flicking through TV last night, I came across Sarah Palin’s reality show in TLC. I knew that it would bring me back into the world of polemic politics (or the thinking related to that) and I shot on over to the Rams/Seahawks game.
Happy Monday and enjoy the political cartoons and other musings!
January 2, 2011
Twas the night before Cliffmas and all through the Park,
Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels embark. On a new training session to start off the day and attempt to erase the memory of the black, orange & gray. The rest of the Phillies asleep in their beds, with visions of Championships playing in their heads. The Phanatic on his 4wheeler and Charlie in his cap looks down his line up and batting 5th there’s a gap. When all of a sudden, arouse such a chatter, ESPN was on the scene to see what’s the matter! Away from the Rangers he flew like a flash! Flipped off the Yankees and told them to keep their cash! When what to our wondering eyes should appear…!? A familiar face of a man who was just here! With a nasty curve ball and a fastball that’s quick, an addition to a rotation that’s already sick!The most powerful rotation that’s ever been seen! The Big 3 is now 4, cause Cliffs back on the team.
Now Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt and Lee! Victorino, Howard, Rollins and Utley!
From the NLCS to the World Series we’ll go! 100 win season? Ask Rollins he’ll know! Cliff came to our team cause he said it felt right. Merry Cliffmas to all and to all a good night, by James Geissler, History Teacher at Cherokee High School (December 2010)
*Thanks Mom for the chain e-mail
January 2, 2011
Welp, now that the holidays are just about wrapped up, I will make my way back to this here blog. The last half week was spent at my parents place. They do not have wireless so that kept MJ and I away from the computer (and subsequently going and doing quite a bit). The days prior to that were spent in the valley and had quite a bit more downtime.
Now we are home and are surrounded by small mountains of boxes and bags to be unpacked. Thank goodness for lazy Sundays.
I have a 2010 year in review post coming up shortly. In the meantime, check out this neat Youtube video my high school put together. Well done, Spartans!
December 27, 2010
I hope you all are enjoying your holiday week. The few of you that I know read my blog on a day to day basis may be far from “home” or celebrate other holidays besides Christmas. I hope to see/talk to each of you soon.
Today is MJ and I’s last day in the valley. We will be heading back to our place for the night and then, depending on the snow storm situation, heading to Philadelphia. We have some great people we are looking forward to seeing.
December 25, 2010
We may all need a good dance and shake after all the holiday eating.
December 25, 2010
This year’s Christmas is different from any of my previous 23 Christmases. I am spending the holiday with MJ’s family in the valley. It is beautiful, as always, to look out the big windows and see the rolling mountains. It was nice to see some snow come down today, open a few presents in front of the lit up tree, give MJ a ‘first Christmas together’ ornament, and now just enjoy the laziness of the day with family.
I am going through my Google Reader so expect some Christmas/holiday posts over the next few days. I have been working through some of my inner self this past week and I hope that it all is reflected in my tone and in what I post from here on out.