Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Our computer is done. It was a long, slow, tortured thing, but now it is in a better place. The Cody High School Tech office.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I love the above pictures. I've been thinking about seeing my family again and just thought I'd post these so I can look at them. You can look, too. My youngest brother, Craig, and his adorable family are missing, down in Texas doing who knows what, but they'll be back up this way soon. Summer dreams, make me feel fine...
Did I mention it was 5 degrees yesterday? We have snow. I need to take down my "I Love Winter" sign. I think somebody believes me.
Oh yeah, the reason I opened this photo file was because I lost my entire cookbook program (visit Taste Of Blue Sky) when our computer imploded, so two years of work went into the nether regions of whereverdom, and all I have are the recipes already posted on the blog, so enjoy them. I'll get to the others after I've looked at these happy pictures a while longer. I do still have most of the recipes on paper, so that's something, isn't it? And please don't comment about backing up files and such... It just makes me a little crazy.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Latter-day Student on Harvard Panel Takes on Hard Questions with Excellence From the Editors
A few months ago a panel representing a variety of religious outlooks was convened at The Washington Post's, of the On Faith blog. and moderated by
On that panel was Harvard junior, Rachel Esplin, from Blackfoot, Idaho, president of the Latter-day Student Association on campus and a member of the Interfaith Council.
Seasoned journalist, Sally Quinn is a tough questioner and asked Rachel questions about whether the Church was a cult, were women treated unequally, why the secrecy surrounding the temple and much more.
What is fascinating about this video is the aplomb with which Rachel answers the questions, neither shrinking nor apologizing before Quinn's questions, and feeling free to assert her testimony, a remarkable quality in one so young put on the spot.
As Latter-day Saints, especially following the avalanche of misconceptions that were passed on by the media in the last two years, we have been advised to step up and help clear the ignorance and misunderstandings so many people hold. Rachel is a good example of doing just that.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I'm reminded I like to do this kind of thing. I should re-organize my sewing desk.
As some of you know, I am teaching my son Freshman Algebra so he can move on to Geometry when he starts high school next year. As some of you know, particularly my friends I went to high school with, math and I... (how can I say this kindly?) hate each other. I know, I know, hate is such a strong word, and here on the blog of hope and positive feelings you would think I could try harder, but I try not to lie. If I ever go back to school, I would have to take, like Math91, or Basic Basic Math, or... Math for People Who Hate Math.
Not that I don't use it. I use subtraction (grocery budget), multiplication and division (n cents per ounce for 32 oz. is more or less expensive than y cents per oz. for 20 oz.?), and fractions (ever one and a half a recipe?).
But here I am, teaching my son Algebra, and it goes a little something like this:
I say, "Okay, let's do number two." I stare at the problem and read the teacher's notes and move to the board with the marker in hand, tongue hanging out in concentration. I begin to write a number.
Braeden interrupts me. "Is it 3x(1/7y)?"
I look at the book. Then I look at Braeden, brow furrowed. "Yes. How did you get that?"
Braeden sighs, gets up and takes the pen from me, and maps out the problem on the board like he's one of those caricature artists at the outdoor art fair.
I look at the book, than back at him. "Yup. Do problems 1-27, odd."
And then there's the running gag about the graphing calculator, which, by the way, I didn't know existed. We came to a chapter that introduced those, and we didn't have one. After consulting with my sophomore, it was agreed that we didn't need one, as they weren't used in the high school class, either. But a new electronic gadget has been waved before my son, and therefore he will begin the relentless hint-dropping until he has seen this wonder of the modern age for himself.
I got a unit self-test back, which covered several chapters, including questions asking for the use of a graphing calculator. Here are some of his answers.
8. a. Too bad I don't have a graphing calculator, but they look equivalent.
10. Man, I wish I had a graphing calculator...
14. a. Hmm... I can't seem to find my graphing calculator.
b. Oh, wait, I don't have one.
So, I correct his paper, chuckle and say, "Aww, you're so cute," and he scowls at me looking adorable.
But then he took the Unit Test. There was only one question concerning a graphing calculator, and I just didn't see it. Of course, it began, "Using a graphing calulator..."
This was his answer:
20. "If only, of only," the woodpecker sighs,
"The bark on the tree was as thick as the skies.
And then, maybe then, some time later,
I would get my own graphing calculator."
I about peed my pants.