Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Ramblings 07-29-12

Not a bad first few days of work, though there's a lot to do (as usual) before teachers and students arrive in the next few days.  I fully expect to be bombarded with parent requests for assistance and information starting this upcoming week, so I'm mentally trying to approach things in such a way as to be able to do that efficiently while still getting the prep work done for two school programs (I had a full time job with one school last year, now I've been given a second school to take care of, oh, well - life is always interesting for those of us in education).

Finished Lynne Olson's "Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England" yesterday.  The review is up at Goodreads, and of course over at my book review blog "Coach's Reviews" as well.  Presently reading "The Shoppe of Spells", a paranormal fiction fantasy romance by local (Coweta county, Ga.) author and friend Shanon Grey.  I'm enjoying quite a bit.  Shanon is pretty good at turning a deft phrase for a debut novelist.  I'll pen a brief review hopefully by the end of the week, depending on how much time I can devote to my reading when I'm home in the evenings this upcoming week.  As I say, I expect my school work dance card to be full, so I may have some days I get in pretty late.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I usually have at least one fiction and one non-fiction book going at a time (and usually way more than one of each) but I'm trying to stay focused on only one of each for the time being.  Since I've finished "Troublesome Young Men" as noted above, I'm staying with my English history/Churchill kick I'm on and am also re-reading (for the 3rd time if memory serves" William Manchester's "The Last Lion: Visions of Glory 1874-1932" which is the first volume of his life of Winston Churchill.  The 2nd volume "The Last Lion, Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940" came out in 1988.  Manchester died before he could complete the 3rd volume of the biography, but it has recently been completed by Paul Reid and should come out in November, 2012.  It will definitely be on my Christmas wish list.

Took the youngest (the animal whisperer) to her job at the local Waffle House eatery this morning.  The sainted spouse has a much deserved day off, and the vegetarian moralist has promised to help out around the house today, if he can tear himself away from writing his dystopian nihilistic fiction and from playing Skyrim.  We'll see...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back to School Again

Well, I officially went back to work today.  We had a meeting of all the school counselors to go over changes in registration, curriculum and other school related matters today.  I started the morning kind of "bummed out" because budget cuts caused us to lose one of our counselors at my school, but I cheered up fairly quickly once I began to see my colleagues coming in to the meeting.  I really like and respect most of the folks I work with both at my own building and county wide, so it was uplifting to see a lot of them for the first time since the end of last school year (only a few weeks back I know, but it still seems like it's been a while when we return from summer break, even as short as it is.)  I couldn't get this song out of my head much of the day    "Back to School Again"

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this upcoming year, even though it seems that as usual, there are a great number of changes, most of which will require major work on mine and my colleagues parts to be implemented before the students return on August 13, but more on that later.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Sunday Visions, July 1, 2012

Interesting week, to say the least. The Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Health Care law and the resultant whining of just about everybody on the right (all of whom had been sanctimoniously telling everybody how they just "knew" it was unconstitutional) lead to one of my happiest joyful days in a long long time. Seriously, my sense of "schadenfreude" (which I admit is one of my major sins) had me going around the house singing both "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and also the "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" song of the cartoon characters Ren and Stimpy.  As I admit, much of the joy was totally in seeing such insufferable  know-it-alls go through major episodes of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.  My joy is tempered of course, because I know from a lifetime of observation and reading of history that the fight between those who view healthcare as a right (persons like myself) and those who view it as being only deserved by those who are wealthy enough to purchase it will go on.  I firmly predict that the fight will indeed, go on long after I'm gone, but it still was nice to savor a brief victory this week.

Speaking of savoring victory, many young athletes were doing just that this week in Eugene, Oregon at the US Olympic Trials for the Track and Field events.  All those who competed at the OT are deserving of praise in my eyes, but I though a few deserved a definite mention on my part.  Galen Rupp placed first in both the 10,000 meters and the 5,000 meters races, and in the latter race he actually broke the longstanding (since 1972) Olympic Trials Record of my hero, the late Steve Prefontaine.  Congratulations Galen!  Do us proud in London in a few weeks!
 Decathlete Ashton Eaton set a World Record in his event.  Go Ashton!
 Hyleas Fountain won the women's Heptathlon after having failed to finish in last years World Championships.  Best of luck to her as well!  One of the things I love about the sport of Track and Field is that there are always stories of new athletes to cheer for and older ones giving it their best in one more shot.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Musings: April 15, 2012

Took the youngest to her job this morning.  Since then I've been playing around surfing "that their interweb" looking at random news items.  Some items of note, Alex Karras ("Mongo" to Blazing Saddles fans) former all time great Detroit Lions player has joined a lawsuit being brought by a group of former NFL players agains the league, claiming that the league didn't do enough to protect them against head injuries. Good for him, and good luck with the retired players in their suit.  Here's a link:;_ylt=A2KJ3CSN7YpPemgA2ABNbK5_;_ylu=X3oDMTBmMHFub2M1BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2FjNA--
Also listening to some Sunday morning music, among those I've sent to my Facebook page this morning, this old favorite "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, seemed to strike a chord:

Hope everyone has a good week.  Good luck to all the children in Georgia taking the CRCT test this week.

Monday, March 26, 2012

What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012): pOver the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, now they’re trying to kill his reputation.” Thus far these attacks have fallen into two categories: false [...]/p