Monthly Archives: October 2008

coversations with a 2 year old

Me:  What are you doing? Don’t pick your nose.

Ivy: I pick my nose.

Me: I know.  Get your finger out of your nose.  (I get out of the car to finish pumping gas. Get back in car to find Ivy in the back seat with her blanket over her head.)

Me:  Where’d Ivy go? I can’t find her…

Ivy:  I under blanket.  I pick my nose.


Posted by on October 28, 2008 in Uncategorized


seeking comments

This is a good condensation of what I’ve thought.  What do you think?


Posted by on October 24, 2008 in Uncategorized


purple anyone?

I started a blog entry in response to a friend’s blog entry.  I was wrestling with the fact that I was a little offended at one particular suggestion which got me rolling.  At the same time, I was being offended when I have no idea if I am even one of the people that my friend was frustrated hence, I didn’t know if my offendedness was valid or not… anyway…

The tone of her blog was very irritated and frustrated.  I finally realized that there’s a good chance that her frustration and consternation might be from the political climate that she may have to deal with on a daily basis even when she may not agree with it.  I find myself in this same position on a daily basis.  It just so happens that I live in a state that is likely to go red on election day.  She lives in a state that will most likely go blue.  It’s not hard to imagine that we’d both be constantly subjected to positions and arguments with which we don’t agree.

I hope that she has the courage and conviction to speak the truth when it is not being spoken.  I hope she listens carefully and thoughtfully as she’s exposed to ideas that she may or may not agree, but that she is not reactionary and tries to understand and measure opposing views on their own merit and not according to any predetermined ideology.

I’ll just keep digging.

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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in Uncategorized


to Little Rock we go….

You’d think that a state-run licensing program, with thousands (?) of teachers across the state could figure out how to a) simulcast a special speaker to other places in the state b) tape the show and send it out to all the different modules throughout the state, rather than require all of us to converge on Little Rock on Saturday.

I’m sure that the speaker will be good.  I’m sure that it will be interesting and inspiring.  But, you’d think they’d come up with a more efficient way.  What a waste of time and money…


Posted by on October 8, 2008 in Uncategorized


Gimme Some Truth

I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
— John Lennon, “Gimme Some Truth”

Drilling Down on the Facts (click here)

It’s hard to know when to speak up.  I’m pretty passive when it comes to politics.  I often figure that it’s so difficult to even get to the truth, how can anybody be so certain that they are able to see the whole picture to even be able to make any kind of qualified judgement.

So, I search.  I try to listen objectively and measure statements and information with any logic at my disposal.  I try to find outlets of information that seem to me to be trying to give a balanced picture.  I might not always get that picture, but I try.

What’s difficult is when I’m in the presence of a conversation where obvious instances of misinformation are proudly and harshly dessiminated.  It is often surprising to me how intelligent people are so willing to spout OBVIOUS propaganda when they think they agree with it.

I don’t know. I’m not trying to pick a fight with anybody.  I’m just trying to figure out the truth and wish that others would try a little harder.


Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized


How do you spot a maverick?

He or she will tell you that he or she is a maverick.  Or it could be more like this.  (Thanks for the link, Thomas.)


Posted by on October 3, 2008 in Uncategorized