Posts Tagged ‘The Press

02
Aug
10

‎8.2.2010 … end of our trial empty nest is approaching … it was fun :) … but looking forward to two weeks of nest chaos …

education:

The book maintains that it’s a waste of money to spend $250,000 on a bachelor’s degree from top universities such as Harvard and Yale, Reuters reports. Co-authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus say the cost of an undergraduate degree has doubled in real dollars in the span of one generation, but the education is not twice as good.”All undergraduate education should be a liberal arts education where you think about the enduring ideas and issues of the human condition,” Hacker told Reuters. “After that, go on to law school or study dentistry—you have plenty of time.”Hacker, who teaches at Queens College in New York, calls undergraduate business classes “just a charade” in which “19-year-olds play as if they are chief executives of General Electric.” He also targets as unnecessary vocational classes in ornamental horticulture, poultry science and ceramic engineering.Reuters summarizes some of the book’s undergrad recommendations, including:• Arizona State University, for its vibrancy.• Kentucky’s Berea College, for its free tuition and 10-1 student-faculty ratio.• Notre Dame, for promoting concern for the common good .• Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for its good treatment of part-time teaching staff.The book is Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money And Failing Our Kids—And What We Can Do About It.

via Higher Ed Book Author: Get a Liberal Arts Education, Consider Law School – ABA Journal.

snippets from ZA Molly: Last weekend she went to the races.  I think she had a blast.  As she said, “I think it is like the Kentucky Derby of Africa”.   Vodacom Durban July.

RIP, Davidson: Rest in Peace, Mary Booth. I have great memories of you at Hot Springs, NC in the mid 80s. What a delight it was to spend a weekend with you. You lived, loved, laughed and danced.  I will remember you and those weekends forever. Mary Brooks Booth – Obits – NewsObserver.com.

The Press, politics: I am not sure we ever grow up …. fighting over chairs!

“The board … has agreed, by consensus, to move The Associated Press to the front row, center seat in the James S. Brady Briefing Room [Helen’s seat]. The board further agreed to move Fox News to the front row seat previously occupied by AP, and relocate NPR into the second row seat previously held by Fox, next to Bloomberg News. … The board received requests from Bloomberg and NPR in addition to Fox … But the board ultimately was persuaded by Fox’s length of service and commitment to the White House television pool. The board also made a series of adjustments to the larger seating chart, including the addition of a new seat for the foreign press pool. These deliberations mark the third time in four years the board has tackled this issue, and we urge members to view seating room changes as an ongoing process that will be revisited again as our industry evolves. … [T]he board member from NPR [Don Gonyea] abstained from debate.”

AP takes Thomas seat, Fox moves up – POLITICO.com Print View.

pets, tv: Poor, Cesar!  Dog Training: Animal Experts Debunk the Alpha-Dog Myth – TIME.

literature,  events:… and how could I forget … belated (July 31) Happy Birthday wishes to Harry Potter!

July 31, 2010 — For the fans of Harry Potter, they probably think the young lad is in her teens. However, according to the books, the fictional character has turned the ripe age of 30 but doesnt look a day over 29. The birthday today has many Potter fans celebrating the opportunity to acknowledge a character they dearly love.

via Happy Birthday Harry Potter: Fictional Character turns 30 today: JK Rowling birthday today too.

my children: … and the answer to the Lucky Charms mystery … not my silly 16-year- old daughter … but the somber 18-year-old son! you never know! And how did he let me know … he sent me a picture … from his phone … I hope he never becomes a burglar … he would probably have pictures on his phone of all his jobs!

Next time I will tell him … “Don’t Steal Me Lucky Charms”

art, poetry, blogs:

A haiku a day
Would it bore you to your death
if I wrote a few?

My friend Andrew has embarked on a noble mission, to write a haiku every day for a year, chronicling the foibles of life in seventeen poignant syllables.

In this age of overwhelming bloviating, his zen-like approach to the news of the day is a quaint, reflective and usually quite humorous way to absorb the culture crashing down upon us.

Like putting prose into twitter, the snippets of wisdom, often twisting at the end, encapsulate ideas into neat packages of words.

Visit his site, HaikuLounge and contribute your own take on life. I have found it quite cathartic to distill thoughts into this lovely structure of syllables. An octopus correctly picks the world cup winner and Andrew is inspired:

Now I’ve seen it all:

A psychic cephalopod

Picks World Cup winners

via A Haiku a Day by Billy Howard | LikeTheDew.com.

14
Jul
10

‎7.14.2010 … talked to the molls … guess what they dont have, but love in South Africa … RANCH DRESSING!

friends, relationships, followup:  What do you think? Are best friends bad for kids?  Who are your friends?

We talked about categories — family, chosen family, neighbors, close male friends, collective friends (i.e. whole groups, some members of which we are closer to than others but generally considering the whole group friends), friends with common experiences (contingency friends, perhaps… from “the kids’ soccer team” or “the PTA,” relationships which sometimes fade when the context does), neighbor friends (people whom we can call to check on the dogs or make sure we turned off the stove).

via Friends for the Journey, or Parts thereof « Holy Vernacular.

green, environment: 7 square miles???

Seven-square miles of a Greenland glacier broke up on July 6 and 7, moving the edge of the glacier a mile inland in one day, the furthest inland it has ever been observed. While such calving of glaciers isn’t rare, seeing it happen at high resolution by satellite in almost real time is.

via Big chunk of Greenland glacier breaks off – Science Fair: Science and Space News – USATODAY.com.

food, garden, travel, vocabulary:  When we were in China in ’07, at one point we were starving for western junk food, and our guides ordered french fries … 5 huge orders … and then asked if we would like tomato jam with that … when we realized they were asking if we wanted ketchup, we broke out laughing.

Tonight with our bountiful tomato harvest, we will make our first batch of tomato jam! Recipe – Tomato Jam – Recipe – NYTimes.com.

culture, families:  They ask hard questions some times.

Doctors, and the parents who look to them for advice, need a way to integrate their standards of honesty with what we know about preventing substance abuse — and with new research that makes it clear we know a lot more today than anyone did when we were young. (Which may help explain some of the dumb decisions made by so many of us, including me.)

In particular, scientists understand much more about the neurobiology of the teenage brain and the risks of experimenting with drugs and alcohol during adolescence. While we used to think the brain was relatively mature by 16 or 18, in fact it is still developing into the mid-20s.

“If the way it’s presented is, ‘This is risky, and I hope that you don’t have to touch the hot stove to find out you get burned,’ they don’t have to take the same chance.”

And finally, after all the cautions and the anxieties, it’s essential to come back to the positives — “always remembering to notice the good about your child,” Dr. Williams said.

After all, the most important message a parent can give is not about the mistakes that can derail a child, but about the joys of finding your way.

Tell your child, in Dr. Simkin’s words, that “I would prefer you to work on finding your passion, finding what in life you want to do” — and celebrate that potential.

And for that very reason, Dr. Williams said, “I would like them to have every brain cell they can have.”

The Press:  I think this goes too far.

We have entered a momentous period in the history of the American press. The invention of new communications technologies—especially the Internet—is transforming the human capacity to speak, perhaps as monumentally as the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. This is facilitating the largest and fastest expansion of global economic growth in human history. Free speech and a free press are essential to a dynamic economy.

This system needs to be revised and its resources consolidated and augmented with those of NPR and PBS to create an American World Service that can compete with the BBC and other global broadcasters. The goal would be an American broadcasting system with full journalistic independence that can provide the news we need. Let’s demonstrate great journalism’s essential role in a free and dynamic society.

via Lee Bollinger: Journalism Needs Government Help – WSJ.com.

culture, families:  Toxic children … even the name is unsettling.

“The central pitch of any child psychiatrist now is that the illness is often in the child and that the family responses may aggravate the scene but not wholly create it,” said my colleague Dr. Theodore Shapiro, a child psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. “The era of ‘there are no bad children, only bad parents’ is gone.”

I recall one patient who told me that she had given up trying to have a relationship with her 24-year-old daughter, whose relentless criticism she could no longer bear. “I still love and miss her,” she said sadly. “But I really don’t like her.”

For better or worse, parents have limited power to influence their children. That is why they should not be so fast to take all the blame — or credit — for everything that their children become.

via Mind – Accepting That Good Parents May Plant Bad Seeds – NYTimes.com.

education, culture:

“I have to assume that in every class, someone will do it,” he said. “It doesn’t stop them if you say, ‘This is plagiarism. I won’t accept it.’ I have to tell them that it is a failing offense and could lead me to file a complaint with the university, which could lead to them being put on probation or being asked to leave.”

Not everyone who gets caught knows enough about what they did to be remorseful. Recently, for example, a student who plagiarized a sizable chunk of a paper essentially told my friend to keep his shirt on, that what he’d done was no big deal. Beyond that, the student said, he would be ashamed to go home to the family with an F.

As my friend sees it: “This represents a shift away from the view of education as the process of intellectual engagement through which we learn to think critically and toward the view of education as mere training. In training, you are trying to find the right answer at any cost, not trying to improve your mind.”

This habit of mind is already pervasive in the culture and will be difficult to roll back. But parents, teachers and policy makers need to understand that this is not just a matter of personal style or generational expression. It’s a question of whether we can preserve the methods through which education at its best teaches people to think critically and originally.

via Editorial Observer – Cutting and Pasting – A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) – NYTimes.com.

fashion, technology:

But savvy competitors grasped how significant the Web would be for trend spotting and grabbed market share. Worth Global Style Network, known as WGSN, was founded in 1998 and now boasts 36,000 unique users. It sped up fashion forecasting with “up-to-the-minute information with no time delay” from a network of 200 trendspotters around the world, says Sally Lohan, the company’s West Coast content director.

Another rival, Stylesight, founded in 2004, has image banks and customizable trend analyses available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish.

Fashion bloggers, who spot local trends around the world and post new photos constantly, also help retail buyers, and they do it free of charge. “It is very easy to find out what’s going on in Shanghai and Tokyo with a click of a mouse,” says Bloomingdale’s fashion director Stephanie Solomon, who says she looks to Tobe not for ideas, but rather for confirmation of her own fashion hunches. For example, she says she placed big bets for spring 2010 on nautical stripes long before Tobe weighed in on the trend (and she was relieved to see that Tobe confirmed her instincts).

via Trend Forecaster Tobe Report Gets Trendy Again – WSJ.com.

Apple iPhone: Up until the iPhone 4 flap, buying Apple was a no-brainer.

That’s just astounding. The folks at Nokia, RIM, etc., should hang their heads in shame.

via You Can’t Appreciate How Completely Apple Has Humiliated The Cellphone Industry Until You See These Charts.

technology, business, Great Recession:

That is the hope of an increasing number of investors who are turning to the science of artificial intelligence to make investment decisions.

With artificial intelligence, programmers don’t just set up computers to make decisions in response to certain inputs. They attempt to enable the systems to learn from decisions, and adapt. Most investors trying the approach are using “machine learning,” a branch of artificial intelligence in which a computer program analyzes huge chunks of data and makes predictions about the future. It is used by tech companies such as Google Inc. to match Web searches with results and NetFlix Inc. to predict which movies users are likely to rent.

via ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Gains Fans Among Investors – WSJ.com.

Davidson, education internships:  Davidson is supporting 20 research projects this summer.  What a great thing! And what a great internship!

Allison’s research project aims to answer the question: Can a business corporation, as an entity that is distinct from the employees, shareholders, and other members that compose it, be held morally responsible for its actions? More specifically, she is addressing the role of corporate structure (e.g. its written policies, unwritten corporate culture, etc.) in defining the corporation’s moral status.

via » Research at Davidson: Allison Drutchas.

Two days later I was sporting an official badge, revising policy manuals, performing employee housing inspections, and passing Ambassador Thorne on the compound. I have made courtesy calls to the head of each embassy section, and enjoyed meetings with the ambassadors of the Tri-Mission (because Rome is the home to an unusual case of three independent US Embassies: Italy, the Holy See, and the UN).

I have had the unique pleasure of exploring Villa Taverna, the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and I have gone days speaking only Italian because all but two officers in my section are locally-employed Italians. This weekend I will have the opportunity to assist in the visit of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and on Monday I will have a private tour of the French Embassy, which contains many Michelangelo works.

There appears to be no end for me to the surprises at the Ambasciata Americana! For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering a career with the US Foreign Service. Ciao a tutti e tanti abbracci!

via Good Call! |.

health, alternative medicine:

But for those who can take the heat and cope with the pollen, spending more time in nature might have some surprising health benefits. In a series of studies, scientists found that when people swap their concrete confines for a few hours in more natural surroundings — forests, parks and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function.

Stress reduction is one factor. But scientists also chalk it up to phytoncides, the airborne chemicals that plants emit to protect them from rotting and insects and which also seem to benefit humans.

via Really? – The Claim – Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity – Question – NYTimes.com.

food, random:

Would I recommend it? Reservedly, yes, but mostly because afterward you can honestly say you’ve eaten a burger made out of bacon, and not many people can say that. If you don’t care about the “honor” of it, I suggest sharing it with at least one other person, because it’s not likely you’ll actually want to eat more than half. I suggest uncured bacon so the salt doesn’t make your blood pressure spike. Cook it the way I did unless you want it to bathe in its own fat as it cooks. Oh, yes, and wash it down with something with a bite to it, because otherwise the taste of the bacon fat will likely overwhelm your palate.

via The Great Bacon Odyssey: Bacon, the Other Crispy Brown Meat | GeekDad | Wired.com.

01
May
10

you say goodbye and i say hello … hello, hello … i don’t know why you say goodbye, i say hello … hello, hello – The Beatles week ending 5.1.2010

Continue reading ‘you say goodbye and i say hello … hello, hello … i don’t know why you say goodbye, i say hello … hello, hello – The Beatles week ending 5.1.2010′

11
Apr
10

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love” ~~ William Wordsworth Week ending 4.17.2010

4.17.2010 … cooler days are here again … and blind side is VERY good …happy birthday, mp!

nature: great article …

As of late Friday, there was no end in sight to the disruption.

via Volcano Costs Rise as Plume Spreads – WSJ.com.

-and- … great followup , Dr. Miller …

Perhaps something good can come from the ash cloud, the travelers’ frustration, the loss of money by airlines, the disruption of plans.

Perhaps we can see ourselves in perspective.

Perhaps we can recover a sense of awe.

via Of ash and awe « Hopelens Blog.

places, education: What a complimentary article for Sewanee!

But nothing had fully prepared me for a recent sojourn into a new mythic country where the presentness of the past is ubiquitous and palpable.

It didn’t take me long to see that The University of the South, with its entire environs, is permeated with a sense of living history, art, science, and ideas. The cell phone grid can be accessed well only in certain places. So you’re more likely at any given time to be talking to someone who is actually standing or sitting with you, in person, face-to-face. I emphasize this due to its general rarity now. Real conversations happen everywhere.

via Tom Morris: An Academic Outpost of Heaven.

places, food, Charlotte: I hope to find the Harvest Moon Grille’ cart next week!

Forget hot dogs. An ever-changing menu with locally sourced ingredients makes this bright orange “concession stand” worth seeking out. Founded by Grateful Growers Farm, the trailer rotates locations throughout the week and serves some surprisingly gourmet fare, such as fresh spring rolls with pork belly. Wash it down with the Mooresville-bottled Uncle Scott’s Root Beer. ggfarm.com

via The Street-Food Gourmet.

tv, culture: OK, be gLeeful … Q: Has any friend seen a flash mob? If you are a gLee fan, this one is fun.

events, anniversaries: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

Four decades later, it’s easy to forget just how improbable that safe return was, following an oxygen tank explosion that forced the crew to take refuge in the lunar module. There’s a reason that during training the astronauts never simulated that kind of emergency — because everyone knew that if an explosion wrecked your ship and all your power and oxygen vanished, you’d surely wind up dead. It’s a little like taking a driving course and practicing what to do if your car hurtles off a cliff. What’s the point? via Apollo 13 at 40: Houston, We Have a Miracle – TIME.

culture:

FOR the evolutionarily minded, the existence of fairness is a puzzle. What biological advantage accrues to those who behave in a trusting and co-operative way with unrelated individuals? And when those encounters are one-off events with strangers it is even harder to explain why humans do not choose to behave selfishly. The standard answer is that people are born with an innate social psychology that is calibrated to the lives of their ancestors in the small-scale societies of the Palaeolithic. Fairness, in other words, is an evolutionary hangover from a time when most human relationships were with relatives with whom one shared a genetic interest and who it was generally, therefore, pointless to cheat.

World religions such as Christianity, with their moral codes, their omniscient, judgmental gods and their beliefs in heaven and hell, might indeed be expected to enforce notions of fairness on their participants, so this observation makes sense. From an economic point of view, therefore, such judgmental religions are actually a progressive force. That might explain why many societies that have embraced them have been so successful, and thus why such beliefs become world religions in the first place.

via The origins of selflessness: Fair play | The Economist.

technology, education: very interesting …

“Everyone has a blog, from fifth grade to kindergarten, no matter what age,” explained the 11-year-old to a visitor, who paused at her work station during a technology conference at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette.

via Schools’ technology draws national attention :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Glenview Announcements.

teenagers, culture: Prom With A Purpose … what a great idea!

The effort is called Prom With A Purpose, the brainchild of senior Andrews Steel, who conceived the idea sometime in August after learning his biology teacher, Ann Schmitz, had been diagnosed with leukemia.

via Whitefield students forgo unusual prom expenses to help teacher, leukemia society  | ajc.com.

places, culture: Disappointing …

Vandals over the past week took advantage of the rare closure of Mount Corcovado, following deadly landslides, to gain access to the Christ the Redeemer statue, spraying black graffiti up the figures head and arms, said Bernardo Issa, head of the Tijuca National Park.On part of Rios landmark — one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World — someone sprayed screeds about violence and unsolved crimes,

via Rios Christ statue graffitied – Yahoo! News.

education, kith/kin: Congratulations to Randolph Middle School and god son Mike (tall one with red shirt in picture)!

Friday afternoon, the verdict came down: Randolph. Siddu and his teammates could celebrate at last.

via For Randolph Middle – How sweet it is! – CharlotteObserver.com.

Jane Austen: OK it’s the weekend … everybody needs a little Jane.

Read & Hear Jane Austen’s HISTORY OF ENGLAND – The History of England – Wikisource.

-and-

Book Review – Jane’s Fame – How Jane Austen Conquered the World – By Claire Harman – Review – NYTimes.com.

Continue reading ‘“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love” ~~ William Wordsworth Week ending 4.17.2010’

03
Apr
10

“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain Week ending 4.3.2010

4.3.2010 almost easter … final four … spring break … very random day

Supreme Court:

Appointed in 1975 by President Gerald R. Ford, Justice Stevens was in those days considered a somewhat idiosyncratic moderate. These days, he is lionized by the left. But Justice Stevens rejected those labels on Friday, saying that his judicial philosophy was a conservative one.

“What really for me marks a conservative judge is one who doesn’t decide more than he has to in order to do his own job,” he said, relaxed in shirt sleeves and his signature bow tie in chambers floodlit by April sunshine. “Our job is to decide cases and resolve controversies. It’s not to write broad rules that may answer society’s questions at large.”

via At 89, Stevens Contemplates Law, and How to Leave It – NYTimes.com.

religion:  I have repeatedly thught that this is not my issue … but Ms. Noonan makes me think it is.  Peggy Noonan: The Catholic Church’s Catastrophe – WSJ.com.

Apple iPad:

So, yeah. He pretty much figured it out in five minutes flat. He instinctively pushed the home button when he got stuck. He knew how to make pictures larger, how to draw on the Etch-a-Sketch app (he preferred it to the actual Etch-a-Sketch we had in the office). And, of course, because he’s a boy, he learned how to shoot the shooting games and steer the racing games. I’m not being sexist. It’s just how it is.

via iPad vs. a 5-Year-Old [Video] | Post Pop | Fast Company.

March Madness:

There aren’t a lot of good reasons to root against Butler unless you’re a Dukie, a Mountaineer or a friend of Sparty.

via Four Reasons To Root For, Or Root Against, Each Of The Final Four Teams : NPR.

random, economy: I don’t think so …

With Earth Day right around the corner, what better tribute to Mother Nature — and your wallet — than some DIY, eco-friendly hair treatments?

via Save Money (and the Environment) With Homemade Hair Treatments – StyleList.

random:

Information from millions of taxi trips provides a telling record of the city’s vital signs. The map shows the average number of pickups for different times of the day and days of week, Jan. – March, 200

via Tracking Taxi Flow Across the City – Interactive – NYTimes.com.

random:

Recent research on what is known as the superstar effect demonstrates that such mental collapses aren’t limited to chess. While challenging competitions are supposed to bring out our best, these studies demonstrate that when people are forced to compete against a peer who seems far superior, they often don’t rise to the challenge. Instead, they give up.

According to a paper by Jennifer Brown, an applied macroeconomist at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Mr. Woods is such a dominating golfer that his presence in a tournament can make everyone else play significantly worse. Because his competitors expect him to win, they end up losing; success becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

via Tiger Woods and the Superstar Effect – WSJ.com.

design, life:

Design thinking is hot. In a time when companies and cities are finding it increasingly difficult to compete, when economic and social problems seem intractable, when our nation’s way of doing business seems wasteful and unimaginative at best, design thinking is being touted as a way to enhance problem-solving and breakthrough creativity.

As I understand it, design thinking is at the intersection of analytical and intuitive thinking. It’s a third-way approach that incorporates left- and right-brain processing.

Design thinking is more than a methodology. Design is a cultural way of thinking.”

via Rethinking thinking itself – Charlotte Business Journal:.

random, The President:

It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president.

A White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.

via Asked to Declare His Race, Obama Checks ‘Black’ on Census – NYTimes.com.

tv:

As the 100th episode nears (April 8), series’ production team gave us some trivia tidbits sure to delight fans. Prepare to be happier than Hodgins hearing he gets to do an experiment!

via Bones, David Boreanaz | ‘Bones’: 24 Fun Facts! | Photo 1 of 25 | EW.com.

Continue reading ‘“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain Week ending 4.3.2010’

19
Mar
10

“All well and nothing in particular” – Week Ending 3.20.2010

3.19.2010 Last Day of Winter … March Madness Day Two/Round One

March Madness:  I think I completed the worst bracket EVER … I should just hand over $10 to my nephews.  As a general rule I am always the contrarian … If I took risk, I took it on the wrong team.  If I tossed a coin in an 8/9 ranking, I lost the toss … So far my final four teams are still in … but Villanova is not looking good!  And today is looking bad, too.  Cornell … where did you come from???  And Missouri over Clemson … ;(

– and –

Even though it is not good for my pocketbook … it is good for others … I do still love the season!

… And unlike the Super Bowl, which creates a windfall for a single city and a handful of prominent players, the college games spread the wealth all over the country.

via Slam Dunk: The Financial Impact of March Madness | The Upswing | Fast Company.

Random: Columbia University has a graphic novels page on its Libraries’ web site.  Very interesting … but I am not sure what it says.

“Graphic novel” is a term gaining acceptance that is used to describe bound narratives that tell a story through sequential art with or without text.  These may have been conceived originally as novel-length works or be compilations of previously serialized stories.

via Graphic Novels.

Children, movies, RIP:  When Jack was 5 and Edward was 3 and their favorite videos were Davy Crockett and Peter Pan, I spent days searching Charlotte and Atlanta for Davy Crockett coonskin caps and Captain Hook pirate gear for Christmas. I finally found them at Cracker Barrel! What a great Christmas and cheap, too!

RIP, Fess Parker … and thank you.

Fess Parker, whose television portrayal of the American frontiersman Davy Crockett catapulted him to stardom in the mid-1950s and inspired millions of children to wear coonskin caps in one of America’s greatest merchandising fads, died on Thursday at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley in California, where he ran a successful winery. He was 85.

Mr. Parker had brought a quiet, manly dignity to his portrayal of Davy Crockett. Paul Andrew Hutton, a historian at the University of New Mexico, said the character had given young children “an appreciation not only of history but of a kind of patriotism and self-sacrifice.”

via Fess Parker, Who as Davy Crockett Set Off Coonskin Cap Craze, Dies at 85 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com.

Art:  With the economy, it may be a long time before we see installations of public art, like this again …

“The viewer in some sense becomes the viewed,” Mr. Gormley explained. “Like a statue, they become static sculptures themselves looking up.”

via ‘Event Horizon’ – Antony Gormley’s Skyline Interlopers – NYTimes.com.

Continue reading ‘“All well and nothing in particular” – Week Ending 3.20.2010’

06
Mar
10

LIFE is good 3.6.2010

This was a week with lots of things I enjoy.  We had a touch of snow and then beautiful warm sunshine.  A friend lost and found her adored labs.  I enjoyed some intellectual nourishment and the company of good friends on two occasions. Edward and Molly, my son and daughter at home, seem happy and thriving, and Jack in Colorado is loving classes this semester and excited for spring break. And my husband was doing work for Davidson and seems energized.  Life is good.

So here’s the roundup  … there is a lot this week.

Continue reading ‘LIFE is good 3.6.2010’




Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 618 other followers

May 2020
S M T W T F S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31