Wednesday, January 31, 2007
With a mad dash to the parking lot, and her hair dancing in the wind she phoned the most important people in her lives. And at the end of the phone calls, instead of feeling like her head had been inflated, her heart was inflated...with feelings of gratitude.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
A quick mind check brought me back. A new mother from our office brought in her baby, and like any other estrogen enduced woman, I took the baby in with wide eyes.
Minutes passed, and another reality check, I had work to do. Work in more then the sense of the papers sitting on my desk, but the learning to be done, the fun to be had, the foundation to be laid, and don't forget to mention the graceful aging I'd like to do before I'm in that place.
I fumbled back through my to do list, but before I even gained slight focus, someone knocked at my office door and came running up to give me a hug from behind.
"You'll be a wonderful mom someday," LC said.
"How do you know," I asked, half serious.
"Because you will. I just know it. How could you not," she said very surely.
That was enough for me to carry on with any vigor and nice to think I could someday be that to someone. And not just a mom, but a wonderful mom. *In the distant future.
But even with all of this, Abraham had not allowed himself to become attached to worldly possessions. He unashamedly confessed by his words and actions where he stood with God. These people recognized Abraham's greatness because of the way he lived before them.
Although they were not concerned about Abraham's God, he had made such an impact on them by the way he lived that they were willing to give him any land he wanted for a burying place for Sarah.
Abraham refused to be chargeable to his ungodly neighbors. He let it be known that he was a separated man and was going to stay in this separated position. May the same be true of us.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
1. Only 1 setback since the new year has begun, and was able to process in less then a few hours. 2. Reading new genre and greatly enjoying (stimulating mind)
3. Funny bone is back in full swing'
4. Productivity level = above average, taking greater initiative
5. Stress Management = low anxiety, if any, keeping things in check = above average
6. Making time everyday for God, experiencing deeper fellowship in relationships
7. Exercising at least 4 times a week
8. Enjoying relationships, cultivating new ones, and strengthening existing
(developing greater relationship w/female mentor, spending time w/sister, enjoying/growing w/significant other)
9. Spending continued amount of time and energy investing in future goals i.e. grad. school pursuit, independent study, ETM time, writing, refining strengths & managing weaknesses.
It's good to stop and reflect now and again, especially as the first month of 2007 almost comes to a close.
- Restablishing involvement w/ Alumni Sharing Knowledge network
- Continue to identify likes/dislikes in terms of relocating to new city: job prospects, costs, culture, education, and family/friends
Anyways, he became very successful in marketing to extreme outdoorsmen. Similiarly, he runs his company in a free spirited fashion. He's even published a book about his management style called Let My People Go Surfing. [When the surf's up, you won't find Chouinard behind a desk. And he doesn't hog all the fun for himself. Patagonia has a company policy that if the surf is good during work hours and an employee is a serious surfer, he can go. "It's like, there's no waves today," he said. "You go surfing when there's surf. I don't care when you get your work done, as long as it gets done." ]
On a final note, I was struck by a quote that spoke to those who keep messy desks and say it's a sign of being a genius. As for me, disorganization inhibits my ability to focus, instead I want to declutter and file before I can really get to work.
"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then an empty desk is a sign of what?"
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Today I devised a few new chapter titles for the book I'm going to author about my life. Thought I would share a some - some may make sense others not, unless you were there in that chapter.
The T in ETM
Napkins, Grandmothers, and Omas
Catholic Girl on a Jewish Block
The Pickle Ornament
5'4 is Not a Ballerina, but Better and Boobs
Moving On and Moving Out
My Full Value Life
The Year I Didn't Do Dishes
Johnny Cash meets Junebug
Being For Real Style
To be continued...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
raison d’être. Tis true.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in and both go to the same men's pajama department. The man says to the salesman, "I just need bottoms," and the woman says, "I just need a top." They look at eachother and that's the 'meet cute.'
During a "meet-cute", scriptwriters often create a humorous sense of awkwardness between the two potential partners by depicting an initial clash of personalities or beliefs, an embarrassing situation, or by introducing a comical misunderstanding or mistaken identity situation. Sometimes the term is used without a hyphen (a "meet cute"), or as a verb, as in "to meet cute." (Wikipedia)
And yes, The Holiday is clearly one of my new favorite movies...ever. Let's see it has a journalist, a screenwriter, a producer, and a composer. It quotes Shakespeare, and there are a few characters with English accents. Old friends meet new friends, and the soundtrack is beautiful. As well they even have a scene with cutout stars and little girls playing in a tent, alas I have met my match. (and oh they drink good wine and enjoy the snow)
Thursday, January 18, 2007
So I majored in English - hence the past three posts. I believe that an education in the humanities equips us to deal with a world that - outside academia - is becoming increasingly globalized. Thomas Freidman writes:
Humanities education is fundamentally different from an education in engineering or science. You learn to expect questions that don't have just one correct solution. Our tests do not lend easily to multiple choice questions, nor a clear check or ex. Approaching problems from different perspectives, considering different schools of thought, and recognizing the biases and beliefs that accompany them is encouraged. This is why an education in English is one of the most valuable.
Today more than ever, the traditional boundaries between politics, culture, technology, finance, national security and ecology are disappearing. You often cannot explain one without referring to the others, and you cannot explain the whole without reference to them all...If you don't see the connections, you don't see the world.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Pist. Why, then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.
Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
To create a pearl, an oyster needs an aggravating parasite inside its shell. It builds layers of calcium carbonate around the invader, gradually fabricating the treasure. How long does it take from the initial construction to the finished product? Five years for a pearl of average size, and as many as ten years for a big one. This puts into perspective the tenacious work of what may be your long-term goals; grad. school, career, family, and life. Sometimes you may begin to wonder if you've been striving to transform your irritant for an eternity, but you're actually right on schedule.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
First: what exactly does the up in phrasal verbs like look up mean? Some examples:
work up [a solution]
rustle up [some chow]
toughen up [those raw recruits]
eat it up[, yum]
... and plenty more that I can't think of in this moment. It seems clear that there's a difference in what up means in the above examples.
Anyway, I found a couple of words recently that suggest that the up particle is still going strong in producing new phrase verbs.The first case is the ever greeting - what's up,
Good, eh? To what's as a transitive verb, and a new phrasal verb on top of that. How flexible is, the English! The up particle in the cases -work up, rustle up -add a connotation (or even denotation) in the new word Interestingly, sometimes the up particle is arbitrary (new, dim), other times not (work, rustle).
Ok, so that's one. Onward. I've also stumbled across another one. This was the line:
Many men have become female appeasers who need to, well, man up.
To man up = to become more masculine. This use of up is related to the second examples (toughen up, eat up, bulk up). These verbs are intransitive (can be). I'm not seeing that eat up belongs in the same category, unless the commonality is one of, what, completeness? To eat up means to finish eating something. Up is optional in toughen up; is it in to bulk up? Do they both suggest a kind of completeness, or a degree?
I confuse myself easily when I get deep into my grammatical brain. I could, of course, go look it up; I'm sure these are well-understood usages. My point, really, was just that I've seen a lot of usages of up , which I've now ... wait for it ... written up.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
By the eary 1950s Georgetown had become a major CIA listening post. It made good sense, Georgetown, by virtue of those who lived and socilized in the tiny kingdom, had become as much a seat of power as the White House, only far more accessible.
J. Edgar Hoover, spurred on by his determination "to keep tabs" on everyone, including the Georgetown crowd, set in motion a private project he called "Operation G-town," where he registered a number of FBI agents with an exclusive domestic employment agency to serve as per diem waiters and bartenders at Georgetown get-togethers. "Their main objective," said John White, "was to amass data on both the CIA and the Georgetown social set. The CIA, of course, knew that Hoover was spying on them." In return, they were spying on him.
In a later comment to the CIA Director William Casey, he received word from a socialite host that the best pastry chef ever employed turned out to be an FBI agent. That's irony. Must have been able to make one heck of a strudel.
Friday, January 12, 2007
"Every student of Washington's political process ought to know that the business of government is often transacted during evening hours, sometimes over a drink and sometimes over a meal-but almost always in Georgetown. What President Johnson did not say is that these evening transactions are largely conceived, created, produced, and directed by women."
Come to find out that "The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club" was actually a term coined by none other than Ronald Reagan to identify an elite corps of prominent and powerful Washington women whose connections, courage, wealth, vision, intelligence, and ambition afforded them an abundance of social and political clout in a town traditionally and historically run by men. In reality, it was the great woman behind the man...but of course we already all know that.
Signing off from the South Florida Post-
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
What would you do if you weren't in a job that was intellectually stimulating?
At this point I can only minorly reflect upon one job I had during high school, working at a restaurant, and what a good motivator it served for me to continue my education. In fact many of my jobs up to this point have simply served as motivators for me to continue to advance in my own personal education.
I take this as a blessing. For real style.
Minor newsflash: One more month till I should start hearing from graduate schools...in closing, I recently wrote to an admissions director who had commented on a part of my application. I ended my email saying "I've realized it's more about the journey then the destination."
Friday, January 05, 2007
The Library Hotel in New York City is the first hotel ever to offer its guest over 6,000 volumes organized throughout the hotel by the Dewey Decimal System.* Each of the 10 guestrooms floors honors one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category or floor it belongs to.
Math and Science
Personal service goes one step further as guests may request their room based on their personal interests (subject to availability) such as the Literature floor featuring subjects from Poetry or The Classics to Erotic Literature. Such intriguing room themes offered on the Math and Science floor are Astronomy and Botany. Law, Eastern Religion, Money, and New Media are also among the 60 eclectic themes available on the room menu at The Library Hotel. Other distinctive features Library guests have at their disposal include the Writers Den a beautiful mahogany paneled room with working fireplace and The Poetry Garden, our sparkling greenhouse.
Books and beds, and breakfast!
Which floor would you choose?
Check it out for yourself at www.libraryhotel.com
This is definately on the "To Do" list once I make my first million... ah`