Thursday, April 29, 2010
My Son: "Mom, I just finished making my fort!"
Me: (stirring dinner) "Cool."
My Son: "Now I need an agent to come play with me."
My Son: "Yea. It can either be a girl, or an adult... or both!"
Me: "Honey, I need to grate some cheese."
My Son: (excitedly) "That's the password!"
Me: "What is?"
My Son: "The password is: 'I need to grate some cheese!'"
Me: (trapped) "You've got 5 minutes."
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
- Lunching on mushrooms dipped in ranch dressing with a side of cottage cheese mixed with applesauce. And find it very satisfying.
- Eating raman noodles like you're in college again.
- Single-handedly eating half a can of chow mein noodles within a matter of minutes.
- Tearing open a package of granola bars you've just purchased, and devouring one before you've even walked two steps out of the store.
- Sending your husband out at 9:30 pm, because you must have KFC and you must have it NOW!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow is lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
- Sergeant Joyce Kilmer
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
"Dark Night" by Dorothee de Monfreid, is a cute story about how Felix, the little boy, escapes from some woods filled with ferocious beasts. (My son laughed so hard he lost his breath the first few times we read this!).
"Leonardo the Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems, puts a spin on what it means to be a terrible monster.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This quote fully supports my belief that TV, like any other art, approaches its craft with a story to tell and elements are used to fulfill that intent (questioning traditional values, pushing the envelope, tolerance, "inspiring people to think", etc.). Writers include certain lines in the script for a reason, characters are introduced for a reason, plot lines have a purpose... except maybe for "Lost". Can anyone tell me what what happened to that show?? These days, I think it would be naive to believe that you can relax in front of the TV and accept it only as entertainment that bears no relevance to our world. People are in the business because they see an opportunity for influence.
To me, there is no question as to what TV producer's motives are in introducing gay characters to shows that are popularly entertaining. In general, I think people are more forgiving of controversial elements of a show, if it means they'll be entertained. The question is, how much garbage we are willing to swallow for a few laughs?
Monday, April 12, 2010
My Son: "Mom, today I'm going to make all the money I need to buy the Legos I want!"
Me: "The set you want is $15. It's going to take a lot longer than one day to earn what you need."
My Son: (undiscouraged) "Yeah, but I'm going to make money and buy it tonight."
Me: "Honey, I'm sorry but you just won't be able to earn everything today. It's going to take a lot of hard work and waiting."
My Son: (excitedly)"No. I'm going to get some markers and paper and make all the money I need. Then I can buy it."
Me: "Honey... that's illegal."
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Cat: "Oh, by the way. If you'd really like to know... he went that way."
Alice: "Who did?"
Cat: "The white rabbit."
Alice: "He did?"
Cat: "He did what?"
Alice: "Went that way!"
Cat: "Who did?"
Alice: "The white rabbit."
Cat: "What rabbit?"
I actually felt true exsaperation for poor Alice, rather than the intended amusement.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
"The United States Constitution mandates that a census be counted every ten years. This census is used to determine the makeup of state legislatures, local school boards, and other government bodies and to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Church also uses census data for planning purposes.Additionally, mailing the form in saves tax money from being spent on workers personally visiting homes to collect information. But be careful! Here's an interesting article I found over at MSNBC about Census fraud.
"The Census Bureau will soon deliver census questionnaires to every household in America. We urge all members to respond to them in an accurate and timely manner. It is an important obligation for all citizens to be counted in the census."
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Yes, when the third day came,
He wakened and he left the tomb;
He called Mary's name.
And there were nail-prints in his hands
And a spear wound in his side.
Did Jesus really live again
After he had died?
Oh yes! And so shall I!
-Mabel Jones Gabbot
"Children's Songbook", vs. 1 & 3
Painting by Harry Anderson
Friday, April 2, 2010
I.M. Pei was born in China in 1917, and moved to America when he was 17 years old. Here he received his bachelor's degree in architecture at MIT, and his graduate degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he studied under Walter Gropius (the founder of the Bauhaus, and I can't even believe I haven't highlighted him yet!). In 1983 he was the winner of the Pritzker Architecture prize, which is considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, and has been the recipient of many, many awards. He is considered a master of modern art, with works dotting the globe.
For a list of his works, follow this link to the website of the firm he founded, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners (formerly known as I.M. Pei and Associates). He has also worked with his sons in their firm, Pei Partnership Architects, but outside of the Suzhou Museum, I am not sure which works he has designed with them.
Two of his works that I have been able to see with my very own eyes are the entrance to the Louvre in Paris (1993):
... and the East Building of the National Gallery in Washington D.C. (1978):
I'll have to give these works their own post. But I did want to note two things: As you can imagine, the modern entrance to the Louvre was highly controversial to the French. Pei's intention with his works is to not only honor the tradition of a city, but also move it forward into the present.
Also, here's a little known fact about the East Wing of the National Gallery. As you enter, there is a granite wall that has the names of the architects and builders engraved in it. The granite surface of I.M. Pei's name has been rubbed brown from all of the people who have touched his name when they visit (...including moi).