January 31, 2011 Leave a comment
My friend shared this with me and it was too good not to post. The map below shows what each state is worst at or best at (if best = negative). What is your state known for that you wish it wasn’t?
We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.
January 31, 2011 Leave a comment
It is really cold in Denver right now. It is 6 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not a fan. The low today is -4. Tomorrow, the high is -1 and the low is -15. Seriously. The low is not a positive number. That just does not seem right. The wind chill is supposed to be -20 to -30, which I do not even know how to fathom.
I’ve been expressing my desire for a snow day for tomorrow since this morning when I realized how cold it would be. It is also snowing, but the amount of snow itself would not qualify the University of Denver for a snow day (although that would not necessarily be the case if I were home in St. Louis). Nevertheless, with the extremely cold temperatures I figured it could happen. Everyone told me that there was no way school would be canceled – but it was! I was extremely surprised though that DU was closed early today. Tomorrow is less surprising. Nevertheless, there is more time to relax and (hopefully) get work done.
Earlier today, I checked snow closures online and saw that the Greeley Moose Lodge was closed for bingo tonight. I figured we may have a shot. No one wants bingo canceled without good reasoning. This resulted in my current Facebook status of “Greeley Moose Lodge is closed for bingo tonight. It is thus appropriate that DU is closed. No bingo, no school. That’s always been my philosophy.”
January 29, 2011 Leave a comment
I saw this online and thought it was worth sharing:
Dear friends, It is with the saddest heart that I pass on the following. Please join me in remembering a great icon. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly-greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Cap'n Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours as long- time friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very "smart" cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he -- even still, as a crusty old man -- was considered a roll model for millions. Toward the end, it was thought he would rise again, but alas, he was no tart. Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John Dough and Jane Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about twenty minutes.
January 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Sarah Palin gave her “analysis” of the State of the Union last night on Fox News. All I can say is “really?!?” and nice use of that acronym… I really hope she doesn’t win anymore elections.
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On a quasi-related note, Sarah Palin did not even finish one term as governor. How long until someone realizes that and comes up with a more accurate way to address her?
January 27, 2011 Leave a comment
So I am behind on posting again, but that’s the way life goes. It seems that even a slow week in Winter Quarter is a busy week.
I thought the State of the Union was great last night. Obama’s speech was on point and effective. He discussed a number of initiatives that are important moving forward – including some that reached across the aisle, as it were. Equally important, if not more so, was the symbolic act of Democrats and Republicans sitting together. It seems like a simple thing but the atmosphere of the entire event was different because of it – and different in a good way. I’d like to see more collaboration in the years ahead. It’s the only way to actually get anything done.
I was disappointed though in the Republican response, given by Rep. Paul Ryan. If fear mongering and apocalypse predicting were what we were grading speeches on then Mr. Ryan would have gotten an A+. That was not, however, what was needed. Apparently, Rep. Ryan did not pay full attention to President Obama’s speech either: President Obama spoke about plans to consolidate and shrink the federal government, yet Rep. Ryan accused him of planning to continue increasing the size of the federal government. Somehow, he missed that one…
If you missed the State of the Union, you can watch it here:
January 23, 2011 Leave a comment
More and more it seems that we all need to be reminded of the importance of integrity, citizenship, and community. The Boy Scouts of America understands this and embeds it in the lives of its members at a level no other organization can match. I recently came across the article below and thought it was worth sharing.
Culture challenge of the week: Raising strong boys in a soft culture
Parenting boys can be tough.
From sexually provocative media, to the influence of bad-boy athletes and self-indulgent celebrities, to violent video games … the cultural undertow exerts a powerful pull in the wrong direction.
When looking for alternatives, parents like Angela and Ty, who both work full-time while raising three boys, feel overwhelmed at times. Angela observes, “Its hard to know whats going to benefit our guys in the long run … and be something they like.” Their vision is to raise boys who will become strong, godly men of character, with inquisitive spirits and service-oriented hearts and the self-discipline and drive to achieve their goals.
Thats no easy task in a culture thats gone soft: entertainment idealizes gender-bending celebrities and devalues strongly masculine traits; the social-media environment fuels teenage narcissism; and schools inflate self-esteem by pouring on unearned praise in the absence of actual achievement.
How to save your family by partnering with the Boy Scouts
So how can we raise strong sons?
As parents, we must set clear direction — and be positive examples. But we also need to find strong partners — organizations, friends and churches — to support our values, provide admirable role models, and to offer friendship and encouragement to our children.
A recent Gallup poll found that, while fewer young men are Boy Scouts than in years past, boys involved in scouting have higher academic achievement than non-Scouts. And as adults, former Boy Scouts out-earn their non-scouting peers.
Dig a little deeper, and its not hard to understand why.
According to recent research, Scouts are highly likely to internalize positive character traits like honesty, leadership and dependability. And boys who were Scouts are more likely than non-Scouts to resist negative peer pressure, on the one hand, and to value family life and lifelong friendships, on the other. They learn, as one BSA executive told me, “to live a life of honor.” Those qualities are indispensable not only for career success, but for family life as well.
Why does Scouting work so well? For starters, the Scouts have a hundred-year track record of building character and fitness. Though times change, human nature does not. The Scouts incorporate the latest technologies and current interests into the time-honored merit-badge system; boys learn to try new things, set goals and persevere until they accomplish them.
But the capacity for achievement, by itself, doesnt create better human beings. And heres where theBoy Scouts shine most brightly: its activities explicitly seek to instill character and virtues within the hearts of young men.
Im so grateful to the Boy Scouts for the years of support they gave my own two sons throughout their childhood and teen years. My husband and I first introduced our boys to Scouting when our oldest son was in second grade. The next year, his little brother joined the Scouts, too, and for the next 10 years, our sons lives were filled with adventure, friendship and achievement — and consistent teaching about God and His commandment to serve others.
Our two sons thrived in the Boy Scouts. They found strong role models and lifelong friends, and both of them earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. But even had they not decided to pursue the Eagle Scout rank, the years of Scouting would have been a blessing. I will always be grateful for the way Scouting strengthened the values we were working so hard to instill in our sons.
For parents looking for an assist in raising strong young men in a world thats gone soft, check out your local Scouting troop. Your boys will “be prepared … for life.”
• Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC.
January 23, 2011 Leave a comment
I realized that I have not posted any quotes on here recently, so here goes:
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
– G. Randolf
I find this quote to be incredibly relevant to my life right now as I finish college and look to a future job and living location. I have been reconnecting with old friends and making new friends, some of whom I most certainly hope to keep well into the future. This complicates my life decision regarding living location/job but I have to trust that my memories will always remain and the relationships will continue to be built, regardless of geographic proximity.
January 20, 2011 Leave a comment
Fortune Magazine just released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, ahead of the February 7 issue which focuses on the list. Not surprisingly, Build-A-Bear Workshop is on the list. It also had huge growth on the list, moving from No. 80 in 2010 to No. 48 in 2011. That is a huge jump!
Rank: 48 (Previous rank: 80)
2009 revenue ($ millions): 394