Archive for August, 2010

Jim Mentzer’s Tee Shirt Message

August 31st, 2010 4 comments

Jim is a retired engineer who is wearing a formula on his chest.

Do you know what it means?

This was posted Aug 16,’10.  Since no one came up with the formula’s meaning, we’ll  now get the explanation from the tee shirt wearer himself.

“OK, since nobody got it. The formula, as most engineers learn when studying probability, is the one for the normal or Gaussian distribution (the famous bell curve).

So the message can be read as I’m as normal as anyone.

The normal distribution shows, for a large number of samples which cluster around a central point, the probability of a given sample at a given distance above or below the central point.

It was formulated by the 19th century German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss.”

uh, Thanks Jim

The Poet Speaks of Summer

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by Jimmy L.Simpson

Sometimes it seems that summer dies in vain

When lazy dreams subside and drift away

But like the thunder just before a rain

That shakes the silence of a sunny day;

Each resonating moment will declare

As God intended when the earth was made

From mountains shining with an icy glare

To meadows dancing in their promenade.

I will survive as seasons come and go

Although I languish at the sad demise

Of life at ease within a golden glow

Beneath the sweet caress of summer skies.

My soul remembers and my heart will yearn

Until the days of summer can return.

Surfer Dude

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Hey dude, it wasn’t all bad, right?  It made a good story to tell.  Yeah but don’t tell my mom or dad, they wouldn’t ‘get it’. Know what I mean man?

Quote: Ann Landers

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In the final analysis it is not

what you do for your children

but what you have taught them

to do for themselves that will

make them successful human beings.


Ann Landers, American Columnist

Teacher to Teacher

August 30th, 2010 Comments off

This is the faculty at Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas Arkansas.  Their picture was published in the town paper, The Star Herald. They are wearing tee shirts donated by ‘Parents for PHS’.    It is a good looking group of teachers and they look refreshed and ready for the challenge of the new year.

On Fridays they will wear the tees and everyone will be a bit more relaxed because of the visual signal that it is the end of the work week. It will also be a reminder of their mission, as stated on the tees, “Preparing Today for Tomorrow”.

Way to go parents for starting the school year in such a positive way!

To the PHS teachers, and to the other teachers who visit this website, I want to wish you a truly great year.  Some of you will quickly think of all the problems facing the system you are in,  and I understand.

In Los Angeles, our teachers have many extremely difficult issues facing them this school year.  For them, as in a smaller district,  it still comes down to the individual, a personal challenge to find a level of satisfaction and productivity in spite of all the obstacles (cuts, contracts, disruptions, etc.)

Listen to the old Schoolmarm, okay?  Keep as positive an attitude as possible, and encourage others to do the same. Don’t carry  negative energy around with you, don’t fill your lounge with it, it is toxic. Work for solutions but do it in a way that won’t keep you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Okay, I’ll hush.  Sincere best wishes from one teacher to another.

Kitty Walks Up and Down

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The kitty walk is a sidewalk that cuts through our long blocks of rolling hills.

Part of the kitty walk is made up of these 40 steps.

Up and down a few times and you get a pretty good workout for the old cardio, and the calves feel it too.

Thanks to the person or persons who keep this area so nicely swept.  It makes for a more comfortable walk than when it is overgrown.

On NPR I heard an author talk about a book he has written about walk-thrus  like this but I didn’t catch the name of the book.  If you know the name, please let me know.  It sounds interesting, pinpoints famous steps, including the ones used in Laurel and Hardy’s famous film of moving the piano up the steps.  It is a classic.   I wonder if he took pictures of our little kitty walk.

Book Club: Gary Paulsen

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I was given this book ,and realized it was intended for young adults.  Not wanting to give it to my teenage neighbors until I was sure of its content, I read it and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the story and writing.  When I offered it to my young friends they had already read it.  Apparently Gary Paulsen is well known for his stories, and has several very popular books.

I enjoyed it for the many survival skills it incorporated into the story.

Hatchet sold over 2 million and has gained many honors, as noted on the back of the book.

I was given two others by Gary Paulsen, and I think I will read them.   Why not?  I’m still young at heart!

Mr. Know it All

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What is the oldest continuously inhabited city?

That would be Damascus, Syria, which was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

The Path in the Back . . .

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From Stan Hicks:

“Again your blog has sparked a memory from my past. (How times have changed – the path . . .) I always envied those that did not have to go out in the cold and dark to take care of business. The thing I most disliked were the flies and insects. Even though Mom kept it as spic and span as possible, and always had a bag of lime to toss in to keep the pests out, they’d get in somehow.

Mom would crush up magazine pages where they would be softer, and place them neatly in a container. I remember that ours was a ways from the house, and very dark . I would always prop the door open a bit ,where the light from the house would filter in.”

With a nod to that  memory of his childhood, Carolyn allows Stan to have a reminder in their well tended  backyard, (a shed to hold lawn tools. ) As you can tell, a sense of humor helps to keep their spirits young and appreciative of today’s blessings.

Thanks Stan.

Susie’s Snippets: Lovability

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One reason why a dog is such a lovable creature is

that his tail wags more than his tongue.

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