I was never much interested in astronomy. Kathy bought me a good telescope many years ago that I eventually donated to the Headwaters Science Center. I just didn't seem to have time to drag it out in the evening among all of those mosquitoes and look at the stars. What a shame. I passed up a golden opportunity to study our celestial bodies.
Have you ever made some real stupid mistakes? Guys, have you walked out of the bathroom and forgotten to zip up your fly? Have you worn a new piece of clothing and forgotten to take off the tags? Have you deposited your salary check in the wrong bank? I have done all of them. Here are some true-life adventures from my never to be written book titled, "I can't believe I was so dumb." Beware of Canucks in Turkey
No doubt you have talked or thought about what you might do if you won or were given a million dollars. Lots of people are millionaires today, so having a million dollars isn't what it used to be.
Perfection is hard to come by. Can we achieve it? Ever since I wrote my column about the preamble to the Constitution, I have been wondering about the line that says, "in Order to form a more perfect Union." I said, "I always felt this was the best part of the constitution because it suggests that our work is not over and much remains to be done." It made me wonder about our progress in creating a more perfect union. How are we doing?
A recent article in the Pioneer about MXC (Minnesota Experimental City) brought back lots of memories about education as it was occurring in Minnesota in the 1960s and 1970s. Education was becoming outlandish, which was a good thing. Just like the sciences, education then and now needs some outlandish experimentation.
I am not sure how it happened but for some reason our two golden retrievers, Simon and Simone, selected me as their summer activity director. It’s as if they are at a summer camp and it’s my responsibility to make sure they have some fun every day. If I don’t do anything with them they mope around all day, watching me with four big brown eyes that say, “Isn’t it time to go for a walk or take a swim?”
I was never asked to recite the Preamble to the Constitution when I was in school. Too bad. I always believed that recitation was good for the brain. Maybe I would have been a lot smarter and wiser had my teachers made me recite it.
Getting kind of tired of tweets? Me too. If you are going to tweet, why not use inspiring quotes? Quotes have some depth to them; they have some meaning; they are words to live by. I enjoy asking students what their favorite quote is. They all have one or two. It may have been a quote their coach or teacher used in the classroom or their mom and dad. They may have read it in a book or heard some famous person use it. The quote meant something significant and it may have even changed their life.
Imagine a car filled with young American Indian boxers on the White Earth, Leech Lake or Red Lake Reservation. They could be headed towards Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids or Bemidji. They are young teenage boys who may have not trained too well, have not eaten too well and who may be going up against a more fit experienced boxer.
The days are warming up and summer is less than two weeks away. Are you ready? Is your air conditioner in working order? Do you have enough lemons on hand for lemonade? Is your ice machine working? Do you have your picture of a south sea island nestled in among aqua blue waters and sandy beaches showing a hammock strung between two palm trees alongside a table with a glass of an icy fruit drink holding a tiny umbrella on top posted on your refrigerator?