Saturday, June 05, 2010

What's New?

OK, so here's what's in the news:

Israel has seized a Gaza relief boat:
Can't go there, because I refuse to politicize this blog. But I have mighty strong opinions.

Relief wells are last hope to stop leak:
Yeah, but again, so out of my control, why think about it except in prayer. And I have been praying and meditating.

Happiness May Come With Age, Study Says:
I am 50, I am pretty darn happy. As I was at 40, 30, 20, and, I think: 10. Maybe I'm not liking the "Van Valkenburgh family downturn-thing-of-the-mouth" I noticed soon after 50, but it's not something I am looking to surgically alter; I love genetics, OK?

The Gore separation:
I don't like the Gores. But so, so sad that after 40 years, they choose to separate? So sad. I am in mourning for their relationship. Could care LESS about his nonsense, and perhaps hers. But so sad for their marriage.

A search was under way on Mount Rainier Saturday for at least 1 climber buried in an avalanche:
So upsetting. This could be your kid, my kid, anyone's baby.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC has a 2010 winner, and I cannot even tell you who it is. I would just like to insert that as young student, way back in the 70's, I LOVED the Spelling Bee. I was fairly competitive, and thoroughly enjoyed my competition. This was way back before students actually spent time (hours?) studying for the Bee. When I did it, it was just a fun Friday afternoon competition to see who could be the best speller. This year's winning word? "stromuhr” A stromuhr is a medical device used to measure the amount of blood moving through an artery.

2009's winning word: Laodicean, means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.

So let's hearken back to:

1975: Winning word: incisor
1976: Winning word: narcolepsy

OK. Enough. So much for spelling.

Any HAPPY news? Well. Not for his family, but for the rest of us, who knew this great man for decades, and know him in his history and again as he has passed:

John Wooden
What a great man.

We can celebrate his life, and learn still from his teachings!

1 comment:

xpda said...

I won the Jefferson spelling bee in 1966 (5th grade). I got a pen. Then I lost on essay at the Jr. High.

In my other life's academic achievement, I made 4.0 in the first grade.

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