Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
When I first learned about Thai massage recently, I have to admit that the photos kind of scared me.
But then today I thought to look on YouTube for a video and I found this one.
And now I realize that it doesn't look all that scary at all. In fact, I think I'd like to try it!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
DailyOM - Eating Close to the Earth: "The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself if we allow it to be. The dishes we remember from childhood offer unmatched comfort. The act of preparing meals can be an art form of the highest caliber. And the nourishment we derive from this fare promotes wellness within us. But many of us, distracted by daily affairs, forget that the profound pleasures of eating go beyond simple sustenance."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
DailyOM - Giving Without Expectations: "Though our intention is likely pure, we can unintentionally mar the beautiful experience of giving by focusing on what we will eventually receive in return."
Friday, November 20, 2009
huffy sea trails - 04
Originally uploaded by Nick David Wright
My grandparents are always going to sales and such so I asked them to be on the lookout for some nice old bikes for us.
The other day they called to let us know that they'd found an old men's 3-speed for $5!
I was going out of my mind wondering what kind of bike they'd found, and I was very excited to see this sitting in their garage when we went for a visit last night.
It is a Huffy Sea Trails. And it is in remarkably good shape. It does need a little work, but all it required for a short ride around the neighborhood this morning was a little air in the tires.
Check it out!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
It was the last of three days that I was scheduled to drive this bus, and I had been having trouble with a kindergartner each day. That final day was the worst.
He wouldn't sit down. He was bouncing from seat to seat.
And the final straw was when I told him to sit down, he looked me right in the eye and said, "NO!" So we headed back to his school and he didn't ride the bus home that night.
The next day I was in the bus barn I asked my supervisor, "So did I make too much trouble the other day?" No he assured me, but the child's father did call to express that he didn't think it was necessary to punish a kindergartner.
The implication, in my mind, being that he was too young to be punished for his misbehavior. Not that I haven't run into this idea before. I've watched as children run wild while their parents tell them to behave, but then fail to enforce the directive. When asked about it, the parents inevitably say "They're too young, they won't understand."
But children understand much more than we give them credit for. And we are doing them a great disservice by not enforcing the rules when they are young. Because they certainly will not understand and very probably come to resent it when mommy and daddy do eventually decide to make them behave.
My nephew is a good example of just how much young children can understand. Last year while we were visiting. I was sitting on the couch playing with him and his sister.
At one point, Matthew took off his shoe and threw it hitting me square in the face. It hurt. He ran around giggling and laughing obviously thinking he was having the time of his life with Uncle Nick. I grabbed him as he ran by and turned him around.
"Matthew, that was not nice," I tried to tell him. But his eyes were bouncing around the room and he was squirming in my arms. So I changed my tone of voice slightly and made him meet my eyes.
"Matthew!" I said and he immediately quieted down and looked right into my eyes. "That was not nice. That hurt Uncle Nick a lot. You do not throw things at me like that." There was understanding in his face, he said "okay" we continued playing and he has yet to throw anything at me again. He was 2 years old when that happened.
But the poor kindergartner from my bus hasn't had that kind of correction in his life, I'd bet money on it. The first five years of his life, he's been free to do whatever he pleased and if someone told him differently all he had to do was yell no and throw a fit to get his way.
Now he's in his first year of school and he's rapidly finding out that he doesn't always get his way. And he doesn't understand, and it has him upset. And rightly so.
By refusing to enforce the rules with a child -- no matter how young -- we are teaching them that rules do not have to be obeyed.
Where did we get this idea that children will reach some magical age and suddenly realize for themselves that they really do have to obey the rules?
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I remember watching a lot of G.I. Joe as a little kid.
So when the new movie came out on DVD yesterday, I had to see it.
The movie is utterly ridiculous. Totally cheesy.
And I completely loved it.
This live-action movie felt, to me, just like I was watching the old cartoon.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Okay, I got this video free from iTunes a couple weeks ago, I threw it into my mix and never really watched it.
Last night I was sitting on the couch letting the laptop shuffle through my playlist when this song came up.
This is an incredible song. The music, the rhythm ... I love it! The video is extremely nicely done as well.
You've got to check this one out.