Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Time Wasted Is Time Unused. Or Is It?


In a previous entry I mentioned the birthday of Teresa Brewer, a singer many of us played on the jukebox back in the 1950s and 60s. I failed to link to some of her songs. There are some at Youtube.

A Tear Fell

Ricochet Romance

Music, Music, Music


National Rankings for Best High Schools are posted at the USNews website.

USNews states: "We evaluated nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors."

Basis Schools in Tucson, AZ was ranked number 6 (of nearly 22,000) And in the Charter School category, Basis Tucson is #1 nationally

Yes, you guessed it . . . two close family member of mine teach at Basis Charter Schools in Tucson.


Is it erotica, pornography, or just plain stupidity?

Mythical swan photo taken down after 'bestiality' fears

A photograph of a naked woman and a swan was taken down after a police officer complained that it appeared to "condone bestiality" an art gallery has claimed.

What next?

Story HERE



In the first paragraph of a Chronicle Review story by Terry Castle titled Don't Pick Up, I read the following: "The piece, by Craig Lambert, one of the magazine's editors, is entitled "Nonstop: Today's Superhero Undergraduates Do '3000 Things at 150 Percent."

Since Terry Castle is a professor of English at Stanford University, I was startled by her use of 'entitled' instead of 'titled.' I had learned many years ago that 'titled' means having the tile while 'entitled' means 'having been granted.'

But now I find that the precise definitions for those two words have changed since the dark ages when I was in school. Online dictionaries now declare:

The name of a book, composition, or other artistic work

Give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.
Give (something, esp. a text or work of art) a particular title.

Yep . . . "times they are a'changin."

One paragraph in Ms Castle's article caught my attention. It is this:

"This is the play-date generation . . . There was a time when children came home from school and just played randomly with their friends. Or hung around and got bored, and eventually that would lead you on to something. Kids don't get to do that now. Busy parents book them into things constantly—violin lessons, ballet lessons, swimming teams. The kids get the idea that someone will always be structuring their time for them."

Even her own Stanford students' lives, writes the professor, are likewise "chockablock." (Squeezed together; jammed; full; overcrowded)

It seems to me that she is perhaps a bit out of touch with reality, that this scenario she describes is only true for a minimal number of today's children, those living in the storybook world of the financially privileged Harvardites and the clueless wannabes, the white collar wage-slaves that imitate the upper class. The masses of 'plain folk' still allow their children the freedom to seek out and enjoy the fruits (both the bitter and the sweet) of their own discoveries. They have no choice, as has always been the case.

The Terry Castle article


 John Brown
  Born May 9 1800
Died Dec 2, 1859

John Brown was an American revolutionary abolitionist, who in the 1850s advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish slavery in the United States.

 Born May 9, 1918
Died Apr 7, 2012

Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace was an American journalist, game show host, actor and media personality. Most know for being one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes.

Candice Bergen
Born May 9, 1946

Candice Patricia Bergen is a famous American actress. She is known for starring in two TV series, as the title character on the situation comedy Murphy Brown (1988–1998), for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards; and as Shirley Schmidt on the comedy-drama Boston Legal (2004–2008), for which she was nominated for two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Her father was Edgar Bergen
He was a ventriloquist, comedian, and actor.


I love life because what more is there.
--Anthony Hopkins

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