Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
"Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" is one of the most fun books to read aloud ever!
There isn't really any "plot"; the main character is the titular Mr. Brown, who has not only the ability to make a great many noises, but the will to go around doing so, calmly and seriously!
What kid doesn't love the idea of a grown-up making silly animal noises? Many will join in the fun as you read it with them. This means learn to read takes place without boredom!
As with so many of Seuss's works, there is some deep pedagogical stuff going on beneath the playful surface. Take the word "Moo" in the title. Children who know that cows go "moo" don't have to be told that two o's together make an "oooooo" sound; many will see the cow, see the letter M followed by some letters, and unconsciously figure out that this is the sound "Moo"! You can ignore all that if you like. It's a fun book that many children will enjoy having re-read to them until they can read it themselves, and what could be better?
Is it too hard to find things "Made In USA" ... or jobs making them?
Remember the economic collapse in 2008 ... wasn't that something to do with bankers gambling with our money?
Could it be that the millionaires running our economy don't really care about you?
Don't worry! Dr. GOP has the solution to your worries. Just looking into his Hypnotic Spiral and repeat along with him the soothing forumulas.
You'll never be burdened by thinking again!
Friday, December 28, 2012
In many jurisdictions, attorneys can use free, on-demand recordings to earn CLE credit before year-end. Here's a selection specifically designed to satisfy Washington State's maximum allowance of 22.5 AV credits per three-year period. It should also be useful for attorneys in many other states; PLI and Lexvid courses in particular are usually accredited in most mandatory CLE states.
1. EthicsThe elusive ethics credit is called by a variety of names in different states, e.g. Professionalism.
2. Any Subject (But Only 2 Credits)If you want your free CLE to address a particular subject matter, you can find the broadest possible selection from two providers who offer a free program just for registering with them. Programs after the 1st one will cost you, but I just don't see a downside to trying these offers!
3. Subject Matter PotpourriHere are more than 20 credits from free, On-Demand MCLE accreditted in Washington State and several other states.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
One down side is that most of us don't know how to speak persuasively. Piling on more words feels good and doesn't work.
Sure, there are subjects that require a lot of words to express. That's why you go to school for years to learn how to do math and science and stuff. But they have to be the right words, and that takes a lot of time to craft.
Luckily, there are always cats to help explain things!
at 3:22 PM
Monday, December 24, 2012
ANSWER: Diapers for the baby, chocolates for the mother, and an order of child support for the missing father. QUESTION: What did the Three Wise Women bring?the internet is bringing a new golden era of short-form writing, as writers are now rewarded with instant publication, audience, and feedback on the quality of their work. Facebooks statuses alone spawn endless short adventures in fiction or comedy! My little Xmas joke above may have been heard by five or ten people in the old days, but now it's seen by hundreds, and a few give feedback.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
When Mother-in-Law called for me to bring my camera, what to my wondering eyes did appear? It was three puzzled cats, one at a time, with a hat and a beard! Next time, I think I'll give them catnip before we try something like this, but they didn't protest much; they didn't howl or try to scratch, they just made it clear that they wanted the hats off as soon as possible or sooner. I printed a few copies of the picture to distribute as our holiday greeting. It's a silly form of creativity, I suppose, but it's all our own!
at 8:52 PM
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Glue, Cannister and Tree|
Celebrate A Different Kind of Christmas Story
I've had good luck with "Gorilla Glue"; it seems to have most of the virtues of old-school Superglue and few of the disadvantages. But gluing works better when the pieces are clamped together for the glue to cure; how the heck do you clamp a cred to the base?
The solution was to insert the tree into a cardboard oatmeal cylinder. The tips of the tree dug likely into the cardboard to hold its position. I stacked a couple of cans of soup on top, and that proved the force to hold the piece together while the cylinder kept things aligned.
I then let it all sit for a day and cure. The process worked, and the ornament now looks almost new.
I had resisted the impulse to through it away because:
- It was shiny
- It moved
- It played music
- It was a gift from my mom.
But through this I Learned A Valuable Lesson: a little glue and a little ingenuity can reduce waste and conserve resources. I don't know if that's a traditional Christmas message, but saving an ornament (and a little cash) it may be something to balance against the Gospel Of Consumption.
|Only a little soup left ... want some?|
Sunday at Big Al Brewing we had a little soup contest. The mandatory ingrediant was "beef" and there were four entries, ALL of them very tasty! The winner was Kris' Beef Stroganoff soup, and here's the recipe:
Let a handful of dried mushrooms go swimming in a cup of sherry for a day
- 1 pound chunk of beef with a bone in it and heavily marbled (noticable fat)
- 4 medium sized parsnips
- 1 large sweet Walla Walla onion
Put all the above into cast iron Dutch oven or casserole if you aren't lucky enough to have one.
Cook 4 hours at 300F
Remove from oven
Dredge out bones and gristle
Transfer carmelized veggies and meat to 2nd pot
- half cup sherry
- half tablespoon of marjoram
- half tablespoon of salt (or to taste)
- 2 and a half cups water
- 1 cup sour cream. We used a Mexican style sour cream from the Savon store in White Center; it has extra flavor!
Simmer for 45 minutes on medium high
You can add a quarter cup of chopped pickles, if you like that in your Stroganoff. We didn't do that this time.
Serve and stand back!
Sunday, December 16, 2012