Archive for September, 2009

The Financial Two-Step!

September 30, 2009

Yet another gem from www.despair.com.

This one should cause a chuckle or two.  And, you know what they say about the truth being stranger than fiction . . . enjoy!  Perhaps the Economists should take the lead from weather persons . . . explain (or apologize) to no one!  Has a weather person ever lost their job because they got it wrong?  Then again, how many economists have (maybe explaining works)?  Hmm.  Shall we speculate?  Nah!  Obviously knowing “why” something happens  has no impact or influence on the “prediction” of what will actually happen.  Just “guess” again and go on.

Phrases to Avoid!

September 29, 2009

Here’s an interesting article by Dr. George Thompson (the author of “Verbal Judo”) on some of the phrases that a police officer should never utter.

7. “HEY YOU! COME HERE!”
6. “CALM DOWN!”
5. “I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU AGAIN!”
4. “BE MORE REASONABLE!”
3. “BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE RULES” (or “THAT’S THE LAW!”)
2. “WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?”
1. “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?”

To read the entire article (with his reasons for each phrase being on this list) visit:

 http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/123222-7-things-cops-should-never-say-to-anyone?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=pl_c1_20090929_copssay

Life’s Challenges!

September 28, 2009

I ran across this quotation today and thought it was most fitting for a Monday. 

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re
supposed to help you discover who you are.”

— Bernice Johnson Reagon

And, www.despair.com has a demotivator on this topic as well.  I’ve already blogged the poster, but here’s the link for you to enjoy it once again . . . http://www.despair.com/challenges.html

Another New Artist!

September 28, 2009
Granite Valley

Granite Valley

During my most recent trip up to Michigan back in July/August, I happened to discover a wonderful artist (watercolors, oils, woodworking)  in the Traverse City area (Charles R. Murphy).  This highly regarded artist is also very prolific (and he is practically my brother’s neighbor).  And, for those of you who know me, it should come as no surprise that I was able to find one of his original watercolor paintings that tugged at the strings of my heart.  Alas, I was not able to get out of the area without purchasing one of his paintings.   Unfortunately, I did not restrict my art purchases to just this one piece . . . stay tuned, more to follow.

I have no regrets whatsoever!

Banned Books Week Has Begun!

September 27, 2009

Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s “Banned Books Week.”

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

For more information, visit the ALA website.  There is even a section where you can check out which books have been challenged the most frequently by year, by author, by decade, and which “classics” have been challenged.

(Source: the American Library Association)

Collega Deflectivus! Know Any?

September 27, 2009

Ran across this entertaining article in “Academe Online” by Michelle Maher and Katherine Chaddock.  The byline reads “Do you have a colleague who can be classed as collega deflectivus? Or, heaven forfend, are you one yourself?”  Naturally I was intrigued and just had to read further . . . the article defines deflection, offers some basic facts, and finishes up with “The Seven Habits of Highly Deflective Colleagues” (a la Stephen Covey) which I will list here.

1.  Circumspect Deflect
2.  Classic Deflect
3.  Cog-in-the-Wheel Deflect
4.  Sycophant Deflect
5.  Pirouette Deflect
6.  Introspect Deflect
7.  Paralysis-by-Analysis Deflect

For a more detailed explanation of these, check out the full article.

Did You Know?

September 26, 2009

Now that you are comfortable with and using all of the new (or not so new, now) Web 2.0 tools (or perhaps if you are not using them, at least you are aware of them, hopefully), here’s a great video that helps put the Internet and Social Media/Networking in perspective a bit and answers the question “Did you know?”  Are you ready for the future?  I hope so, because here it comes . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8

Internet_ReadingAnd, courtesy of the “Creative Cloud” blog, here are some great posters (from a variety of perspectives) about “printing out the Internet” (I’ll start you off with the first one here, but visit http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/news/if-you-printed-the-internet/ to see the remainder).  Enjoy!

Motivation?

September 25, 2009

Happy Friday one and all, here’s a humorous poster and a wonderful quotation to help get you to the weekend!

“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.” — John C. Maxwell

Do you suppose this demotivator (courtesy of www.despair.com) supports and reinforces this notion?  I will honestly try to never use “a lack of motivation” as an excuse ever again (but it certainly can be convenient at times).

In Honor of Arthur!

September 24, 2009

Today is officially “Arthur Guinness Day.”  Founded in 1759, this year marks the 250th Anniversary of the Guinness Brewery.   

I know where I’m stopping on the way home from work today!  Thank you Arthur.

http://www.250.guinness.com.lbwa.ntt.net/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM6qclgh4Ro

And, speaking of Anniversaries . . . today marks the 15th month anniversary of this blog! 

540 posts and 28,400 views later . . . we’re still going strong!

Cheesecake for Autumn!

September 24, 2009

Oops, forgot to get a picture before cutting into it . . . sorry.  But this one is definitely a keeper (have I ever had one that I did not say this about? [Please don’t answer that.]). 

This one sounded just “different” enough that I thought I’d give it a try.  And, as it turns out, I did not exactly make this cheesecake, but was forced to make a variation (sweet potato) when I was unable to find “canned pumpkin” at the store (and I went to three different stores [woe is me]). 

MAPLE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup melted butter
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin (2 cups)
3 large eggs
¼ cup pure maple syrup
 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
Maple Pecan Glaze (below)

  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter; press firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth.  Add pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; mix well.  Pour into crust.
  • Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the center appears nearly set when shaken.   Cool 1 hour.  Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
  • Top with Maple Pecan Glaze.  Store leftovers (ha!) in the refrigerator.
  • Maple Pecan Glaze:
    In medium-sized saucepan, combine ¾ cup pure maple syrup and 1 cup (½ pint) of whipping cream; bring to a boil.  Boil rapidly for 15-20 minutes or until thickened; stir occasionally (watch closely to make sure it does not boil over).  Add ½ cup chopped pecans.  Cover and chill until served.  Heat and stir before serving (drizzling over the top).

    This one is courtesy of Eagle Family Foods, Inc.