Archive for September, 2011

Hodgepodge of Advice?

September 30, 2011

I ran across the below quotation earlier this week (by an unknown author) and liked it immediately.  I also took the time to ponder each individual phrase and attempted to discern how my life reflects each phrase.  My determination: I could buy into some of them more fully, but overall, I think I’m doing okay. 

Without risk (taking chances), life would be pretty boring (I could certainly improve a bit in this department).  Never regret something you’ve done (save regret for those things that you didn’t do but that you wish you’d done).  Things do go wrong (all the time), but time marches on and waits for no one.  There is a much bigger plan out there than what I have envisioned for my life . . . sometimes you just have to “let go” and let it unfold!

“Live life and take chances. 
Believe that everything happens for a reason and don’t regret.
Love to the fullest and you will find true happiness in life. 
Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on.
Sometimes things weren’t meant to be. 
What is supposed to happen will work its way out.”   
— Author Unknown
And here’s another quotation that is very similar . . .
“I believe that everything happens for a reason,
people change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right,
you believe lies so that eventually you learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together!”  
— Marilyn Monroe

Dangerous Times Ahead!

September 29, 2011

National Arts & Humanities Month was established in 1993 and is celebrated every October in the United States.  The four main goals of National Arts & Humanities Month are:

  • To create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media.
  • To encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organizations nationwide.
  • To provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities.
  • To establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

Over the next 35 days, I must be extremely careful and resist the temptation to purchase every work of art that catches my heart.  I’m entering a target-rich environment for art puchases (besides the ability to merely walk into one of the numerous galleries in town and browse).  Coming up this weekend (October 1st) is Utica Square‘s annual “Art in the Square.”  From 10 AM until 5 PM, over 90 artists will be showcasing their creative achievements throughout Utica Square (and I live so close, and it’s going to be a gorgeous day for a stroll in the Square, and Friday is payday) . . . woe is me!

Later in the month, I will be taking a cruise (Princess Line).  One of the big hazards of cruising . . . time at sea . . . and art auctions (my cabin is right next to the art gallery [hmm, how’d that happen?], they serve champagne, and I’ll be experiencing a pampered existence) . . . woe is me!

Then, at the end of the month and in to November there is the “Collectors’ Reserve, 2011” art sale at Gilcrease Museum (I’ll be back in town, I’ve seen the exhibition and sale catalog and have already fallen in love with several pieces, and I’ve adjusted my work schedule to allow me to attend the sale) . . . woe is me!  The actual sale will occur the evening of November 3rd.  Wish me luck, wish me strength, or wish me winning the lottery!

Time To Smile!

September 28, 2011

Happy Wednesday one and all!  Now that we have made it to the middle of the week, perhaps you are needing some inspiration . . . something to make you smile and to get you to the end of the week.  Hopefully this will do the trick (it did for me).  Here is a flash mob presentation of “Brindisi”  from the opera La Traviata (by the Opera Company of Philadelphia).  This one takes place in the Reading Terminal Market.  I’ve posted one other flash mob (“Do, Re, Mi” from The Sound of Music — in Antwerp, Belgium) previously; it always seems to have a way to lift my spirits.  So, sit back and enjoy, and have a great week!

Dancing Walrus!

September 27, 2011

Here is another sculpture from my art collection that I picked up at the Inuit Art Sale at the Dennos Museum at Northwestern Michigan College a couple of summers ago.  I liked this one for a lot of reasons: the black tusks, the white stone, and the unique shape and depiction of the walrus dancing.  It was one of those “I loved it the minute I saw it” moments.  In all of my years of collecting, I’ve learned to act upon these moments and to not hesitate when purchasing.

The artist: Guula Paneak.
The medium: stone.
The enjoyment value: priceless!

Be Fruitful!

September 26, 2011

When you read as much as I read, running across a new vocabulary word is usually not a problem.  This week however, I came up empty.  And, rather than consult my list of past words (it never hurts to have a list ready to go on just such occasions), I decided to simply go to a dictionary and “find” a word.

The source: Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.
The methodology: just open the dictionary to a page and scan the entries until a new word is found.
The result:  .  .  .


\drü-ˈpā-shəs\, adjective;
1. of or relating to a drupe.
2. bearing drupes.

Hmm, so what’s a drupe?


\drüp\, noun;
a one-seeded indehiscent fruit having a hard bony endocarp, a usually fleshy mesocarp, and a thin epicarp like a skin (as in the cherry, plum, and peach) or dry and almost leathery (as in the almond. Called also: stone fruit.


\in-di-ˈhi-sənt\, adjective;
remaining closed at maturity.

College Football – Week Four!

September 25, 2011

Another week is in the books, and the college football season is now a third of the way over (four games down, eight to go).  The Michigan State Spartans returned to the win column with their victory over the Chippewas of Central Michigan as they head into the meat of their Big Ten schedule next week . . . their next four games: @ Ohio State, Michigan (ranked #22) at home, Wisconsin (ranked #6) at home, and @Nebraska (ranked #9).  If they survive the middle portion of their schedule, they will still have to play @ Iowa and finish the season on the road @ Northwestern.   Go Green!

The upsets this week:
Florida State (#11) lost to Clemson (#21).
USC (#23) lost to unranked Arizona State.

The close calls this week included:
Oklahoma State (#7) beat Texas A&M (#8) by just one.
Illinois (#24) beat unranked Western Michigan by just a field goal.

Congratulations Tulsa!

September 24, 2011

The first annual Tulsa International Film Festival began last Thursday (September 22nd) and will run through tomorrow (September 25th).   This four-day event will feature over one hundred films from a variety of genres, across multiple luxurious venues in the downtown area (the new Tulsa Center for Creativity, Hyatt Regency, Living Arts, The Jazz Hall of Fame, and the historic Mayo Hotel), and affordably priced (especially for students).  There will be four major film divisions: Emerging Filmmaker Division, Women Behind the Camera Division, Nightmare Division (formerly the Oklahoma Horror Film Festival), and the Indigenous Cinema Division.  These films are all vying for either of the two prizes that will be awarded: The Grand Jury Award and the Audience Choice Awards.  So, if you are looking for me this weekend there is a good chance that you’ll find me at one of the wonderful venues enjoying some of the fabulous films.  I’m sure tickets are probably still available, so if you have nothing else in your plans this weekend, wander downtown and catch a film or two (individual tickets are $8 a piece).

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

September 23, 2011

Summer is officially over as we welcome the first day of Fall!  The September equinox occurs at 4:04 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT).  Equinoxes (March and September) fall on the halfway point between solstices (December and June), and occur when the center of the sun is directly over the equator; the lengths of day and night are roughly equal everywhere in the world.

Today also marks the first day of the seventh sign of the Zodiac — Libra.  The key strengths of Libras are: diplomacy, gracefulness, peacefulness, idealistic, and hospitable.  The key weaknesses: superficiality, vanity, indecisiveness, and unreliability.  (Source:  Libras seek fairness, peace, and harmony in all things.  Can you say “ohmmmm?”

Libra is also the first half of the word “librarian” (how’s this for free association?).  A mere coincidence?  Probably, but humor me, please.

Happy Autumn!  Happy Friday!

Flash Mob Leadership!

September 22, 2011

I read a great article this month in Law Officer magazine (read it online here).  A crisis can happen in the blink of an eye and can often times be as overwhelming as a flash mob.  As a police officer, will you be prepared to step up to a leadership role to take charge of the situation?  The key points to remember . . .

  • Things will go wrong.
  • When they do, you are expected to take action to fix the problem.
  • Have a plan and respond.
  • Seek input from those that will provide you with honest feedback.

In the end, you can either “lead, follow, or get out of the way.”  (Thomas Paine)  Why not take the lead?

What Would You Call It?

September 21, 2011

Humility (the ability to be modest as well as respectful) is a wonderful virtue to possess.   Is it possible to be competent and possess/exhibit confidence, self-assuredness, self-esteem, or some sense of ego and still be considered humble?  Hmm, I doubt it.  Pride is the antonym of humility.   At what point do you cross the line from humility to pride and into the realm of conceit and/or arrogance?  This wonderful demotivator from certainly has a humorous opinion on this distinction.  Is it merely a matter of degree?  Probably not.  Oh well, when in doubt, keep your mouth shut and try not to swagger (or be condescending, or rub people’s noses in it) — humility is all about your attitude (or better yet, your lack of an attitude).

And to continue in a humorous vein, here are a couple of definitions from The Cynic’s Dictionary (by Aubrey Dillon-Malone).

Conceit: “God’s gift to little men.”  (Bruce Barton)
Egotist: “Somebody whose best quality is the fact that he doesn’t talk about others.” (Lucille Harper)

Happy Wednesday!