Archive for March, 2013

Happy Easter!

March 31, 2013

I Feel It In The Air (by Edna Reed)

I know it’s Easter time again,
I feel it in the air.
The breath of spring with woodsy tang,
And new life everywhere.
And spring glides on with magic touch
O’er mountain side and glen;
And wakens all the sleeping plants
For Easter time again.

The brooklets leap from rock to rock,
As if in joyful play;
The flowers peep from darkened tombs
To welcome Easter Day.
The birds are swinging on the boughs,
And trill in ecstasy;
They seem to show the world’s great joy
Of Easter mystery.

Why should we dread
the thing called death?
It’s just an open door,
Where all within is love and peace
And joy forever more.
“Because I live, you too shall live,”
We hear the Savior say.
Let’s consecrate our lives anew,
On this glad Easter Day.

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Happy Birthday Vince!

March 30, 2013

Vincent_Van_Gogh_0020On this the birthday of Vincent van Gogh, let’s celebrate his life and artistic achievement. What is your favorite painting by van Gogh?   Picking out a favorite is no easy task, but for me it would have to be Wheatfield with Cypresses or . . . alas a difficult decision indeed because Houses at Auvers, Starry Night, and Olive Trees are not too shabby either.  For a more complete online reference to van Gogh and his life, check out the van Gogh Gallery.

And while I’m at it, here are a couple of quotations attributed to van Gogh that struck my fancy.
“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
“The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism.”

And Then There Were Eight!

March 30, 2013

127The field has been trimmed to the Elite Eight!  The Michigan State Spartans came up short against the Duke Blue Devils, but two other Big Ten teams advanced (Ohio State [a nail-biter against the #6 seed, Arizona], and Michigan [an exciting overtime win against the #1 seed, Kansas]).  The lowest seed to advance to the Elite Eight: Wichita State (#9) defeated La Salle (#13).  In this round of action we lost two more #1 seeds (Indiana and Kansas) and one more #2 seed (Miami).   Seven of the eight seeds are from the power conferences (Big East [3 teams], Big Ten [2 teams], SEC [1 team], ACC [1 team], Missouri Valley [1 team]).  Congratulations to all of the Elite Eight teams (especially the two from the Big Ten, yes, I’m a bit biased on this one) . . . good luck this weekend as we see who will proceed to the Final Four next week.

The Midwest Region:
Louisville (#1) defeated Oregon (#12)
Duke (#2) defeated Michigan State (#3)

The South Region:
Michigan (#4) defeated Kansas (#1) in overtime
Florida (#3) defeated Florida Gulf Coast (#15)

The East:
Syracuse (#4) defeated Indiana (#1)
Marquette (#3) defeated Miami (#2)

The West:
Wichita State (#9) defeated La Salle (#13)
Ohio State (#2) defeated Arizona (#6)

Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

March 29, 2013

On those days when you are crunched for time and want a quick and easy recipe for dinner, try this pretzel-crusted chicken.  Cook up some wild rice and throw together a salad and this one’s sure to please.

PRETZEL-CRUSTED CHICKEN

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz each)
¼ cup honey mustard
8 thin slices deli ham
1 Tbsp butter, melted
½ cup crushed pretzels

Cut horizontal slit one side of each chicken breast half to within ½ in. of the opposite side.  Spread honey mustard inside each pocket; stuff with two ham slices.

Place in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish.  Brush with butter; sprinkle with pretzels.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

Restrain Yourself!

March 28, 2013

127Here we are in the middle of March Madness and ready to continue down the Road to the Final Four.  We start the weekend with sixteen teams and by Sunday evening, only four will remain.  And despite our best efforts, we must strive to remain halcyon . . . for where the alma mater is concerned, we are still quite susceptible to corybantic behavior from time to time.  Good luck to all the Big Ten teams this weekend (but especially the Michigan State Spartans . . . Go Green!).

corybantic

\kawr-uhban-tik, kor-\, adjective;

frenzied; agitated; unrestrained

I’ve Got It All Planned!

March 27, 2013

While I’m certainly capable of an occasional act of spontaneity (and do enjoy them from time to time), I’m definitely comfortable with, and more frequently described as being, the kind of person who really enjoys having everything planned out to the very last detail.  As the below quotation seems to indicate, it might be possible to plan too much.  Hmm, something to ponder.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned in order to have the life that is waiting for us.”   — Joseph Campbell

How To Make A Difference!

March 26, 2013

Following years of research, analysis, testing and evaluation, the National Institute of Justice has produced a list outlining the five things that law enforcement executives can do to make a difference.  For an in-depth look at these things, check out the full article here.

  1. Crime is rarely random; patrols shouldn’t be either.
  2. Quality is more important than speed.
  3. DNA works for property crimes, too.
  4. In police work, perceptions matter.
  5. Make officer safety and wellness and priority.

Seems simple enough.

How Sweet It Is!

March 25, 2013

127College basketball’s Sweet Sixteen, that is.  What a great weekend of college basketball!  The Michigan State Spartans had an excellent game and made the cut as did three other Big Ten teams (Indiana, Ohio State, and Michigan).  History was made this year as the very first #15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast) has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  Of the top four seeds, we have already lost one #1 seed (Gonzaga), one #2 seed (Georgetown), one #3 seed (New Mexico), and two 4 seeds (Kansas State and Saint Louis).  The lower seeds that remain: one #6 seed (Arizona), one #9 seed (Wichita State), one #12 seed (Oregon), one #13 seed (La Salle), and one #15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast).  Congratulations to all of the Sweet Sixteen teams . . . good luck next week.

The Midwest Region:
Louisville (#1) defeated Colorado State (#8)
Oregon (#12) defeated Saint Louis (#4)
Michigan State (#3) defeated Memphis (#6)
Duke (#2) defeated Creighton (#7)

The South Region:
Kansas (#1) defeated  North Carolina (#9)
Michigan (#4) defeated VCU (#5)
Florida (#3) defeated Minnesota (#11)
Florida Gulf Coast (#15) defeated San Diego State (#7)

The East:
Indiana (#1) defeated Temple (#9)
Syracuse (#4) defeated California (#12)
Marquette (#3) defeated Butler (#6)
Miami (#2) defeated Illinois (#7)

The West:
Wichita State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#1)
La Salle (#13) defeated  Ole Miss (#12)
Arizona (#6) defeated Harvard (#14)
Ohio State (#2) defeated Iowa State (#10)

Revelation!

March 24, 2013

revelationdemotivatorStonehenge, ever a mystery.  What is the true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring, prehistoric monument? We may never know for sure, but one thing is certain: Stonehenge never fails to impress.  I was fortunate enough to have been afforded the opportunity to visit during the spring of 1992 (I paid a visit to Avebury as well as Stonehenge).  All in all, a phenomenal experience.  Here is the www.despair.com take on this monument (demotivator) . . . and regardless of the irreverent handling of this topic (my apologies in advance), a great picture of Stonehenge.   For more information on the history and research surrounding Stonehenge, check out this link.

The Field Has Been Halved!

March 23, 2013

127Following the first two days of the tournament (not counting the “play-in” games), the field has now been reduced to 32 teams.  By Sunday evening, we will be down to the Sweet Sixteen.  Already we’ve seen some pretty exciting basketball . . . upsets, close calls, blowouts, Cinderellas . . . this is what makes the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament such an entertaining experience. The Michigan State Spartans were able to advance and will face Memphis later today for their shot at the Sweet Sixteen. Go Green! Here is the list of “survivors”  (so far) and their seeding by region (six of the seven Big Ten teams have survived thus far).  As for the top seeds (#1 through #4), all of the #1 seeds remain, but only three each of the #2, #3, and #4 seeds are still alive and there are eight double-digit seeds that have managed to advance.  Let the madness continue!

The Midwest Region:
Louisville (#1) defeated NC AT&T (#16)
Colorado State (#8) defeated Missouri (#9)
Oregon (#12) defeated Oklahoma State (#5)
Saint Louis (#4) defeated New Mexico State (#13)
Memphis (#6) defeated Saint Mary’s (#11)
Michigan State (#3) defeated Valparaiso (#14)
Creighton (#7) defeating Cincinnati (#10)
Duke (#2) defeating Albany (#15)

The South Region:
Kansas (#1) defeated Western Kentucky (#16)
North Carolina (#9) defeated Villanova (#9)
VCU (#5) defeated Akron (#12)
Michigan (#4) defeated South Dakota State University (#13)
Minnesota (#11) defeated UCLA (#6)
Florida (#3) defeated Northwestern State (#14)
San Diego State (#7) defeated Oklahoma (#10)
Florida Gulf Coast (#15) defeated Georgetown (#2)

The East:
Indiana (#1) defeated James Madison (#16)
Temple (#9) defeated North Carolina State (#8)
California (#12) defeated UNLV (#5)
Syracuse (#4) defeated Montana (#13)
Butler (#6) defeated Bucknell (#11)
Marquette (#3) defeated Davidson (#14)
Illinois (#7) defeated Colorado (#10)
Miami (#2) defeated Pacific (#15)

The West:
Gonzaga (#1) defeated Southern (#16)
Wichita State (#9) defeated Pittsburgh (#8)
Ole Miss (#12) defeated Wisconsin (#5)
La Salle (#13) defeated Kansas State (#4)
Arizona (#6) defeated Belmont (#11)
Harvard (#14) defeated New Mexico (#3)
Iowa State (#10) defeated Notre Dame (#7)
Ohio State (#2) defeated Iona (#15)