“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.”


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

School asks deaf preschooler to change his sign language name

Three-and-a-half  year old Hunter Spanjer, who is deaf, signs his name by crossing his forefinger and index finger and moving his hand up and down.
To his family, friends and those who know the Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) language that the Grand Island, Neb., boy uses, that gesture uniquely means "Hunter Spanjer."

But to Hunter's school district, it might mean something else. The district claims that it violates a rule that forbids anything in the school that looks like a weapon, reports KOLN-TV.

And Hunter's parents claim that Grand Island Public Schools administrators have asked them to change their son's sign language name.

"Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous," Hunter's grandmother Janet Logue told the TV station. "This is not threatening in any way."

Hunter's father Brian Spanjer said, "It's a symbol. It's an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E."
The family told KOLN that lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf may push for Hunter's right to sign his name at the school.

Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson told KOLN, "We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child."
One Grand Island resident said she disagrees with the school.

"I find it very difficult to believe that the sign language that shows his name resembles a gun in any way would even enter a child's mind," Fredda Bartenbach said in the news report.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Silas went to practice archery at the Nelsonville Public Library

It happened today

 1927 - Philo Taylor Farnsworth achieves the first fully electronic television

 And now we can do this!!!

1921 - The first Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey


 Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America in 1921.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Did you know?

This is why headbanging is NOT such a great idea.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The night sky - perseid meteor shower peak

August 12, 2012 in the World

The maximum of the Perseid activity in 2012 is expected during the night of the 12th August 2012. The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.The visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth's atmosphere is called a meteor, or colloquially a shooting star or falling star. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky.

These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. (From: Wikipedia, license: CCA-SA)

Northern hemisphere World


Sunday, the 12th of August 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Did you know?

Silas saw this happen at the Physics Show at Ohio University! It was really cool!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Silas helped me out at the Good Will Luau

 Silas and I had the privilege of working with the folks at Good Will from Logan, Ohio at their big Luau party. I was the official photographer and Silas helped me out and then was able to get some dancing in!

 Silas posing with some of the photo cutouts we had in the photo room.

 A photo of me... Si's mama.

Silas dancing with some of the clients from Good Will. These great folks sure love dancing!

Our photo set up. Thanks for your help sweetheart!

Friday, August 3, 2012


Ahhh... look at this. No, this is not me. But those COULD be my feet someday and the view some day could be mind. Or something somewhat like this.

I have a BFF who needs a weekend in a tent. I just wish I had the time to get us there... cause right now, I'd love to sit (with said BFF) and enjoy the beautiful view.

Sigh.... maybe next year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Did you know???

The symbol on the pound key (#) is called an Octothorpe.