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Climate Change. ??

Bradford Pear (tree) in my side yard

December 11, 2009 Tree still has leaves

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is in progress in Copenhagen.

The Conference runs December 7 to 18, 2009.  We will see what the results will be at its’ conclusion.

There is much argument over costs to combat climate change.   Pay now or pay later.  Unbelievably, there are those that say what is or is not going on is not caused by human activity.  End of an Ice Age??  Cyclical Sun activity???  Random weather patterns????     ……. too many humans?

Here is my little contribution to climate change observation.  I have lived in my current house for ten years.  I live in coastal Virginia, USA.  This tree in my side yard has never had leaves in December.

Here is a link to the USA EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) climate change website.  Check it out.  See what you can do to make a difference.


Narrator at General’s Promotion

September 29, 2009 – Promotion Ceremony for General Mark P. Hertling.
My participation, as Narrator, in the promotion ceremony was a lot of fun.  I was not as nervous as I thought I might be; however, practice helped with that.  Army Major General Mark P. Hertling received another star (total of three) to become a Lieutenant General at Fort Monroe’s Army Training and Doctrine Command.  The ceremony was hosted by General Martin Dempsey, the Commanding General for US Army Training and Doctrine Command .  What a grand ceremony it was.  Fifteen gun salute – loud!  Presenting of the ‘Battle Flag’ – symbolic.  Their pomp & circumstance tradition plays a great role in the military’s organization.  I was impressed.
Nancy at Narrator's stand
Nancy at Narrator’s stand
Fort Monroe TRADOC Band setting up for ceremony
Fort Monroe TRADOC Band setting up for ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
Before ceremony
My script at the lecturn
My script at the lecturn
General Hertling in the receiving line
General Hertling in the receiving line
Smoked salmon
Smoked salmon
Lamb chops
Lamb chops
Steamed shrimp
Steamed shrimp
The moat at Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
The moat at Fort Monroe

The ceremony reception was held at the Casemate Museum.  **If you have not visited that museum, you should.  You get an idea of the conditions of the mid 1800’s world.  ~One thing, people were REALLY short~   Lots of historical military artifacts thru-out the maze-like floor plan.  It feels like you’re walking thru a cavern.**  Lets get to the important part – the FOOD WAS GREAT.  Well, one would expect food at a General’s reception to be good.

A great spread with many choices.
I especially liked the perfect lamb chops (lots of folks get this wrong/generally too dry) and the smoked salmon.  The shrimp were a tad small (I shouldn’t complain).  As I departed, I captured this moat image in the oncoming twilight.  Perfect lighting.

Three Minute Fiction

My losing entry is below.  This attempt was my first contest entry; And Fun It Was. I will enter again when the new contest is announced – provided, of course, I can come up with a decent story.

The favorites and the one that won are great.

Here is the link to npr’s three minute fiction webpage.  Cut and paste/the link is not live.

Read the winning entry and the runners up, there are 12.  Last contest had just 5 runners up.
Premise is:  Construct a story that can be read in three minutes or less.
This contest round had a qualifier.  The first sentence had to be: “the nurse left work at five o’clock.”  There were many imaginative variations!

Here is my losing entry:


The Interlude

The nurse left work at five o’clock.  That was just after the nurse finished up in room five twenty-two. It was evening.

She, the other woman in the room, left about twenty-five minutes later.

By leaving, the nurse left her alone, She was alone in the room with him.  A pall seemed to settle in with the waning, evening light.

It’s over., she thought. Finally.

She thought about the bond between them.  Their connections.  The bonds between people change with time and circumstance.  Their bond was still there, nonetheless.  That breathless realization that he will not breathe again enveloped her.   She found it hard to get her breath.  Her frame shook, convulsed sort of, and a great heave of sobs poured out.  Every molecule in her body shook at once, as if it were their last gasp for air.

After a few minutes, it was over.  She felt her body lightened by the rip of emotion.  She was surprised by that.

The door to room five twenty-two opened slightly; she turned her head to the sound.

The funeral people came in.

She left the room.


I can see why it was not a contender:  kind of awkward flow in sentence construction.  Will need to work on that.  Overall, I think the story has some good emotion in it.  NOTE: corrections to this post in red.

Training ~to avoid problems

Guest on PBS's Newshour program

Guest on PBS's Newshour program


Communication problems continue in America.

They escalate into other problems.  The arrest of the Harvard professor is one of those problems.  Is it all about Race?   About ‘who’s in charge here?’  About ‘ruffled feelings?’  About ‘who is supposed to be the ‘Adult’ in the situation?  Misunderstandings gone bad?  If it was between two White people, two Af-Am’s, two Asians or two matched anyones, would the controversy go this far? 

The Chief focuses on the issue at hand, not ‘society’s’ issues.  It is always about how the situation is handled.  Which path gets taken depends on training.   Flaring emotions are a powerful force.  The focus needs to stay on  solving the situation at hand to avoid escalation.  However, it does get down to who is the ‘professional’ in the situation. 

Ray Suarez, of PBS, interviews Joseph Thomas, Jr., Chief, Southfield Police Department, Southfield, Michigan, July 23, 2009 on PBS’s Newshour.

The Chief says “you can talk yourself into a ticket or, worse, getting arrested with a trip to jail.” 

I say:  “You have to watch how you talk to an officer of the law.” (no matter what color YOU are or THEY are – even if your colors match)   In addition, how do you talk to an officer on YOUR property????   Still, Probably, very carefully.

The Chief says: “Training is the key.”   For everyone.  Continuing Education.  Things change.  Society changes.  Everyone needs to update their training.   Continuously.

Read the transcript at NPR:

The Chief is a really smart guy.

Puppet Contest


Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson                           CBS television

The puppet popularity contest continues.    Dateline: July 23, 2009

Puppet Popularity Contest as of July 23, 2009

Puppet Popularity Contest as of July 23, 2009Close up - what the hell is that puppet 3rd from right????

Craig talking about puppet contest

Craig talking about puppet contest

Putting hat on Clam puppet

Putting hat on Clam puppet

Clam puppet with hat

Clam puppet with hat

Clam puppet added to contest
Puppet Contest:
15136     Pig puppet
  7236     Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
   2250     Penguin
      986      ??????
       989     Shark  -beating out whatever the hell is in 4th slot
          20     Alligator
     Off the chart  Clam puppet  (happy as???????  /bad joke)                
Craig scintillates as Puppet Master……

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Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

I am thrilled to get this started!!!  My blog, yay….

I now have to figure out how to set up the background/theme, sidebars, attach links, set tags, etc….  The great thing is that I have actually taken an action step forward….  I still have to read instructions on the additional features to develop artistic qualities, to add interesting links (hopefully interesting to others), etc.  I’m jumping in to the ‘express yourself’ flow… not quite with both feet, but am definately wading in!!!