Life's like that!

April 20, 2005

Word of the Day

Not friendly, sociable, or warm in manner: aloof, chill, chilly, cool, distant, offish, remote, reserved, reticent, solitary, unapproachable, uncommunicative, undemonstrative, withdrawn. See ATTITUDE, HOT.

April 19, 2005

Poem: I keep six honest serving-men

Poem by Rudyard Kipling
following the story "Elephant's Child" in "Just So Stories"

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes
One million Hows, Two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!


You Know You're From Texas If...

You Know You're From Texas If:

1. You can properly pronounce Corsicana, Palestine, Decatur, Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Mexia,Waco, and Amarillo.

2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.

4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.

5. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

7. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.

8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

10. You measure distance in minutes.

11. You refer to the capital of Texas as "home of the Longhorns."

12. It doesn't bother you to use an airport named fora man who died in an airplane crash.

13. Little Smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.

14. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.

15. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.

16. You know cowpies are not made of beef.

17. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

18. You have known someone who has had one belt bucklebigger than your fist.

19. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.

20. You know which state Miam-uh is in.......and which states Miam-ee is in.

21. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.

22. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.

23. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A FordF350 4x4 is.

24. You know everything goes better with Ranch.

25. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

26. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin' " to send them to your friends.

Finally, you are 100% Texan if you have ever heard this conversation:"You wanna coke?"


"What kind?"

"Dr. Pepper."


Clam Dip

Clam dip is made with minced clams, sour cream, garlic, and other ingredients.

1 can (8 ounces) clams (minced or chopped coarsely)
1 clove garlic, cut in half or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
8 ounces sour cream or *8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons or a dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup mayonaise
1/2 tsp basil
2 Tsp clam juice
salt and pepper to taste
drop or two of Tabasco sauce (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Add more or less clam juice depending on consistency that you want.

*If cream cheese is used, blend all ingredients except clams. Add clam last and blend coarsely.


April 14, 2005

Word of the Day
me·a cul·pa ( P ) (m klp, m)n.
An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.
[Latin me culp, through my fault : me, feminine ablative of meus, my + culp, ablative of culpa, fault.]

April 13, 2005

The Critical Thinking Community

Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions. After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.
Whereas society commonly promotes values laden with superficial, immediate "benefits," critical thinking cultivates substance and true intellectual discipline. Critical thinking asks much from us, our students, and our colleagues. It entails rigorous self-reflection and openmindedness - the keys to significant changes.

Critical thinking requires the cultivation of core intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility. Nothing of real value comes easily; a rich intellectual environment - alive with curious and determined students - is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process.

April 05, 2005

Secret of a long happy marriage

Secret of a long happy marriage

A couple was celebrating their Golden wedding anniversary on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Their domestic tranquility had long been theTalk of the town.

"What a peaceful & loving couple."

A local newspaper reporter inquired as to the secret of their long and happy marriage."
Well, it dates back to our honeymoon in America," explained the man. "We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by horse. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's horse stumbled and she almost fell off. My wife looked down at the horse and quietly said, "That's once."

We proceeded a little further and the horse stumbled again, this time causing her to drop her water.

Once more my wife quietly said, "That's twice." We hadn't gone a half-mile when the horse stumbled for a third time. My wife quietly removed a revolver from her pack and shot the horse dead.

I shouted at her, "What's wrong with you, Woman! Why did you shoot the poor animal like that? Are you crazy?"

She looked at me, and quietly said, "That's once. And from that moment we have lived happily ever after."


April 01, 2005

Europe vs Italy