Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Household, Family & Friends 7 - Alex earns Life Scout

Household, Family & Friends 7 - Alex earns Life Scout

His Grandpa takes a moment to be proud of his Grandson.
Just received this photo via Facebook of Alex Rathsack earning designation as Life Scout.
Had to share! Congratulations!! ;-)

Think Positive, Do Good! ;-)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Household, Family & Friends 6 - Have your Facebook Friends changed over the past year?

Household, Family & Friends 6
Have your Facebook Friends changed over the past year?

Back on January 3, when I first posted under this HFF theme, my oldest daughter, Annette, responded to the Facebook comment this way, which I thought was very useful:

“I find that Facebook serves three purposes:
1) Essential connections with my immediate family through personal pages as well as "closed" group page.
2) Important connections with close friends and family through sharing photos and keeping in touch.
3) Informal connections with acquaintances and others from my past. Not essential, but still lots of fun.
Each serves a different function, but is an easy way to stay in touch.”

First, do you agree with this assessment, or do you find you use Facebook differently (assuming you use Facebook at all, of course!)?

Second, do you feel you use Facebook differently now than you did, say, a year ago? How? Why?

Third, do you find you are spending more or less time on Facebook now than you did a year ago?

Finally, have the friends you regularly follow and communicate with via Facebook changed from a year ago? How? Why? Have you given it any thought? Has it been intentional?

Think about it. Share your thoughts.

Please use the Comments below, or Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, to let us hear from you.

Will you take the opportunity to leave a comment? Hope so! ;-)

Think Positive, Do Good! ;-)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Community - What Happened - 65,844,610 asked

What Happened - 65,844,610 asked

I just finished reading the book “What Happened.”

If you are one who voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton and you really wanted (want) to know, you really need to read this book. It is a very pleasant and satisfying read if you voted for her, or now wish you had. Put aside what you may have read, seen, or heard in your favorite (or other) media. You do need to read the book, in her own words, written from the heart. You will learn many things you will wish you had heard during the campaign that got drowned out by the mess that was the campaign.

She clearly admits all the mistakes she made as a candidate. Let’s start there. The important thing, now, is where do we go, from here. How do we fix the mistake for our country that came about via the Electoral College vote versus the popular vote?

Each of us has had a lot of time to think about this, by now, I’m sure. I certainly have. I’m reminded every day of the key principles of government that I thought were fixed, that are being eroded, torn away, torn apart, each and every day of the current administration. We each need to be active in our own way to work on this…every day.

I’ve spoken some about this in earlier posts. This blog was created as a platform for this dialogue. I’ve been away for awhile, but, in coming weeks, I’ll be sharing what I’ve been reading (this book and otherwise) and what I think we should be doing to make our lives, and our country, better. This is one thing I can do. It will be up to you to decide what you can do. I invite you to join me on this journey.

More on this later, but, in closing, in the words of HRC:

“Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Annette - 1960

Happy Birthday, Annette

Nancy holding Annette, our oldest daughter, at two weeks... in Ames, Iowa.

Slides from that period, especially cheaper film, it seems, are starting to deteriorate. Got most of them scanned a couple of years ago, but a bit late, on some of them... Ah, the memories, though!!! ;-)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Remembering PhD Study Days - early 1990s

Throwback Thursday
Remembering PhD Study Days - early 1990s

I came across this photo recently that brought back a lot of memories to me. I believe I was starting on my dissertation, perhaps '93... we had moved to a small apartment near campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, from our house in the suburbs, so I could concentrate on finishing my degree.

Pretty heavy reading ahead, it appears. Even as Christmas approached. What fun?!?!?! ;-)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throw-way-back Thursday - Another world of the early 1940s

Throw-way-back Thursday
Another world of the early 1940s

Roy Rogers and Lash LaRue at the local Lyric theater on Saturday were the 'heroes.'
Long before television. West-central Iowa farm community - look at that tractor and that barn.
Cousins played together on Sunday, after church...on the farm, or in small town...perhaps that hasn't changes so much...what was your experience??
Mom and Dad worried about sugar rations and such from a war, far, far way; hoped the boys came back safe... but, otherwise, it was a good life. What do you think?

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Photo: Cousin Kathleen - Bill - Cousin Karen, my buddies!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 2001

Throwback Thursday - 2001
Sixteen Years ago the week

At Ben and Arrion's wedding, in Springfield, Illinois... Blues Brothers glasses, I think, and doing the YMCA dance, among others... not my normal activities, for sure... one good time!!