Monday, January 31, 2005

Today I don't have a lot to say. I had to force myself to go to school today. It snowed and the kids didn't start until 10am. Unfortunately, I didn't know about the late start until I got to the school so I missed out on something I treasure - sleep. Anyhow, by the time I left for school I was really not in the mood to go back out. But, go back out I did.

We discussed, "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" in my lit class. I've read some of it before so I'm familiar with the style. One story leads to another and another AND another etc... In the end you have a bunch of bits that hopefully come together to make something greater than the sum of the bits.

I like Native American literature. It always has a warm spiritual feel to it. It reminds me that my middle class white perspective on life is not the only one or even necessarily the "right" one.

Anyhoo, blog achieved!


Friday, January 28, 2005

Wish List

Well, I've done it. I let most of my friends and family know that this blog was here. For most of the people who know me, they know I'm not very comunicative so something like this must come as quite a shock. I don't know really, that's just my guess - like so many other things... Still and all, I mean to continue. Knowing that people will be looking at this in the coming days, I thought I would make a wish list of sorts of things I think would be very cool or at least good if they happened.

I wish Becci would write more and let people see it(Maybe a BLOG!).
I wish Cher would write more and let people see it(Maybe a BLOG!).
I wish relations with my family were not so... weird.
I'd like to win the lottery.
I'd like to marry Cheryl.
I'd like it if getting married wouldn't screw up my financial aid.
I want to carry a 4.0 average at school.
I want to be a better man.
I'd like some clarity on what to study, aside from Biology, at school.
I'd like to be thin and sveldt again.
I'd like my stepfather to be a-ok and have no problems with his health.
I'd like to talk to my dad one more time.
I want it to be easier for me to communicate with those I care about.
I want my kids to be healthy, safe, and happy.
I'd like more friends like the ones I have.
I wish I had better teeth.
I wish I didn't have 14 books to read in 16 weeks.
I want to get into Medical School (137/yr get in).
I'd like to halt the aging process before I get anymore stiff and forgetful.
I'd like to eat better but still enjoy my food.
I wish my grandmother wasn't crazy.
I wish my aunt wasn't either.
I'd like to talk to my Uncle and not be scared that it would go south in a hurry.
I'd like to talk to my other grandmother more often.
I wish they'd make a once a year multi-vitamin.
I wish we lived in a peaceful world.
I wish I could still eat pizza and ice cream with impunity.
I wish I had more time with my kids.
I'd like to be more accessable to those I love.

Some of those are possible, some fanciful, some just silly but some really matter. I hope, by way of resolution, that I have the means to see some of them done this year.


Thursday, January 27, 2005

01/27/05 - Life Update

School is going well and I'm actually learning things. I'm taking Psychology II, Microeconomics, Intro to Theatre, and Ethnic Diversity in American Literature. The only class I'm worried about is the Literature class. I will say this, it feels like the University demands A LOT more from it's students than some of the other colleges I've attended. I've got 14 books to read in 16 weeks. Busy busy!

The kids are doing well also though this week we've been dealing with some disciplinary issues that threaten to make Cher and I go buggy.

Cher and I are marvelous and trying valiantly to adjust to not seeing each other as much with me in school. I keep reminding myself, "It's an investment in the future." Well, it's late and I'm off to bed since I've got to be up early to take Jade to school so that she can turn in her project without it getting ruined on the bus.


CU In the news again... Ward Churchill

There has been a good deal in the news of late regarding CU Boulder's Chair of ethnic studies, Ward Churchhill. This is his essay ostensibly written on 9-12-01(I've as yet been unable to verify this):

"Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

The section of the essay that is getting the most commentary is as follows - he's referring to the people in the twin towers on 9-11:

Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.

ICK! It honestly scares the hell out of me that we have people like this teaching, let alone being a department chair, at a state funded University. I'm the first to support free speech but, I think calling the victims of 9-11 "little Eichmanns" crosses the line into hate speech.


Sunday, January 23, 2005

Day one first posting

Hello world! This is my first attempt at blogging so bear with me - I will get better... ;-)


Robert C. Seifert - Photo by Paul Weinrauch, 2004 Posted by Hello