Monthly Archives: February 2012

Old Wives’ Tales: Do you believe them?

Tonight was an interesting night at our small group Bible study. After Bible study, the ladies in the group wanted to take guesses at what the gender of my baby is (we’re supposed to find out March 2 for sure).

Initially, some ladies were saying, “it’s a boy.” All of the guys said it is a boy, but maybe that’s just a “guy thing” (although one claims to have never been wrong in like 6 years).

But next comes the strange part–a needle. Yes, a metal needle on a string. Hesitantly, I submitted to these ladies’ “scientific” testing ;). It’s a girl one would shout, then, NO IT’S A BOY. More than not the needle indicated by circling round and round that the baby is a girl. They did a control test with a non-pregnant person to confirm that the needle remained still.

So what do I know now? That it could be a boy or a girl. 🙂 I guess we will find out on Friday which team wins.

So what are your thoughts? Do you believe the wives’ tales?


The Elephant in the room

Photo by Nick Brandt

Some interesting facts that I didn’t know about elephants are that they are the largest land animal in the world, female elephants stay in female only clans (mother, daughter, aunt, etc) while the male remains solitary, their tusks are actually their incisors and not all females have them, those that have avoided extinction are the Asian elephant (aka Indian elephant), the African forest elephant, and the African bush elephant, the gestation period for an elephant is 22 months, and if you want to buy someone an elephant as a gift, 🙂 then you need to buy it on the day of their birth because they live to be 50-70 years old (the oldest was 82).

For more details and beautiful pictures, go to the SOURCE of this post: Twisted Sifter -Photo by Nick Brandt

How ’bout a little trivia?

This question was written by Shannon Doyne. It comes from the ArtsBeat blog post “‘The Scream’ Heads for the Auction Block.”

Which of these sentences is free of error?
A. Besides being one of the most recognizable images in art history, “The Scream’’ is also one of the most often stole.
B. Besides being one of the most recognizable images in art history, “The Scream’’ is also one of the most often stealed.
C. Besides being one of the most recognizable images in art history, “The Scream’’ is also one of the most often stolen.
D. Besides being one of the most recognizable images in art history, “The Scream’’ is also one of the most often stoled.

After reading over your options, click the SOURCE: NY Times Learning Network and make your selection. Click “Submit Answer” to check your accuracy.

Googling around…

Google Logo 02/22/12 Tribute to Heinrich Hertz

I don’t know about you, but when I log into my computer each morning, my browser loads to Google. Google is my preferred search engine, and maybe in part because of their humor.

This morning, I couldn’t help but smile when I noticed the image here (of course it’s animated on Google’s page, so check it out) because you really never know what those characters are going to do with their logo. Of course as usual, when I see an altered Google image, I click the image to read who they are paying a tribute to for that day.

Today’s tribute goes to Heinrich Hertz who is responsible for proving the existence of electromagnetic waves. Of course this information has gone on to contribute to all sorts of electronic devices. Hertz died at the very young age of 36 from Wegener’s Granulomatosis.


What I found very interesting was the fact that his nephew and great nephew also made huge contributions to the field of science. The contribution that caught my eye (and heart) was that of his great nephew Carl Hellmuth Hertz who invented medical ultrasonography. The reason this is so special to me is because I am expecting my first child, after years and years of believing I could not conceive.

For a family who has accepted that they would never have a child, this image was completely breathtaking, hugely emotional, and life changing.

I am very thankful to the work of the Hertz family and join with Google in making my blog a tribute to his work and the work of those he influenced along the way.


What is your passion?

Have you ever been able to answer this question? For years, the answer eluded me. Then one day, I realized at least part of the answer. Education. I have been on both sides of the desk, and I truly love both sides. I was the student few people understand who looked forward to school (for the most part).

In high school, I think my passion was more social. I was the social butterfly. When I returned to finish my degree in college later in my life, passion found me. I loved learning. I was completely engaged when learning new things. The wonderful thing is that I was also engaged when teaching new things. Since each semester would yield a whole class of fresh minds, the passion could be renewed each semester. Yet, I couldn’t say that teaching was solely my passion.

But with this portion of the question answered, why did I feel like I had still not found my passion? We are multidimensional beings. I couldn’t answer the question with merely “education.” There was so much more to me than that. My love of writing, use of my creativity, love of technology, and communicating with people through all means possible (including social networks which I completely enjoy)–I found that this list (most likely still not complete) makes it difficult for me to express my passion in a simple phrase.

Perhaps I’ve known the answer all the time. You may have known the answer to your question of passion. Is it as complex as you are? If so, embrace it. Write it out in your terms. Keep rewriting it until you find a way to simplify the statement for others. I am going to work on simplifying my statement and amend this post at a later time with my statement of passion. I’d love for you to share you statement with us through the comments. I hope you will.

Don’t Ignore Your Heart! Take Care of You!!

Leading Causes of Death in Women (2008)

Of the women who died in 2008, one in four women dies from heart disease. It’s the #1 killer of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It also strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age.

Number of Deaths* – Heart Disease, 305,630
Number of Deaths* – Stroke, 80,620
Number of Deaths* – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 71,760
Number of Deaths* – Lung Cancer, 70,070
Number of Deaths* – Breast Cancer, 40,590
Number of Deaths* – Diabetes, 35,210

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Unpublished NHLBI tabulation of 2008 mortality data.

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What do you consider a bird?

My husband ran across this picture today on Facebook. It was posted by Photojojo who got it from Twisted Sifter, and I’m sure that list goes on because this is an incredible photo. It is a multiple exposure photo taken of take-offs from the airport. The author of this work of art is Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu.

I was drawn to this photo because it is time for The Great Backyard Bird Count February 17-20, 2012. My question is, jesting of course, what do you consider a bird? We’ve frequently referred to airplanes as birds, so if this was your backyard, how many birds could you count?

How ’bout a little trivia?


Here’s a little math trivia for you this morning. My brain feels a little foggy because of this foggy, rainy weather we are having in the southeast. I look for anything to help me stay alert and ready for my day.

Source: NY Times Learning Blog



According to the article, on average, women have 8 percent more Facebook friends than men and account for 62 percent of activity on Facebook. If x represents the number of friends the average male Facebook user has, which expression below describes the average number of friends per female user?

A. 1.08x

B. 0.08x

C. 1+.08x

D. 0.92x

E. 8x

After you have made your selection, you can click here for the answer.

Organic food @ cheaper prices?

USDA Organic Logo

The U.S. made an agreement with Europe to accept the guidelines for what is considered organic to be imported and exported starting June 1, 2012. I wonder if that will provide more supply, considering we will start receiving organic food from Europe, and lower the prices of organic food. I know that it is definitely a great move for our organic farmers.

organic food person, but when there is something that is comparable in taste and price to non-organic food, I do tend to make the (assumed) healthier choice and buy organic. Probably the biggest reason I don’t eat organic more frequently is price. It’s always been the rule that eating healthy is far more expensive than not. Although, I guess if you factor in the cost of weight loss and doctor bills for health problems of not eating healthy, you may find that is simply a myth.

European Commission Organic Logo

Fortunately, there was one exception to the guidelines. Sick animals that are treated with antibiotics cannot be considered organic (which is still practiced in some places in Europe but not the U.S.). I can’t help but wonder though, how do you “organically” treat a sick animal? Hmmm…maybe they just mean that the treated animal has to be sold in the general market and not organic section.

So, we may start seeing the organic section of our grocery stores grow in size. It will be an interesting development to keep an eye on.

For the full story, check out this link on NPR…the source of this info.

The beginning of it all…

Or, at least the beginning of this blog. For those of you who will follow me, this blog is being kept as a social environment for me to explore all of the many topics and subjects available out there–just for fun! Yep, just for fun. I’m not looking to make money with this blog. I’m interested in just having a good time learning, sharing, and being social.

If you need a place to relax, come on in. Kick back and post away. If you are interested in contributing (you know, you want to write an article here and there but don’t want to commit for a whole blog for yourself), then let’s talk. I’ll be happy to discuss the possibility with you. Great things happen when collaboration is involved.

So until my first “official” post, hope you’re having a great time out there and learning along the way!!

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