Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Design

America:  Sculpture by Will Ryman

The barn swallow is found all over the world and it's the most common swallow of them all.

This morning, Husbandman and I woke up early and sneaked out of the house.  #1 Son is home for a visit and we had musicians sleeping in all the rooms, hither, thither and yon. We figured they wanted their morning sleep because that's how musicians seem to be we've noticed.

So like I already said we sneaked out and we went to breakfast.  Then we browsed through our local book store.  I bought a book called Designing Your Life:  How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.  I actually feel I'm living well and joyfully most of the time, but maybe there are a few tips in there that could be game changers.  Who's to say?

  Then we went to Leonard Springs and took a hike.  We saw the barn swallows zipping about over the sludgey pond.  I'm pretty sure they were barn swallows.  Maybe they were swifts.  Or house martins.  Who knows?

Now it's time for me to get back to editing the book.  I have ten files and two weeks.  This is my last chance to make changes.  Husbandman has strongly suggested that I not make changes, but there are always a few sentences that need tweaking here and there.  On Friday, the publisher also sent me a PDF with some samples of the book's design---the cover and some of the inside pages.  I can't wait for all of you to see it.  I think the book looks splendid so far.  I'm so freaking excited!!!!

Basically this is turning out to be a damned good Sunday.
Monday, you've got a hard act to follow, my friend.  And big shoes to fill.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Fuel

We had 7 hours of standardized testing this week and it wasn't much fun.  I am not pleased with the whole standardization machine. If you love standardized testing, I'm sorry, but I think you're insane and possibly dangerous.  So please seek help.  If you hate standardized testing as do I, please know that this week of testing added even more fuel to my fire of hatred.  We haters of the testing are in the right.  All others are wrong. Society, please stop all standardized testing of school kids.  All of the Thirdlanders are fabulous in all ways.  Every single one. We defy your scorish findings that try to tell us otherwise.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Flaw

 I don't have a good closing game when I'm on the phone.  I often hang up on the person when they're still talking.  It's weird because it seems like I'm hanging up at an appropriate time, during a pause.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The The

The conundrum of the Saturday morning.  The free time stretches out ahead of me.  How should I spend the free time?  We're talking about the possible hike and the likely picnic.  But what do we predict about the destination?  The Cedar Bluffs hike has the patches of the wildflowers this time of the year.  The new peninsula hike has the great views of the lake and sometimes the eagles appear.  There's the hike in McCormick's Creek where you can check out the remnants of the Old State House quarry.  That last one might be the ticket because we are presently studying the Indiana limestone with The Thirdlanders.  Did you know that if you drop the chunk of the limestone into the beaker of the vinegar it will start the fizzing?  That's because it has the calcium carbonate.  I will now share the interesting facts about the limestone from the WIKIPEDIA.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coralforams and molluscs. Its major materials are the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate(CaCO3).
About 10% of sedimentary rocks are limestones. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to karst landscapes, in which water erodes the limestone over thousands to millions of years. Most cave systems are through limestone bedrock.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The Comments


Well, the book covers arrived yesterday.  The same cover comes in 3 different colors.  I think I like the green one best.  I'm going to ask The Thirdlanders what they think.  As usual, I'm hesitant to decide.  In short, I like them all.

The book title is surrounded by brief statements that an editor might make to a writer.  These have been put in there just as place holders.  I have to replace these with new statements this weekend.  Husbandman, ever helpful, thinks that comments like, "Rubbish!" and "What is this monkey business?"  should be added to the cover.  I wonder what the team would think if I sent them a cover full of rude comments for kids?  Too bad it's not April Fools Day any more.  That could have been a good prank.  PSYCHE!


Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Apology


As we walked in to the classroom, small Thirdlander looked up at me and said, "We've got a salamander."  I ignored him as I tried to direct the Thirdlanders toward a calm transition from recess to silent reading. After a minute, I came to my senses and said, "Is there a salamander somewhere in this classroom?"  Bouncy Thirdlander came running up, squirming salamander in hand.  "I didn't bring it in, but here it is."  I directed him to return it to the wilds of the playground and then I lectured about not bringing wild animals into the building.  Disappointed in my reaction, several Thirdlanders hostilely glared and scowled at me.

An hour later we were back outside for an extra recess.  I told the Thirdlanders that now I would like to see a salamander and I would like to take a photo of one.  I regretted those words as Thirdlanders began wildly flipping over logs and rocks near the creek.  Within seconds, all the searchers had at least one salamander and some Thirdlanders held three to four.  It was kind of horrific.  I took some photos and then asked the Thirdlanders to stop bothering the salamanders.  There was no stopping these salamander hunters at this point. They were in their glory.

Sorry, Salamanders.  I'll do better next time.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Worms

A Thirdlander asked me yesterday to help her with worm rescue during recess.  There was a puddle on the blacktop, brimming with writhing worms. The Thirdlander said, "When this puddle dries up, these worms will die.  Let's move them."  Luckily I had a pencil with me and come to find out, a pencil is an excellent tool for moving a worm.  We moved all the worms.  There were probably a couple dozen.  I wonder if those worms made it. The Thirdlander asked me on one of our last runs, "What do you think about what we're doing?  Do you think this is a good way to spend recess?"  I told her I was glad some of the worms might live, but I definitely wasn't having the time of my life.  She seemed okay with that.  Come to find out, worms have small brains.  They're probably doing the best they can.If you get a chance, rescue a worm today.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Shots

My editor asked me last week, "Can you send us some headshots for the book and the webpage?"  Lucky for me, I know an A1 photographer whose name is Goodwoman.  She's going to take my headshots soon. THANK YOU GOODWOMAN!

I'm thinking about ways to make the headshots unique.  You know I'm creative that way.  I'm going to suggest that Goodwoman come over to the house early one morning and get some headshots of me while I'm sound asleep in my bed.  Later, we'll get a few of my head in the shower, as I'm shampooing.  Those are the two ideas I've come up with so far.

I want the headshots to be friendly, professional, tell a bit about me as a person, and also be surprising, catch people off guard, so to speak.  Maybe Goodwoman can get a headshot of me applying bright red lipstick to my lips. I don't usually wear make up, so that could leave people wondering about what's going on.

I'll keep you posted on the headshots.