Wednesday, February 27, 2013

So Long, Mrs. Crowe...

Today in Cincinnati, they say farewell to Mrs. Anne Crowe, nothing less than amazing teacher, and one of the best I experienced in my school years. She passed away last Friday. I was in her 8th grade Civics and Ohio History classes at St. Bartholomew School.

I was like Horshack, the over-eager kid from "Welcome Back, Kotter," looking to participate at every turn. She knew I had a serious interest in current events, government, and history, and she encouraged it. (However, I do remember one day, discussing current events, she asked a question. I put my hand up...and she said, "Does someone OTHER than Bob know the answer?")

Mrs. Crowe was passionate about her work, energetic, and very funny. It was a joy to be in her class every day and I learned a lot. Good preparation for high school, too.

The news is sad...another link to the past who is gone now. My thoughts are with her family and all who knew her. I regret I can't be there for the Mass of Christian Burial today. But I am spending some time remembering her and talking about it with friends.

But I can's not goodbye, Mrs. Crowe. We'll see you later.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Learning to Ride Without Training Wheels

My six-year old son has been asking to take the training wheels off his bike. We had a nice day weather-wise today, so we decided it was time to give it a try.

I was there to hold on and catch him. He was able to go a few feet before tipping over. There was a lot of "I can't do this." I told him he shouldn't say that, because if he does, then he'll never learn. I also found myself getting impatient.

It's funny. I thought back to how, in various endeavors, I myself said "I can't do this." And yet, when I kept at it and put my mind to it, I could. I remembered back to early 1987, when, as a 16-year old, my father was trying to teach me to drive stick shift. There was a lot of "I can't do this" then on my part, too. I frustrated him, a lot.

But, somehow, I kept at it, and got the hang of it. Now, all these years later, I find myself telling my son not to give up, to keep practicing, and that he can do it. I have to tell him what I have to still remind myself to do.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Incredible Story Worth Sharing

Friends, meet Bryan Ganey. He has an incredible and inspiring story to tell.

I first met Bryan about 15 years ago when we both worked in local radio. He's a sharp, funny guy, and a good friend. We keep in touch regularly, even though he now lives in another state.

He has lost almost 300 pounds, all through his own diligent efforts and lifestyle changes. Bryan is documenting his journey, and is now getting worldwide media attention for his efforts.

I could stand to take a page or two from his playbook.

Read, learn, and be inspired!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Time to Unplug a Little More?

A friend of mine wrote the following piece, and it is good food for thought.

Going Off the Mobile Grid

Technology can be a wonderful thing, but lately, I've wondered if it is possible to become too connected. Much as I enjoy Facebook, for example, it can be a black hole of wasted time. Sure, Words with Friends is fun. I enjoy catching up with family and friends, especially those I've not seen in so long. And yet, I've started to become either bored or annoyed with Facebook. Can't pinpoint that one, at least not now.

Some of it might just this information I really need to know? Where family and close friends are concerned, that answer is likely "yes," or at least it's nice to know. But Facebook and sites like it give us an even bigger venue to "let it all hang out." That part of it, I am starting to conclude, is just not that useful. There are some things I'd rather not know.

I'm not saying I'd ever totally unplug. I wouldn't like that and I am not sure there's a practical way of going back. Where family is concerned, I absolutely want them to be able to reach me whenever, wherever. But my friend Gery is right on point. Sometimes a little less connectivity and a little more in the way of human interaction and meaningful activity would do us all some good.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Time to hit the reset button...

Funny thing...I hit the reset button on this blog more than 6 years ago. I haven't consistently used it since 2010. Mainly it's because I didn't have the time to maintain it, and for what it's worth, Facebook had become my blogging space, for pictures, news, things that irritate and inspire me, etc.

Lately, though, I've been craving to do some kind of journal, one that would be in a forum not necessarily as wide open as Facebook. Sure, anything on the internet is "out there," but these blogs, as least as I've run them,  seem a little less so. If people find them, I am happy to have the readership and the give-and-take of debate.

So it was time to remake this space a bit. I've kept some of the old elements, including links to news and other sites I enjoy. I'll be adding to those over time, too.

What else will I post? Who knows?. But I do like the new title I've chosen for this blog. It sums things up well: And so it goes...