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Making Quiet Time

I hope you’ll humor me for a minute as I talk about something I think is pretty important.  I’d like to talk about building quite time into all of our lives.  In the last post I was talking about a hobby I engage in once in a while, and it’s a hobby I could do with a television or radio playing in the background.  I could do it while talking with friends, but I can also do it when everything is quiet.  I’m betting some of you are thinking “So?  What is the big deal?”

Well, it’s a big deal to our kids.  These days they are drowning in sound and activity and if we don’t make an effort to teach them how to enjoy quiet time we are all going to suffer from the constant drone of low grade noise.  Children have a habit of raising their voices until they are heard.  If you have spent any time at all around them, you’ll  know that is true.  If your children can’t settle, or they  can’t talk quietly, or they seem loud all the time it might be a result of the background sound in their world.  We adults have a little bit of control over that especially when children are young.

I’m not telling anyone to stifle a child.  My idea isn’t about restricting children from talking or playing.  I’m not an advocate of “children should be seen and not heard”.  No, I just think we all have to work a little harder to build some peace into our incredibly busy lives.

How do you feel in a noisy space?  How do you feel in a quiet space.  Some of us will feel more anxious in a quiet space than in a space filled with background noise.  But let’s change our perception a bit and let’s imagine you are standing in the middle of a busy street with cars and trucks bustling by and people moving in and around you while they talk to friends, or on cell phones.  And now, let’s imagine being in a park where the only thing you hear is wind blowing through trees causing the branches to creak.  Or think about standing outside on a snowy night, can you imagine the silence pressing on your ears?  Real life is about sound and silence.  Maybe we need to make sure our children appreciate quiet.

What do you think?

love,

mo

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Yarn is Expensive!

Yesterday I decided my fingers needed some activity this winter.  I thought that crocheting a blanket  might be fun so I drove over to Michaels and purchased some yarn.  Oh brother, it is expensive.  I think I paid 4.99 for a skein.  Today I finished that roll and I’ve crocheted enough material for a nice scarf.  Pthehththoeoptth.   A blanket is going to run me close to 40 bucks and that doesn’t include all the time and work.

Oh well, my fingers need the exercise.  It’s like meditation watching the stitches come together.  Maybe I’ll go another skein or so and rip it all out and start over.

If anyone wants an extra wide scarf in pure white let me know 🙂

love,

mo

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Word Test!

I took a word test from the University of Ghent.

Don’t ask me where Ghent is, I have a guess, but since I didn’t invest any time in checking I can’t dare to say.   Anyhow, over at metafilter, which is a site I love, they were discussing this word knowledge test.  So of course I wandered over there to take it.  And guess what?  I did pretty good.  Actually I did great.  My score was 83 percent, which sounds okay, but I also didn’t pretend to know words that weren’t actually words.  If you dare to say a non-word is a word, then they’ll take off some serious points.  So I got NO non-words, and 83 percent right when it came to real words.  I’m pretty proud of myself.

In truth, some of the words they said were “real” I happen to disagree with so I sent them my own opinion on their word list.  My opinion is I probably should have scored higher, but hey, they aren’t in an English speaking country so maybe it’s natural for them to just add endings to words and imagine that they are legitimate.  Like, they said “gran” is a word and it means grandmother.  I didn’t think that was quite fair, because some of the words are words like amanuensis, and epistemology.  I guessed gran wasn’t a word, but I didn’t know they were allowing for words that don’t show up in most dictionaries.

I was playing scrabble with some hard bitten toughs one night, and one of them played the word “za”.  I was  like, “hey dude, that isn’t a real word for anything!”  And they showed me that Scrabble accepts that as a word for pizza.

Sheesh.

If you want to take the word test, hit me up.  I’ll send you the link.

love,

mo

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Pottstown Professionals? Help!

I’ve got a request for professionals in the Pottstown area, I’d like to know if you can spend a few minutes of your time talking about YOU.  I’d love folks of all stripes to jump at the chance and let’s be absolutely clear, this would be a donation of your time, and NOTHING ELSE.  That is it.  I really want you and I want you to share yourself with some very important people.  The only thing you might have to do after you share a little about yourself is answer some pretty wonderful questions.  It could take 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or more, it is all up to you.

Okay, that is the request, now I have to wait for some wonderful folks to take me up on it.  You can reach me at mogallant@gmail.com.  And don’t worry, if you read this and you think I’m not really talking to you….I’ll keep asking so sooner or later you’ll know I mean you too!

One more time, are you a grownup with an interesting job?  Contact me!!!!  Are you a grownup with A job?   Contact me!!!

love,

mo

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Beer Means Puppies?

Okay, I heard that this commercial was to die for with all of the puppies and the horsies.  Well, I’ve watched it and I’ve been around puppies and horsies and what the commercial shows me is that animals have their own minds and they aren’t easily led, unless they are given major distractions, or major punishments.  They are a lot like us.  WE all have our own ideas and most of us can be easily trained like the puppies, or broken like the horses.

Of course, when you are human, imbibing potables helps. Hooray Budweiser!

love,

mo

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Please Try To Read a Book!

The Atlantic has a story this morning about the decline of reading in America.  According to their figures 23 percent of Americans haven’t picked up a book to read in the last year.  That turns out to be a huge number of people who haven’t read a book.  My figures are really rough, but if you figure the total population at about 300 million people, then that means that 60 million haven’t read a book.

Another 70 to 80 million have only read between one and five books.  So that is like 50 percent of the population of the US and that means that half of us have read between one and 5 books.

Wow.

Maybe the average person isn’t going to be able to read everything they need to know if they stumble accidentally into a library or a bookstore, but they certainly can choose a topic and immerse themselves in that one alone.  There are books about everything!  Choose a topic- there is probably a book about it.  That way, when someone from the Pew Foundation, or the Gallup organization asks you in the coming year if you’ve read anything, then you’ll be able to say ” Sure I did!” 🙂

Hey, come to the library and tell me you would like me to read you a book, and I will!

love,

mo

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PA Governor Says School Funding Unfair!

Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that Pennsylvania’s system of school funding should be changed, calling for “a true funding system” that would be fair to all schools.

The governor expressed interest in a bill passed by the state House last week that would set up a commission to develop a formula to distribute money for K-12 education. The bill is pending in the Senate.

“Let’s get a true, fair funding system of all the schools of Pennsylvania, not for one district or another,” Corbett said. “It’s not fair right now, OK? So we need to address that.”

Governor Corbett took questions after announcing he will propose a $2.2 million increase in the state’s funding for domestic violence and rape crisis centers. He will lay out his spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 during a budget address in less than two weeks.

Corbett is seeking re-election this year, and his handling of education funding has emerged as a major campaign issue.

“The state is looked at as a source of revenue on a regular basis,” he said during the Capitol news conference. “Yet the state has no role in negotiating how the money is going to be spent. I have a little problem with that, but I don’t know that we’re ever going to change that.”

Last week, he canceled what would have been his first visit to a Philadelphia public school, saying at the last minute that he expected protests that would be a distraction for students. He said Wednesday he “absolutely” planned to visit a city school, and bristled at a suggestion that he skipped out on Central High School on Friday.

“I did not skip out,” Corbett said. “We chose not to give a number of people a stage for their own purposes, to the distraction of the schoolwork of the students in that building that day.”

 Naturally, I found this at the Miami Herald 🙂

love,

mo