Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

work?

Yes, I work during the summer. I have been putting in as many hours as during the school year. However, for most of my work I do not get paid. This summer I am getting a token stipend for mentoring a University Fellows research project by Kwasi "Nana" Osei-Kusi '09 titled "Why Capitalism Failed in Ghana."
You now have evidence of this courtesy of the university photographer.

Be blessed!
RB

Friday, June 13, 2008

a five-generation chair

Miss Lois received this as a late birthday present from her aunt (my Offspring #3). This was made by Miss Lois's great-great grandfather for his little girl Lois, who just so happens to be Miss Lois's great-great aunt.

It is hard to see from this angle, but each side of the chair is a cutout of a cat.

Great-great grandfather made it for great-great aunt; grandmother played with it; grandmother's daughter had it for twenty-plus years in her room; now she gives it to her niece, Miss Lois. A five generation connection.

Be blessed!
RB

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

flag etiquette

Summer is the time for parades and parades mean a lot flags going by. There is some etiquette (i.e., good manners) concerning this of which I was unaware. If people are present and a U.S.flag passes by or is hoisted or lowered, they "...should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart" (Section 9 of title 4, United States Code).

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 has this new provision: "Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute" (italics added). "The amendment does not address saluting the flag during the playing of the national anthem, pledge of allegiance, honors (i.e. Taps), or any other saluting situations" (military.com).

Be blessed.
RB

P.S. This Saturday, June 14th, is FLAG DAY.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

noonan on hillary

Peggy Noonan is one of my favorite writers. I thought this was especially good:

Recoil Election
~ Wall Street Journal
2 days ago -By Peggy Noonan Declarations: The Democrats rebuff Mrs. Clinton. Hooray for the Democrats.
» Full Story in The Wall Street Journal

Saturday, June 7, 2008

on creativity

This fall I will be facilitating an senior honors seminar. This is the first semester of a two-semester research project for our best students. Most do not really understand that research in economics, or any other field for that matter, is a creative endeavor very similar in its basic, most elemental nature to any other creative process.

I ran across this video and decided to steal it with attribution by noting I first saw it HERE. (This is called scholarship.) As of now I plan on using this (in fact all of the four segments of which this is part) in my seminar next fall. It may generate a discussion of how to apply this to my students' research projects.

OK. I admit it. Ira’s not my favorite reporter. But, in this case, he’s right on about the process involved in producing excellent creative work:



You may conclude that I am not being creative since I am merely lifting another person's post. If you are thinking this, let me assure you that you are quite wrong. Knowing what to lift (with attribution!) and putting it in a different context is being creative. That is scholarship. Scholarship is creative. Now if you want to get into the various relative degrees of scholarship.... Well, that is a different story and a different discussion. It may not be at the highest levels of creativity but it is creative.

Be blessed!
RB

P.S. I will also give this quote to my students:
Even in literature or art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
~ C. S. Lewis, MERE CHRISTIANITY

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

don't #$*% me over

I was reading today's Wall Street Journal, when I noticed a full page ad on the fifth page of the first section. The top third of the page was blank except for a large, 3x5 inch rectangle bordered by a dashed line, with an image of open scissors on the edge of one side. Inside the rectangle was "DON'T #$*% ME OVER."

Then in the center of the page was this caveat: "Southwest is the only airline that accepts this coupon." The bottom of the page had this list:



Southwest's
new slogan is FEES DON'T FLY WITH US.

What a great ad in response to the new policies of Southwest's older, more traditional competitors.

Be blessed!
RB