Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My Mom took Leanna and Justin to the parkway on Sunday afternoon for a little. She only has two carseats and that's all that fits in her car anyway. So Timothy and I started his vehicle mosaic kit from his birthday. It's a pretty easy option for younger kids who want to try mosaics-it's pieces of foam with a sticky back. Timothy used them for about 15 minutes, then moved back to his perpetual favorite, playing with cars!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I needed something to go right for a change! I hope this becomes a trend!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Top Row (L-R): Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice; Diane Sawyer, TV journalist; Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and now chair of the Board of the National Audubon Society; Geoffrey Rush, actor (we're not sure about the monkey); Barbara Walters, TV host.
Middle Row (L-R): David Duchovny, actor; Cathy Guisewite, cartoonist (we figured you'd recognize the cartoon better than her picture); James van der Beek, actor; Vin Diesel, actor; Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama; Joe Paterno, legendary football coach; Sally Ride, astronaut.
Bottom Row (L-R): Amerie, singer; Harrison Ford, actor; Reese Witherspoon, actress; Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize laureate, former head of the National Institutes of Health and now CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Research Center; Jodi Foster, actress/activist; Alan Alda, actor-activist.
The obvious choices are teaching, graduate school, or becoming a writer, but graduates also excel in many other areas. Because English majors have learned how to write, analyze material, and communicate effectively, and are good problem solvers, they work in many different fields, including sales, management, advertising, and many others. English majors are found in program management, marketing, editing, reporting, creative and technical writing, public relations, medicine, social work, government work, non-profit organizations, and financial services. The kinds of text analysis, writing, and thinking English majors specialize in enhance their creativity, their understanding of human motivation, and their ability to present clear and logical arguments, both in writing and orally.
Jobs for English Majors: They Do Exist
Posted by Bridget Quigg
The butt of every cocktail party joke – the English major. “Oh, that’s nice that you read Shakespeare. But, how does that get you a job?”
Well, it turns out that wordsmithing just might be the ticket in to today’s job market. According to a survey of HR professionals by global outplacement agency Challenger, Gray and Christmas and quoted in a New York Times article, “Young Workers: U Nd 2 Improve Ur Writing Skills,” the number one skill missing amongst entry-level job applicants is “writing skills.” Huh, sounds like that business degree may not do the trick for getting started in a new career.
In even better news for English majors, according to PayScale’s 2009 College Salary Report, English majors end up in some reasonably lucrative careers post-college. The most popular jobs for English majors and their median annual salaries 10 years out of school are:
Technical Writer $65,700
In terms of cash flow, the problems of English majors aren’t exactly solved. Their salary after 10 years doesn’t top aerospace engineering majors, who come out number one overall with $109,000 per year. But, hey, the English major probably is happier writing the next “Just do it” campaign rather than negotiating where to place the toilets on an airplane - not that ensuring comfortable bathrooms isn’t a worthy pursuit.
We’ll end with some other artsy, socially-minded, non-lucrative majors and their median yearly salaries according to PayScale’s 2009 College Salary Report:
College Major Starting After 10 Years
Journalism $36,300 $65,300
History $38,800 $70,000
Art History $36,300 $62,400
Public Relations $36,700 $62,600
Anthropology $37,600 $63,200
Social Work $33,400 $41,600
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I would like to state publicly that that would be the absolute last thing I would ever want for my kids, should anything ever happen to us, I would want them kept together at all costs! That's asking a lot, I know, but that's the way it should be done. Sibling relationships are very important to me!
(No, we don't have a will, it's one of those things I've been wanting to do, especially living in PA. My parents have a computer program that was recommended by the life insurance company, and I've been waiting to borrow that. Of course we don't have a cd drive right now, so I couldn't do it right now anyway. We do have life insurance though, so we haven't been completely irresponsible.)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I'm also going to get a TB test tomorrow so I can become an official volunteer at the Phoebe home. The kids would just come with me, I don't have to fill out anything or have tests done on them. This was another way to get out more and also to teach the kids it's important to give back to the community and to help others. I also think it will be valuable for them to be around the elderly, to learn that they have stories and information to pass on.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Timothy wanted me to take these pictures of him in one of his many clubhouses. He's so cute and squishable! This one was underneath these kid rocking chairs that were given to us by one of Tom's customers. There are two, since they were from twin girls. They also gave us some clothes and homeschool books-grade 2 and under-that didn't sell at their yard sale. (They are a Christian homeschooling family).
If you're wondering what's on the floor in the top picture, it's crushed ramen noodle soup. Justin and Timothy like to munch on the noodles, plain. It looks kinda cool in that picture though, I think.
Friday, October 16, 2009
From: Why Support For Breastfeeding Matters more Than Ever By Ellen Malmon
Like me, many women in their thirties and forties never saw a drop of breast milk in their lives before actually producing, it, and we seemed to have survived. It's finally dawning on us, however, that the whole host of health problems we and our children are suffering now: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. comes from our co-dependent relationship with industrialized food. Michael Pollan, in the brilliant Ominvore's Dilemma, writes that the great cuisines of the world developed through trial and error over centuries to produce a distinctive and healthy diet. Polyglot America has no such tradition, so we careen from diet to diet, fad to fad, RDA to RDA in an effort to figure out the best way to eat. This lack of tradition, combined with our industrialized food supply has severed our basic human relationship with food. This happens even earlier than we might realize, in infancy, with the casual introduction of manufactured baby formula.
Perhaps with science's effort to isolate the health effects of nutrients in food, we ignore the possibility that maybe it's not the antioxidants, minerals, and flavinoids alone, that maybe it's the entire piece of broccoli eaten at the table with your family that makes it healthy. Breast milk is a baby's first real food. While formula mimics the nutrients of breast milk, scientists admit it's still only an approximation of what Nature provides. One scientist even admits that it's "embarrassing" how little they understand the contents and mechanics of breast milk. The AAP thoroughly documents the health benefits of breastfeeding to babies, mothers and even the community at large. In addition to these benefits, breastfeeding helps reestablish our relationship to the natural food chain and starts our children on a path to a healthy relationship with food. The choice to breastfeed should be an easy one to make, but sadly is often constrained by circumstance. That is why we need to push for more cultural and institutional support for breastfeeding, support that women of every class desperately need.
I have no desire to demonize, criticize or demoralize those women who don't or can't breastfeed. The world is full of mothers who can't make enough milk, babies who can't nurse properly, and mothers who work and can't take the time out of their day regularly to pump. Formula seems like an easy solution. But the history of formula, like that of all manufactured food, is filled with tragic scandal: from Nestle's disastrous marketing of formula in Third World countries, to the deaths of infants in China due to melanin-laced formula, and even the recent discovery that supposedly superior organic formula was filled with unholy amounts of sugar. In a best-case scenario, formula is not poison, but it's not real food either.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-malmon/ipeaceful-revolutioni-why_b_322523.html
This is a cute little turtle Claire made for Timothy.
Justin was really good, he was the only one with force behind his swings. Tom said, we've got to get this boy in baseball!