Thursday, June 10, 2004

I Kid You Not...

CSPAN is showing the Reagan lying-in-state!

It's like a dead-pres cam.

People may joke about CSPAN but you don't get THAT kind of riveting TV anywhere else....

except CSPAN2.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Conversation With A Muse

Last Fall,, I attended a conference where one of the exercises was to write a conversation with our muse. What follows is a portion of my conversation.

Muse: "How are you doing?"

Me: "OK, I guess."

Muse: "And the Art....How's IT coming?"

Me: " It's been better."

Muse: "You're trying too hard. Let go. You have to let it come THROUGH you. Don't force it. You'll kill it, if you do that."

Me: "I know. I guess I'm stressed. Feeling the pressure, you know?"

Muse: "You care too much what people will think. Let them think what they like. It has nothing to do with you. That's not your job. Your job is to be prepared, to show up and to do the work. The best you can. You can't help what other people think."

Me: "Well, there's the money."

Muse: "Well there is ALWAYS the money, isn't there?"

Me: "I could use the work. I could use the money."

Muse: "Certainly. But do try not to let the money rule everything. Besides, you've got enough of a job there, just doing the Art. Haven't you?"

Me: "I suppose you're right. OK, I know you're right. But, sometimes, it's hard. It's frustrating. I keep looking for the right answer."

Muse: "There is no RIGHT answer. There is YOUR answer. You must search for THAT."

Me: "Thank you."

Muse: "You are, as always, welcome."

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Monday, June 07, 2004

But It's June, For Cripe's Sake!!

WUNC-TV is at it again!

Yessiree! It's Pledge Time, yet again.

You can tell this because of such staggering BRILLIANT TV as:

The Legacy of Jim Croce

Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention

a Fawlty Towers marathon

And they wonder why people don't send them money.


'bucks Bucks

I kid you not....

Starbucks has a new rewards card that permits you to buy anything you want,anywhere you want, and have a percentage of the purchase (called Duetto Dollars) automatically credited toward purchasing anything at your local Starbucks. Or the one across the street from that one.... Or the one next door to that....

So, folks, why not put next term's tuition on your Starbucks card and make that next espresso a double!


How Dumb Can Ya Get?

Dull as dishwater, forgettable, and often impossible to hear from the cheap seats....these are things one expects from high school commencement addresses.

What you don't expect is plagiarism.

Orange County is now having to cope with the fact that a recent address was lifted in large chunks from a speech found on the internet.

During his speech at the Orange County High School Graduation in May, Orange County School Board Chairman, Keith Cook, delivered a speech that was largely made up of excerpts from a 1998 speech given by then Sec of H&HS, Donna Shalala.

At first, Mr. Cook said that he had written the speech. Then, when confronted with the Shalala comparison, he admitted that he had found the speech on the internet and thought it was a generic speech.

Generic speech? Would a student be able to get away with that excuse???

Mr. Cook said that he would have cited Shalala, if he'd known that the speech was hers.

The way I remember it, that excuse doesn't wash for students. Use of material without proper citation ought to get this guy a big, fat "F"!

From all I've heard on the local news, Mr. Cook has said that he has no plans to step down from his post.

Great message to send the high school grads off with, isn't it?