A funny video from facebook of a dueling cellist performance in the Classical Period.
The Christmas Can Can
The 12 Days of Christmas
T’was the Night Before Christmas
Emily and I honeymooned on the Big Island (BI) of Hawaii back in 1999. We are planning a return trip this year with Dan. The BI is so big that it can take quite a while to drive to the various points of interest.
We will be staying in Kona on the west coast of the BI. We plan to spend time in the Kona area snorkeling and just having fun. We hope to see some Hawaiian dance troops, and will probably attend a luau, as well.
We plan to drive down to Volcano National Park and hike some of the Kilauea Iki Trail. Emily and I did that back in 1999. The change in rain forest vegetation from the rim of the volcano crater down to the crater floor was spectacular. We will hopefully see lava flowing into the ocean, as well. (I don’t expect to get as close as the picture on this page.)
Other possible excursions are
- Waterfall sightseeing – Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls (near Hilo)
- Zip Lining – Umauma Falls (near Hilo)
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (near Hilo)
- Snorkeling and Beach time – Kailua Kona Coast (might try manta ray sunset snorkeling one evening)
- Snorkeling and kayaking – Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook Monument), Kapoho Tide Pools
We shall see what we end up fitting in.
Mom wrote this some years ago. I just uncovered my copy buried in a stack of paper and thought I would post it.
How to Love
With All Your Heart
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
What do heart symbols make you think of? Have you ever wondered why a stylized heart would represent love? It seems to go back in time a very long way. Many primitive people thought emotions came from the center of the body where the heart is. We know better now, but we still use hearts as a symbol of love. Actually it may be a pretty good simile after all.
A real heart has four chambers. Freshly oxygenated blood comes surging into the heart’s left auricle and is pumped out by the left ventricle to meet the needs of the whole body. It comes back exhausted of oxygen into the right auricle and is pumped to the lungs by the right ventricle for a renewed supply of oxygen. Next it returns refreshed to the left auricle to continue on in a constant cycle.
If you think about it, love, too, has four major stages. The first (left auricle) is Caring. This is that warm feeling you have inside toward anyone or anything. The second (left ventricle) is Sharing. It’s how you express those feelings by giving something away – your time and efforts, material things, or just a sincere compliment or word of thanks or even a smile. The third stage (right auricle) is Repairing. This means taking responsibility, admitting mistakes, saying “I’m sorry,” and setting things right if you can. Sometimes clots appear at this point and cause dangerous obstructions in the flow of love. To continue, however, the fourth stage (right ventricle) is Forgiving and Forbearing. This means neither getting mad nor getting even. It means neutralizing and dumping grudges clear out of your system. Then of course, you’re ready to continue the constantly fresh surge of Caring and Sharing from your happy and healthy “heart.”
– Marion Fowler
Dan just got back from a week at Camp Kesem, Stanford Branch. He is pretty dirty and took pride in the fact that he only changed his socks once during the week. I think Emily is going to give him some Scotchbrite when he takes his shower tonight.
When asked if he had a favorite counselor, Dan answered that they all were. (Camp Kesem has one counselor to every two campers, so that’s quite a few favorites.)
This Summer promises to be a very busy time for Dan. Planned activities are:
- Take a cruise ship from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico, and back. Dan’s cousins, Molly and Caity will also be on the cruise, as will Emily and Kristin.
- Travel with his Bloomer grandparents for a weekend in Las Vegas. I hear they are going to see a magic show among other things.
- Spend a week at a survival camp. I think this is located in the Sonoma County hills, although I am not sure. Dan has read “My Side of the Mountain” and wants to try to live off the land. He will not be on his own, though. There are camp counselors and the campers will be divided into different survival guilds.
- Spend a week at Camp Kesem, Stanford Group. This is a sleepaway camp in the Coastal Mountains where the camp counselors are all current Stanford students.
There will be other activities as well, such as summer day camps and field trips. I am envious. At least when Dan goes to Hawaii later this year, I will be going, too.
I never thought I would be susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, but apparently I am. The tendons in my right wrist have been bothering me for the past few months. Nothing terrible, but I was experiencing pain on both sides of my wrist. Holding my wrist with my left hand helped alleviate the pain. Emily also has some carpal tunnel pain and has kept a pair of wrist braces at work. She brought those home today for me to try. I put the brace on my right hand and the pain immediately went away. Hurray!, I guess? 😕 Now I need to get used to typing while wearing a brace.