Posted by J L on March 21, 2013
Posted in Business • Education and Personal Growth • Friends and Family • Life • Money and Finances • Opinion • Politics • Religion and Spirituality | Tagged With: Business, employment, Entertainment, life, meeting, neighbor, network, opinion, organizations, staffing, technology, work
Last night I had the opportunity to attend one of the local Elk’s Lodges meetings, with one of my neighbors that has been trying for years to get me involved in one or more of the local civic organizations that he has faithfully belonged to for most of his adult life. It runs deep in his family and the community, which I think is pretty impressive. I am envious of people that can and do devote so much of their time and energy to the numerous charities and organizations that have been around for a good amount of time all across the country.
This particular Lodge is having a rough time recruiting enough members to keep all their positions filled and to head all of the various committees, etc… From what I hear that is happening with just about all the organizations, they are all in need of new blood and they seem to like the scent of my blood. They were all over me the minute I walked in the door. Don’t get me wrong, they were all very nice and no one invaded my personal space, which is something that I’m a real stinker with the older I get.
I came home with a nice stack of business cards with names and contact information. The one gent that I will give a call to works for the CSI Tech Staffing Agency and I know several professional people that are looking for employment and I’m always trying to network and advocate for them when I’m able to. And last night was the perfect time for that. It was an interesting evening, I’ll go back a few more times and see if it might be something that I would want to commit to.
This year on Monday, April 22nd is a day when every American should seriously think about the world we live in. Our mother earth provides us all with everything we need to live and we should all be taking much better care of her. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. I do believe we can do better. On this up and coming 43rd anniversary of earth day, I believe we can make our voices heard.
It seems that as we learn more about our environment, we have come to the conclusion that we are doing a lot of harm to it. Our lands, oceans, and skies all show a sign of human activity and the past has shown that this is not a good thing. I hope we can all take a minute to reflect on our own impact on the planet and conceive ways to lesson our impact!
I am glad that more people are jumping on the GREEN Movement that seems to be spreading a bit, but there is so much more that we could and should do. I am even considering switching to a Green webhosting that I was reading about. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
Posted by J L on March 9, 2013
Posted in Computers or Internet • Education and Personal Growth • Friends and Family • Life • Money and Finances • Opinion • Parenting • Technology and gadgets | Tagged With: Business, computer, education, internet, life, money, parenting, school, technology, work
In this ever-growing world of technology, people are going to need to learn more than your basic math skills. The business world is getting more complicated, and the employers are expecting their employees to come to them with a good solid education. It’s getting so that it is hard to get even a basic job with only a high school diploma. Largely, I think, because the public schools are not doing their jobs in preparing the children for employment nor to further their education, it’s more like bring them in and get them out as soon as possible for new ones to fill their spots.
Having said that, I think that many schools are trying. My friends have been telling me that their kids have been coming home from school in fourth grade asking them for algebra help on their math homework. Many of my friends have forgotten how to do it, or never learned it in the first place! So there seems to be a growing need for algebra tutoring services. Not every parent is able to help their kids with these kinds of problems! So I think that it’s great that people can access an online algebra tutor and get both algebra 1 and algebra 2 help for free.
Posted by J L on February 25, 2013
Posted in Friends and Family • Home and garden • Life • Opinion | Tagged With: dinner, house, moving, retirement
When Janene came over last night, I knew that something was on her mind. She had dropped in unexpectedly, and almost unannounced. She called us from her cell phone, saying that she was in the area for an appointment and thought that it would be fun to drop in and say hello, stay for a few minutes, and “catch up” with each other. Well, we had not seen her in a few months, and we’re always happy to see her, so we didn’t hesitate for a moment to tell her “come on over!” We had just started to prepare to cook supper, so we just grabbed another potato from the bin, and set another plate on the table in anticipation of her staying for dinner.
After Janene arrived, and dinner had been served, we were enjoying our after dinner coffee with dessert, and Janene finally spoke what was on her mind. She told us that she had put in for retirement, listed her house for sale and was headed south to take a look at some Vero Beach Real Estate as a potential retirement location. Well, after that announcement, you could have heard a pin drop. Janene, moving? That was a huge surprise! I know that it has been hard for Janene to stay in that big old house after her kids had moved out and her husband had passed on, but that seems so out of character for her! I hope she knows what she is doing!
Posted by J L on February 24, 2013
Posted in Entertainment and Fun • Life • Opinion | Tagged With: captain, Star Trek, trekkies
Posted by Nancy Thomas
There is an on-going debate between trekkies as to whether Captain James T. Kirk or Captain Jean Luc Picard is the best captain in the whole of the Star Trek series. I really like both of them for their separate qualities in dealing with unique situations. Kirk is more action oriented, a look before you leap kind of guy. Picard is diplomatic, thoughtful, weighing all sides before making a decision. Each captain was developed for different eras in the Star Trek history and are very different because of this separation of time periods. Still they aren’t the only two captains in all of Trekdom. There’s Benjamin Sisko from DS9, Captain Katherine Janeway of Voyager and the adventurous Captain Johnathan Archer of the original Enterprise.
As a girl, I’d like to throw in my two biased cents and suggest Janeway as the archetypal and therefore, best Starfleet captain. She contains elements of action and diplomacy and displayed both in several episodes of Voyager. In Macrocosm, she pulled an Ellen Ripley with that phaser weapon. In Scorpion, Janeway forges a tense and dangerous diplomatic alliance with the Borg and later uses powers of persuasion and empathy to help Seven of Nine, the former Borg drone, integrate with the Voyager crew.
While Picard and Kirk are excellent examples for their respective time periods, when I sit down to watch Star Trek it is Voyager’s Janeway that stands out as the best of Star Trek captains.