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Catching up a little


During the interval when I wasn't posting to my blog, I was still collecting funny odds and ends. Today's post is some of the funny pictures and comics that came my way. There's no real theme to it, other than being things I find humorous.

I'll start off with several things for you cat lovers/haters.

This next one is not so much about dogs as it is about a fail in the placement of a price tag.
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Moon Pies


Moon Pie 100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary

With all the hoopla about some event or other occurring on Monday, August 21 of this week, the news of the 100th anniversary of the Moon Pie has been almost totally eclipsed! (HT: my dear wife Becka)

I don't remember ever having heard of, let alone eating (!), a Moon Pie until I came to college in South Carolina. Sorry, but my life was woefully provincial in NW Ohio in the late 1960's. I also learned here that the best way to enjoy a Moon Pie is with RC Cola. The following link about an annual RC-Moon Pie celebration was added in a comment. I thought it should be added at this point in the post since some readers don't look at the comments.

http://bellbucklechamber.com/bell-buckle-rc-moonpie-festival-general-info

Here are links to several simulated eclipses of the sun with Moon Pies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdVqMqWo4U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJMFcJV_TLQ

The solar eclipse has brought me out of my blogging hibernation. More than a couple people have whined commented to me recently about how much they missed my posts, so I'm going to get back at it. 🙂 At this point, I don't know how frequently I will post, but I will try to let the "IV's" drip through every week or so.

In the comments section of this post, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts about Moon Pies — how much you love them, your favorite way to eat them, or maybe not. To be totally honest, I have ways of getting carbs and fat grams that I much prefer. 😀

Feel free to add your thoughts about the much-hyped eclipse. Here in Greenville, don't try to get a hotel room or possibly even to drive on Monday. On campus alone there are over 8,000 people registered to attend all the special events related to the eclipse.

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"God makes good on His promises, so those who live in light of them live to good purpose." — Drew Conley

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Rob

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Caught Up in the World of French Literature


I have heard from various readers that they have missed my blog posts. I just want to let you know that it's not because I haven't been writing. What I've been doing is adapting French literature for my students. It's a project that started a year ago.

Now that my MLF 202 students have gone through my adaptations, I felt ready to make them available for other French classes. So I am excited to tell you they are now published on Amazon!

The pictures of the books below are linked to the pages on Amazon:
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Planning Ahead


We're in the time of the school year where we teachers are doing lots of planning for the semester and, really, for the whole school year. Planning out a semester's worth of work is harder than it might seem, to those who have never taught. You keep evaluating and re-evaluating whether you can get it all done or if you have enough, if you've left out anything vital, and on and on it goes — particularly if you have a new course or a new textbook.

As I am currently working through the final details of my course syllabi, I thought it would be nice to take a look at some pictures of examples of poor planning or poor execution of good plans. This could also be titled "You had only one job!" but we'll consider mostly the planning aspect.

Did you know that they have schools to teach you to plan?! Even at a school where they teach architects to plan buildings, things don't always work out....

College of Architectural Planning

The plans for this drain were clearly too lofty.

Bad Drainage

Here's a different kind of drainage problem.
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I Greet You, Wholeheartedly!


This has been the "Summer of the Heart" for me.

In my last blog post, when I recounted all the adventures on my trip out west, I left out one huge part of the adventure. Today I will fill in that part of the story for you, which actually began during exam week at school. But to understand that portion of the saga, I need to give you some background information. (I could go on and on, but I'll try to give you a Reader's Digest condensed version, shrinking 15+ years into a few paragraphs.)

For about 15 years I have been aware of my heart fluttering or even racing from time to time. About 5 years ago it started happening fairly frequently, sometimes accompanied with lightheadedness. Because of some family history, my doctor referred me to a cardiologist who scheduled me for a nuclear stress test. The test revealed that there were no blockages and that my heart was pumping my blood very well. This was good news to me since my dad died of a heart attack at the age of 42. The autopsy revealed that several of his coronary arteries were almost completely blocked.

The cardiologist released me to my family doctor who said he had no idea why I was experiencing what I was, but to let him know if I had further difficulties. During the several months following the stress test, I had hardly any episodes of my heart racing. That is, until I went to see my doctor for my annual physical. As I sat on the table waiting for the doctor, I felt my heart start to race. I decided not to say anything and wait to see what the doctor said when he heard it. He kept moving the stethoscope around on my chest and finally asked, "Are you OK?" I replied, "It's fast, isn't it?" He responded, "It's crazy fast!" He had his nurse give me an EKG, but my heart had already stopped racing as the nurse put the pads in place.
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