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Reinventing Yourself?

picture of a fork in the road

One of my favorite Yogi Berra quotations is "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." My best friend will be at a definite "fork in the road" a year from now when his time on faculty at BJU will have come to a close. He and his wife are currently in Europe where he is exploring one of the possibilities that lies before him. He is also considering another part of the world where he could use his talents as a German teacher.

The buzzword "reinventing yourself" is not a new one, but after hearing it several times this past week, I've been thinking about the whole concept. Companies reinvent themselves, as do politicians, celebrities, and average people as well. It can be anything from changing little things about yourself to an extreme makeover. In his book Reinventing Yourself, Steve Chandler talks about viewing yourself as an "owner" rather than a "victim." Some use the expression for what has long been referred to as "midlife crisis." A web search will lead you to thousands of articles about reinventing yourself after 40, after 50, after 60, or after retirement. Many people are forced to reinvent themselves because their job skill/experience is no longer marketable.

At a recent SCFLTA conference, we foreign language teachers were reminded that many universities all over the country, not just mine, are eliminating foreign language majors. Foreign language classes are still being offered, but just not leading to an undergraduate major. We find ourselves wondering where the future language teachers will come from if foreign language majors are no longer offered.

The elimination of the French major and of the German major and minor at BJU is why my friend will be leaving at the end of next school year. Working overseas is actually something he's been considering for about four years — this recent turn of events has just given him the exact timing to begin exploring. In the fall of 2012, with one fewer French course per semester, I will be teaching a German course each semester in its place. I have taught both high school and college German for 16 years of my life, but it's been a while. So, in a sense, I guess, I'm reinventing myself. I'll have to alter the header of my blog to read "one French and German teacher's humorous and serious perspectives on life…" and add some images from Germany.
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Humorous Hodge-Podge

As funny pictures come my way, I file them away for future use. Today's post is some of that I don't think would ever fit in as part of a larger blog post, but they're too humorous to hold on to forever. I hope at least one of them brings a smile to your face or causes you to laugh.

As much as I enjoy my iPod Touch, I think I would really like an iPad. Someone apparently requested one, didn't write it down for the gift-giver, and received the following:

picture of eye pad

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What Did You Do All Day, Honey?

This Sunday is the day we honor our moms who have given of themselves so tirelessly and unselfishly to make us what we are today. (In case you had forgotten, run ... do not walk ... to get something for her!) When I saw the following story in my files, I knew it's the one I wanted to post today.

picture of a busy mom

A man came home from work and found his three children outside still in their pajamas, playing in the mud with empty food boxes and 20 wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, and so was the front door to the house, and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel and the family room floor was almost totally covered with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
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Are There Risks in Marrying a Commoner?

picture of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Are you among those who are all excited about the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday? Will any of you American readers be getting up in the middle of the night to watch the TV coverage? I hope this couple will be much happier than Charles and Diana were. Becka has been following the preparations for the royal wedding fairly closely, but I have given it almost no attention at all. For those of you who, like me, need to get up to speed on this big wedding, you can check out the official website.

From everything I've seen, the royal family has no reason to be concerned over Kate's being a "commoner." After all, she's not a "coal miner's daughter" — she's a coal miner's great-granddaughter. I'm feel confident, though, that the wedding reception(s?) will be higher class than either of the two pictured below:

picture of redneck reception activities

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Top Twenty Reasons to Home School

picture of home school house

I believe there are quite a few home school families who read my blog. I have the utmost respect for home schoolers who do their job well. In recent years some fine students who were home schooled have been in my university French classes. I'm confident that any home schoolers will read today's post with an eye to the humor. It is in no way meant as a criticism, but rather it highlights the humor of their particular situation. The list has been in my files for years, recently resurfaced, and has been tweaked slightly from the way it originally came to me.

Top twenty reasons to home school

20. Your kids never tell you that their teacher knows more than you do.

19. If you can't find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?

18. Cleaning out the refrigerator can double as science lab.

17. Your kids never have a reason to think they'll get beat up by a gang at school.

16. If the principal gives the teacher a bad evaluation, she can stick her icy feet against his legs at night.

15. You can post the Ten Commandments on your school room wall, and you won't get sued.

14. You never have to drive your child's forgotten lunch to school.

13. Your child will never go to their 20th high school reunion, meet an old flame, and rush into an unfortunate marriage.

That reminded me of a cartoon I love....

picture of home school cartoon

12. You get to change more than diapers — you get to change minds.

11. If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you're having a PTA meeting.
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