Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Owe Them More

Ellis Paul performed his cover of "The Only Way," a song written by Mark Erelli in response to the September 11 attacks. I cannot think of a more fitting way to have the anniversary marked than by hearing the rousing and passionate performance of these lyrics.

Every action
Breeds a reaction
So let this be mine.
I'm gonna love
I'm gonna believe
I'm still gonna dream
But I'm gonna roll up my sleeves
Give everything until I've nothing left to give
That's the only way that I know how to live

Thursday, September 9, 2010

One
Month

(until the wedding)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quotation of the Day

Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. 
And I'm not sure about the former.

~Albert Einstein           

Monday, September 6, 2010

In Memory of Barbara Keats

Over the weekend, I learned that Barbara Keats, one of the faculty in the Management Department at Arizona State University, passed away unexpectedly on September 1. The news has been difficult for me. Barbara was such a kind person in general and to me in particular. She was the course coordinator for two classes I taught at ASU - Collaborative Team Skills and Responsible Leadership. Because of that, I worked fairly close with her when I was prepping the courses. She was so generous with her time and resources - and was willing to help me with any thorny student issues - a huge relief for a graduate student! Barbara was passionate about the service learning component of the Responsible Leadership class and that contributed to my own belief in the benefits of service learning for students.

In addition to her support of my teaching, Barbara was also an animal lover, and we had so many discussions about our animals. She was always the first to sponsor me when I had a fundraising event. Barbara also showed lots of interest in my jewelry and often bought pieces from my Etsy store.

Something you may not know about Barbara is that she had a Masters in Divinity, which she earned while teaching (I think a regular course load, too). She exemplified the Catholicism associated with social justice.

After I moved to Ithaca, I became so busy, I wasn't in touch with Barbara as much as I wish I would have been, which I regret now. I do take some comfort in remembering her as a generous, kind, sincere, and authentic woman. I know she touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Barbara's Obituary

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ithaca Brew Fest Ephemera

Ithaca Brew Fest Ephemera

A crowd descended on Stewart Park yesterday for the popular Ithaca Brew Fest. George has attended the three years we've lived here. Since the mass of bodies was too much for me to take last year, I was not only not invited this year, but told in no uncertain terms that I shouldn't expect to go with him. (That was fine with me; Walter and I had better things to do!) In all serious, it's not my kind of event, but George does love going. Last year and this year, Gary came to Ithaca to keep George company. (Gary is calling this year's Fest George's Bachelor Party.) They even sprung for the VIP tickets. I asked George to be on the lookout for postcards or interesting freebies distributed by the vendors, and he came home with his pocket full of goodies. A win for all involved!

Event website
Ithaca Journal article
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