Tonight we went to the first high school football game we've seen in years. Our grand daughter Marley is still in 8th grade but she got to march in the half time program as a flag twirler. It was 43 degrees and we bundled up and huddled together in the bleachers, but the game was exciting and it was a pleasure to watch Marley. She was a great example of school spirit and enthusiasm. Not only was she an uninhibited free spirit but she was having a great time.
For a town with a population of only 15,000 Siloam Springs manages to
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are
your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, has a new book out. Antifragile, Things that Gainfrom Disorder explains how some things not only gain from chaos but need it to survive and flourish. Our bones get stronger when under stress and weaken from sedentary life styles. Those old stone bridges built by the Romans remain today because their own weight is what gives them structural integrity. In this book Taleb talks about “innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine“. It’s guide for living in the modern world.
I only study the things I like; I apply my mind only to matters that interest me. They'll be useful—or useless—to me or to others in due course, I'll be given—or not given—the opportunity of benefiting from what I've learned. In any case, I'll have enjoyed the inestimable advantage of doing things I like doing and following my own inclinations."
Kids love tools. Rachel and Kelly would "help" me fix the car when they were toddlers and afterward I would have to search the yard to recover my wrenches and sockets. Gracen has inherited her grandma's mechanical ability. She thought our fence needed repair.
Gracen sees no need for potty training. She simply
finds a semi-private location and let's gravity have its way.