Sunday, June 17, 2007

California Daze

I'm accessing my blog from a friend's computer. I find myself inadvertently making double letter entries and having to adapt to a slower internet access product. Nonetheless, spending time with friends and my 84 year old aunt has been pleasant so far.

It's been a long time since I traversed the road between San Bernardino and Hemet California. Traffic moved at a good clip until we arrived to the 215, 60, 91 interchange. Construction is evident. Amazingly, the construction began ten years ago and only now seems to show the promise of bridges and overpasses that will separate the three hwys.

My aunt looked good although considerably frailer than I'd remembered. My cousin looks good and I suppose that is some compensation for the care he gives my aunt/his mother.

Dinner with friend Maureen and Anne went well although as always I was somewhat chatty. I suppose being in a situation where I do not have access to like minded souls makes me too eager to chat and visit.

I've worked on my paper a little and do hope to make some revisions tomorrow morning. My scatter gun thinking must get under control. If I fix this paper I'll post it on the google document page and that'll help me revise the gallina paper.

Friday, June 15, 2007

JFK

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Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy (1)
05/29/1917 - 11/22/1963
35th president of the USA

I have been reading a new book on the Kennedy brothers which highlights as I never understood when they were alive how committed to peace these brothers were. I believe the quote above signals this insight.

Writing and Reading

I've gotten back to the book I mentioned in an earlier post: Hispanic Nation. I've found the gist of it helpful and now must get into the Crowley book on Civic Discourse to use for my paper on transcultural rhetorics.

FlyLady.net
has been useful in setting up a regular routine which I find gets me more motivated. I can clear the chaos that sometimes envelopes me so that I can read and take notes for the writing I must do. Turning off the news has helped dramatically too.

I'm supposed to go to a conference in NY an must reconsider. I have materials for the workshop but not the cash to fly out and stay over in Troy. Perhaps next year I'll be in better shape financially.

Tempe has been really pleasant for me as a town to live in. I've shared the library photos earlier and find that getting there is easier than sticking around here. But now that I'm decluttering the place where I live, staying here works out well too.