Homework Time...For Parents
As the first quarter of the school year winds down and, as SJV parents, as well as most other Brookfield school parents, are marking our calendars with PTS conference times, this is a good time to do some of our homework.
(1) My writing (and believing) that 124th Street south of Greenfield was in Brookfield. (Dec 12, 2006)
Did he repeat to himself as he broke huddle for that last play, what he had told us so long ago at the press conference called to announce his entry into a rehab. program - "don't bet against me".
We are a nation whose obsession with sports is embarassing. But at its best, and when played by its best, sports are a microcosm of life, and can often encourage the best that is within us, as well as things we may lament.
It must be big news, Elmbrook sent out a special LINK* publication to tell me all about their two LISTENING SESSIONS coming up.
The LINK listed the High School Facilities sessions first, starting at 7pm on November 26th at Brookfield East's library and November 29th at Central's.
The SAVE Act and LOST Treaty are perfect examples of how it does not matter which party affiliation promotes the policy, what matters is the policy!
The SAVE Act, Secure America with Verification and Enforcement, "Requires every employer to use electronic verification system on every employee", says NumbersUSA. That sounds good to me. The irony of this bill is that it is being introduced by a Democrat, Heath Shuler.
I am ashamed to admit that I don't think about the war unless I am reading an article in the newspaper or watching something on tv or on the internet. Like many others, I am guilty of the "indifference" that comes with living my everyday life in my safe, comfortable, suburban cocoon. On Sunday though, as I sat in church, the war wasn't "distant" any more because it had a face.
Because we have a young child, my family tends to sit at the back of the church, and at a whopping 4' 11", I generally can't see much of what is happening down in front. This Sunday, I had a clear view of the young, Brookfield man who was being called to military service. He's not the first man from our congregation to be called to serve, and he probably is not the last.
Have you heard the latest United Way radio commercial? It has a soft, sympathetic voiced woman who says imagine if you were poor, then there is a older crumugeon male voice saying pull yourself up by your bootstraps, she interjects, now imagine if you lost your job, did not finish high school, and started drinking something like that.
The jist of the ad is that being poor is not your choice or fault.
I always think of four names on November 11: Bud, Andy, Cornel, and Eugene, my father, father-in-law, and two uncles respectively. They all fought in World War Two, and thankfully, they all came back. Three of them are gone now, heroes to our country and certainly to me. My father-in-law's uniform from Patton's Third Army hangs in our closet. We take it out on days like this to remember him, reflect on what his generation did, and to talk with our kids of these things.
After them I recall the stunning images in the opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg's craft is at its height with the panoramic sweep of the American cemetery at Normandy. The enormous, over-arching American flags lofting in the Channel fed breezes and keeping vigil over her sons, silently express a level of human emotion for which even Skakespeare might have been inadequate.
Here are some upcoming events that take SJV families to the end of the year:
Vianney Varieties, Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, School Gym
We would not be enjoying the freedoms we have without their sacrifices. Maybe that is what makes me so frustrated when I see many in our government today TAKING away our personal liberties and GIVING away that hard fought freedom to world governing bodies. But that is a subject for another day.
Brookfield became a city in 1954. In 1959, the city funded a master plan for development. At that time, the plan projected a population of 80,000 people, and it included a mix of residential, commercial and industrial development.
Because of this, Dan Ertl, Director of Community Development, becomes defensive when people talk about the over-commercialization of Brookfield. Dan was hired in 1987 and began reviewing the 1959 plan with Kate Bloomberg. Ertl described development until that time as "frenzied." Ertl and Bloomberg reduced the 1959 plans for density along North Avenue, 124 Street and Capitol Drive. Ertl is committed to ensuring existing businesses' success and that the city remains inviting and competitive .
Sometimes you find laughter in the most unexpected places.
I had to have a diagnostic mammogram last Monday because I felt a lump in my left armpit the Friday before. The good news is that everything is okay. The bad news was that I spent the weekend terrified that it was cancer. As loyal readers may remember from my "Teddy Bears" blogs, my mother died of cancer last year, and earlier this year, I had a scare during my annual mammogram.
So, the powers that be (TPTB) decided to institute a commenting feature on the blogs awhile back. So, now, it's getting a little out of hand. So, now TPTB have decided that there are going to be rules about comments. I got an email about The Rules this evening.
The Rules will soon be posted on all blogs. If readers' comments do not follow The Rules, I am not supposed to publish them. If something gets by me or TPTB disagree with my decision to publish a comment(s), they will pull the comment(s) themselves. That is also part of The Rules.
The Holiday we know as Thanksgiving has two foundations in our nation's history.
The first lies in the autumn of 1621. The people we know as the Pilgrims gathered to give thanks for having survived their first winter in North America, and for the liberties they enjoyed upon coming to this continent.
Each family builds its own traditions for the holiday. Some are carried over from past generations and are cherished. Some are newly adopted.
This year, make time for "Christmas at the Inn" on December 1 and 2. The Dousman Stagecoach Inn, built in 1843, will be decorated for the 1840s holidays. Inside, you'll find feather trees, an old-fashioned Christmas tree with handmade ornaments, a collection of precious baby dolls in vignettes, antique cooky cutters and more amid a fully furnished Stagecoach Inn.
I wrote of Lake Michigan last month and am only now getting back to the topic.
In my first blog (http://blogs.brookfieldnow.com/brookfieldbasics/archive/2007/10/18/the-coming-battle-over-miss-ken.aspx) I wrote of my feelings for "Missi-Ken". I acknowledge my lack of objectivity on the subject, for she is one of the great loves of my life. But the general issue of water is more clinical.
The preschooler has just been churning them out lately. This chuckle requires some backstory.
The preschooler likes to print pictures off the Internet websites that she is allowed to access. Recently, she printed out two pictures, wrote the words "I love you Mom" on both of them and placed them neatly on my pillow. She did the same thing for her sister.