Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
“It’s because of the high thermal conductivity of the pole,” explains Frank J. DiSalvo, director of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future and co-director of the Cornell Fuel Cell Institute. “The metal is a much better conductor than your tongue (up to 400 times more powerful). The metal takes heat faster than your body can replenish it.”
The atoms in solid metals are packed tightly and transfer thermal energy more readily. They also have free electrons that boost conductivity. Free electrons are free to move from atom to atom. The electrons absorb heat energy and move through the flagpole, stirring up other atoms.
As your tongue touches the flagpole, the moisture on your tongue is robbed of heat. The temperature of the moisture drops. Water freezes inside tiny pores and surface irregularities on your tongue and the pole. You’re stuck.
So now your thinking, “Maybe if I just pull hard it will come off.” Yes, it will — a piece of your tongue, that is.
Monday, November 17, 2008
We had a complete blast and ran from morning til night onto every ride or adventure we could. We must have walked 50 miles and shared more laughter than we can count. It was an absolutely great time!
“It makes me happy to see you so happy” --- When Aunt Eva tells you about her newest boyfriend after a chain of 4 husbands and divorces. This give you a chance to express your joy at their happiness. You aren’t saying anything about the relationship, only about her feelings.
“Let’s straighten up a bit before we get out the …..” --- Works well when you can no longer see the carpeting for the clutter and someone wants to start something new.
“Thank you for your opinion (viewpoint). I’ll think about that” --- Works well when family or friends offer an opinion and you may not agree but don’t think the timing is right for a debate.
“Is this a good time for you?” --- Works well when someone is distracted like watching a holiday football game but you need all their attention.
“Would you like my thoughts?” --- Works well when people are worrying about something or in trouble or frustrated with a situation. Gives them a chance to say if they want to hear your take on it or they just need to vent.
“I need your help. Could you….?” --- Works well when family is all around and everyone except the master host feels like they are on vacation from tasks to get the dinner on. This gives you a chance to tell them that you need their help and how they can help.
“Let’s get the facts or another viewpoint on this” --- This works when a problem is perplexing or maybe you feel like their needs to be consensus on the true facts before delving into the problem or solution.
“Let’s wait on this until we get more information” --- Stops gossiping most of the time.
“I don’t understand. Can you explain it again or in a different way?” --- Gives the person speaking a way to express themselves differently and may take on a different tone the second time around.
“I don’t like that idea. How about we…….” If you need to say NO it helps to have an alternative.
“I’m sorry you’re upset” --- Validates a person’s feelings even though the reasons for those feelings may NOT be valid. It gives you some time to let them cool down and give you better facts.
“Let me get back to you” --- Don’t feel like you have to answer everyone’s inquiries on the spot. If it’s an inappropriate question, just tell them that you may not be prepared to disclose and will have to get back to them.
“I love your (pumpkin pie) so much that I already had too many servings, but thanks so much for making that” --- Works well when grandma is pestering you to have ANOTHER serving of anything. She wants to show her love by you enjoying her culinary creations. Reaffirm to everyone within earshot how much you loved it but now you are full up to your eyeballs.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Symptomatic behavior of PRIDE :
Critical of others’ efforts
Stingy with compliments
Unhealthy devotion to worldly music, dress, styles
Dominates Sunday school/church classes
Asks questions or makes comments to get attention
Bucks authority of others—parents/employers/teachers
Bossy, likes to control othersSelf esteem tied to things or appearances
Interrupts others for trivial corrections, must be right
Becomes irritated when given counsel
Poor listener—dominates conversations
Leaves clothes in dressing rooms/shopping carts in parking lot
Litters, doesn’t respect others’ property
Has to be in control of TV remote
Has a hard time saving money, wants instant gratification
Doesn’t help with housework, group projects
Unforgiving, holds grudges
Gets back at others with silent treatment
Late to meetings/classes
Classifies others into social groups, then criticizes them
Won’t respect during pledge of allegiance, national anthem
Looks for the easy way out of everything
Boasts of personal accomplishments
Consistently tries to “one-up” others
Doesn’t respect other gender—open door, wait for
Must be the first in line
Road rage, won’t let someone in lane, honking
Boos” at athletic events, yells at referees
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
At age 50 I was body surfing with my 16-year-old son and his friend at Laguna Beach, California. I took one "last wave" and accidentally hit by forehead on a submerged rock, my neck was broken, and my spinal cords severed between the second and third cervical vertebrae. I was instantly paralyzed, lost consciousness, and woke up two hours later in the Laguna hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses. One of the nurses noticed my eyes were opened and said to me, "Jack, if you can understand what I am saying, blink your eyes once." I blinked and there was a collective sigh of relief in the room. That began for me a new way of life that has continued on for the past 19 years.
Because of my faith in a personal God and his goodness I never was angry at Him, nor did I go around saying, with an attitude of self-pity, "Why me?" However, it did take time for me to realize that God and Christ felt my pain and suffering as much, if not more, than I did.
Although not angry about by accident and resulting paralysis, I was devastated and heartbroken for some time. It just seemed that I had lost so much and I could not conceive of living for any extended period of time completely paralyzed from the neck down and on life support.
I slid into a deep, dark, depression and there were those days I would have welcomed an early exit from mortality. I continued to pray however, and finally after a long period of preparation I was given a wonderful experience that made me know forever that God does feel our pain and is anxious to help us.
I came to the end of the rope. I hit the wall. I came to realize that no doctor or any man on this earth could do for me what I needed the most. I knew because of the nature of the injury I would never "get anything back." What I needed and longed for was hope, peace, and the sense of well-being I had lost because of my accident. Finally I turned to God with all my heart and soul in prayer as I never had prayed before. I eventually came to understand how much I was loved by the Savior and a loving, kind, merciful, Heavenly Father. I didn't see a vision but I was given a new heart and was filled with peace, joy, hope, and a sense of wellbeing I never thought I would ever feel again.
Those feelings have never gone away but have only intensified during the past 19 years; I came to understand then, and know now, that God and Christ do know what we feel and share our pain. I am convinced through my personal experience that they will take our pain and suffering upon themselves through their infinite grace and love if we will but trust them and come unto them with all our hearts.
Believing in the Scriptures I have a feeling for how sensitive deity is to our suffering and pain in mortality. When his good friend Lazarus died and Jesus came to his aid and to comfort his sisters Mary, and Martha, the scripture says: "Jesus wept." [John 11: 35] There are almost countless accounts in the Gospels of Jesus healing the sick, restoring the dead to their loved ones, and manifesting incredible compassion to all about him.
As a resurrected being we read this moving account about Him from the Scriptures: "Have ye any that are asick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or bleprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will cheal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy...And it came to pass that he commanded that their alittle children should be brought. So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him... [then] he awept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and bblessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. And when he had done this he wept again..." [3 Nephi 17:7-22]
In a vision given to the Prophet Enoch the following tender scene has been preserved for us as God looked upon the wickedness of his people and the resulting pain and agony they were experiencing and would yet experience:
"And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the... people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst aweep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?" [Moses 7:28-29]
Yes, God does feel our pain! He is a God of love and compassion. I wish everyone who ever had a serious problem or challenge in their lives could have my experience. I know they can, but it takes faith, trust, and turning to God with all our hearts.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Maybe my first clue should have been that it's been 20 some years since I had tots of my own and that means that I'm 20 years behind on energy and tricks for the trade. Joanna woke me as they went out the door before dawn. She was tearful and afraid that she was going to fold without her kiddos. At the time, I didn't doubt that I could entertain, nourish, and keep alive those beautiful "pioneer" children that she was entrusting me with. That was a GOOD thing at that crucial juncture in time. I profusely reassured her that "I had 4 little ones" once and they all grew to adulthood and turned into pillars of their community.
With Jo and Laren out the door, I thought it would be a good idea to get a start on the day by getting dressed and cleaning up the house before the kids awakened. I did barely get dressed and precious little 3 year old BJ appeared in the livingroom wondering where the "real" leaders of the house were. It was fun to have a few minutes with him to talk about some of the struggles in his life, namely potty training and crying. I felt like my teachings fell on very attentive ears and that I was going to be able to overcome these two difficulties that his parents have been working on for-ev-er. I felt kind of smug in the knowledge that I was, afterall, a sort of expert on raising amazing kids.
Everything was going great. Abbie, Mia, and Christian awoke and we held a "family council" meeting to outline our course of action, rewards, and fun for the four days the other pioneers (Jo and Laren) would be gone. We talked about the day's shooting schedule (we were making a movie for their Mom and Dad and posterity to enjoy later) and plans for water sports, animal rescue, and creative sculpting.
Breakfast was amazing (we had Lucky Charms and I can tell you that there were plenty, if not in the pantry then down in the storage - 14 boxes to be exact, wow, coupon shopping!) The kids already knew that I was a fantastic cook with breakfast vitamins so cleverly disguised as little charms suitable for a cheerio necklace - if they only had some holes in them for stringing. I was sure that each little tummy was stuffed full before they left the table...then came back saying "what's for snack" by 9:30 a.m.
We "shot" the intro to our movie "So, Who's in Charge Now!" which showed them being real sad about saying goodbye to their pioneer parents and very jubilant at our plans for the day. They each created a character with some props I'd brought and some dress ups from their rooms. With the four of them, it was kind of a cross between glam queen and Mario Andretti meet Eskimo Power ranger and soda pop Sally. I'd post a picture of this hilarity EXCEPT we didn't take pictures....this was an action movie, not a photo shoot. But maybe I can figure out a way to get it off my 8mm camcorder and onto a disc....yikes! Anybody have ideas on that?
Time flew by quickly as we rehearsed our lines and played with some new rocket toys and a jump skipper. I don't really expect you to know what I'm talking about during most of this so don't overtax your brain trying to understand. I'm writing this on DAY 2 which is good news and bad news - good because that means we all survived DAY 1 and bad news because although my body survived, my brain is another thing entirely. I may sound a bit delirious so bear with me.
Oh, oh! BJ and Mia now are awake and as you parents know, nap times is the only time you can possibly sneak a few seconds to do anything except just play and play and play. I'll go ahead and post this now and you can just anticipate our next adventures.
Friday, July 18, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, or if you just met me, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Really, don't consider yourself "tagged". I don't like to "tag" people. But, this was on my friend's blog and it was a lot of fun posting my memory of her, so I thought I'd see what people can dig up on me. Play along only if you want to.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
after 85 years. When he was released from WWII
the doctor said that he had a bit of a bad heart
(no surprise to Dad) but said "oh, but, you'll live to
be a ripe old age of 65!!! Dad, just keep proving
Friday, July 4, 2008
Right now I can't imagine the strength it must have taken to gain our independence. I have a hard time just spending a long day celebrating it! Joanna, in her usual wisdom, brought up another fine point when she said (on the way over to the Westridge field to watch the fireworks above the stadium) that Independence Day was one of her favorite holidays. I had to agree. It ranks right up their with Christmas, and everyone knows how nuts I am about Christmas! After pondering why it is a favorite I decided that there are similarities in the two holidays. For instance, they both engender great emotion, devotion and admiration. Our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the reason to celebrate Christmas and the love for our free land is the reason to celebrate Independence Day. And both holidays create feelings of joy that can be celebrated every single day the whole year through; unlike Halloween, which is mighty fun but lacks an overriding emotional theme of ultruism. Just thoughts of memories past Christmases and July 4th holidays can create tears. The only time Halloween could bring me to tears is recalling a scarey memory I would classify more as "fears" and not "tears".
It's been a good one. Joanna and kids were interviewed by Big Buddah from FoxUtah TV at the balloon lift-off and appeared on the local news. The hot air balloons included various shapes like a pig, a strawberry, a flag, Smokey the Bear. They were colorful and amazing as they were propelled skyward. It was thrilling to say the pledge of alligence and then hear some great patriotic tunes. People really get into this holiday! I've never seen so many people dressed to the hilt in the good old red/white/and blue.
Laren and Doug got in some tennis while we stayed home to fill water balloons and later went to the courts to lob them at them from the sidelines. What's a holiday without a water fight?
An interesting thing was happening in down town Provo around 7 pm. Remember the days when we'd go to the booth market down by the courthouse? Well, it was there this year and we didn't want to miss out so, yes, we went to experience the whole darn thing. Well, it has transformed into a huge International (mostly Hispanic) event with most of the vendors, entertainers, and food having a rather "south of the border" overtone. We know that Provo is a big area for Hispanics making a new home in America but we were kind of shocked at how prevalent that theme was. Interesting, no?
It's been a record breaking day...record breaking heat, fun, exhaustion but it was a blessing to have our Hawkins family with us and they kept us completely entertained. From Abbie's grown up conversation, Christian's never-ending antics, BJ's unwavering energy, and Mia's baby babble, we have enjoyed every minute. I hope everyone I love had a similarly enjoyable day. (you can see the Hawkins interview link on Joanna's blogspot)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Vote for Kelsey Nixon at
Kelsey Nixon is my friend from BYU and she is adorable and deserving. She has always dreamed of becoming a Food Network star and even has her own BYU TV show "Kelsy's Kitchen" as well as her website if you are interested. http://www.kelseyskitchen.com/
1. Hiking in the Uintahs ( it will be cool there)
2. Seeing the sights around Salt Lake and Utah in general (save gas)
3. Keeping our tile clean (elbow grease)
4. Lots of time in the backyard with a few inevitable water fights (Vanessa, eat your heart out)
5. Going to the basement to cool off (25 degrees cooler at times)
6. Playing with grandkids and kids (never enough of that)
7. Camping with the Hawkins and Jesselle at Payson lakes.
7. Planning our next Vacation!!! (DisneyWorld in October with Croshaws)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I am happy to announce our winners to the post titled "Is Anyone Out There?." Both Mindy Hillman and Heidi Livingstone Edwards will be awarded a case of soda for replying to my message. Congratulations to these two beautiful women in my life! Thanks for reading my blog.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It's been fun to have Jesse and Danielle around the past couple of weeks. We visited their little honeymoon cottage at Wymount Terrace where they had us over to dinner. They are making improvements on their furniture situation as the opportunity comes along. We are glad that their clothes get dirty every week so they have to come over to wash then. It's a great chance to get them in on a game of Bocce in the back yard. Bocce was Dad's father's day gift from the Hawkins. We will probably do more of that on the 4th of July as a family.
We saw Christian's t-ball game on Friday after work (after our work, not his work) we're happy to report that the kid is EXCELLENT at bat as well as guarding base. Hey, slugger, how about coming standing guard over our lawn. Maybe he could do a little ghost-busting or martian-busting. What ever! His baseball cap with a letter A for his team name "Athletics" is much much much greener than our lawn. Ok Ok enough about the lawn....but it is really very painful.
After Christian's game we visited the Hawkins and were even happy to get the Hawkins women (Jo, Abbie, and Mia) to come overnight to play with us while the men (Laren, Christian, and BJ) went to the Father's and Son's outing at Payson lakes. Saturday we made "coupon" shopping trips to Toys R Us, Walgreen's and Riteaid. (girls just wanna have fun!)
It's been a good week and we are continually blessed with the love of our Heavenly Father and each other. Life is good.....NOT GREEN....but GOOD!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Who is this li'l pumpkin?
Last year Dad took me to this slot canyon in Southern Utah. It was like being on the moon or something. The landscape seemed like we have been transported to a different planet. We hope to do this trip again this year and stay fairly close to home this summer until we do DisneyWorld in October with the Croshaw family. You gotta love it!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
We finished our Soccer season this week, and Grant's team won the championship! He's learning to play quite the Goalie, and Faith had a lot of fun this year with her friends on the team. Grant also passed his Karate test and is now a...BLUE BELT! This is his fifth belt (white, gold, green, purple and now blue) and he just really loves it!
School's OUT at the end of this week, so I look forward to working on our Summer Goals in order to win a trip to DISNEY WORLD with Mimi and Papa! The kids keep repeating "If everyone doesn't achieve their goals, noone can go!" So, we're going to work together to achieve it all!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
- ▼ December (5)
- ► September (3)
- ► August (7)
- ► July (11)
- VOTE FOR MY FRIEND KELSY AS THE NEXT BEST FOOD STA...
- FREE MOVIE
- HOT HOT HOT
- Remember and be amazed!
- AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
- Is anyone out there?
- Newlyweds, Grandkids and "Crop" Circles!
- Shades of Summers Past
- BUY AMERICAN GASOLINE AT CONOCO, SINCLAIR, WALMART...
- Water = Fun!
- bunch of booth
- Chris and Grant
- OUR FAMILY IS GROWING!