Mountain Mama: Family Road Trip Advice

first_imgDear Road Tripper,My two-year old and I recently drove ten hours. Without a video player. Sure, when he grew sleepy, his whines turned to howls and then full on screams until he finally relented to sleep’s whisper. His discomfort tormented me from the driver’s seat. I twisted my arm to hold his foot, providing the comfort of a mama’s hand. Sometimes that worked and his cries subsided to whimpers. Sometimes it didn’t.When I told a friend who asked whether I’d used a video player that I hadn’t, her gasp led me to question whether I’d unknowingly committed a mild form of child abuse. I pointed out that I’d grown up going on road trips without the distractions of modern technology. She asked whether I found it necessary to make my child suffer in the same way given that society had come so far.Or have we. I thought back to the place where I first started writing for fun — the gas station where I worked the 5 pm to midnight shift most weekday nights. I was a junior in high school and I knew that if I wanted to go to college, I’d have to pay for it. We lived in a rural area and most nights were slow. At first I’d stare at the cars whizzing by on the highway. I started telling stories about the people driving, guessing at where they were headed. Some of those stories made me sad, others made me smile. I wrote down my favorite ones and let a teacher read them. He encouraged me to enter a writing contest. I won at the state level, beating out kids from fancy schools whose parents carted them from one after school activity to the next. I’m convinced that the stillness of working in that sterile environment nudged me to imagining a more entertaining world, whereas the kids busy taking extracurricular activities never benefitted from the same luxury of doing nothing at all.The gaps between where we are and where we dream to be can be uncomfortable, like working late nights at a gas station or sitting for a long time in a car. Inhabiting those in-between spaces requires the type of quiet that can be boring. These days we too often drown the uncomfortable spaces with the noise and distraction technology provides. But in that quiet wasteland, creativity takes root, cultivating a sense of wonder and hope. When we encourage our children to press their foreheads against the window and stare, they’ll take in plenty of strip malls and roadside construction. Those ugly and drab landscapes serve to accentuate the beauty of driving over glistening rivers and seeing the rainbow after a storm.On our road trip, my toddler learned about cranes and back hoes, tractor trailers and buses. We talked about the color of the clouds and greeted the arrival of the moon like a long lost friend. I’m pretty sure the road trip would have been easier with a video player, but then we would have missed out on scanning the horizon. Listening to my toddler’s delight at pointing out when we were going downhill or over a bridge reminded me just how often we find the extraordinary in the mundane.Road Tripper, consider unplugging and allowing your child’s mind the freedom to wander and marvel at the scenery.Enjoy your trip!Mountain Mama Dear Mountain Mama,Our young family is taking a long road trip. My wife and I are debating on whether to buy a video player to occupy our toddler during the long haul. What’s your opinion about using a video player to help children endure long periods in the car?Thanks,Road Tripperlast_img read more

High Marijuana Taxes: Be Careful What You Wish For, You Just Might Get It

first_imgForbes 12 January 2020Family First Comment: One of the most popular arguments that the cannabis advocacy community (including the Drug Foundation) has when the time comes to fight for legal weed is tax revenue. “Just think about how much money the state could make by taxing marijuana,” said every cannabis advocate to speak on the issue over the past several decades… It’s a great idea, too, only now cannabis supporters are no longer satisfied with the novel concept they have been selling like a coked-out car salesman all of these years. High pot taxes have a lot of these cats peeved, which has them threatening to return to the black market. But this is what they have been asking for. Read more of our research on this issue of the most popular arguments that the cannabis advocacy community has when the time comes to fight for legal weed is tax revenue. “Just think about how much money the state could make by taxing marijuana,” said every cannabis advocate to speak on the issue over the past several decades. In fact, they have preached this ethos for so long that lawmakers have finally taken notice and decided, you know what, you guys are right, we’re going to legalize this stuff and tax the ever-living snot out of it. The political suits are finally convinced that legal weed is a good way to generate beaucoup bucks for their respective state, pay off budget deficits, help drug addicts out of the gutter, construct new schools and repair roads. It’s a great idea, too, only now cannabis supporters are no longer satisfied with the novel concept they have been selling like a coked-out car salesman all of these years. High pot taxes have a lot of these cats peeved, which has them threatening to return to the black market. But this is what they have been asking for.Maybe it’s time they make up their minds.In Illinois, where recreational pot sales just got underway at the first of the year, cannabis patrons are a little miffed over how much it costs to catch a buzz. And, honestly, it’s a legitimate gripe. The tax scheme is a bit nutty. Not only does Illinois tax its growers to the tune of 7 percent, but it is also sucking out multiple excise taxes depending on the type of pot product a person buys. They want 10 percent for flower, 20 percent for edibles and beverages, and 25 percent for any product that comes packed with over 35 percent THC. Oh yeah, Illinois pot customers must also contend with state and local taxes. So, in many cases, customers are paying 30 percent extra at the cash register. And, make no mistake about it, they are crying about it too.“So for all the people out there that are coming out to buy I would encourage you to bring about $40 on top of what you’re going to spend,” cannabis customer Marc Woolfolk told NBC affiliate KSDK.READ MORE: read more

Porterfield salutes Holland heroics

first_img Ireland came into the clash knowing all they had to do to progress was win, having already beaten Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates, but, after posting 189 for four after losing the toss, they had no answer to the onslaught and suffered a six-wicket defeat. “We played two-and-a-half very good games of cricket, it’s very disappointing today but it just shows you what can happen in this form of the game,” Porterfield said at the post-match press conference. “That’s what makes it a great competition where things like this can happen. “We’ll bounce back from it.” Stephan Myburgh got Holland’s charge off to the perfect start, thumping Andy McBrine for three successive sixes in the second over. By the time he departed for an emphatic 63 off 23 balls, which included four fours and seven maximums, the Dutch were well on their way. Tom Cooper’s 45 off 15 deliveries was also a key factor, while Wesley Barresi (40 not out off 22 balls) completed the job with a towering six over midwicket. “You’ve g ot to give a lot of credit to Holland. They came out and struck the ball pretty cleanly from the off,” Porterfield said. “We were on the full side a bit too much, but no matter where we seemed to be landing it the ball was still disappearing.” By contrast, Ireland needed a late surge from Andrew Poynter (57) and Kevin O’Brien (42no off 16 balls) to reach their total, with the pair putting on 101 for the fourth wicket in 7.3 overs. Porterfield was happy with his side’s batting efforts and believes Holland were spurred into action because they had nothing to lose. “In the context of the game (our total) was slightly above par,” he added. “Obviously it’s turned out not to be at all but I think that’s the way things go in Twenty20 cricket. “They needed 14 overs to get it in so they had to come out and go from the off. “It’s a completely different mindset than you may have if you’re going out there to knock off the runs in 20 overs. Simple things like that can change a campaign, it has done for Holland.” The Dutch advanced to the tournament proper on Friday at the expense of Ireland and Zimbabwe by virtue of a superior run-rate after an explosive win over Porterfield’s men at Sylhet. Needing to overhaul an imposing victory target of 190 in just 14.2 overs to progress from the group stage, Holland’s batsmen smashed 19 sixes to pass the total with three balls to spare. Ireland captain William Porterfield was magnanimous after watching an incredible performance from Holland’s batsmen snatch away a place in the main draw of the ICC World Twenty20. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hand ball team ” Zrinjski” is the autumn champions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

first_imgIn the 11th or the last round of the autumn part of the Premiere League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ”Zrinjski” won against ”Katarina” with the result of 36:18 (19:7) in Mostar.The handball team form Mostar has finished their first part of the season with ten victories and just one defeat. The championship will proceed in March 2013.last_img

Wellington High School Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, Nov. 4

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments *Upward Bound will be here Wed. Nov. 12th in the commons during lunch if you’d like to speak with them about signing up for a great program!*Attention Stuco members: There will be a meeting tomorrow at 7:15 in the morning.*There will be a short winter color guard informational meeting this Thursday at 3:10 after school in Ms. Vaughn’s room. This is for any student that is interested in being in the color guard for basketball season. If you are unable to attend but are still interested in trying out, see Ms. Vaughn before Thursday.*SENIORS! If you are interested in attending Cowley County Community College- don’t miss out on their Senior Day, November 12.  Visit Mrs. Brown in the counseling office for more details. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, November 4, 2014:TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday• All School Musical- 7 p.m.Saturday• All School Musical- 7 p.m.Sunday• All School Musical- 2 p.m.Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken Tetrazzini, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Steamed Carrots, Biscuit with Jelly, Applesauce and Milk Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays College.Follow us on Twitter. Today’s News*Looking to get stronger this winter? Then powerlifting is for you!  There will be an informational meeting about powerlifting in Ms. Hollas’s room after school on Thursday. If you have any questions before then, then feel free to ask Ms. Hollas, Brenton Troutman, Nick Hyde, or Jared Shields. Participants in other winter sports are encouraged to join the powerlifting team.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters!

first_imgJames Harrison (AP Photo/File)Yes, you bring back James Harrison, or anybody else for that matter who can get to the quarterback.  Everybody take a step back and swallow a little pride. Hell, I’d shake Deacon Jones up from the dead if I thought it would help us win.Bill NealOkay, here’s your winners. Kansas out of the South. Michigan State out of the East.  Arizona out of the West and Duke out of the Midwest. Michigan State beats Kansas.  Duke beats Arizona. Duke wins it all. Now give me my billion dollars . . . in all $5’s.The “Zen Master” has done the only thing he can do. He took his show on the road.  Jeannie and the Lakers dumb axx’s didn’t want him. Now the Knicks will rise out of the ashes and put a stop to Kobe’s quest for the elusive sixth ring.A reminder for everyone near and far. The first big, I mean big, party of the year is coming your way Saturday, March 29 at the magnificent Rivers Casino on the North Shore in the Grand Ballroom. Join legends B.B. Flenory, Jennifer Bruce, Myron Brown, Chanel Smith and Master Jacquet Bazemore as we host the Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl legends, Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Woodruff, Andy Russell, Robin Cole, Mike Wagner, Randy Grossman and Louis Lipps. Free parking, cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres, free photographs and autographs. $25 donation at the door. Call (412) 628-4856 for more information.YOU HAVE JUST CROSSED THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Elite pros and freeriders descend on Balface for Red Bull Supernatural

first_imgNBC to Televise competitonFans in the U.S and Canada can tune-in March 31st to catch the two-hour Red Bull Supernatural special airing nationally on NBC from 1-3pm PST. By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily When Mayor John Dooley takes flight on another one of those promotional missions to points unknown he can dip into bag most other cities in Canada can only dream of having at their disposal. There’s CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. The event may be a little old, but still is great fodder for promoting the city. Add in the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) convention last year. This was another event that showcased Nelson to politicians from across the country. World Junior A Hockey Challenge? Once again Nelson shines, along with Trail, as co-hosts to one of Hockey Canada’s prestigious international tournaments. Toss in a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, the upcoming Dimestore Fishermen segment on television and Mr. Dooley. . . . well, you just can’t write a package showcasing Nelson like this. But wait. Dooley & Company has another feather to toss into the cap thanks to Travis Rice and the gang at Baldface Lodge. The Red Bull Supernatural is coming to Nelson and with it national television exposure on a major television network in the United States. “This is going to be a really good opportunity to show Nelson off,” Balface president Jeff Pensierio told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the world-class event. “The prestige of the event and working with Travis is exciting. We’re really lucky to get the opportunity to do this.” The Red Bull Supernatural invites elite boarders from throughout the world to Balface for six days on the mountain. The brainchild of snowboarding icon Travis Rice, Red Bull Supernatural is the inaugural backcountry competition designed to challenge, then, crown the best all-around snowboarder on the planet. “A lot of this came about after snowboarding with Travis,” Pensierio explained, adding Rice used runs at Baldface for his current movie, the Art of Flight. “We built up a relationship and when Travis told me his idea I said the North Face might be ideal for his competition.” The run on the North Face, a 45-degree slope known as “Scary Cherry”, is the site of the race. The slope, combined with 80 man-made features, which took a crew of workers most of last summer to construct, gives boarders three distinct sections of the course designed to both show off each athlete’s strength and various disciplines of the sport. Toss in the caliber of the competitors and the Red Bull Supernatural no doubt will serve-up runs beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Competitors begin to arrive this week and from Feb. 3-8 will be sequestered to Balface waiting for judges and organizers to select the perfect day to stage the event. “An event like Red Bull Supernatural calls upon all necessary skills; the ability to ride natural terrain, to navigate down big mountain lines, to ride powder, pillows and adverse, crazy obstacle,” Rice said in a Red Bull release. “Most importantly the course will call on one’s freestyle knowledge and experience forcing riders to integrate that into one’s all-mountain riding.” Red Bull is hosting a media session Thursday at the Hume Hotel Bentwell Lounge. Red Bull is also working feverously on staging an autograph session with some of the athletes at Tribute Board Shop on Baker Street. Details are expected once the athletes begin arriving so keep checking The Nelson Daily for more information.About Baldface:Baldface Lodge is Nelson’s snowcat skiing and boarding powder destination. With over 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow – adventure hounds never have to worry about competing for fresh tracks. Located north of iconic Nelson, British Columbia, Baldface is situated in the heart of Canada’s Selkirk Mountains. A quick 10-minute-helicopter ride from the Nelson airport up the Grohman Creek drainage transports guests to the Lodge for 3 and 4-day all-inclusive, guided snowcat skiing and boarding trips.The winter season typically runs from mid-December through mid-April each year.last_img read more

Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools

first_imgSeamus McDaid of Football Special fame is the guest speaker at this year’s Donegal ETB Enterprise Day for Schools and Youthreach Centres, it has been confirmed. Now in its sixth year, the annual event for post-primary school students and Youthreach learners from across the county takes place on Wednesday 16th October in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The aim of the event is to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship in a fun way to young people with the support of entrepreneurs and business people from across Donegal. Last year over 200 young people from seventeen schools and Youthreach centres from across the county participated.Seamus has only recently returned from the United States where he was the founder of McDaid’s Beverages USA and spent eight years there as the company’s US Business Development Manager.Having worked before this in Australia, he has now returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He has lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who will participate in the day.The day involves each team developing a product, from materials provided to them, on which they are judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup.This includes pitching their product to panels of business judges. Teams are given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Seamus will speak to them about entrepreneurship success and failure.The day also includes fun activities, ice breakers and team-building games with staff from Donegal ETB’s Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley commented: “We are delighted that Seamus has agreed to speak at our Enterprise Day this year.“This is one of Donegal ETB’s keynote events for students and learners across the county to encourage the key skill of entrepreneurship in a creative and fun way. “We really appreciate Seamus and a host of other entrepreneurs and business people giving up their time on the day to support the young people.”Last year’s winners of the Enterprise Day was St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs, while other previous winners have included Finn Valley College, Carndonagh Community School and Deele College.Dr Isobel Cunningham, lecturer in LYIT’s Department of Business and one of the organising group members said, “LYIT is delighted to be involved with Donegal ETB in supporting this exciting event for Donegal’s young people again this year.”Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fortuna dethrones Montgomery

first_imgDonald Willis had 17 points, Drew Gillette poured in 17 more and the Fortuna Huskies downed the two-time defending Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament champion Montgomery Vikings 69-49 in the first round of the 51st AIBT, Thursday evening at Arcata High.“We’re just playing so incredibly smart right now,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Our guys just know what to do and when to do it, we pass up decent shots for good shots and good ones for great ones.”With the win the Huskies (6-0) …last_img read more

Tricks to Preserve Deep Time

first_imgIt’s not always easy to prove that things are very, very old.  After all, no one has ever experienced deep time (millions and billions of years).  The key is to maintain a public “feeling” in the oldness of things.  Once that feeling is in place, some pretty major tweaks can be made by the experts without upsetting the deep-time framework.Establish then revise:  The age of the earth is usually printed to four significant figures (4.537 billion years), but physicists just decided it’s 70 million years younger than it was.  PhysOrg announced that an international team decided to revise the date.  “The results suggest that the length of time between the date at which the solar system was formed, about 4.567 billion years ago, and the point at which the Earth reached its present size, may have been far longer than traditionally presumed.”  Stretching out the earth’s time in the womb makes the birth come later: “We estimate that makes it about 4.467 billion years old – a mere youngster compared with the 4.537 billion-year-old planet we had previously imagined,” where imagined is the operative word.  3 of the 4 significant figures have been modified by this move.  Significant figures are supposed to represent levels of accuracy beyond the margin of error.Put the catastrophe in the deep time vault:  The process that brought diamonds to the surface is nearly instantaneous (05/07/2007) – but it isn’t happening today.  Live Science quoted a scientist who said that diamonds appear on the surface of the earth through explosive volcanic eruptions that create kimberlite dikes.  “No one has ever seen a kimberlite erupt – the most recent took place about 40 million years ago, said study author Kevin Burke, a geologist at the University of Houston.” Gloss over conundrums:  Cycads ruled the earth since 300 million years ago, claims Science Daily, but all of a sudden in our lifetimes they “are rapidly going extinct because of invasive pests and habitat loss, especially those species endemic to islands.”  Were there none of these threats before in 300 million years?Just say old:  Asteroid Lutetia was photographed by the Rosetta spacecraft last Saturday.  Right off the bat, led with the headline, “Battered Asteroid a Survivor From Solar System’s Birth.”  All that could be measured was rock composition, density, and surface topography, but was sure Lutetia is a “primitive asteroid survivor from the tumultuous birth of the solar system,” with “landscape that hints at the space rock’s ancient, violent past.”  There was no suggestion that tumults or violence occur these days.  Holgier Sierks from the imaging team made what he thinks a statement of fact: “I think this is a very old object,” he said.  “Tonight we have seen a remnant of the solar system’s creation.”Rearrange the deck chairs:  In the old story of human migration out of Africa, our ancestors tended to congregate around the equatorial latitudes to avoid the ice ages.  Well, what do you know: PhysOrg now says that early man conquered the British Isles 800,000 years ago, “far earlier than previously thought.”  This is based on stone tools found in East Anglia, home of the Climategate university.  Such evidence is no threat to the evolutionary timeline; the adjustments to earlier beliefs are made elsewhere, such as in resiliency of the early human physiology.  “This challenges our views that early humans spread only during periods of exceptional warmth,” one archaeologist explained.  “Instead, the new evidence demonstrates that early humans were capable of adapting their behaviour as the world changed around them.”  Agriculture, written language and cities would have to wait 790,000 more years.Suspend credulity:  PhysOrg announced that a 10,000 year old weapon just appeared in melting snow.  The discoverer did not explain why the snow didn’t melt for all that time before, but admitted, “Ninety-five percent of the archaeological record that we usually base our interpretations on is comprised of chip stone artifacts, ground stone artifacts, maybe old hearths, which is a fire pit, or rock rings that would have been used to stabilize a house,” Craig Lee [U of Colorado] said.  “So we really have to base our understanding about ancient times on these inorganic materials.”  The article said that once artifacts like the wooden weapon melt out of the ice, they could be lost forever, so he was really lucky to find this after 10,000 years.Stretch the fast and furious:  Geology can be “fast and furious,” reported PhysOrg, but the results still take deep time.  We can “Witness the birth of Africa’s new ocean” in Ethiopia happening under geologists’ feet, but don’t bring your beach towel just yet.  “Scientists at the University of Leeds are predicting that within 10 million years Africa’s Horn will fall away and a new ocean will form.”  Of course, by then, they will all be dead and unavailable for falsification charges.  See 11/04/2009, 12/09/2005, and 09/19/2007.These recent examples reveal that scientists reserve the right to maintain a great deal of flexibility for moving dates around within the framework.  The framework itself, however, is never questioned.Thomas Kuhn was right.  The science community works happily within the paradigm.  The paradigm is not open to debate.  In Kuhnian science, anomalies are supposed to pile up to the point where mavericks question the paradigm (e.g., 08/07/2009, 04/17/2009, 04/02/2009, 03/09/2009, 12/02/2008, 11/12/2008 and many more examples under “Dating Methods”).  The intellectual capital invested in the deep-time paradigm, however, is so huge, and the ramifications of a concession to the despised creationists so distasteful, that exceptional efforts are made to maintain the paradigm in spite of anomalies (07/02/2007, 11/26/2007, 07/25/2008).  Much of that effort is devoted to simple declarative statements that things are old, repeated often enough so that the public rests in the aura of deep time.  That way, the unfathomable antiquity of the world is, after sufficient indoctrination, intuitively obvious.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more