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Age. 33
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Location Denver, CO
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Sprocket's Training Milestones
Came home (Aug 2, 2014)
Asked to go outside (Aug 5, 2014)
Slept 4 hours straight (night) (Aug 5-6, 2014)
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7/3/13 - 8
7/4/13 - 30
7/5/13 - 36
7/10/13 - 54
7/11/13 - 57
7/18/13 - 67
2/17/14 - 83
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- Time to Kill
- Scent of the Missing
- Stiff
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Postponed witty comebacks for all things righteous
Wednesday. 5.18.11 8:38 am
When I was... I can't remember, 8,9 or 10, I was sitting in a Fazolvi's, a cheap 'italian' restaurant that me and my family had never really frequented before. Everyone started talking about what they thought heaven was going to be like. As I heard it, a chill settled all over my skin and a flaming heat right over my bones. My heart seemed to clamp down on itself and my stomach started flashing green for "vomit". I threw up everything I ate, the meatballs swirling in the bottom of the toilet. I flushed the toilet and tried to think of pink fluffy bunnies until all of it went away.

Even now, I still can't help feeling this way whenever someone starts raging about 'the end'.

I was sitting in the car with my students when Ryan turns to me, firey and angry and asks me, "Do all animals die?"
"I suppose so," I replied.
"But we're animals," he said.
"Well, sort of," I amended. He was silent.
"Everything dies, Ryan," I said cautiously.
"Does that mean we're going to die?" he asked incredulously.
I looked him straight in the eye and thought about it. I didn't know any answers except the truth. I nodded.
He was very quiet for a while, but then a little while later, someone started up another conversation and it was over.

This Sunday, the speaker comes up, just as fired up as my little seven year old. He explains, like a petulant child, that he does not understand why people don't like talking about the end times. He said that if we truly believe what we believe, than we should welcome the coming of the Lord. Meanwhile, I was sitting in my little coffee table chair thinking, in incredulously overwrought biblese, "Has he no fear of GOD?!"

People keep saying that kind of stuff, in Christian music and in the haloed company of bible thumpers, I sit quietly and listen to them drone on about the 'glories of the day of the lord' and I just have to sit in awe at the arrogance... It's sort of like, "Oh, so you really think you're going?" And they pull out John 14:6 "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" and Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" as though those are suppose to be answers.

Nothing gets me more than people who spit verses out at me like ticker tape. Have they not read, Matthew 4? Even the Devil can quote scriptures. Have they not read about the wives who miss the bridegroom, or the servant who buries his gold in the sand? Or Haggai? Or any of the prophets? Have they not read about how God tears down cities and nations and even whole worlds? Oh, and you are supposed to tell me that you aren't afraid? You aren't afraid of the God who's face will kill anyone who sees it? GOD IS TERRIFYING!

At least that's what I think, but then again, maybe I'm "just afraid". Well how about THESE VERSES:

Pslams 2:11
Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Ecclesisates 7:16-18
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself? Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.

And maybe for me?
Isaiah 8:12-13 Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread,

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Reinventing my blog
Wednesday. 5.11.11 8:03 pm
So, I just read a couple of interesting books, "How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci" and "Reinventing Yourself" and of course I surf the web when I'm listening to audio programs and I just happened upon my blog and though, "wow, my blog looks boring". So I want to change it... but I don't know how. More on that later.

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Art and Dance to Decrease spending in public schools
Monday. 5.9.11 10:55 am
So, I was trying to think about how to get poorer districts good teachers at a price that the residents can actually afford and I suddenly was struck with an idea. It goes a little something like this:

A Schedule

3 hours - 15students/teacherMath, Language, World/local knowledge
1.5 hoursLunch, Recess and Freeplay
3 hours - 50students/teacherGroup Problem Solving, Creative Expression and Dance

B Schedule
3 hours - 50students/teacherGroup Problem Solving, Creative Expression and Dance
1.5 hoursLunch, Recess and Freeplay
3 hours - 15students/teacherMath, Language, World/local knowledge

What Problems Does it solve?
1.) Oversized classes - There is no way that you can pay talented teachers what they deserve without forcing them to teach more students. It's a simple aspect of mathematics. Each member must put forward a certain amount of their income (an income otherwise used for food, shelter, etc.) towards child education. The greater the class sizes, the fewer each person has to pay. So, since it can't be afforded you can either teach children less well or teach children a lower amount of time.

I see it this way: you either a. have a classroom with 30 children that nobody can keep track of and nobody can teach for 6 hours OR 2. You can have fifteen children each for half a day that you will teach effectively for 3 hours.

Community oriented thinking - While it may seem stupid to teach people how to draw or dance on such a large scale, think of all the large scale artistic projects that required that many people. Think about spending a week building a playground for the school. Think about teaching groups of fifty how to dance in synch. Think about doing group problem solving exercises amongst a group large enough to actually represent real populations. Talk about mini-society, plays, presentations, research projects, all of which require the help and minds of many people and how little opportunity we get in classes to actually allow children to develop those large group working skills. Combine that with the intellectual advantages of small classroom learning, I hope you see where I am going with this. Besides, creativity is best done uninhibited making it ideal for the large spaces.


1. We have people paying for a service they don't use.
2. We have children teaching themselves.
3. It actually isn't working, which is why we have such high divorces, law suits, crime rates, etc. People have forgotten how to work as a team.

So, there's the big idea. What say you oh people of Nutang, can you spot me with some group thinking?

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When I Have My Baby...
Friday. 4.29.11 8:51 pm
When I have my baby, I think I'll need a backpack
Because I will carry him up mountains
down valleys,
and visit streams

When I have a baby, I think I'll need a backpack
Because we will go to zoos and museums
And I will lift him up to see the animals and the mummies

When I have a baby, I think I'll need a backpack
Because we will go to operas, baseball games and football games
And we will need to learn to be really quiet

When I have a baby, I think I'll need a backpack
Because we will have to talk to other moms, dads and other babies
and I hope, they will have backpacks, too

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That wierd tongue thing
Thursday. 4.28.11 6:16 am
So, I was looking in the mirror just now and was struck by a remarkable thing.

You see, my little kiddos wander around copying a lot of things I do. I find it to be simply delightful as anyone would who sees them as four year old pint-size admires. Well, recently Anna has been doing this thing where she puts her tongue up in her lip and goes, "hrm.." or very nearly. She didn't do this before and I wondered when on Earth she started.

That was when I was standing in front of the mirror, thinking and I suddenly actually looked at my own reflection. There, staring back at me, was me doing that self-same gesture. Hrm... I wonder how long that has been going on.

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Pen's and Nursery Rhymes
Wednesday. 4.27.11 5:56 am
I like that saying, "Life's messy. Clean it up", but you know, sometimes you really just have to just give up and let it go.

This morning I was getting ready for work... okay, so I was 'getting ready for work' while actually writing down another (slightly shorter) list of "Things I would like to make a goal of". I was using this rotten blue pen. It write well, but it leaks any chance it gets. So, it leaked all over my fingers (yet again) and I cried out:

"Why do I KEEP this pen! This is a terrible pen!" To which, as I angrily slapped on the cap, the pen replied:

Later, I was teaching my four year olds. I decided to try "Cutting with Scissors 101: Attempt 42" with a cute little set of Humpty Dumpty finger puppets. My little Eric... he is not an ace with the scissors. In fact, his approach to cutting is much like his approach to drawing with his bright blue crayon (to scribble wildly all over the paper). I am sad to report, that all the king's horses and all the kings men could not put THAT Humpty Dumpty back together again.

So, the scattered bits of Humpty Dumpty joined the pen in the trash. Time to try again tomorrow.

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