Saturday, January 31, 2009

My 15 Minutes of Unseen Fame

As I'm sure is typical of broadcast news, a video I posted for a segment on CNN's Campbell Brown never got aired.

I know I'm not the greatest looking person, slow of speech and mind-numbingly boring, but a producer liked what they heard on a video I posted about education. Mine was called Education Woes and can also be found on my YouTube account.

If you go to the iReport page, you will still see the "On CNN" label posted to the front.

I was disappointed that it wasn't shown, nor was the other video posted shown for the interview. I did, however, "meet" via email a nice producer for the show. I'll have to email her on Monday and ask if they could post the entire interview on Campbell Brown's CNN site. It would be nice for any educator who is interested to be able to view his responses to our questions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One Bright Spot On The Economy

You're going to laugh, but have you noticed a significant drop in those annoying credit card offers that come in the mail? I shred them, so I guess maybe they gave up on me. :o)

Monday, January 26, 2009


I'm going to rant for a few minutes. I'm sure it's nice for someone to tell me how the singles program in my Church "needs" me. The problem is, the singles program in my Church was never meant to meet the needs of widows. Widowed members, especially those who are grieving the loss of their spouse, need to hear testimonies of how these noble people still have a valid marriage in the eternities. Do we get this? No.

Let me explain a little doctrine for those who are unfamiliar with this. When I got married, I was sealed for time and eternity in the Mesa Temple. When Decker died, he wasn't even dead 1 month and my records were changed to single from married. Without my knowledge nor consent. Doing so put my name on every singles list on God's green earth and turned my grieving into a living Hell.

What exactly does it mean to be married for time and eternity, if it's not honored after the spouse is dead?

I cannot be sealed to another man, so my chances of marrying again, especially given that I'm still in my child-bearing years, are pretty much nill. There are a few widowers out there who do not want to marry again for time and eternity, but they are few and far between and many of them are considerably older than I am.

Going to singles functions where I am told of the virtues of marrying for eternity hurts. It's been 8 years and it still hurts. There are only a few lessons at singles functions I've been to that could even pertain to widows, so what's the point?

I've asked to not be contacted for singles functions, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears. Do I have to ask to not be contacted at all by the Church in order for my wishes to be respected?

Not all widowed members feel this way, of course, but participation in this should be a matter of choice. Right now the only choice is for a widowed member to find someone to marry, just to get the Church off their backs.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Praise To The Man

This was a slideshow put to music I put together over Christmas 2007 and showed in January 2008 to the Relief Society in my Ward as part of the prelude music. Please feel free to share this with others if you wish.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Robin Williams As The American Flag

I think the title says it all...

Born Again American

I typically don't post a video that isn't meant to be shared like this, but I hope you guys enjoy this. It is available for a free download on iTunes.

The link for this episode of the Bill Moyers Journal can be found here.

The link for Born Again American can be found here.

If you are interested in viewing some of the documents created to begin our democratic republic, click here.

ABC News: Baby Animals

I found this and had to post it. It is just too cute! Can you guess what kind of baby animal this is? See the link below to find out!

ABC News: Baby Animals

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Shift Happens...4.0

This is based off of a video created a few years back to give some indication of where students should be headed with regards to their technology education. Many thanks to Jane Nesdill for sharing this with everyone on her Facebook page!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Race To Witch Mountain Trailer

Here is the trailer for the remake of Escape To Witch Mountain called Race To Witch Mountain. This is one movie I can't wait to see! Be sure to click twice on the screen to get the full screen version of the trailer.

If you grew up in the 1970's like I did, Escape To Witch Mountain was one of the Disney movies made during a time when the company was still trying to find it's niche after Walt died. Some of the family, namely Walt's son-in-law Ron Miller, was among those running the company. They were the ones making the original version of this movie, which captured my dreams as a child. This remake looks pretty good, but I'll always love the original. I wanted Tia's special powers myself!