Communing with Nature

A-10 over Normandy on D-Day

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Durn it! I missed the most important date in the year: D-Day, June 6, 1944. The image above is an Air National Guard A-10, painted up in the colors of the 107th's P-51 Squadron, which flew over Normandy that day. This one flew over the same beaches, 74 ...

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Reason for Dropping a Course

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I have not posted anything here in a while, and I am suffering "blog withdrawal" a bit. This morning, an email triggered this post!

I have been teaching at Austin Community College for over 15 years now. Every semester I meet a new crop of students "eager" to learn ...

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Forgetting How To Program

I read this article this morning.

Since I am a pilot, that quote caught my eye, and the story it tells about flying struck me as true about where learning how to program is going these days.

The Push to go Online

Classrooms fill up with students eager to learn ...

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Ten Years and Counting

Can you believe it? I have been fighting Cancer for 10 years now!

And winning!

Our trip to M.D. Anderson was a big one this time. We had three days of appointments to get through. The biggest part of the trip was the four-month cancer check, but we also ...

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TL;DR

Ever seen this? It seems in the new age of "instant gratification, folks do not want to read anything that is "too long".

To Long; Didn't Read!

Everyone seems to be in a hury these days. My students do not want to learn things by study, they want those ...

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Being Six Again

Do you remember what things you thought about when you were six. Some of those things were crazy, but fun.

Inventing things

Kids always want things they do not have. They even want things that do not exist. That does not stop them from wanting those things anyway!

"Hey, Tommy ...

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HearPhones

A while back, I started hearing (!) about a new product from Bose. This is a company well respected for building quality sound systems. They sell radios, speaker systems and all sorts of stuff to make enjoying TV and music nice. I have one of their Bluetooth speaker systems in my ...

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MDA Parts Department

Today we did a marathon drive to Houston and visited the parts department at MDA. Well, actually, it was the dental clinic on the ninth floor, where we had a short, one-hour meeting with Dr. Hofsteade. On my last visit, she made an impression of my teeth (what few are ...

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Dancing at the USO

We went dancing over Labor Day weekend. The event was a USO dance themed after those held during WWII. We had a "Big Band", and the event was held in Fredricksburg, Texas at the Hanger Hotel and Convention Center. Of course a hotel with a name like that has to ...

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Snakes

Garter snake

Snakes! You know, those slithery long critters that make most folks cringe with fear when they see one. Well, this evening, after my night class, I came home and was immediately told by Cheryl that there was a snake in the garage, caught in a bug trap our bug control ...

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