Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I've been sick for awhile now(digestive, stomach issues, unexplained weight loss) and so I finally made the referral appointment here. I'm sure they will do tests that are not pleasant and I'm not excited. I hope to get to the bottom of why I can hardly eat anything without getting sick(explained weight loss maybe?) I miss really tasty food. I have no idea how I'm going to eat on my trip to Boston.
Anyone with good stress management tips let me know, I know my emotions also play apart in how well I feel during the day. If I stress out I'm really ill a few days later. YUCK!!!!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Each of these books were sent to me free. The author and publisher only wanted me to read and review them on my blog. Thanks to all of them.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Two Austin DECA students are going to nationals
|By Heather Rule|
The Post-Bulletin, Austin MN
Two Austin High School seniors involved in DECA will be packing their bags and heading to Orlando, Fla., to take their business skills to a national level.
Jay Ettinger and Gunnar Peters beat out 60 teams to take first place in the Travel/Tourism Marketing Team Decision-Making Event at the state leadership conference March 6-8 in Minneapolis. They were among 19 AHS students who competed at the state event, which attracted 2,500 students from across the state.
Ettinger's and Peters' first-place performance means they will represent their program, school and city at the International Career Development Conference on April 30-May 3.
"We're very excited to be going to nationals," said second-year DECA member Ettinger. "It's a great opportunity."
Ettinger and Peters were given 30 minutes to come up with a business plan on the spot. Learn abour their challenge in Friday's print edition.
Friday, March 18, 2011
These two were in the school play about Lewis and Clark. It was a musical and quite funny. They sung and about Lewis and Clark and then the kid playing Clark would yell out, "Clark and Lewis" the whole gym burst into laughter. She had a small part, but did a great job. WAY TO GO CENNY!!!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Good story, the next one better be soon, this one leaves you hanging.
How true is that statement? Fun book that takes a look a siblings as adults.
Great book, loved it. Here is a link.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
All of the Ellis kids.
Ellis had 4 teams and Zeke's team came in 6th out of around 30 teams in Southeastern MN. Way to go Zeke!!!! They celebrated with ice cream. Zeke sung a solo at his choir concert the night before. Yeah!! Zeke!!!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Monday, March 7, 2011
Choose the Right Road
Have you ever gotten lost? Well I have and David and I have seen parts of Atlanta I would rather have missed. Our trip was one wrong turn after another and since I was the navigator, it really was my mistake. It seems amazing to me that I was never Ok with just turning around and getting back on the right road. Instead I always found a new way to our destination, which many times got us lost again. Eventually we made it and were able to reap the benefits of our travels, but it cost us precious time we could have enjoyed at the museums and places we stopped.
In life, like a map, we follow the designated route to our destination and sometimes get sidetracked and lost along the way. How many times have you imagined your goals only to find yourself on the wrong road or lost? I have seen myself decide on a target and start going in the right direction only to find something interesting, catching my attention along the way. If I detour to that new distraction I figure I can find my way back to the right road, but do I? Or do I find another thing just off the new road, that’s more interesting then the last, getting me completely turned around and lost.
Life is a series of choices and roads for that matter. Which do I take? If I find myself lost what do I do? These are questions we need to ask ourselves as we navigate our way through life. Where do you want to end up? If we don’t know, then how can we choose the right path? Decide on your goals and find the road leading that way. Make the choice to stay on the correct road because it will get you where you want to go, any detour will only cost you time. Time you may not have. To quote a great song, ‘Choose the Right when a choice is placed before you…. Let God in heaven be your goal.’ Don’t make my mistake. Turn around and get back on the correct road, which is the safest and fastest route to your destination.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Brandon Davies: Is BYU's Premarital Sex Controversy Good For College Sports?
These days, bad behavior among college athletes is a fact of campus life. Beat up a freshman in a barroom one night and you can be back on the court three days later. Just this week, a Sports Illustrated and CBS News investigation found that more than 200 players on the rosters of 25 major college football teams have run afoul of the law. Nearly a quarter of scholarship athletes on the University of Pittsburgh squad have criminal records.
College athletics is a multibillion-dollar enterprise, and the pressure to win at any cost — including turning a blind eye to player misbehavior — can be overwhelming. That's why the news this week that Brigham Young University (BYU) would force starting center Brandon Davies to miss the rest of the season for violating the school's honor code was so surprising.
The team looked like a title contender. BYU is ranked third in the country, and Davies, who averages 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, is a key player; in their first game without him, the Cougars were trounced by the University of New Mexico, 82-64.
But the most surprising fact of the story is that Davies got booted for behavior that wasn't criminal. What he did takes place, to put it mildly, every day in colleges across the country: Davies had sex with his girlfriend.
BYU is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which frowns on premarital relations. Davis, like 98% of BYU students, is a Mormon. Upon entering the school, students vow to abide by its honor code, which prohibits premarital sex as well as indulging in alcohol or coffee. "The honor code is an essential part of your recruitment to BYU," says Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst Steve Young, who played at BYU from 1981 to '83. "It's not like you find out later — 'Oh, you didn't tell me! I didn't know that!' But there's a spirit on campus that is just, 'O.K., fine, now let's now go have a good time.'"
The judgment on Davies doesn't come without costs to the school. If BYU fails to advance in the upcoming NCAA tournament without its star center, the rest of the team — young men who worked hard, obeyed the rules and did nothing wrong — miss out on a life experience they may never recapture.
But you have to admire an institution that sticks by its principles. "The expression of love between a man and a woman is sacred, valued at the highest level," says Shawn Bradley, the 7-ft. 6-in. former NBA player who spent a year at BYU and spent two years on a mission in Australia before entering the 1993 draft. Indeed, many BYU alums say they support the school's decision. "Sorry, I'm choking up a bit here," says Philadelphia sportscaster Vai Sikahema, a former NFL return specialist who played for BYU in the mid-1980s. "It's just hard for me to express just how immensely proud I am of my university."
He should be. When it comes to athletes and sex, the easy call is to let the jocks slip. On any campus, athletes are visible, and popular, especially when a team is winning. And though it's probably easier for a student to squelch his or her desires at a place where all 30,000 undergrads are also trying to stay chaste, suppression is still a challenge. "It was difficult for me," says Bradley, a devout Mormon. "We all have those urges. You're dealing with hormones, which are out in full force. But you have to stay focused, and put yourself in the right places to protect yourself."
The willingness of BYU to police poor conduct is sharply at odds with other college programs. At Seton Hall University last season, for example, a basketball player who caused an accident while driving under the influence, causing an injury to the other driver, was suspended for only eight games. This year, a top player from Robert Morris University got a four-game penalty after a drunk-driving incident. In February, two players from Marshall University were charged with battery over a bar fight; they played in a game the next evening. Schools often let athletes off easy for on-field transgressions too. Two seasons ago, a University of Florida football player intentionally gouged an opponent's eyes. He was suspended for a half.
BYU has every incentive to just slap Davies on the wrist for his transgression. A successful run at the Final Four could generate millions of dollars in television revenues and alumni donations for the school, and the added exposure and prestige can increase applications.
BYU boosters, however, believe the Davies incident could be a selling point on its own, by broadcasting the school's principled stand on honesty and taking responsibility. Davies himself has apologized to his teammates and took his punishment without complaining. And despite the stiff penalty it levied, BYU also teaches forgiveness. "It's really a pretty compassionate place," says Young, a great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young himself. "I guarantee you there's a huge outreach to make sure that he's O.K. If I could talk to him, I'd put my arm around him and say, 'Hang in there, get back on the court when you can, and make it right.'"
Davies may learn a great deal from this experience. "This could be a seminal moment in this young man's life," says Sikahema. "Better that it happens at 20, rather than 50, with four kids. He'll probably be a better man, and that's ultimately what BYU is about, building leaders, building men. If that means missing out a chance at the Final Four, well, that's what happens."
Would any other school pay that price? More than likely, too few would pass the Brandon Davies test.
Gregory is a staff writer at TIME. Keeping Score, his sports column for TIME.com, appears every Friday. Follow him on Twitter at @seanmgregory