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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blogging about ABDC again?!

I try to keep this blog entertaining. So it goes against my better judgment to blog about America's Best Dance Crew again. But you. don't. un.der.stand. Last week Beat Freaks performed the best dance I've ever seen in my life. And then THIS week Quest Crew performed the best dance I've ever seen in my life. To understand the magnitude of this you have to hear me out.You have to understand my appreciation for hip-hop dance... Let me take you back in time to when I was in high school. I loved to dance. I loved hip-hop. And my Dad video taped a PBS documentary about hip-hop dance. I watched it over and over and over. We didn't have cable, so I couldn't watch MTV. Which was no big deal. But I needed to see the dances to learn the dances. So a kid from school (who had a crush on me) taped a bunch of music videos for me. I watched them and learned all the moves. I would spend hours in the living room, pausing, slow moe-ing, copying the moves, putting it all together. On that video were classics like "Good Vibrations" and C+C Music Factory and MC Hammer. It was like a science. I was very devoted. And you know, it worked. By the time I graduated I was pretty darn good.
In fact, it all kind of came together one glorious moment in college at a hip-hop dance on campus (a Christian college, so all clean). The DJ played that Mariah Carey/Old Dirty Bastard remix and I was totally feeling the music, dancing my heart out, and at the climax of the song I even threw out a back handspring... good memories. good memories.

Anyway, here I am a dozen years later (literally). I can't dance like that anymore. But I can still appreciate a good dance when I see one. I watch ABDC with a neutral expression. Waiting to see if it's any good. I'm honest in my appraisal. But then sometimes I am just blown away. Like this past week, when Quest Crew took to the stage. I was hooting and hollering and shrieking and jumping and throwing myself on the couch in dramatic fashion and saying things like "NO THEY DI-INT!!!" So I just wanted to share with you, as a hip-hop afficionado. This is THE REAL DEAL. All those other dance shows are just fluff. Like that "America's Best Dancer" Roll eyes. Trained dancers have NOTHING on street dancers. Nothing.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Medical drama = medical fun for Deena

OK. I am a bit of a hypochondriac. I enjoy good medical drama. That's why nursing is such an appropriate field for me. I'm a perfect match for the ER. Yesterday I got my fill of good medical drama.

First, when I woke up I thought maybe I had a fracture in the ball of my foot because it was really sore. Three days ago I had taken a bad spill at the skate boarding park. In fact, I fantasized about getting a cast and being able to tell people that it was "a skateboarding accident" ha ha. In reality it was less glamorous than that. My four year old loves skateboarding. So I took him there to practice. I was helping him roll down a ramp when I stepped off the ramp backwards, by accident and we totally wiped out. I'm talking bloody hands and knees, crying kid, the works.

Soooooo, I went to the doctor to get X-rays and I was slightly embarrassed to find that it was, indeed, NOT fractured. Even more embarrassed to report that to my husband, who thought I was exaggerating from the very beginning. I ate my humble pie. At least the doctor was kind enough to point out the "calcifications"on the x-rays that indicate "soft tissue injury".

But the fun didn't end there. That night my poor baby daughter fell forward into a peice of furniture. :( She got a puncture wound to her forehead. It was tiny- 2mm. But deep enough that it wouldn't close on it's own. I'm still pondering why it didn't bleed more. The head is so vascular. Cuts to the scalp are usually a blood bath. Not her though. And she barely cried too. We put a bandaid on it because it was late and went to bed. In the morning the bandaid was soaked. I wasn't surprised. It was still oozing blood because the wound couldn't close.

So I sent Timmy to the store for some superglue. Then I glued the little cut together good as new! Super glue is just as good as stitches! I've even heard of it being used for C-Sections. (Which I think is a bit much). Anyway, I was flattered that Timmy trusted my medical judgement when it really mattered. He always teases me that he would never accept medical care from me as a nurse.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

This is so cute!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So what if we moved to Australia?

We're at a crossroads in life. The cost of living is so high here. And I'm about to graduate with a degree that I can take with me anywhere and get a job. So we're really open to moving just about anywhere. We'd like a place with affordable housing, a nursing shortage or a good new-grad program, and warm weather. Other stuff that would be nice would be a lot of Christians and a lot of Democrats. ha ha. I'm not sure if that exists.

Anyway, we were considering buying a local house through a charity organization, but that fell through. :( We were also seriously considering Phoenix, AZ. It has all the above listed necessary qualities. But then I started hearing from random people what a horrible place that is to live in (no one knew I was thinking of moving there). I'm sure Phoenix is actually lovely, but I took it as a message from God that he isn't calling me to Phoenix.

So I was feeling kind of deflated. I hate not knowing what I'm doing. I hate that insecurity. But yesterday another possibility arose. A Gentle Christian Mother announced that she and her husband are going to buy a big piece of land in Eastern Australia and build their own house and they're looking for other unschooling, Attachment Parenting, Christians to join them. ~Deena raises her hand like a teachers pet: "oooh oh. me. me". WE unschool! We're AP! We're Christians! And on top of that we're looking for a fresh start, someplace affordable. And Australia has a nursing shortage, which could enable us to get visas or citizenship.

So I excitedly emailed her and I await her reply. Unfortunately, this morning a visiting Uncle of hers tragically drowned. So she is dealing with all of the grief and busyness that death brings. I'll be praying for them. Especially his sister who is deaf and he was her interpretter. Lift them up in prayer.

Timmy isn't convinced. But I know God will either open up the doors and change his heart. Or He will close doors and I'll be OK with that. What an exciting possibility lay ahead of us, though.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Keynesian economics

I apologize that this blog is morphing into a political blog. sheepish grin. I'll try to get back to regular topics too.

But in the mean time, I just wrote a kick ass description of why Keynesian economics works (and why the Stimulus plan is a good idea). Enjoy.

Does Keynesian economics work?

Basically, let's compare the three choices we have in a recession: "trickle down economics", "multiply up economics" (which is Keynesian economics), and the "do nothing" approach.

Trickle down: The rich get a tax cut. The argument is that they supposedly start a business with the money, which creates jobs and from there "multiply up economics" takes over and that's how the government gets its money back. But we've been living this experiment for a while now and that's not what happened. The rich had more money. It invested. The market was flooded with money to loan. If you had a pulse you were given a loan. People who shouldn't have been given loans were. They couldn't really afford that debt. The market crashed.

Keynesian economics ("multiply up"):
What happens when you invest in the lower class, by means of infrastructure building/job growth? The poor spend their money on food, shelter, and other necessities. Opportunities to make money off the poor proliferate. People will jump through hoops to start businesses and get a piece of the spending power of the lower/middle class. And at each level of spending, the government collects taxes. The payoff is paid back. The economy is stimulated and it costs little to nothing.

"do nothing approach": This just takes much, much, much longer. A lot of unnecessary pain and suffering.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Another political quote

The moment that I will look back at as the moment deep in my gut that I knew, was September 29, when I was flying on a plane with Governor Palin to Sedona for debate prep, watching the split screen on the TVs, because she had a JetBlue charter, and it showed the stock market down seven, eight hundred points; it showed the Congress voting down the bailout package on the other side, and then, House Republicans went out and told the world that the reason that they voted against this legislation, allowed the stock market to crash, allowed the economy to be so injured, was because Nancy Pelosi had given a mean and partisan speech on the floor. And this was their response. And I just viewed it as beyond devastating, and thought that at that moment running with an “R” next to your name, in this year, was probably lethal.”
~~~Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt


Sunday, February 15, 2009


I've been a fan of America's Best Dance Crew from the beginning. The most recent episode was off the HOOK. The "challenge" was to combine magic with dance and I'm thinking why hasn't anyone thought of this before?! It was phenomenal. Here's the full episode. The first dance, by Beat Freaks, was just the best dance I've ever seen in my life. And the second one by Quest Crew was also amazing. Just a tip: you can fast forward the show at that link even though it doesn't seem like it.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

A great quote

Conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan serves up the right wing today, in a post about GOP opposition to President Obama's stimulus proposal. Italics his:

The GOP has passed what amounts to a spending and tax-cutting and borrowing stimulus package every year since George W. Bush came to office. They have added tens of trillions to future liabilities and they turned a surplus into a trillion dollar deficit - all in a time of growth. They then pick the one moment when demand is collapsing in an alarming spiral to argue that fiscal conservatism is non-negotiable. I mean: seriously.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Is the internet making school obsolete?

I read this article written by a renowned college professor called "Anti-Teaching: confronting the crisis of significance". Or if you want to see a video of him lecturing about it, it's here.

He's really on to something here. He lists some of the past truths about school that are now anything but true. Things like:

To learn is to acquire information
Information is scarce and hard to find
Trust authority for good information
Authorized information is beyond discussion

"Information is scarce". This really nails it. This is why school is irrelevant. We used to have to go to school or a library to get information. Now we can get any information at any time, anywhere.

Which isn't to say that teachers and books are irrelevant. They just need to adjust to this new world we live in. Libraries have done a good job of changing. (With great thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

But schools... not so much. I think that the majority of kids should be homeschooled. With their own computer. Knowledge is no longer limited to the local school and library. Every child can access all the information in the world, in their pajamas. With the freedom to pursue their interests the next generation could reach new educational heights.

And college is even more obsolete than elementary school! By adulthood, self-motivated learning is at its peak. The only thing a college provides that the internet doesn't, is proof of knowledge- and even that's a farse. Really, it's just proof of attendance/homework/test taking.
Add to that the astronomical- and I mean ASTRONOMICAL costs of a college degree, and you've got a train wreck!!! You can get college credit via testing through the CLEP credits, but I say, you should be able to self teach and test your way out of an entire degree!!!

Recently, my college professor said that the apprenticeship era was bad for the Nursing Profession. I struggled to understand that statement because the most important lesson's I've learned in nursing school were at clinicals, watching real live nurses. But I think I get it now. I think that without the background of medical knowledge, and the standardized expectations, apprenticeship alone can allow many unqualified to slip through. But today, with the internet, I think the apprenticeship model would work best for nurses and most other professions! The background knowledge can be learned through self pace studies and online testing!!!

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Food allergy brochure

I've found a lack of public knowledge about food allergies. I was frustrated and wanted a single sheet of paper to be able to pass on to people with all the important things they need to know. So this weekend I wrote a brochure to pass on to people that are looking for more information. Here's the link!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Where's the Super Bowl outrage?

The Arizona Cardinals should have won last night. Their victory was practically stolen from them when the officials made an incorrect call five seconds from the end.
Here's the clip
Kurt Warner's hand was clearly moving forward, which means it was an incomplete pass, not a fumble. They should have been able to do it over and had a very good chance of scoring on the last play to win the game!!
On top of that, all controversial calls in the last two minutes of a game are automatically reviewed!! And they didn't review it!!! This game was total BS!!! And no one is talking about it!! I don't get it.


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