Saturday, October 31, 2009

Knights Prevail (brrrrrrrr-I've almost stopped shivering)

Our first glimpse of CollegeBoy his left ankle all taped up?? Is he injured? Why are Moms always the last to know?

Oh, the MUD.

Well, he's dirty, but #79 is much dirtier. Is that good or bad?

Mucky, messy mud. :)

Wartburg College Sports Releases
Contact: Mark Adkins, Sports Information Director

FB - Knights win second straight, upend Luther

Oct. 31, 2009

DECORAH – Bolstered by a stout defensive effort, Wartburg won its 18th game in the last 19 of the annual gridiron series with rival Luther by a 24-9 count Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Knights, improving to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Iowa Conference, kept their hosts off the scoreboard at Carlsson Stadium until midway through the fourth quarter. They were the benefactors of two interceptions from junior defensive back Andrew Creary of Knoxville and five tackles for losses of which two and a half went to junior linebacker Blake Suckow of West Union who was the leading tackler for the unit with 12.

Creary’s first interception helped head coach Rick Willis’ squad gain momentum in the first half. After breaking a 0-0 tie early in the second period on a 21-yard field goal by junior place-kicker Devin White of Decorah, the Knights were pushed to the brink by Luther’s offense on the ensuing possession. The Norse drove to the one-yard line before Creary stepped in front of an errant pass and rambled 99 yards for a touchdown.

Taking a 10-0 lead into the second half, the Orange and Black produced a pair of touchdowns. A 21-play, 87-yard drive that began early in the third period and consumed nearly 10 and a half minutes ended early in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Nick Yordi of Solon hit junior tight end Austin Cole of Manchester on a five-yard scoring pass. The offense came back with a nine-play, 60-yard drive later in the final stanza with freshman running back Kyle Winfrey of Richton Park, Ill., going in from 12 yards out.

Yordi ended the game with 127 yards on 12-of-19 passing. His 30th straight 100-yard-plus outing also moved him past former standout Gary Walljasper into first on the career passing yardage chart. Junior wide receivers Matt Gustafson of Fairbault, Minn., and Matt Wickert of Memphis, Mo., each hauled in four catches. Winfrey was the top rusher with 66 yards on 18 carries.

Wartburg returns home for a 1 p.m. kickoff against league-leading Central College of Pella Saturday, Nov. 7.

A Great Saturday Morning Cartoon--1948

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Another Proud Iowa History Moment

They make their mark in mug shot history

By Mallory Simon, CNN
October 29, 2009 10:58 p.m. EDT
Matthew Allan McNelly, left, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, still had the permanent marker on their faces when they were booked.
Matthew Allan McNelly, left, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, still had the permanent marker on their faces when they were booked.
  • Matthew McNelly and Joey Miller streaked their faces permanent black marker
  • Two men used marker as disguise as they allegedly tried to break into a home
  • Police chief: "We're very skilled investigators and the black faces gave them right away"
  • Both men were charged with attempted burglary; McNelly faces additional charge
  • Crime
  • Burglary
  • Iowa

(CNN) -- Police say guilt was written all over their faces.

Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man's home in Carroll, Iowa.

When police stopped a vehicle matching the caller's description blocks away, they were stunned by the men's disguises.

There were no ski masks or stockings pulled over their heads; instead, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, streaked their faces with permanent black marker.

Carroll Police Chief Cayler told CNN the strange disguises made it easier for his officers.

"We're very skilled investigators and the black faces gave them right away," Cayler said jokingly. "I have to assume the officers were kind of laughing at the time. I've never heard of coloring your face with a permanent marker."

Cayler said police believe one of the alleged burglars targeted the home because he suspected his girlfriend had a relationship with the man who lived there.

I've seen a lot of things that make me laugh and weird things but this was probably the best combination of the two.
--Carroll Police Chief Cayler

"They probably were just not thinking straight and figured we'll go out and scare the guy or whatever," Cayler said. "[They were] being dumb and combine that with alcohol and it was the perfect storm."

Both men were charged with attempted burglary, and McNelly was charged additionally with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Lawyers for the two men could not be reached for comment.

Cayler said he's been fielding calls about the case from news media outlets from all over the country -- mostly because of their funny-looking mug shots.

"I've been chief here almost 25 years, been with the department 28½ years and I've seen a lot of things that make me laugh and weird things but this was probably the best combination of the two -- strangely weird and hilariously funny all at the same time."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Life on a Graph

In case you live under a rock and do not know MckMama....

Get thee post haste to her blog and read this brutally honest, Biblically-inspired post about marriage. Cuz, um, it could have been written by me, about us.

I while I agree that, perhaps, the central truth in her post is about 'forgiveness', the neon sign for me is TRANSPARENCY.

Women need more of it. We do one another no good, as friends, mentors, mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts, if we pretend, pretend, pretend we have it all together, have it all our way, have it all, at all.

What I *really* need is honest transparency, so I can relate to you and assign credibility to your words, experience and wisdom. Otherwise, what you know and say is brushed aside, because I feel you cannot possibly know what I am suffering, enduring, walking through.

So ladies, enough already, with the cover-ups and pretending!!

You know how freeing it is to remove the underwire bra, the patent pumps at the end of the day? Unburden your soul, one to another, by confessing your imperfections. You will never go back to pretending again.

I'll go first...I took this photo of myself, pre CollegeBoy football game, cuz those Cuddle Duds (designed for warmth) were seriously cracking me up. Why? Cuz what you see in the mirror there, is not the TOP of the Cuddle Duds tucked into my jeans, but the BOTTOMS which reached all the way up to my :ahem: upper undergarments. Plus, note the delightful double chin. No weight loss noted there. ha!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I will miss this little bit of sunshine

Maine Girl With 'Mermaid Syndrome' Dies at Age 10

Saturday, October 24, 2009

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Shiloh Pepin, a girl who was born with fused legs, a rare condition often called "mermaid syndrome," and gained a wide following on the Internet and national television, has died. She was 10.

Doctors had predicted she would only survive only for days after her birth at the most, but the girl, described by her mother as "a tough little thing," died at Maine Medical Center on Friday afternoon, hospital spokesman John Lamb said. She had been hospitalized in critical condition for nearly a week.

Being born with "mermaid syndrome," also known as sirenomelia, meant that the Kennebunkport girl had only one partially working kidney, no lower colon or genital organs and legs fused from the waist down.

Some children who have survived sirenomelia have had surgery to separate their legs, but Shiloh did not because blood vessels crossing from side to side in her circulatory system would have been severed. She had received two kidney transplants, the last one in 2007.

Her story was featured recently on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and other national television programs.

Earlier this month, her mother, Leslie Pepin, said her daughter came down with a cold that quickly turned to pneumonia. Shiloh rushed to Maine Medical Center on Oct. 10 and was placed on antibiotics and a ventilator.

For a while, Leslie Pepin said, things were looking up. "She's a tough little thing," she said of her daughter earlier this week.

Shiloh was a fifth-grader at Kennebunkport Consolidated School. "She was such a shining personality in that building," said Maureen King, chairwoman of the board of the regional school district. Counselors will be available next week to talk to students.

Through the television shows, news articles, Facebook and other Web sites, Shiloh inspired many.

"I live in Iowa. I have cerebral palsy. I love your video," 12-year-old Lydia Dawley wrote to Shiloh on Facebook. "You have a great personality I wish you lived close so we could be friends and hang out. You opened my eyes because you are so brave."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Speaking of College Kids and Birthdays...

From one of my new favorite humor sites...."Oh Crap. My Parents Joined Face Book". LOL

You're welcome.

Happy 21st Birthday to CollegeBoy

Since Mark and I were in Estes Park for CB's birthday, we had to get together to celebrate a couple of weeks later. Mark and I were joined by the Birthday Boy and his girlfriend, Mindy and Mark's mom and brother.

CB chose Texas Roadhouse for his dinner and other than the constant tension he suffered worrying if I had told the waitress it was his birthday (no public singing displays allowed!), a good time was had by all.

And I was mostly left wondering where all the time had gone.


For 8 hours the sun shone...and the Knights prevailed!

Brand new stadium, complete with skyboxes with tableclothed tables and flat screen TVs. Wo-ow.

The away jerseys are not as impressive...but College Boy is! ha

Nice scoreboard, complete with stats.

The supportive parents.

Helmet off...
Game is winding down...

I like the light in this one.

Love his turned up nose. :D

After three days of rain (or was it more?--all I know is I became crystal clear that I could NEVER live in Seattle--ugh) and two Knight football consecutive losses (first time since 1991 that has happened--double ugh), the sun made a glorious appearance and the Knights came to play (and <------*that* is the longest run-on sentence in history!). Final score was 41-14 and I was deliriously happy for several hours of autumn glory. :D

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Gentle Revolutionary

Famed UI Physician Dr. Ponseti Has Died

By Steve Gravell/The Gazette

IOWA CITY - Parents from around the world put their children in Dr. Ignacio Ponseti’s hands.

“He was very gentle, very, very bright with tremendous insight,” said Dr. Jose Morcuende. “Not just in medicine, but in life. He had tremendous humanity, and tremendous care for everybody, especially for children.”

Ponseti, 95, who developed a non-surgical method to correct the birth defect clubfoot, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Morcuende said Ponseti suffered a stroke last week in his office at the Ponseti International Association at UI.

Born in 1914 on the Spanish island of Minorca, Ponseti developed dexterity while working for his father, a watchmaker. He graduated from medical school in Barcelona and worked as a medic during the Spanish Civil War.

A Loyalist, Ponseti escaped to France when Gen. Francisco Franco won the war. He moved to Mexico, where he met Dr. Juan Farill, who had studied under Dr. Arthur Steindler at the UI. Farill recommended Ponseti to Steindler.

Ponseti came to the UI in 1941, finished his residency, and joined the faculty of orthopedic medicine. Steindler asked Ponseti to review clubfoot surgery results.

At the time and for decades after, it was accepted in the medical community that surgery was the only treatment for clubfoot. The condition affects one in every 1,000 births, leaving feet twisted down and inward.

Ponseti found surgery often left patients arthritic and needing further surgery. Studying the anatomy of the foot, he realized club feet develop normally in the embryo. Muscles pull the foot out of shape for reasons that aren’t fully known.

Ponseti learned to align a child’s club foot by manipulating ligaments and tendons and applying plaster casts to the full leg. The casts must be changed often as the leg develops.

“Because I’m that way,” Ponseti told The Gazette last December. “If I can get by without surgery, then I do.”

Ponseti largely perfected his method, which has a success rate of 95 to 98 percent, by the 1950s. But skepticism prevented its widespread acceptance until relatively recently, Morcuende said.

“People didn’t believe him, they didn’t believe all the principles he was explaining,” said Morcuende. “He was the only man in the whole world to say this is the way to go.”

Ponseti’s technique gained acceptance only with the spread of the Internet, and the publication of his book in 1996.

“It’s perseverance and keep working, and keep teaching people little by little,” said Morcuende, who came to the UI from his native Spain in 1991 to cofound the Ponseti International Association.

“He was my mentor,” Morcuende said of Ponseti. “Actually, he was my father here in the United states.”

As his work gained attention, more parents brought their children to Ponseti and the UI clinic that bears his name. Morcuende said tens of thousands around the world have been treated with Ponseti’s methods.

“The kids and the parents would see him and immediately trust him, just because they saw his heart,” he said.

Ponseti was forced to retire at 70 but returned to work the following year when mandatory retirement was lifted. He continued to practice through late 2008.

“I kind of enjoy the job,” he said last December. “I like children, and I can do this very well.”

Ponseti’s pace was slowed when he broke his hip last January, Morcuende said. But he soon returned to his namesake clinic, consulting with doctors and meeting former patients.

Ponseti’s work continues. He trained 250 to 300 doctors at the UI. Another 1,800 practice his technique in foreign countries. His death came two days after the annual Ponseti Races kicking off the International Clubfoot Symposium. Race proceeds help fund treatment for babies with clubfoot.


I'm not feeling very well, so this is all just a bunch-o-lazy-blogging. Our little dance team friend, Jaedon, who is currently at Joffery in NYC, passed this clip along and I couldn't resist sharing.

It is a video of a little girl is named Britney Hine. She is 9 years old and is a superb dancer. No, really.
(as always, you will need to scroll to the end of the page and turn off the music player to enjoy the video)


That's My CollegeBoy!

This is from the Homecoming football game program 2009.

He is having a good season. He had his first QB sack yesterday! That was a big wha-hoo moment for this Mama! lol

Recently in My Head

You know what it's like, this part of my life? It's like our honeymoon, when Mark kept bemoaning that, although Greece was great, it wasn't Viet Nam.

I hadn't yet been to VN, but this is how he explained it...our honeymoon was ...all about 'us'. VN had all the excitement and exotic-ness of visiting a new country and culture, but the focus was outward.

I am sick of me. Way too much 'me' right now.

What a Beautiful Commercial

This Thai commercial for Pantene (don't even mind using their product name, since they did such an extraordinary job with this) takes my breath away.

I wish American advertisers would make more inspirational, beautiful commercials and less snarky, thug, disrespectful ones.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Who I Want to be When I Grow Up

I am a speech/language pathologist, serving 0-5 year old children for the 25th year. I love what I do (except the paperwork---shudders).

I love the moment that a child really 'gets it'; the moment that the light bulb comes on and the child understands that "language works". The instant that the child figures out that the give and take/back and forth, the signs, the picture exchanges, the words, *mean something* and they can "get me what I want". That moment is pure magic. That is the reason I get up in the morning. Well, that and the fact that I have two kids in college. (grin)

I remember the moment I realized what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was 9 years old and was reading a Scholastic book biography of Helen Keller's life. I was fascinated. I was intrigued. I couldn't believe the intelligence, courage and tenacity of Helen Keller. She was amazing to me. The story of a young Helen finally learning the meaning of the word "water", as it was finger-spelled into her hand, under the running water of a pump was life-changing for me.

But even more amazing than Helen Keller, was Annie Sullivan. If Helen was stubborn, Annie was more so. If Helen was determined, Annie outdid her. If Helen shone, it was because Annie Sullivan saw the brightness of the child trapped within. I was hooked. I wanted to unlock the potential of children, especially in the area of giving them language. I wanted to be Annie Sullivan.

I read on CNN's website that there is to be a statue of Helen Keller unveiled at the US Capitol's Statuary Hall. That thrills me! I also loved it when Alabama chose to place Helen on the reverse side of their state's quarter. Helen is a heroine. Helen overcame obstacles and achieved far beyond the limits of her disabilities. Helen is worthy to be honored.

But, I cannot help but wonder about Annie Sullivan. The one who worked tirelessly to unlock Helen's potential. The one who read to Helen, through finger spelling, until her own weak eyes nearly gave out. The one who never left Helen, from the time she met her as a child, until her death. Helen would want her dear teacher and friend, Annie, honored and remembered. Annie would not seek such recognition.

I am no Annie Sullivan. But, I can so understand what made her tick. The magical "w-a-t-e-r" moment is addicting and intoxicating and will be what I love to do, until I can't do it any more.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sesame Street Asks the Hard Questions that the Mainstream Media Won't

Don't be lazy. Click on the link.

This episode brought to you by the letter 'O'. heh heh