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Quote of the Day

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.   Helen Keller

Today I was again at a loss for finding a worthy news article for me to blog about.  I was also tired of blogging about the same old things that are happening in my life.  I instead chose to search out a quote to inspire me and to reflect upon.  This quote pretty much sums up what has been going on with my life recently.

This quote can sum about everyone else’s life also.  If we reflect upon this, we are able to see that the things that we have gone through in our life, are what has made us the person that we are today.  If nothing happened to us, we would have a boring life, and we would have no experiences to grow and develop from.  Some experiences in life most people wish they would not have had to go through, because there are certain experiences in life that are very painful at the time.  These can range from the death of a loved one, something related to a relationship, and any other painful experience that one may encounter in their lifetime.  Once an individual has gotten over the pain, they are able to see the lesson that was trying to be taught to them.

While looking through different news articles to write on, it took me quite awhile to find one that was at all interesting to me. I didn’t have any other ideas to write on, and I finally found a title and an article that finally caught my eye. The article was entitled, “Remains of 4 More 9/11 Victims Identified.” I was interested to see what else they still had to say on it, and I was also interested to know that they were still finding the remains of victims that had not been identified yet.

Ronald Keith Milstein’s remains were found beneath the road that was built to carry cleanup and construction trucks in and out of the World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the city medical examiner’s office said. More than 400 human bone pieces have been recovered from beneath the road, which has become known as “Haul Road” because of the hauling of debris. Also identified was Alejandro Castano whose remains were found in the Liberty Street area, the medical examiner’s office said. He was in the area that day to deliver pens and paper to a brokerage firm on the 97th floor of the south tower, his family told The Record of Hackensack, N.J.

The search at Haul Road began in October 2006 when utility workers found over 80 bones in a manhole in the service road. Since then, other manholes, a highway and nearby rooftops have been searched. The city identified the first victim from remains found in the road last July. More than 1,800 of the 21,000 body parts recovered from ground zero have been found in the last two years in and around the trade center site. The remains of more than 40 percent of the 2,749 people killed at the site have yet to be identified. The city has been using updated technology to try and re-extract DNA to make new identifications.

This news article just goes to show that the job is really never done there. There is always something being done, or something new being found to take care of. I wonder what the families reactions are after so long of not really knowing what exactly happened to their family member. It would probably be nice to finally have that closure, but then you would wonder if the family members would be upset that it took so long for the remains to be found. I’m sure that they get over that shock, and are finally glad that they know exactly what happened.

Chocolatology

This was a rather interesting weekend yet again with all the snow. I could write yet another blog post on the wacky weather in the state of MN, but I’m sure we all have had enough complaining about the weather. I mean we should be used to warm weather, and then being dumped with just enough snow as we have pretty much had all winter. I chose instead to look for another news article that would catch my eye. I found a short, but interesting one on chocolate entitled, “Chocolatology.”

I have always been a big fan of chocolate, and I have heard before that chocolate has an ingredient in it that makes you happy. Upon reading this short article though, I have even more reason to think chocolate is a great thing. Cacao (also called cocoa) is the seed of a rain forest tree, so it’s good for the environment. Growing it helps support endangered rain forest areas. The more trees the better for the environment. If you seek out the chocolate products that are labeled, “fair trade certified,” you will be ensuring that family farmers are benefiting from your dollar that you spend on those products.

Just those two little added facts about chocolate, now makes me feel less guilty about eating it. I can now pass it off as I’m saving the rain forest. I will not think about how it is probably making me fat, I will think of all the little animals that I will actually be saving! So on that note, everyone should eat as much chocolate as they can. It is good for you, and now you know that it is good for the environment.

This was one headline that I could not help but clicking on to see if it was a joke or what. We are a few days past April Fool’s Day, but I thought that maybe someone was still trying to slip a joke in. The article is titled, “Toddlers Can Get Hitched in Arkansas.” It was one that I just couldn’t pass up reading.

A law that mistakenly allowed anyone, even toddlers, to marry with parental permission was repealed by a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Mike Beebe, ending months of embarrassment for the state and confusion for county clerks. Lawmakers didn’t realize until after the end of last year’s regular session that a law they approved, intended to establish 18 as the minimum age for marriage, instead removed the minimum age to marry entirely.

The bill read: “In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage.”

I wasn’t sure, and I still am not sure, if I should be laughing at this little mix-up or not. It is kind of funny that something like that was overlooked by so many people. The article did point out that it could make life easier for pedophiles, but by the sounds of it from the article, the state of Arkansas was able to avoid that little problem. I guess I’ll end on the note that mistakes can be made anywhere by anyone.

After clicking through what I found to be many promising news articles to write on, I was quickly disappointed by what the article had to say. It was either not that interesting, or it wasn’t even close to anything that could prompt a decent blog writing on it. I finally stumbled upon one that was about a celebrity that I knew, and at the end it also gave some very good advice to young drivers out there. The article is entitled, Jerry Seinfeld Walks Away From Rollover Car Crash.

This was not anything to joke about, the comedian, Jerry Seinfled’s brakes did fail. He had tried to use his emergency brake to stop, when he regular brakes failed, but that did not work. He then swerved to keep the vehicle from careening into an intersection. The two-door, 1967 Fiat BTM flipped over before coming to a halt just yards from the highway. Luckily this happened, preventing what could have been a rather major accident.

This would not be a fun experience for anyone, but the best part of the article that I found was the very ending. Seinfeld makes sure to point out that this is not something that kids should try to go out and do. This is something that I have noticed that has been left out of most media publications.

“Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do,” he told the newspaper. “It is not something I plan to make a habit.”

This past year I have been having the pleasure of dealing with the joys of a Parenting Schedule.  To me a Parenting Schedule should be followed the way it is written up.  Apparently to my ex, he just believes that it is guidelines for him to follow.  He has been coming when he feels like it, dropping her off when he feels like it.  He has found that his significant others are more important to him than his own daughter is.  To me, I just can’t see giving up the little bit of time that he has with his daughter for someone that is going to out of his life in a matter of months.  I was dealing with all those little games from him just fine.  I’ve learned that it doesn’t help to try to discuss with him anything with our daughter.  He thinks he knows what he needs to do with her.  The funny thing is though, that he doesn’t understand the concept of giving her a bath, putting warm clothes on her to go outside, giving her the naps that she needs during the day, putting her to bed on time, and watching who has around her who will influence her in the wrong way.

The last staw for me was pretty much this morning.  He has never managed to get her there by 7:30 am.  I guess getting up an extra ten minutes early is way too much for him and any other family member.  I was dealing with that also.  I was just learning that they are usually around ten minutes late.  This morning though, he could not even manage to get out of bed to bring his own daughter back into town.  He had his little brother do it, and none of them see nothing wrong with this.  Anyone that I have mentioned it to has.  Plus it is mentioned in the papers that he is responsible for picking her up and dropping her off.  It would be interesting to see if anyone has any input on this.

While looking for a news article to write about, I went to the People website to see if anything interested me.  There were a couple that did, but I was more drawn to see what they had to say about the article entitled, First 90210 Castmember Revealed!  I used to watch this show quite a bit when I was younger.  It was one show that I was always looking forward to watching.  This may have been due to the fact that it I believe that it was my sister more interested in the show than I was at first.  We both watched it together.

They did a pilot series is about a former grad of West Beverly who reluctantly returns from the Midwest, with his wife and two children to become the next school’s principal.  Dustin Milligan will play Ethan who is described as the beautiful, likable, star athlete.

I may watch an episode or two, to see if I get hooked or not.  Chances are that I probably will not.  I surprisingly have gotten out of the swing of watching TV the last couple of years.  I thought at one time that I would miss it, but I haven’t.  About the only time that I do miss it is sometimes in the evening when I have extra free time.  I then kind of want to be watching all the TV series that people are always talking about.  I have noticed that during the day there is hardly anything on at all of much interest to me to watch.  Hopefully this new series will be a hit with the newer generation, because I sure remember enjoying watching the old Beverly Hills 90210 shows.