Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A veces en español


¿Quisieran practicar su español? A veces voy a escribir un poco en español. Es una buena oportunidad para mi, y también, para Ustedes.

Hoy, Mariana y yo tuvimos un examen en nuestra clase. Tuvimos que mirar unas fotos, y describirlas usando la gramatica correcta. También, tuvimos que escribir un libro corto, con dibujos, usando el preterito y el imperfecto. Fue muy divertido, especialmente los dibujos. La mayoría de los estudiantes no son buenas artistas.

Este fin de semana, Mariana y yo vamos a trabajar mucho en casa. Necesitamos pintar y construir un area nueva para colgar nuestras chaquetas. Simepre, hay proyectos nuevos en la casa.

Espero que todo esté bien con Uds.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Small World versus Big World

When people ask me how I'm doing lately, I often reply in relation to my Small World/Big World perspective. I tell them that in my Small World, my life has never been better. I am happy in my marriage, I have five incredible kids who are all doing well and making the world a better place, I am happier in my job than I have been in years. I have a good relationship with my sisters and parents. I live in a great place, have a nice house and property. I am getting to travel and see more of the world and my life list of birds is over 500 for North America. Yep, my Small World is in good shape. And I feel really lucky and blessed.

But when I tell them how I feel about the Big World it is quite a different story. I am more disillusioned than ever with the political leadership in the United States. I am discouraged by, no actually, I am disgusted by, the war in Iraq. It is immoral, ill-founded, and creating many more problems than it is solving. I am disgusted too with our environmental policies. I read about the loss of species, the pollution, the warming climate, etc., etc. and I see that we are doing so little to help.

So this is my conundrum. If I take a close view and look at my Small World, I feel really good about things. But when I look at the United States and our current impact on the Big World, I feel lousy. So, lately, I have kept my focus on my Small World, because it is more under my control, and I can more directly deal with people and things at this level. But when I hear the news, read the paper, check, etc., I really wish things were different in the Big World.

I think this quote sums up what I'm trying to say:

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." E. B. White.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Gotta try it myself

Blogging that is. I've enjoyed reading and commenting, so now I thought I'd give this a go myself. It seems like a good way to keep in touch, share what's going on, post a picture, share an idea, etc. Laurel - did you notice my original title?

Needless to say, I am super excited about everyone being here for Christmas. We are painting a bit and getting things ready. It will be a house-full and with two dogs even! Who could ask for a better present? Except for maybe if someone were to bring some home brew...