Graduation Day

Yeah, my oldest just graduated Missouri State this past Friday! A great time had by all and MSU President, Clif Smart, gave a spectacular Commencement Address! I’ll actually remember this one and my daughter will too.

To make things even better, my youngest daughter has made the commitment to now attend MoState as well! Beginning next August, we’ll have another Bear in the house!

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California Reflections

So the California trip has come and gone and it’s been back to the salt mine and real-life.  First, I have to say California is truly amazing even in the midst of the biblical drought they are experiencing.  Our first stop was San Francisco.  From arriving at the airport, we took a car immediately to the beach and a great lunch at Louis’.  A great afternoon which we couldn’t get enough of.  My first time in San Francisco and I have to say, I now know what all the hype is about!  Northern California is a gem and our stay in Emeryville was just exceptional.  Dinner at Trader Vic’s was perfect, the walk around the marina was heaven.  Just perfect!

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The Quarterly Look

So everyday life happens, getting in the way of writing, thinking, reflection….all of those areas where one needs a bit of quiet time or isolation to properly explore.  I find the grind of work, home duties, sleep and all other daily minutia take over each day like a well fertilized kudzu.  Clearly, I need more hours in a ‘day’.

This year I’ve challenged myself to read more.  Not news snippets on the internet, but books, those solid, box-like things which are made of wood pulp.  So far in 2014, I’ve finished several, none of which require deep thinking, but those which provoke my thinking about various viewpoints I have.  These are mostly books by people who are prominent in today’s media or entertainment businesses.  Authors of books I’ve completed looks like this:  Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio host and high-thinker), Willie Nelson (an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Dylan (also an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Rotella (golf psychologist), Joe Scarborough (Republican television host on MSNBC whose “Morning Joe” show is vital to my morning routine) and one of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers (to improve my value to my team for numerous upcoming trivia night contests).  I have to say all of this reading has helped me think more clearly and be a bit more deliberate in my daily life.

So, today in St. Louis, we’re experiencing a touch of Key West weather.  Temps to reach 92 with humidity levels of 80% and a dew point over 70.  Walking outside is like stepping into a classic steam room except the pollen in the air makes it tougher to breathe.

My son is targeting University of Chicago to pursue a Philosophy degree following his senior year of high school.  Plans are to take that forward and possibly get a law degree.  We’ll see, his ever-changing thought process is unusual and entertaining to watch.

My oldest daughter is preparing to start her student teaching in August at a very good school district in StL.  She will graduate college in December.   My youngest daughter, the competitive dancer, is still unsure of her college plans, so University of Missouri looks to be in her future.  She may/may not go into Nutrition/Dietetics, who knows, she just doesn’t seem to be too concerned at this point as she goes into her senior year of high school.  *sigh*

 

My wife and I are planning a California trip which will take us from San Francisco to San Diego in a two-week stint.  I’ll provide details in my next post in September!

 

Later