Monday, March 31, 2008

Children and Youth in America: A Documentary History, Volume III, 1933-1973: Vol. 1 Parts 1-4; Vol. 2 Parts 5-7 (Children and Youth in America)

Children and Youth in America: A Documentary History, Volume III, 1933-1973: Vol. 1 Parts 1-4; Vol. 2 Parts 5-7 (Children and Youth in America) written by Robert H. Bremner, John Barnard, Temara K. Hareven, and Robert M. Mennel was a great informative read.

As the title states, it chronicles the way that youth were perceived and treated during the years of 1933 through 1973. A bit too laden with correspondence, I think it is an OK source if you are researching the way that children were perceived during this time period in American, which is what I am doing for my upcoming book, Triple Threat: America's Misconceptions of a Misunderstood Society.

Though a good resource, I would not take it on vacation if you are in search of "light reading"

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Carew Tower

The tallest building in Cincinnati, in my formative years, I would frequent retail shops located in the basement and first few floors. As I have grown older, shopping has fallen to the waist side of such events as the Climb the Carew events and patroning The Gym At Carew.

Height: 574 ft.

Floors: 49

Construction Complete: 1929

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bulldogs head to State Semi Finals

In high school, I guess you could say that I was not the best at sports. Being two years younger than everyone in my class put me at a it of a physical disadvantage when it came to that aspect of high school.

Dispite this minor set back, I did manage to letter in both Track & Field and Football. Though I tried, I was not quite good enough at basketball to ever make the team. It could have been that during the years that I attended Holmes HS, our b-ball team was one of the best in the State.

Its only fitting that this years squad of Holmes 'ballers have defeated 17 teams to make it to the State championship. The only area team in more than a decade to do so (area meaning Northern Kentucky).

Read more about my alma mater's success here.

Friday, March 21, 2008

My Buns are hot....and crossed

A hot cross bun is a type of sweet bun composed of currants and leavened with yeast ornamented with a cross on the top made with frosting.

Historically, these sweets are traditionally eaten on today, Good Friday, having the cross standing as a symbol of the crucifixion. Believed by some to pre-date Christianity, according to what I have read, the term "hot cross bun" did not appear 1733.

Though I grew up Catholic, I have never heard of these tasty treats until this morning when I stopped in to Shadeau Bread to pick up my morning egg and cheese croissant. I chatted up the attendant, and on my way out, she presented me with one of these treats.
Is anyone else as clueless to this tradition as I am?

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Rothenberg School Meeting: A re-cap

Last Thursday's Over-The-Rhine Community Learning Center Process meeting went well.

Going into the meeting, I thought that the gathering would be over shadowed with hot headedness, causing the process to be stalled.

That was definitely not the case.

The meeting ended with defined action items and committee meeting times to set up and develop both the design and curriculum of the proposed community learning center.

Unfortunately, I do not have the expertise to help with the physical design of the school and am unable to make the meeting time designated to talk about the curriculum, will continue to follow the process as closely as I can, adding input and suggestions when I can.

If you would like to put your input on either the design or curriculum of the new Rothenberg Community Learning Center, you can do so and either one of the following meetings:

Curriculum Committee will meet on April 17, 2008 at 3pm at Rothenburg

Physical Design Committee meeting time is soon to be determined.

There will be a Parent Dinner/Pep rally held on March 23 from 4pm to 5::30pm at Rothenberg

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Is Gerry Ferraro Senile?

Back in 1984, I was a bit too young to vote. In fact, I was a bit too young to do most things, but I did think it was cool that a woman was chosen as Walter Mondale's running mate for his run for the president of the United States.

It was one of my earliest expressions of political aspirations that I can remember.

That is why I immediately thought that her comments a few days ago were taken out of context.
No way could a champion of women/civil rights question the validity of a man's bid for the presidency based on his race.

After investigating more into her comments, and reading HER response to her comments, it makes me want to as G. Ferraro..."What were you thinking?"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

News From Across The River

It's a sad day for Covington Independent Schools.

Yesterday, a well respected music teacher, Dr. James Chase was arrested on child pornography charges.

He was my music teacher in highschool when I attended CIS, and never really got the impression that he was a pedophile.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Tonight is Another Sausage Fest

What: Sausage Queen Competition (2nd Semi-Final)

When: Tonight; 10pm Milton's Tavern