Monday, September 30, 2002

When Should Your Child Stay Home?

The nurses at Keisha's preschool gave us this information at the Open House. Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it might not be.

If your child has any of the following symptoms he/she should be kept at home and the teacher notified of the reason for the absence.
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (one or more loose stools in a 24-hour period)
  • Unexplained rash
  • Red, watery or draining eyes
  • Open sores, especially around the nose or mouth
  • Bugs or eggs in the hair
  • Earache or ear drainage
  • Yellow or green drainage from the nose
  • More than an occasional cough
  • Wheezing/difficulty breathing
  • Unable to eat or drink a regular diet

If your child is not interested in playing and eating and wants to lie down, he/she should be watched and the child's temperature checked. Do not send the child to school if you give a fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol.

Question for you, gentle reader: what is it about the symptoms above that makes them important enough to warrant keeping a child home from school?

Earn Free Stuff For Your School

Campbell's Labels for Education - Earn Free Stuff For Your School

Help your child's school earn educational equipment this year simply by saving the labels from any of hundreds of varieties of Campbell product and sending them to school with your child. Some of the products eligible for redemption in the program include

  • Campbell's Soups
  • Campbell's Supper Bakes Meal Kits
  • Franco-American Spaghetti O's pasta
  • Prego pasta sauces
  • Swanson broths and canned poultry
  • Pace salsa and picante sauces
  • V8 and V8 Splash juices
  • Campbell's tomato juice
  • Pepperidge Farm breads, cookies, crackers, and frozen products
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers
  • Campbell's Food Service products
For a complete listing of participating Campbell products, visit the Labels for Education website.

Contact your school's program coordinator if you have any questions or would like to take an active role in this year's Labels for Education collection drive.

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Stay-at-Home Dad

Since Jennie has been working during the day for the past four weeks and recently picked up another job in the evenings, I've become somewhat of a stay-at-home Dad. It's different in a good way:

I get to take Keisha to her weekly speech therapy appointments. We get to hang out together and do fun stuff like go to the library, stop by the UDF (United Dairy Farmers) near the University of Dayton for a soda. We did all three yesterday (Friday).

At 8:30 AM we dropped Jennie off at work and then stopped by the UDF on Brown Street because we were thirsty. We noticed that they had 3 Krispy Kreme donuts for $1.79, so we bought some. After we sat down, Keisha and I began eating our donuts, and I brought out my Bible and told Keisha that we were going to read something from it together. I found the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Then we did our memory verse from this past Tuesday night's Family Devotional, Psalm 37:4.

After this we drove to the clinic to see if my medicine was available for me to pick up. No dice. Then we drove to Children's Medical Center, where Keisha has her speech therapy. She did really well - picking up a lot of vocabulary.

Then we drove to the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library to check out some videos and some CDs. We also got some books for Keisha to read. They have an entire shelf in the Children's book area devoted to new readers. Cool! We checked out Raffi's Singable Songs Collection, which we all love! She's actually been listening to Raffi since she was a couple months old and I'd sing her the songs from the Singable Songs for the Very Young album.


The Singable Songs Collection

20th Anniversary Special Edition
3 Albums: Singable Songs for the Very Young, More Singable Songs for the Very Young and Corner Grocery Store



Singable Songs for the Very Young

Friday, September 27, 2002

Myers-Briggs Type Prayers

Bene Diction Blogs On: Myers-Briggs Type Prayers

A couple of these fit me:

  • ENFJ: God, help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?
  • ENFP: God, help me to keep my mind on one th - Look a bird! - at a time.

MSNBC | Weblog Central - Blogspotting

MSNBC | Weblog Central - Blogspotting

From the September 26, 2002 2:40 ET post:

Once upon a time, before the Internet revolutionized public discourse, there was only one sure way for a person to become a pundit: get a job as a journalist and hold forth from the pages of a newspaper, magazine or a broadcast organization.

But now, with the explosion of personal online journals known as Weblogs, anyone with something to say and access to the right software can be a publisher, a pundit and observer of events great and small.

Weblogs — personal online journals, saturated with attitude and rich with links to Internet resources — have transformed and democratized the media landscape. What had once quietly flourished in the grassroots of cyberspace has now burst into the mainstream, transforming the way Internet news and communities are perceived.

That’s why MSNBC is launching Weblog Central, your gateway to the world of personal news.

This page will serve as a perch from which you can observe and participate in the brave new world of personal news. We hope you’ll make it a daily destination.

Memory Hole

The Memory Hole is about rescuing knowledge and freeing information. Such as...

Morpheus in a Matrimonial Matrix with Alias's Anna Espinosa

Yahoo! News - E! Online | Morpheus in a Matrimonial Matrix with Alias's Anna Espinosa

Lawrence Fishburne and actress Gina Torres were married last weekend "at the Cloisters museum in New York, Fisburne's publicist, Alan Nierob, confirmed today."

Fishburne is most recently known for being Neo's (played by Keaunu Reeves) mentor in the Matrix sequels. (By the way, both sequels will be released next year; The Matrix: Reloaded in May and The Matrix: Revolutions in November.) Torres, who will also appear in both sequels, is better known to Alias fans as Jennifer Garner's nemesis, Anna Espinosa.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Google News!

"Google News presents information culled from approximately 4,000 news sources worldwide and automatically arranged to present the most relevant news first. Topics are updated continuously throughout the day, so you will see new stories each time you check the page. Google has developed an automated grouping process for Google News that pulls together related headlines and photos from thousands of sources worldwide -- enabling you to see how different news organizations are reporting the same story. You pick the item that interests you, then go directly to the site which published the account you wish to read." from "A Novel Approach to News"

Operating System Preferences

It appears that most people prefer Linux to Mac and Windows, according to results from "a periodic AltaVista search for each of several operating systems, directly followed by 'sucks', 'rules', or 'rocks'."

Thanks to Mike for the link.

Captain's Log!

William Shatner has a weblog. Really. Update, 20 Jan 2004: Updated the web URL to reflect the current link.

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Iraq rejects possible UN resolutions

Is anyone surprised? Maybe these guys.

Journal, Blogging, Wifedom, Writing, and Shared Experiences

Wow! Could I have placed any more keywords as the title? Jeez. My wife's English class at Sinclair Community College began today. As part of her coursework, she needs to keep a journal. This encouraged me to no end, of course. Now both of us get to keep journals! Who knows! Maybe I'll get her to start blogging, too! (Note to Ev and the boys, be on the look out.). Au revoir.

Bark in the Park | K99.1 Online

Hey Dayton Dog Devotees! A Festival for Dogs (and the people they own...)

Read more:

Join the excitement as K99.1FM, NewsTalk 1290 WHIO, Daytons Point and Kettering Parks and Recreation present an event for dogs and dog lovers! Whether you are currently a dog owner or considering adoption of a pet, Bark In The Park will be a comprehensive and fun event to find out all kinds of information relative to owning and caring properly for a dog.

Plus.. contests for everyday dogs and their owners, demonstrations, food for both humans, their canine companions and lets not forget fun in the sun for the whole family! There's nothing like it in the Miami Valley!

Bush - U.S. strikes first from now on

I have not looked at this long enough to understand it fully, but I am fully behind our president.

Friday, September 20, 2002

Virus Alert!

I just received an email, but fortunately the attachment was removed. Here is the text of the email message:

File attachment: Mar.bat

The file attached to this email was removed because it was infected with the
W32.Klez.H@mm virus.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Enron Puts 'Crooked E' Sign Up for Sale

How 'punny'. Enron. Crooked E. Crooked. *snicker*.

Why Johnny Can't Program

For future reading. And I didn't want to bookmark it. Yet.

Monday, September 16, 2002

My, What A Big Finger You Have!

Either this kid has one finger longer than the others, or someone has taught him how to boo the opposing football team.

Exercising Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

At least at the gym, it could be. See what Brian has to say.


"I have a list, and I'm not afraid to use it."

Another good blog I've decided to read more often is Jennifer St. Clair's stick-to-itiveness, from which the above quote issued. That quote, by the way, has earned a listing in QuotesBlog.

Notes From a Hillside Farm

John Bell illustrates why certain animals will never rule the world. Yet, when you read the post and look at the picture, you, too, may be struck at the amazing similarity we humans have to these animals.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

"Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam!..."

From time to time, I like to rant about the spam that I receive in my email(s). Today, for example, I received messages with the following 'intriguing' titles:

> Become Very Desirable
> Use your COMPUTER to create a PAYCHECK

Planned BlogSpot Maintenance

Announcement from Status.Blogger.Com: Blog*Spot Web Server Maintenance

From midnight to 3 AM Eastern time on Friday, 13 September 2002, the Blog*Spot file server, which contains this and other weblogs with "" in the URL, will be down for maintenance. So, from that time - midnight to 3 AM EDT - Journey Inside My Mind will be unavailable.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Random Blogging

I just finished some random blogging, just to see where I'd go, to see if I'd find anything I liked, and to see whether I'd happen to arrive at a blog I'd already seen, or even one of my own:

  1. Journey Inside My Mind
  2. Mr. Lesser's OnLine classroom
  4. Random Jottings, with a good quote
  5. NextDraft News | Extra, Extra and then some
  6. Reli-Update
  7. Republican Women/Silver Valley Organization
  8. Ramblings from the dark side
  9. DisOrganization, with a great post about A Writer's Guide to Procrastination
  10. skaines: blog - nice design!
  11. shtv
  12. Journeyman Onanist - whatever
  13. No Comment.
  14. Xspot
  15. Doxos v4 by Huw Raphael

Words to Make The Enemy Quiver

"We believe that a non-military response is the best strategy for a permanent end to terror." --

You've Got To Be Kidding Me! Osama and Saddam must be peeing their pants at that one!

Websites to Bookmark or Otherwise Link To

How's that for a post title?


OH! So that's what's going on with DayPop!

Moving On

Moving On from Jim Borgman

Editorial Cartoon from Jim Borgman - September 11, 2002

John Roger on Grieving - Quotation

From QuotesBlog: "Grieving must be done in its own time. To deny the human reality that pain hurts only delays the process." -- John-Roger

Diets & Dying

from email (so it must be true, right?)

  • The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the
    British or Americans.
  • The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
  • The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
  • The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
  • The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and
    suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
  • Eat and drink what you like.
  • Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - Update

I just submitted my 100 words for Day 10. I am really starting to like this idea. The way that it works is that you and I won't be able to read what I've submitted until probably the first week of next month. Some interesting stuff, though. I'll have to link back to it here and maybe over at Streams of Consciousness.

The Archive of Misheard Lyrics

"'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy"

The only domain named after the world's most commonly misheard lyric - maybe.

Search the archive for your other favorite misheard lyrics by song title and artist. You can even submit your own misheard lyrics!

Monday, September 09, 2002

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Also known by Keisha as "The Ooseum." If you live in Dayton, Ohio, aren't you now blessed! I can't seem to get enough of the place myself; Jennie cannot tell sometimes who is more excited to go there: Keisha or I.

September 11th justifies Web curbs

"Americans don't necessarily care if the government removes public information from the Internet in the name of national security, according to a new study examining Web habits one year after the Sept. 11 attacks. (ZDNet News)" It also has prompted more people to post to the Web and contact relatives:

  • has a 9/11 post with links to first hand accounts and photos
  • Also, I mentioned earlier that has posts from September 11, 2001

Saturday, September 07, 2002

The United States At Night

From Astronomy Picture of the Day, we see this picture of what the United States looks like at night! How's that for a guestmap!


Here, in no particular order, is a list of some of my favorite films. Links provided by Internet Movie DataBase


I have since moved the list that was in this post to its own web page:

How about some compliments?

from The Surrealist Compliment Generator

  • You so truly know your inner plankton, it is a revelation not unlike discovering an impacted toll booth upon the plains of Patagonia.
  • Hearty woes and congratulations on your recent conquest of the Islets of Langerhans!
  • Your hair is reminiscent of a digesting yak.
  • Your eyes are like spheres of glue filled with shimmering worms.
Not satisifed? Well, go there yourself to get one! You'll amaze and encourage your friends!

Happy 8-Month Blog Anniversary

As of today, September 7, 2002, we've been on this journey for eight months! Wow! So, what have we talked about? Let's see:

Take the M*A*S*H Quiz!

I've taken the lame M*A*S*H quiz to discover that I am most like Captain B.J. Hunnicutt

Friday, September 06, 2002

Which Willy Wonka character are you?

Which Willy Wonka character are you?
made by

Which Peanuts Character Are You Quiz

I am Charlie Brown

Take the Canadian-ness test


I am 28% CANADIAN!!!

(Take the Canadian-ness test)

How British are You?

I am 27.5% British, just like

Gwyneth Paltrow

With enough practice you can sound British but do you really understand what you are saying?

Take the Brit Quiz at

Quiz written by Daz

Which Cheers Character Are You?

I'm Coach.  Wanna beer?

Which Brady Bunch kid are you most like?

Hi, I'm Peter Brady! | Home of the Sniglet

Changing the English language one word at a time.

Welcome to the only site that is truly dedicated to the classic sniglet (or unword). What's a sniglet? It's any word that isn't in the dictionary but should be.
I can still remember Rich Hall talking about these on HBO's Not Necessarily The News back in the '80s.

What revolution are You?

The American Revolution
Made by altern_active

Internet Quizzes - A Special Place

Kathyrn Lively has a special section of her blog with a summary of all the internet quizzes she's taken. I like that idea and may do it myself.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Streams of Consciousness Update

I've added some poetry today.

When you sign up, you agree to submit a 100-word entry each day for one month. The goal is to get the text down, and it's okay for it to have typos. I checked out the September 11, 2001 posts, and all I can say is... whoa.

Are Weblogs Changing Our Culture?

I think so.

How Franklin Discovered Romance

I found this among my other writings.

There once was a young schoolboy who was instructed to write an essay about Benjamin Franklin. He didn't know much about the life of the early patriot, but did know the essential details. He squirmed around on his chair for a little bit, chewed on his pencil, and then wrote

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, but he soon got tire of that and moved to Philadelphia. When he got to Philadelphia he was hungry so he bought a loaf of bread. He put the bread under his arm and walked up the street. He passed a woman. The woman smiled at him. He married the woman and then discovered electricity.
"The Romance of Christmas", Creative Help for Daily Living, Nov/Dec 1983, Norman Vincent Peale, p. 22

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

I Want To Touch You

I Want To Touch You from Exploding Dog Cartoons

Editorial Cartoons

Hehe. That Jim Borgman is so funny.

Guidepost? What's That?

On some blogs with the ability for readers to add comments, you see something perhaps a bit more intuitive, like the word 'Comments'. Not so with this blog, as you might already be aware. Here they are called 'guideposts'. I have provided a dictionary definition below for your benefit:

Guidepost n. 1. A post with a sign giving directions for travelers, usually placed at a crossroad. 2. Something that serves as a guide or an example; a guideline.

So, as you take this 'Journey Inside My Mind,' feel free to add any thoughts/advice/critcisms/wittisms/tips (aka 'guideposts') you have. Way easier than scrawling on the monitor...

Visitors Share Common Weather Emotions

Nala commented on my pop-up ad post, so I paid a visit to his site. He mentioned something about Ohio weather yesterday, which reminded me of the fictional story about the new owners of the Miami NFL team. The decided to change the name of the team to the Humidity. Now whenever people complain about how bad things are going in Miami, they say, "If it ain't the Heat, it's the Humidity."

Love Those Pop-up Ads?

Didn't think so. Earthlink is offering Pop-Up Blocker as part of its regular service.

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

The Most ADHD-type Album I've Heard This Year - Feedback

A friend of mine, MN, a teacher in California who is expecting her first child, replied to an email I sent about the Most ADHD Album I've Heard. She writes:

Clever connection to California.

I have mixed feelings about the whole ADHD thing. First of all, pregnant women in the 8th - 9th month should continue to eat lots of veggies, when their child's brains are developing. Secondly, ADHD & ADD are often used as excuses by parents to not offer their children a structured life including discipline & feeling the consequences of their behaviour. So, quite frankly, from a teacher's perspective, I am skeptical of most people who label their kids with either one. Yes, their is a grain of reality in the "disorder." :)


QuotesBlog now has comments.

2005 Update: Every blog on Blogger now comes with comments

Monday, September 02, 2002

Many, Many Reasons To Blog

There are so many reasons for people to blog, that is, to keep a weblog or webjournal. I plan to make this posting category a recurrent one, or continue editing it until I'm satisfied with the list. The idea is to present a reason followed by links to at least one blog as an example. In either case, you'll want to stay tuned. Also, if you have any ideas you'd like to contribute, then include them in your comments.

  1. SuperSonics: A place for teachers to add and students to check homework assignments for the day.
  2. Streams of Consciousness, Topics, 600 Seconds, WriteThis: An outlet for creative writing.
  3. "Blogging can be edifying and gratifying. It [elicits] deeper thought from us than we would have before by introducing us to people with deeper thoughts, if only in areas we don't think much about. It encourages thought and reflection. Blogging adds to the quality of my life. That's why I do it." -- Chase
  4. Bene Diction's answer:
    I blog to help other bloggers. I blog to relax and just be myself. Being a professional writer had/has major drawbacks along with the benefits.

    Blogging makes different demands on me than broadcasting.

    I blog for fun. I blog to give a hand up to others learning to write and think better. I blog to bridge worlds.

    Blogging isn't a complicated thing for me. Less angst than professional work. Blog on!
  5. Yet some more reasons to blog.

70,000 Jedi Knights on Australian Census

Freedom of religion has gone to a new level:

More than 70,000 Australians identified their religion as Jedi Knight on last year's national census, officials said.

A spokesman for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Tuesday that 0.37 percent of respondents, or 70,509 people, claimed to follow the Jedi religion featuring in George Lucas' Star Wars movies when they answered a question on the census form about religious beliefs.

I love visitors!

Olive signed the guestbook.

Microsoft Design Gallery

from Crabby's Mailbag

Crabby Office Lady: Solid advice with an attitude

"Microsoft Design Gallery Live (DGL) offers all kinds of Office clip art, photos, animations, and sounds. Learning how to make the most of DGL might be just what you need to perk up those sluggish, sleepy Microsoft Office documents."