Monday, March 22, 2010

Jodee and Daniel

On Saturday we spent the day in the beautiful home of John and Barbara Spera in Canton, Ohio to celebrate the engagement of Jodee and Daniel who will be married in October. Over 30 family members and friends gathered to celebrate the engagement. I was so happy to meet everyone. Barbara, a teacher for 37 years could easily write a best selling book on entertaining and include all the delicious recipes she served. John is easy-going and has plenty of jokes and light-humored stories to make everyone feel welcome. Their large two-story home is something out of the pages of Home and Garden.

I instantly loved everyone and on the ride back to Columbus, I told Daniel that I want to be adopted by their family and live on the next street.

I'm happy for Daniel that he has found the woman that he loves. Jodee is intelligent, highly organized, considerate, kind, and nice. I'm happy to celebrate their love on this happy occasion.

The Ohio State University

I'm so happy to be in Columbus, Ohio. Yesterday we saw our son, Daniel graduate from The Ohio State University to receive a MBA. It was thrilling to be in the Jerome Schottenstein Center to see graduates receive their diploma. I'm so proud of Daniel and happy about all the opportunities in front of him. Nothing has ever been handed to him. He's worked hard and planned ahead for everything he's received.

I loved hearing President Gordon Gee speak and tried to video most of his inspiring words that encourage all to be the best they can be.

The commencement address was given by Curtis J. Moody the CEO of the largest minority-owned architectural firm in the nation. He received his degree in architecture at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture. His speech was inspiring and will be remembered.

I had the opportunity to go to a special dinner for graduates receiving their masters from the Fisher School of Business. I was the proud mother taking photos as her son received honors for the Deloit Business Plan Competition. It's obvious the highest standards of students and faculty are expected and encouraged at The Ohio State University.

I wish I could be part of it all too. Everyone was welcomed as a member of the family of The Ohio State University. Everything is better in Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and especially at The Ohio State University.

Daniel was very kind to send us tickets to come to see him graduate. I'm so proud of him and grateful for the opportunity to experience for a few days a glimpse into his world. He's one of the best people I know in the world so I love to spend time with him.

Monday, March 15, 2010


I spent 3 hours and 45 minutes writing this morning. I had a great time and got a lot accomplished. I am going to write first thing every morning when I get up to work on my writing projects before I start anything thing else.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Reading People

Sometimes I know things about people, as if I can see right into their heart. Other times, I can't. I guess it is because I pay attention, look for clues about people, and watch. People are fooled all the time though. Just watch the news. Look at famous people, like Tiger Woods. He was great at fooling everyone. People who are in the news or famous need to realize they need to live a scandal free life. They need to decide to be good at all times. Everyone, if they want to avoid heartache, need to decide to be good at all times.

You can't be too careful now days. Women, especially need to be careful. Young people are often told that it's best to stay in groups and stay in public places. I think this is good advice for everyone. You can't blindly trust, especially these days. Unfortunately people who are dating now, it is almost a good idea to have the individual of interest to be checked out with a police background check, a medical exam, and other ways of digging up information about their family and friends. Sad but true.

I'm glad I'm married. No matter how imperfect my husband seems at times, he's a jewel compared to some you read about in the news. Next month, I will have been married for 38 years. That's a long time to know someone. It's comforting that we share the same memories. It's fun to play canasta every day. It's great that I can ask him a question and he knows the answer.

OSU Socratic Club

I went to the final debate of the year put on by the OSU Socratic Club. Victor Stenger debated William Craig. Both are philosphers who debated the existence of God.

Victor Stenger is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. His letter that he wrote to God echoes my sentiments about why does God allow so much pain, violence, injustice, etc. Victor Stenger seems like a gentle genius. He probably knew Carl Sagan and belongs to the Planatary Society.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

I went to the Friends of the Library Book Sale in Corvallis on Sunday, February 28. I got there about 15 minutes early and there was already a line at the door. I brought a small plastic bin with handles built into the sides to carry my books. The price for the last day of the sale is $5 a box. There were many sizes of boxes in the hands of people in line. One couple had two large boxes each on wooden carts with wheels. They were prepared and I figured they have done this many times before.

I got in the door and there were books everywhere. It didn't look like this was the third day and that the library had already made $33,000 from the sale. There were books in boxes under the tables and there was wall to wall people so it was hard to move around freely. I had to make a decision where to look. I wished that I had scoped out the building the day before so I knew the layout of the tables and what books were where. I first went over to the table with the sign that said history books. That group of books was picked over and I only found one reference book about Presidents so I headed on over to the mystery books and found several. Then I found literature and stayed there the rest of the time. I found collections of short stories, books on writing craft, poetry and drama anthologies. It was glorious. I was happy to be there. A couple of different times when I was shoulder to shoulder with other people, I looked to the person next to me and said, "This sure is fun, isn't it!" They looked at me as if they didn't share the same level of enthusiasm. Well, I was happy to be there. I went in and out three times for a total of $15 for hundreds of dollars worth of books. I found real treasures and I'm so happy I went.

When I went to my car the first time, Rachel Beck, a reporter for the Corvallis Gazette Times asked me if she could talk to me about the sale. Since I was happy to meet her, I said yes. It was fun to talk to her and I ended up on the front page of the paper on Monday, February 29.

Am I going to this sale next year? You bet!

When I got home and took inventory of the books I bought, the first book that I read was a book of interviews of famous writers. The first interview I read was all about Jean Auel. Her interview is inspiring and I wrote to her the next day.