Monday, April 23, 2012

PTSW: Contagion

A post I began back in February and neglected in the intervening weeks:


Tonight is our annual science fair. The eleventh iteration. And each year some ten-year-old comes up with a question to investigate that has never occurred to me before. My favorite this year was the quest to prove whether smiling really is contagious. The young fellow not only had a decently controlled experiment, he tacked on a bit of poetry to  his enthusiastic and entertaining oral report --- I hope his log gives evidence of an experiment to match his little speech. I immediately thought: "There's my next 'Poem to Start the Week'".

Smiling Is Infectious
Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

Later note: The project, still my favorite of the year, did not win a gold medal as I recall, but did win a lesser medal from the judges.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Another Birthday Feast at the Johal/Singh home

You may remember that we have twice enjoyed the hospitality of my teacher friend Nancy Johal and her physician husband Jagdeep Singh. Saturday Nancy and Jagdeep threw another shindig at their home in celebration of the first birthday of little Eva their daughter. Here are my pictures from the occasion.

Two years ago we attended the first birthday celebration for Eva's brother Avi - here is my post from that party.

Nancy & Eva, the b'day girl

Big Brother Avi in the colorful inflated gym in the backyard.

Andrea & Wendy

David, Melissa, Dylan, & Mercedes

Mrs. Cipolini of Meals on Heels with her culinary creations.

A pineapple salsa
A bacon and spinich dip

Pasta salad




Sheila & Penny

A proud Mama



Avi watches a helium-filled balloon ascend into the gorgeous blue Georgia heavens.

Eva and the iPhone

Chasing balloons

The balloon is imprinted by the b'day cake.

Time to blow out the candle

Help arrives

Pucker up



Through the window

Jagdeep's dad - Engineer & Poet

Father & Son

Nancy & Eva


Friday, April 06, 2012

The Biggest Hickory Log in Adams County

My friends of the blogosphere will be shocked to learn that I have been declared the official certified 2012 outstanding liar in Rome Georgia, by virtue of my winning story in the Big Fibbers Contest at Chieftains Museum. Now I want to say up front, my story was no such thing! I even brought along physical evidence of the veracity of my tale. I want to assure one and all that this story is every bit as true as... most of my stories.

Some of you may have noticed some similarities between this story and Richard Chase's story "The Hickory Toothpick". Surely you don't think I would steal Mr. Chase's story! I am shocked and chagrined. You need to understand that my Daddy was a Methodist preacher. A lot of people might have heard his tales. It is entirely possible that Chase collected his tale from someone who had heard Daddy. And the fact that I listened to the following story may have spurred the memories I relate above. Those memories are seared in my brain, and have been for over a week now.

The Hickory Toothpick by Richard Chase
The Hickory Toothpick