Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dog Tired 8-6-18

Mary Lynn
Married once
Married twice;
Married thrice!

Mary Lynn Morgan-V-C-A;
Hyphenated thrice, but not today;
On the anniversary of her birth;
She doesn’t have justify her worth.

To find love in the end;
Be your own best friend.
Happy Birthday to you!
Have fun, whatever you do.

Wake up, walk the dog and
Smell the flowers;
Then punch the clock and log in;
And work a few more extra hours.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Picasso Muses

Picasso Self Portrait 1907

Fernande Olivier met Picasso in 1904 and by the next year they were living together. Their relationship lasted seven years. Both Olivier and Picasso were jealous lovers, and their passions sometimes exploded into violence
Head of a woman (Fernande) by Picasso 1909

Olga Stepanovna Khokhlova was a Russian ballet dancer of Ukrainian origin,She was the first wife of Pablo Picasso (1918-1955). She was one of his early artistic muses and the mother of his son, Paulo. 
Portrait of Olga 1921 by Picasso

Marie-Thérèse Walter - French mistress and model for Picasso of from 1927 to about 1935, She is the mother of his daughter Maya Widmaier-Picasso. She was seventeen years old and he was 45 in 1927 (He was still living with his first wife, Olga). Picasso moved on to his next mistress, artist Dora Maar.
Woman with a Mirror by Picasso 1932

Dora Maar: at the end of 1935, Dora Maar was introduced to Picasso.Their liaison would last nearly nine years. Dora Maar photographed the successive stages of the creation of Guernica in 1937. She is the model Picasso, often represents in tears.
Weeping Woman 1937 by Picasso

Françoise Gilot  - Pablo Picasso when she was 21 and he was 61. Picasso first saw Gilot in a restaurant in the spring of 1943. Dora Maar, was devastated to learn that Picasso was replacing her with the much younger artist.  Gilot and Picasso spent almost ten years together. Their son, Claude, was born in 1947 and their daughter, Paloma was born in 1949.
Françoise Gilot 1953 by Picasso

Jacqueline Roque Pablo Picasso met Jacqueline in 1953 at the Madoura Pottery when she was 26 years old and he was 72. In 1955, when Picasso's first wife Olga died, he was free to marry. He married Jacqueline in Vallauris in 1961. (Picasso was married to her until his death in 1973).
Jacqueline with Flowers by Picasso 1954

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Generations Mom

Mom I miss you, That’s for sure.
I wish you could see what I see, so sweet and so pure.
And maybe you do - It’s just so profound.
Mothers make the world go round.

My wife talks to her mom nearly every day.
It’s the little things, I always say.
Standing through thick and thin, the mother of our two;
For richer, for poorer, we smile, we do.

She's mom to a girl and a boy...
They bring us so much happiness and joy.
Astounding as it is, our baby girl is a mom now;
She knows exactly what to do, and how.

Our boy, married a girl, a beautiful bride for our son.
Now as a mom, she is nearly a perfect one.
Incidental as I am.
I am a very happy man.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Memory and Cognition Reflection

Slavin’s summary of cognitive theories of learning (pp.154-155), is not a summary as much as it is an outline for a teacher to consider the educational psychology of how the brain processes information. It is useful to have a knowledge of theories about what causes people to remember (or forget) and how we as human beings learn. This paper explores several memory strategies and provides a little fun via YouTube at the end.

I am mindful of the ongoing study of memory in the advertising industry, so ably and humorously portrayed by Sidney Greenstreet as the owner of Beautee Soap in the film adaptation of Frederic Wakefield’s The Hucksters (1947). He insists, as he pounds his fist on the conference room table that his brand leads in the marketplace because “we out-advertise” the competition. Furthermore, he claims, to be effective you must repeat the brand name and “irritate! Irritate! Irritate!” --- beating the consumer into submission to purchase Beautee Soap. Sullivan (Hey Whipple, Squeeze, 2016) recalls classic TV commercials for Charmin toilet tissue as memorable but irritating portrayal of a grocer who cannot resist squeezing the product because it is so soft. In advertising, the client banks on the belief that memory has the power to generate sales.

In school, over and over again, we are introduced to mnemonic devices we hope will assist learners in retaining information. Virtually every content area has something educators hope will be locked in the vault of the minds they hope to educate. In English (i before e, except after c or when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh); In Mathematics (P.E.M.D.A.S. is a way to remember the order of operations – Parentheses or brackets first, then Exponents, then Multiplication, then Division, then Addition and Subtraction (left to right); In Geometry (memorize a2+b2 = c2 to understand Pythagorean Theory that says the Hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the square roots of the other two sides of a right triangle); In Geography the names of the Great Lakes (H.O.M.E.S Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior); In Science (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos is a way to recall planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune (Pluto lost its status as a planet); a would-be nun in The Sound of Music gave us a song to recall the basic 8 musical notes (Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do); In Art (Color Theory is on a wheel starting with primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue).   
Slavin (p.149) introduced me to a study technique PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect on the material, Recite and Review) which must be a cousin to a technique I learned in seventh grade SQ3R (Study, Question, Read, wRite, Review). I found a SQ4R explained from Oregon Library Information Services. I am quite sure that any version of such a technique, if woven into the instructional methodology of a classroom can be very effective.    

Five YouTube Links that I hope you will review follow. They are all short (2:36, 1:18, 1:49 and 6:02 and 3:03 respectively). I recommend viewing them in this order and after you have read this paper. (You can simply paste the link into your browser – they are all on YouTube). The last YouTube link is for your listening pleasure: “You must remember this…”
The Hucksters Clark Gable Meets Sidney Greenstreet 2:36 (1947) on YouTube - link
Please Don’t Squeeze the Charmin TV commercial 1:18 (1960) on YouTube – link
Order of Operations 1:49 on Your sample on YouTube - link
Oregon School Library Information System 6:08 SR4R technique for reading – link
Casablanca (1942) – 3:03 As Time Goes By Original Song by Sam (Dooly Wilson)

Sullivan, L. Hey whipple, squeeze this 5th Edition (©Wiley 2016)
Wakefielf, F. The Hucksters (novel 1947) and movie staring Clark Gable
Slavin, R, Educational psychology theory and practice 12th Edition (© 2012 Pearon)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

August Leader

Impressive august leader;
Courtside, ballpark stands, recitals and plays;
Loyal as a golden retriever;
A parent in so many ways;
In Rob we trust, I’m a believer.

Cheaper in China;
Pet shop supplies;
EBITDA, lah-dee-dah;
Dustbusters, cutlery knives;
Butterfly kisses, the father cries.

Teary eyed, last in line;
A toast - qualified to make;
Genuine, heartfelt and fine;
Good to great, chocolate cake;
California vineyard wine.

Hardware sales, retail rings;
Cost of goods sold;
The troubadour sings;
And it never gets old;
A life full of sweet and healthy things.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Let's eat some cake

Birthday Cake

In the middle of cake season, at the end of June;
We celebrate the penultimate Morgan and the man in the moon.
Outliers in February are important too;
But nothing to make much ado.
It is the end of June – Let’s eat some cake;
Serve it up at your place on the Lake.

It goes something like this;
I'm oldest of four in a family of six.
We kick off the season of cake.
Count the parents and it’s a crazy eight.
May Day --- it’s time for cake!
By mid-June cake in a camp cabin is also great.

Cake in the rain it matters not, we love the stuff.
In July, can there ever be cake enough?
August rolls around and we’re seated again;
Flowery icing on cake at a table for ten.
Autumn months are more about pumpkin pie
Then temperature drops and snow flurries fly

Happy Birthday Dan. Happy birthday to you.
You look like a monkey and you are one too.

Cosmic Wheel Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday to a true Cosmic Wheel!

Choir boys, alter boys, boys will be boys.
Hot Air Balloons, up, up, and away;
In-A Gadda-Da-Vida drum solo noise;
Magnificent clouds by the bay.
Gasparillla Island pirates - ahoy!
Hit it as hard as you can - that’s how you play.

Cold Beer and cheap cigars;
Barefoot bus driver crushes concrete;
Remembering discos, beaches and bars;
Glorious days, even in defeat.
Emerging ahead, albeit with scars;
Life is so precious, so, so very sweet.

Single-lens reflex photographer, a good eye at-large.
The Red Cross is saving lives every day.
The first mate on a flying bridge is a man in charge.
Blended families, Real Estate Lives, Uber driver on his way.
An impossible shot at the buzzer --- to win;
Greg the Great does it again and again.

Poster artwork by Peter Max