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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

We should do more of it.

Seriously. It’s been years since we actually got a person on the moon (much less a female or a minority).

This dip we have in national curiosity about space reminds me of the early part of the 20th century when the US became isolationist. The only way to move forward is to look outward and, oh I don’t know, actually make that first move.

Which we did back on July 20th, 1969.

The goal was set by JFK in 1961 and reached by end of the decade. That’s what we can do when we work together and make the effort.

Moving forward, keeping the pace, and getting the job done. We’ve done it with other things, although those were mostly reactionary (9/11 & Katrina come to mind). Wouldn’t it be grand to do something positive & proactive again?

I would love to see my kids get excited about traveling the solar system. My eldest likes to watch the stars at night and, at our new place, we have a great view. I want him to think that he too can make it to the moon or beyond.

So, in my opinion, making that positive first step towards exploration and discovery is the goal the United States should focus on. We should continue what those space pioneers began in 1960’s, build on it, and create a new sense of wonder for the whole world.

There’s never enough time, is there? What would you do with an extra three hours today?

No there is not enough time to do everything that I want which is why I got myself a brand spanking new Day Planner for my birthday. My intention is to give myself extra time within the limits of a 24 hour day by staying organized. It works. Sort of. But no matter how organized I am it still doesn’t give me an extra three hours to use today.

So, what to do with three extra hours if it magically appeared on my Day Planner? Well, if I get to mess with the space-time continuum, I’d do something like exploring the Moon or hopping an express to the nearest wormhole to check out what’s on the other side (Farscape here I come!).

Or, if I need to stay on this side of practical, believable, and doable, I could definitely use an extra three hours of uninterrupted sleep. Except that isn’t exactly exciting, is it? How about three hours of uninterrupted writing time? The Lord knows my WIP could use it. Or three hours of reading a good book in a fragrant bubble bath.

Actually, the more I think about it, that bubble bath sounds like the best choice. With the newest Terry Pratchett. Hmmm, maybe I need to head over to Angel Face Botanicals* for one of their milk baths….

So, what would you do with an extra three hours added on to your typical 24 hour day?

* This isn’t an ad for AngelFace nor did they pay me to add in a link to my post. However, I really, really enjoy their products and don’t mind spreading the link love for them (requested for or not).

If, at birth, you could select the profession your child would eventually pursue, would you do so? Why or why not? If so, what profession would you choose?
If not, what profession do you think your child might choose based on his/her current interests/personality?

If you had asked me before my first son was born, I would’ve chosen something grand or important or safe like a doctor, dentist or concert pianist. After having three boys, however, I have come to understand that my kids are going to do whatever it is that they want to do without my help or interference. They are three very distinct people with varying interests brought together by genetics, a roof over their heads, and an unyielding love for legos.

Eight years ago I would never had guessed that my eldest son would love turtles or that he would prefer juice to soda (yea for him!). Or that my four year old would love to hum and sing and dance. Or that my two year old can throw a ball at a hundred miles an hour with pinpoint accuracy (big leagues watch out!). I am amazed and awed by their talents and interests. So, my eldest may end up an engineer, my middle son a choreographer/artist/actor and my youngest might just be the next big baseball star.

No matter what they want to be when they grow up, and I expect them to change their minds about a hundred times before that actually happens (preferably before they have their own children), I want them to pursue something that makes them happy. There is nothing worse than going to a job that you hate for the rest of your life. All I ask is that they do that particular profession to the best of their abilities and make enough to live off of so they don’t have to live with me.

Thanks, Karen, for the best questions!

So, what profession do you, gentle reader, wish for your kids?

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want? Explain your answer, please.

While it is very tempting to go with the body of a 30 year old for the rest of my life, I have to ask first: who’s body do I get to keep?

If it’s mine, no thank you. I’ll take the mind of the 30 year old for the rest of my life. I figure I can get the most mileage out of it. I like the idea of being a mentally spry 90 year old and run mental rings around the assisted living facility nurses.

Seriously though, growing old gracefully is one of those personal choices we all have to make. That idea was brought home to me today when I had to see the doctor for a knee injury. I have a choice to bow to the inevitable or scream into the night “I will not go!”

Well, I won’t, darnit. I’ll do what I can to keep both my mind and my body sharp so that I can enjoy and thank the good Lord for all the blessings He has bestowed upon my family.

That means that I’ll continue to solve crossword puzzles, play scrabble, sweat during aerobics, lift weights, and all the other stuff to keep myself mentally and physically fit as long as I am able to.

In other words, I refuse to grow old gracefully inasmuch as I can (without the dubious benefit of drugs and/or plastic surgery).

So, what choice would you make? Scream into the night or bow to the inevitable? I want to know your opinion!

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