Saturday, June 26, 2010

Unit 7

It's been a bad week and I imagine that many of you feel this way. It's been humid and my asthma acts up in the humidity. I don't seem to have any energy and I'm not sure if it's my breathing or what but I feel like I'm lagging behind and it's made it hard to do school work . Well enough complaining…


Week 7 is here and I have 2 papers to finish over the next two weeks. The first one is the research paper for comp II. I should be able to finish this one by the end of next week which will give me a week to write the a&p II paper. In some ways this has been the hardest term for me. I have struggled more this term with my breathing and how I am feeling overall than any other term.


I'm actually looking forward to the end of the term because I'm taking vacation. I am going to my son's in KC for a long weekend. I'm not sure what we are doing, but he's planning something and I will go along with whatever it is.


Hope you have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Unit 7 – A Deck of Cards

I received this email and felt that this needed to be posted – Please read and comment if you wish – the author is unknown

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard.

The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.

As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, 'Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?'

The soldier replied, 'I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.'

The sergeant said, 'Looks to me like you're going to play cards.'

The soldier said, 'No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country,

I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.'

The sergeant asked in disbelief, 'How will you do that?'

'You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments

The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John .

The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year..

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.

The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.'

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, 'Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?'

Monday, June 21, 2010

Unit 6

Last week was one of the hardest weeks for me. The humidity is up and my breathing is down. One top of the humidity, I think I've caught a chest cold and my cough is really unproductive. I'm wheezing bad and it is really hard to read or study when your breathing is so noisy. Oh well it's what I have to live with and I guess it's better than the alternative.


Morris, I may have a partial answer for you. There is a study being conduct at the University of Wisconsin right now that is looking at SIDS and sleep apnea. To qualify as a SIDS death the autopsy must reveal nothing as a cause of death. Sleep apnea and SIDS in premature infants seems to be linked. If the infant stops breathing and the brain in incapable of waking the infant up, to restart the breathing than death would occur. There would be no trauma; the infant just didn't wake up to restart the breathing. Sometime this year they are supposed to have another progress report published.


Have a good week everyone.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Unit 5

This week we are suppose to choose one of the topics to write about. So I'm choosing "How is school influencing your life at or up to this point?"

Right now school is about the only positive I have in my life.

I've been unemployed for 18 months and the last time I was on an interview was November. I've worked in the accounting field for 27 years and for most of the companies think I have too much experience. When I try for the more experienced positions, I get the letter or email that they have chosen someone more fit for the position. Because of how the asthma affects my breathing, I can't walk very fast and I have trouble getting my breath, when I do interview I can see the negative reaction my breathing causes in their face. I always knew that my weight was a strike against me, but now my breathing is a bigger strike and seems to me harder to overcome.

So why is school so positive? I've always thought that I could be a professional student and just keep on learning. I enjoy learning and expanding my potential. I'm also learning something that will give me the opportunity to stay home and earn a living by becoming a medical transcriptionist. My plan is to get my training and find work then try to work for a company while I stay home or start my own company. Either way school right now is helping me to stay positive. Oh I get down and it's hard to find a bright spot but my schooling really is helping me to achieve my goal.

Hope you all have a good week.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Unit 4

I hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend. Here in Iowa it was nice with no rain to mention.

This week in seminar we talk about plagiarism and in-text citations. I don't understand why anyone would deliberately plagiarize anyone. I don't think the benefits outweigh the consequences. If you don't learn how write properly you will never get into a management position. Most managers have to be able to write reports to give or email their bosses and if they can't write their bosses aren't going to take them seriously and they won't have their job for long. I had an office manager's position and my boss had me doing the budget work for the new budget year. Then he would present it to his boss. His boss figured out that my boss wasn't doing the budget and worse wasn't even reviewing it. He told my boss that next budget review just send Rebecca so she can answer my questions. My boss really didn't learn his lesson; he just had me put together an explanation sheet so he could answer the questions. Sometimes the 'Men's Club' is hard to break into.

In-text citations do take some getting used to. When I was in high school and even the first two years of college we used footnotes and typewriters. Footnotes were a pain at the bottom of the page but I was taught that only direct quotations had to be put on the bottom. If you paraphrased you only had to put it on the footnote page at the back. There was no reference page because the information was covered in the footnotes. I like in-text citations better.

There is not much else happening in my corner of the world. My soon to be granddaughter had to get glasses for reading. I think she's cute, but she says not…. So here is her picture, please let me know what you think.

Hope everyone has a good week. See you on the discussion boards.