Thursday, November 10, 2016

GEMS Workshop held at Warren County Library


Ten girls and six adult leaders participated in a GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) workshop on Saturday morning at the Warren County Library.   The participants, 5th and 6th grade girls from schools in Warren County as well as homeschoolers, rotated among six stations, featuring Probability, Pressure, Gadgets, Sound, the Brain, and Water. There was plenty of opportunity for hand-on learning, and lots of enthusiasm at all stations. The girls exercised skills of prediction, estimation, calculation, and figuring cause and effect as they moved among the tables. The activity was co-sponsored by AAUW (American Association of University Women), Monmouth Area branch; and Warren County Public Library. Leaders and other facilitators were members of AAUW; Danielle Morrison, Youth Services Librarian; and other active and retired teachers. AAUW is planning another GEMS activity day for the Spring.

 








Wednesday, November 02, 2016

November Golf at Gibson Woods

We call it subsistence golf after Halloween. The water is off, the tee blocks have disappeared, the front/rear/center flag markers are gone (replaced by a single yellow flag), even the hole designation signs have been taken in for the winter. If you don't know the course they might not find you until spring. Balls disappear under leaves in the fairway and heaven help you if you stray into the rough.  Luckily you tend to find as many as you lose.

But the flip side is that  the crowds are gone and the course is at its most scenic. Here's my playing partner Bill Wallace shooting for the green on number 17.


 
He returned the favor as took a photo of the short sleeves and shorts in the November heat wave.






Everywhere you look there are faccinating reflections.and colorful vistas.



 
 
 


 
 
 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Nice Theatre Weekend

Coming off a lovely weekend in Cedar Rapids with our daughter and her family.  Thursday night we saw  Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the Monmouth College Wells Theatre.  It was done with a "film noir" concept that was nicely carried out in the setting and the costumes. The rewriting for modernism muted some of the poetic impact, but the point still came through.  The setting of a city street was done with finesse though I felt that it was so large that it squeezed the actor's playing space into a limited area downstage and thus forced a lot of flattened compositions. Johnny Williams III does a credible job in a leading role that is not normally tackled by a young actor. Overall the production was a noble effort and well worth the time.

We left for Cedar Rapids early Friday morning and were able to get some shopping in before we headed out to see Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Giving Tree Theatre in Marion. This was definitely a nice change of pace from Greek Tragedy.  We were greeted with a nicely detailing living room set complete with a baby grand piano. The company was hobbled a bit by some inconsistent accents and a weak Ruth Condomine, but saved by an energetic Elvira and a magnificent Madam Arcati.  The laughs were slow in the first act, which is full of exposition, and needed a brighter pace. But things picked up when Madam Arcati arrived on the scene.  A number of verbal laugh lines were missed by the actors and director though the physical comedy was mostly on target.  Coward probably needs some cutting for a modern audience.  Still a fine and entertaining evening with a bang up British comedy gem.

Saturday was spent doing some more shopping and watching the Cubs take another pasting. Doesn't look good.  French Toast Sunday morning, Fire House Subs for lunch and then back to Monmouth in time to watch my Packers lose by a point.  Only good thing is that as I write this the Cubs have a small lead in the fifth of their do or die last chance game.

Busy busy  

A Nice Theatre Weekend

Coming off a lovely weekend in Cedar Rapids with our daughter and her family.  Thursday night we saw  Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the Monmouth College Wells Theatre.  It was done with a "film noir" concept that was nicely carried out in the setting and the costumes. The rewriting for modernism muted some of the poetic impact, but the point still came through.  The setting of a city street was done with finesse though I felt that it was so large that it squeezed the actor's playing space and forced a lot of flattened compositions.  Still overall a noble effort and well worth the time.

We left for Cedar Rapids early Friday morning and were able to get some shopping in before we headed out to see Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Giving Tree Theatre in Marion. More theatre and a nice change of pace from Greek Tragedy.  The company was hobbled a bit by some inconsistent accents and a weak Ruth Condomine, but saved by an energetic Elvira and a magnificent Madam Arcati.  We might have had a brighter pace at times and the director missed some laugh line pointing, but it was overall a pleasant evening.

Saturday was spent doing some more shopping and watching the Cubs take another pasting. Doesn't look good.  French Toast Sunday morning, Fire House Subs for lunch and then back to Monmouth in time to watch my Packers lose by a point.  Only good thing is that as I write this the Cubs have a small lead in the fifth of their do or die last chance game.

Busy busy