Thursday, March 26, 2009
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From: "The Voice of the Martyrs" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DAY 50 - Christian Attorney Still Held Hostage by Government
DAY 50: Gao Zhisheng Held Hostage
Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, has now been missing 50 days, and there is increasing concern for his life. He was last seen being hauled away from his home by more than a dozen police officers on February 4. Reports from inside China indicate he is undergoing brutal torture.
The situation is critical, and with each day that passes, Gao Zhisheng's life hangs in the balance.
Because of Gao's work defending house church Christians and others persecuted in China, the Chinese government wants to silence his voice. ChinaAid president, Bob Fu calls Gao's torture "the most severe persecution in China's modern history." Gao's wife and two children, who have also been abused and tormented by the police, escaped to the U.S. less than two weeks ago. His family is afraid that authorities, furious at their escape, are taking revenge on Gao.
ChinaAid and The Voice of the Martyrs, together with Gao Zhisheng's wife and children, call on all Christians and those who value human dignity and justice to speak out on Gao Zhisheng's behalf by signing a petition to free Gao.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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What I usually do is wait until I get to the end of a section and then I will choose to give a test, have them create a presentation, write a summary, or do a skit. If they had the option, they would always choose skit.
I am sure that most classes would choose this, but this particular class just loves it.
Today they were working on their skit over Jeremiah the prophet. They had just finished writing their individual scenes that I had assigned them and had argued their way through part selection when they decided that they needed to have some practice time. This part is fun for me for two reasons.
One, because they always ask me not to watch the "rehearsal" because they want me to be able to watch it as if for the first time when they present. This always brings a little smile to my face. It is that simple enjoyment that they get from having me see the funny little parts that they have added in, their little bits of comic relief that they have timed so well. It is good stuff.
Two, because it gives me a little time to work.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
#1 deterrant from blogging... The Flu! (Influenza-B to be precise) You can check out Google's Flu trends to see how how things are going this year compared to other years.
It has hit us hard this year. When I say "us" I am referring to our immediate family. I had it first, two Sundays ago. It was an immediate sickness for me. High fever, sore throat, aches, pains, etc. My youngest son got it next with all of the same symptoms, plus pink eye. He has been on an antibiotic for the last week to take care of the secondary infection in his eyes and his ears. My wife was soon to follow with all of the same symptoms. We have all had a lingering cough when it was through.
Then there is my oldest son. After we had all had it for almost a week, my oldest says, "I think that I may have missed this one."
Last Monday he starts showing signs. So, both of the boys ended up home for all of last week (which means my wife ended up at home as well). This has made for a tough two weeks, so I was really looking forward to the weekend. It was going to be my chance to get caught up with school work, because surely the boys would be good by then.
They made it to school yesterday, but it must have been too much, for my oldest, because his hypoglycemic ways have crept up on us. Several mornings in a row he has felt nauseaus, but after some liquids and maybe a bite to eat, he has been fine. He didn't get fine today... so back to the doctor. There isn't much we can do at this point, other than keep a close watch on him, give him plenty, and I mean plenty, of liquids, and make sure he gets some rest.
I have to be honest with you. If you know me at all, you will believe me when I say, he isn't well. He is really not doing well. I am a little worried. I have been through this with him before. We have made more than one trip to the hospital for that one, and its not fun.
I have learned to trust through those times, but a father's heart never wants this. I wouldn't even have to think twice if I had the option of taking all of this upon myself. It pains me to see my family suffer. There is not a one of them that I wouldn't willingly and eagerly take any load or any burden that they were carrying.
But I know that I can't.
So I look to my Father during these times. I pray to Him for the strength to do whatever I can to carry my family on my shoulders. If I can't take their burdens, maybe I can carry them. I don't know. I am tired and I am blogging, usually not a good combination.
So, I have blogged for you the flu.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
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What it is: Okay, sometimes I just have to share things because they are off the charts amazing. Augmented reality is something I was introduced to by my graphic artist husband. Until I found this GE Smart Grid site, I wasn't able to share it with others and let students play with it. What is augmented reality? Basically you print off a sheet from the website that has a bold graphic on it. When you hold up this graphic to a web cam, a 3-D model is produced on screen, by moving the paper you can look at different views of the 3-D model, zoom in and out, and in some cases cause the model to react to other inputs (like blowing into the microphone). The GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality shows a digital hologram of smart grid technology in the form of wind turbines and solar energy.
How to integrate GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality into the classroom: I am introducing this site to my students as a discussion starter for where technology is going and brainstorming what augmented reality could be used for. The Smart Grid site can also be used when teaching students about alternative energy sources like wind turbines and solar energy. They can actually see 3-D models of each and interact with them. This would be a great introduction and attention grabber for an energy unit in science classes.
Tips: Augmented reality is still relatively new technology, it is starting to pop up in the advertising world and in baseball trading cards. Hopefully the education sector will jump on this technology, how amazing would it be to hold up a science worksheet to the computer and be able to see a 3-D model of a skeleton, or a beating heart?! (I'll see if I can talk my husband into working on a few augmented reality education goodies). :) Mac users, if you can't get it to pick up your camera, ctrl + click on the popup window and choose the USB camera option. Enjoy!
Leave a comment and tell us how you are using GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality in your classroom.
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The Associated Press: Authorities plan to charge Illinois church suspect
The encouragement is to pray for this church, and especially for the pastor's family. He was married and had two children. I can't imagine how much his family is hurting right now.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
What Masculine Provision Looks Like: From Six Figures to Cleaning Urinals