On a Kid’s Daydream

Every kid dreams of a party like this …

. .. with ice cream

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… and cake

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… and cookies

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… friends and happiness

… and our imaginary friends too

All for this young lady

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… It’s a good day for her.

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Ice Cream Daydream is a vibrant mural created by ArtWorks at 33 East 12th Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine district. This mural is full of imagination, fun and joy.

ArtWorks is a unique non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth to create art in the community. To date, ArtWorks is responsible for over 100 murals throughout Cincinnati – which many are in the main part of the city.

This post is for Resa, Toronto’s lady of style who also captures street art in Toronto and Winnipeg as a hobby. Resa recently declared March as Kid’s Month on her blog – so this is the first of my two posts for her celebration.

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Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 267

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Donald Trump continues to do what he does best: Bring attention to himself and bloviate. Here’s The Onion’s candidate profile on The Bloviator, plus this related headline made me laugh: Trump tell Iowa farmers he has cattle 500 times bigger than theirs.

This headline captured my attention: Schools That Succeed Because of the System, Not Despite It … GAG … As one on the reform education side of the fence, I can justify the statement being true, but I ask a deeper question: But is this the system we want to master?

Discussions about flying the Confederate flag continue, while some seem to want to expand it to anything Confederate.

  • Should schools with Rebels as a nickname change? (No)
  • Should mascots of Confederate soldiers be replaced? (No)
  • Should schools reconsider using the Confederate flag as a school symbol? (Yep if the school receives any public aid)
  • Should the Confederate flag fly at public memorials on Confederate Memorial Day? (To me, this is a tough one as I can see both sides.)
  • Can a person fly the Confederate flag on a pole on their own property? (Absolutely, and this should remain)

The Daily Beast published this very-timely-now article (Jan 15, 2015) about Robert E. Lee’s view about reconciliation.

Cheers to the South Carolina legislature for voting to take down the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds.

Cincinnati is hosting this year’s mid-summer classic: Major League Baseball’s All-Star game. The city has done a great job getting ready for the week-long festivities. Meanwhile, the team’s owner and management continue to demonstrate they have lost their way.

The Coke machines with all the flavors … do you know the ones? Vanilla Ginger Ale is my favorite. Do you have a favorite?

Did you notice that the desserts theme of Meals: The Musical: Act 7 was calorie free? I anticipate only 2 more acts, and preliminary information about Act 8 is on the Hear Ye page.

My wife and I ballroom dance for fun – thus we don’t compete or perform solos in studio-related events – but we have participated in two formations (groups). It appears I’ll be performing with another dance partner (of course with my wife’s permission) at a future showcase. Here’s the song we are hoping to use for our dance. What’s the dance?

For those who will post the entire story on their blog (with their ending), the revised story (without an ending) is on the Challenge page to copy. The Dance Challenge date Sunday, July 12th, 9:30 pm (Eastern US). I’m looking forward to the different endings, so feel free to promote the challenge!

The Explore series continues on Saturday featuring a wonderful video about a person, place, or thing.

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their short video about what children need in a male role model.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Disney unveils first virgin princess
Report: Male hair-loss 7 times more painful than childbirth
S&M couple won’t stop droning on about their fetishes
Insurance only pays for generic heart transplant
Ghost of Julia Child sounds the same
Meteorologist slips family members few extra days of extended forecast

Interesting Reads
Washington Post’s editorial board about independence
An example of Congress avoiding solutions (from the BiPartisan Policy Center)
Same-sex marriage around the world
Brain’s internal compass
13 facts about Crayola Crayons

Here’s a 2-fer to send you into the weekend – a leftover dessert from the musical and a classic. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On July

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A new month means a new dose of trivia and celebration notices.

July starts the second half of the year.

The Roman Senate changed Quintillis to July in honor of Julius Caesar

July “birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lily.

July birthstone is the ruby.

July’s Zodiac signs are Cancer (until July 21) and Leo July 22 onward).

July is, on average, the warmest month in most of the Northern hemisphere and the coldest month in much of the Southern hemisphere.

July starts on the same day of the week as April every year, but starts the same as January in leap years.

During a common year, no other month ends on the same day as July, but during a leap year, January ends on the same day of the week as July.

July is the month to celebrate independence in Somalia, Belarus, United States, Peru, Argentina, Algeria, Venezuela, South Sudan, Bahamas, Colombia, Belgium, Maldives, and Vanuatu

July is the month to increase awareness for Bereaved Parents, Bioterrorism/Disaster Education, Hemochromatosis Screening, Herbal/Prescription Interaction, Group B Strep, Women with Alopecia, Juvenile Arthritis, Cleft & Craniofacial, Cord Blood, Fireworks Safety, Social Wellness, Purposeful Parenting, Cell Phone Courtesy, and Tahiti and Her Islands.

July is the month to celebrate Air Conditioning Appreciation, Family Reunions, Freedom From Fear of Speaking, Blueberries, Grilling, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Horseradish, Nectarines & Garlic, Recreation & Parks, Watermelons, Picnics, Pickles, Bison, Baked Beans, Foreign Languages, July Belongs to Berries, Hay, Culinary Arts, California Salmon, Independent Retailers, the Sandwich Generation, Blondie and Deborah Harry, Mobility, Women on Motorcycles, Eye Exams, and Anti-Boredom

July is the month to seek the outdoors for Family Golf, Doghouse Repairs, Smart Irrigation, Hitchhiking, Picnics, Wild about Wildlife, Tennis, and Just Be Outdoors.

July is the month to beautify wheelchairs, prevent eye injuries, share a sunset with your lover, make a difference with children, get along with your ex, and read an almanac

Have a good month of July!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 189

On Politics
Regardless who is president and the parties involved, the Senate politicizing presidential appoints is a prime example of the level of unnecessary, self-serving, pathetic behavior.

I cringe when hearing politicians use phrases like “Americans want.” After all, outside of the ideologues, I confident that most Americans want Washington has not be able to deliver: constructive problem solving,

An area letter to the editor caught my eye this week. After a rabid Republican mistakenly stated the majority of Americans are Republicans, the writer when on to say that “people will always go with the stronger horse.” Yep, and that’s a reason why more and more people are shying away from Republicans.

Cheers to these moderate columnists for their excellent columns about the current Republican party: Kathleen Parker and David Brooks.

Liz Cheney, daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, announced she’s seeking the US Senate seat from Wyoming. She is also famous for saying that Nincompoop is “more qualified than Obama and Biden combined.”

I haven’t said much about the Trayvon Martin case. The event was tragic and unnecessary, and reasonable doubt dominated the trial. That said, politicizing the result is not a good idea. Meanwhile, I appreciated this column by Ruth Marcus.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • US border patrol increases staff by hiring cheap immigrant labor
  • Republican leader pressuring wife to try new political position
  • Heat wave doesn’t bother local contrarian
  • Employee at electronics store tells customer what he has at home
  • Man who couldn’t defeat George W Bush attempting to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict
  • George Zimmerman wins Florida State Lottery

Interesting Reads
Believing science or not?
Visiting WW I battlefields in France and Belgium
13 sites for creative inspiration
A book review about The Enlightenment Period
Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others
Reviewing train travel in Italy
Tips for treating sunburn from The Onion
For National Ice Cream Month, 12 strange ice cream flavors

On Potpourri
I first encountered Angela (Mind Margins) just prior to my time away in Italy. Upon my return, I noticed she wasn’t posting, so I figured just another blogger who stopped. Now she is posting about battling ovarian cancer. For those interested, start here – but beware, she is positive and determined.

With a heat wave blasting the eastern US getting, do you realize that heat is the top weather-related caused of deaths in the US? In addition, heat-related deaths are more than deaths from hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and lightning combined.

I’m hoping to get a cartoon post ready for Saturday.

Friday starts National Scrabble Week. Weekend celebrations include (Saturday) Moon Day, Space Exploration Day, National Hot Dog Day, and Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day; while National Ice Cream Day leads the way on Sunday, so that’s another chance to get some Graeter’s. (Read about it or where to buy it.)

Being in the last half of July, time is running out for celebrating Share a Sunset with a Lover Month. To send you into the weekend, here’s a song from the past for those celebrating International Blonde and Deborah Harry Month. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Keep on Trunkin’

Cheers everyone!

Since my last post, Cincinnati has been muggy and usually rainy. Unfortunately, the weather cancelled our neighborhood’s annual Fourth of July gathering. But the weather didn’t stop us from finding some enjoyable indoor events as

  • an outstanding dinosaurs Omnimax film and exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center
  • several good movies at home (Moneyball and the original Manchurian Candidate) with good wine and Harry and David Moose Munch
  • current film Much Ado about Nothing (interesting and one that Shakespeare lovers will enjoy)
  • time on the ballroom floor
  • several trips to Costco and Graeter’s (for National Ice Cream Month)

After a few days of not posting, it’s time to get back to the action. For a look at the week ahead, this week is Nude Recreation Week, plus plan on celebrating International Town Crier Day (Monday), Hot Dog Night (Wednesday), Pina Colada Day (Wednesday), and Simplicity Day (Friday).

Do you remember Peter the Elephant’s antics with the piano last week? Well, here’s Peter to once again start your week. Have a good week!