Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a is for alphabet

although many schools now start their new academic year in august, for me september will forever remain the month I associate with going back to school. to mark the return to school and of all of us the getting back into the groove ( e.g., life after the vagrancies of summer), the mouse returns to the alphabet as a monthly muse. the first time I did used the alphabet as a guide was in november - what a fun month-long theme that proved to be. let's see how it goes second time around!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. we certainly enjoyed the last weekend of the 'official' summer season. in addition to enjoying time with local family and friends, a highlight of labor day weekend is the annual cleveland peace show. the peace show takes place during cleveland's annual air show - and is a response to the growing militarization of the air show. the groups which present at the peace show hope to use the event as a means to draw attention to the tremendous social and economic costs of living in a warfare-oriented culture. although the peace show's purpose is serious the event is far from serious. in addition to all the material provided by at organizations educational tables, the event is filled with music, food, crafts, and games. this year we couldn't have ordered a more beautiful weekend. if you're interested in a glimpse of what goes on at this wonderful community event check out my slide show on flickr (I'm even in a few of the shots! someone actually got the camera away from me) - who knows maybe you will be so taken you will schedule a visit to my fair city next year to take part in this annual peace-lover fest!

to celebrate september's return to alphabet fun here's some classic sesame street featuring a hilarious rube goldberg alphabet contraption:


a is also for aghast.... I recently received an email from a friend with this query:
I visit your blog, I wonder why you haven't weighed in on Sarah Palin. I for one am what I first thought was terrified: could this woman be president? Oh my god! Then I realized that what I really am is OUTRAGED. That that little wrinkled white haired dude would put the country in the hands of this woman. And then after the outrage comes the terror. What if Obama doesn't win? What if people are so stupid? ......


to answer my friend: mcnasty choosing sarah palin as his vp is so absurd, so much so I find myself speechless. the slams against the O man by the republicans focused heavily on his inexperience, youth, and lack of foreign relation experience.... now what do the republicans do? they choose a vp who is the poster child for inexperience. there are so many things that trouble me about the pick I don't know where to begin..... but I'm sure I will be going off on a rant sometime in the days to come, but until I do read this or read this - these pieces summarize many of my feelings on this absolutely absurd choice.

15 comments:

lettuce said...

aaah sesame street fun, just what i needed. thankyou. what a great animation

Squirrel said...

school begins tomorrow in Nyack. My neighbor's son (age 11) has been crying every day now for a week. (it isn't that he doesn't have friends at school, he simply hates schoolwork and having to rise early to go to that dreaded dreaded place) He starts to cry when someone asks him about school supplies or about returning to school.

I loved school myself, but not every kid is happy to learn.

WAT said...

Ah yes, I remember having to start school in September all those years ago...DAMN I FEEL OLD NOW.

I had a nice Labor Day Weekend. Summer's gone fast. It was quite mild this year! NOT SO DAMN HOT! But the hurricanes are on a roll! EEK!

Palin? Yeah, who is this chick?

Squirrel said...

Also: the picture is GREAT. what exuberance! She's so gorgeous, and lucky to have you because you feel lucky to be around her!

Megan said...

Me loves Sesame Street.

School here started last week but you are right, September is Back to School. Not like they do anything that first week anyway except try to remember where their desks are!

I'm so sad for Squirrel's little acquaintance...

K. said...

Back in the Sixties we didn't start school in South Texas until September. Not all of the buildings were air conditioned!

One of the many objections I have to Palin is that she's a lightweight, with no more intellectual curiosity than George Bush. If nothing else, it's past time to say "no" to the GOP's cult of stupidity.

Coffee Messiah said...

Yep, school here started a few weeks ago. When we moved out here, not only did that surprise me, but that we had to pay for books every year for public school.

Yikes! ; (

Bob Dylan said...

I saw your flickr slideshow --very nice ! and I'd rather see a happy little kid (and feel joy) than worry about all the what ifs we can come up with. Love that you put this photo up. the crane photos were great too (on flickr)

dennis said...

Dennis is not outraged or amazed at leiberman's antics. Dennis always knew that guy was coo coo.

Saretta said...

Here in southern Italy the kids start school in mid-September...it's just too hot earlier and there is no air-conditioning! They get their books free through grade school, but my older son starts jr. high this year and we have to buy the books, estimated cost €250, plus the cost of school supplies for both of them. Back to school hurts!

Sourire11 said...

Thanks for the congratulations!!!

I find the VP choice to be a bit insulting. I think McCain assumes that he'll have a chance at the Hillary supporters just because Palin is a woman. Um... no. We're not stupid. She is basically for everything that Hillary worked her whole life against... but we're supposed to vote for her just because she's a woman?! Insulting.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I find it intriguing how closely early Loony Tunes, Sesame Street and Triplets of Belleville resemble each other. The speak so much raw truth.

Gary said...

How wonderful to go back to basics with the ABCs. You always find such clever words to accompany the letters. I am thinking of doing a post on alphabet books and the importance of this basic knowledge from a research point of view (if I ever get around to writing it).

As for S. Palin, Reya summed up my feelings in her latest post. Not a big fan.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone....love comments and hearing what you have to add!

I just now realized I didn't comment on everyone's comments for a is for alphabet...and they were sooooo good!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Is that Ms. T? She's fabulous! I love seeing her photos.
I miss your blog...I can only sneak the occaisinal peek at the library or at work when no one else is around). ;(