Saturday, December 7, 2013

To Montezuma


I weave the time,
I go through the weft
among stars,
I walk across the dark
tunnel of your spines,
I plaint the love
you've shown
into my hair...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

William Jefferson Clinton

Photo of William J. Clinton

William J. Clinton 


During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country's history, dropping crime rates in many places, and reduced welfare rolls. He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus. As part of a plan to celebrate the millennium in 2000, Clinton called for a great national initiative to end racial discrimination.
After the failure in his second year of a huge program of health care reform, Clinton shifted emphasis, declaring "the era of big government is over." He sought legislation to upgrade education, to protect jobs of parents who must care for sick children, to restrict handgun sales, and to strengthen environmental rules.
President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, he took the family name.
He excelled as a student and as a saxophone player and once considered becoming a professional musician. As a delegate to Boys Nation while in high school, he met President John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden. The encounter led him to enter a life of public service.
Clinton was graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas.
He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas's Third District in 1974. The next year he married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. In 1980, Chelsea, their only child, was born.
Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent George Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race.
Clinton and his running mate, Tennessee's Senator Albert Gore Jr., then 44, represented a new generation in American political leadership. For the first time in 12 years both the White House and Congress were held by the same party. But that political edge was brief; the Republicans won both houses of Congress in 1994.
In 1998, as a result of issues surrounding personal indiscretions with a young woman White House intern, Clinton was the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was tried in the Senate and found not guilty of the charges brought against him. He apologized to the nation for his actions and continued to have unprecedented popular approval ratings for his job as president.
In the world, he successfully dispatched peace keeping forces to war-torn Bosnia and bombed Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United Nations inspections for evidence of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. He became a global proponent for an expanded NATO, more open international trade, and a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking. He drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and China, advocating U.S. style freedom.
The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.

For more information about President Clinton, please visit
William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Clinton Presidential Materials Project
William J. Clinton Foundation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013




Sunday, July 14, 2013


July 15, 2013 --

Jennifer Gladen, Editor-in-Chief of My Light Magazine announced the latest issue of the magazine is now live online. “We’ve made many changes and improvements this time,” stated the magazine’s founder, “and I think you’re going to love it!”  
Ms Gladen announced several new departments including the new special nonfiction section titled God’s Amazing World. “This is exciting,” the Editor-in-Chief said, “to highlight God’s creation like this and at the same time, teach the children all about how it works.” In addition to this new department, there is also a section for Devotions, Bible stories, and Catechism studies. “There’s something for everyone,” Gladen stated.
Perhaps the newest item to the magazine is the Children’s Submissions. “My Light welcomes submissions from children in addition to our authors and illustrators,” Gladen said. “With a parent or guardian’s permission, children may submit a story, poem, prayer, or artwork.” More information on submissions for children is available on the website.
The entire My Light team worked tireless hours putting the new look together. “It’s been a rough road,” stated Gladen, “but like the winning team that we are, we pulled together and came out with another super issue of My Light Magazine.”
For more information about My Light Magazine, please visit
And their blog

Thursday, September 19, 2013

To Montezuma By Christy Jacob Brown


I weave the time,
I go through the weft
among stars,
I walk across the dark
tunnel of your spines,
I plaint the love
you've shown
into my hair...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stanford School of Engineering names new engineering heroes (A Quote)


Yahoo! founders, earthquake engineering pioneer, cryptography inventor and other Stanford engineers honored for their contributions to technology and society.

The founders of Yahoo!, a pioneer of earthquake engineering and a former U.S. secretary of defense are among the seven people selected as the 2012 Stanford Engineering Heroes, an honor recognizing those who have advanced the course of human, social and economic progress through engineering.
Established in 2010, the Heroes program celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of the most accomplished engineers associated with the Stanford School of Engineering and the profound effect engineering has on people's everyday lives.
The seven, chosen from among former faculty and alumni, have worldwide reputations as technology innovators and industry leaders.
They include John A. Blume, known as the father of earthquake engineering for achieving breakthroughs in seismic and structural engineering that exerted an unprecedented influence on modern earthquake engineering. John McCarthy was a seminal figure in artificial intelligence who gave the field its name and defined the discipline for more than five decades.
Three of this year's heroes are company founders as well as distinguished technologists. Jerry Yang and David Filo were Stanford graduate students when they created a web indexing system that helped tame the burgeoning World Wide Web and led them to found web and digital media giant Yahoo! James H. Clark, a former Stanford professor, has been a founder of several well-known companies including Netscape, which popularized the first web browser, and Silicon Graphics, which revolutionized the design process for everything from bridges and airplanes to special effects for movies.
At least two of the heroes have exerted major influence in spheres beyond science and technology. William J. Perry was secretary of defense from 1994 to 1997, and he remains active in issues relating to arms control and national security.
Martin Hellman is one of the inventors of public key cryptography, the encryption tool that today safeguards trillions of dollars worth of online financial transactions daily. He's also been influential in raising broad awareness about the risk of nuclear war.
"These Heroes have made an indelible mark on Stanford Engineering and provided a tremendous benefit to the world," said Jim Plummer, the dean of the School of Engineering. "They exemplify all that the school stands for: innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and world-class teaching and research. We are proud to recognize them and their work."
The seven new Heroes join a select group that includes Internet pioneer Vint Cerf; GPS creator Brad Parkinson; Ted Maiman, inventor of the world's first working laser; Hewlett-Packard founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard; Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim; and former Intel chairman and CEO Craig Barrett.
The heroes:
John A. Blume portrait
John A. Blume, considered by many in the profession to be the "father of earthquake engineering," was a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. He achieved breakthroughs in seismic and structural engineering that exerted an unprecedented influence on modern earthquake engineering. He provided engineering advice on many significant structures, notably the Stanford Linear Accelerator, the California State Capitol and buildings and waterfront structures for Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco.
Blume was an expert in nuclear power plant design who consulted for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as on 70 nuclear plant projects. He earned degrees in engineering in 1933 and 1934, both from Stanford.
It was not until 1967, 33 years after receiving his bachelor's degree, that Blume received his doctorate from Stanford. He was 57. Blume's many honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

James H. Clark portrait
James H. Clark is an entrepreneur and computer scientist and a founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Healtheon, myCFO and Shutterfly. From 1979 to1984, he was an associate professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, where he developed the Geometry Engine, an early hardware accelerator for rendering computer images based on geometric models. That technology was the basis for early products by Silicon Graphics, which revolutionized the design process for everything from bridges and airplanes to special effects for movies.
In 1994, Clark joined Marc Andreessen (lead developer of Mosaic, one of the first web browsers) to form Netscape. Clark has a BS and MS in physics from Louisiana State University and a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah, which also awarded him an honorary PhD in science in 1995. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

David Filo portrait
David Filo, a native of Moss Bluff, La., co-created Jerry and Dave's guide to the World Wide Web in April 1994 with Jerry Yang and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. Filo serves as a key technologist, directing the technical operations behind the company's global network of web properties. He is credited with helping build Yahoo! into the world's most highly trafficked website and one of the Internet's most recognized brands. Filo holds a BS degree in computer engineering from Tulane University and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Martin Hellman portrait
Martin Hellman is best known for ...

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Like Never Before...By Janet Martin at poetry blog of aNOther pOrch


So much the same yet like never before
Light rends night’s shadows to brighten our door
Gleaming on meadows of dew-laden lock
Kissing the sun-flow’r and prim holly-hock
Tender assurances spill from yon main
Compassion’s faithfulness, new once again
Hope for life’s journey spills from onyx hull
Yet, only believers can taste it in full
Soft glide life’s moments, from heaven they pour
So much the same yet like never before
Up from the edge of the earth, see His love
Bathing the morning with Light from above
Lord, fill our wishes with love’s simple song
Guide our footsteps and make courage strong
Let our returning of humble thanks pour
So much the same yet like never before
© Janet Martin

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Evanston swimmers to cross Lake Michigan for cancer research (A Quote)


Evanston swimmers to cross Lake Michigan for cancer research
Source: Michelle Milne

Members of team Open Water on Lee (five of seven pictured) will brave Lake Michigan at midnight Saturday to raise money for cancer research. The swimmers are North Shore residents and members of the local swim community.

PS: Check out the original post here:

July 15, 2013

An Evanston-based team of seven swimmers will swim across Lake Michigan this weekend to raise money for cancer research.
The group, named "Open Water On Lee," will participate Saturday in Swim Across America’s first relay race across the lake. Open Water on Lee is one of three teams swimming to benefit cancer research at Chicago’s Rush Medical Center.

The team will swim from Ohio Street Beach in Chicago to New Buffalo, Mich. — about 41 miles on a map, said team member and founder Michelle Milne. The swimmers have practiced in the dark and plan to wear glow sticks to see each other during the relay.

“We’re trying to alter our sleep cycle a little bit since we start at midnight so that we’re able to make it through the night,” Milne said. “The distance isn’t that far, it’s the not sleeping and then getting cold and warming up … it’s that whole cycle that I think is going to be the biggest challenge."
Team captain Chip Gilbertson (Kellogg ’87) said the swimmers hope to arrive at the finish line Saturday evening after as long as 17 hours in the lake.

Milne said he has been participating in Swim Across America’s Chicago events for years and started the team with Gilbertson’s help by recruiting swimmers in the Evanston area. The team has raised more than $40,000 in donations and hopes to exceed its $50,000 goal.
“It is imperative that we give back,” Milne said.

Gilbertson said the swimmers are driven by both their personal ties to cancer and love of the sport.
“Each one of us has been touched tragically in that way, so we’re pretty inspired to help that cause,” he said. “Everybody on the team has a passion for swim, and combining the two of them, it’s a no-brainer for all of us.”

Gilbertson also called the event "important community builder” and said support from the Evanston swimming community has been inspiring.

Teammate John Schoser said raising money for the cause has allowed him to hear the stories of others affected by cancer.

“This is a great way to give a voice to the people who are gone,” Schoser said. “It’s just affected so many people in so many ways. What’s been profound to me is hearing all those personal stories.”
On Saturday, the swimmers will brave a “fairly volatile” Lake Michigan in the name of those affected by cancer, Gilbertson said.

“It pales in comparison to fighting the good fight,” Schoser said.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

wishes and dreams

 One day, I will melt all the gold on earth
And craft a wonderful key with it all
This special tool of incredible worth
Will fit well to unlock your heart and soul
The remote buttons will work like a smile
Like a lawine of sweet and loving words
I will turn the knob with a lot of style
And happy thoughts will fly to you as birds
A simple spin of the sweet golden key
Just like a wonder, magic fun and true
Will cause, for everyone to hear and see
A wave of peace and happiness in you
Let's dream of a universe filled with love
And all may get a key from High Above

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Father's Day to Dads in your Family!

 "hope" is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
and sings the tune without the words-
and never stops at all-
And sweetest-in the Gale is heard-
and sore must be the storm-
That could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm-
I've heard it in the chilliest land
and on the strangest sea-
Yet, never, In Extremity,
It asked a crumb- of Me.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thank You © Janelle J. James

To me you're like an angel, sent by God above,
To cleanse my soul of sadness, and fill it with love.
You are my inspiration and I want to thank you,
For without you, I don't know what I would do.
You've changed my life around,
And turned my frown upside down.
You have showed me the way,
So that I will never stray.
For this I want to thank you again,
For staying close by and being a friend.
And to end this off I just wanted to say,
That if you need a friend,
I'll be there till the very end.