A note to begin this JL: I figure I have personally written more than 250,000 words for my JuicyLessons. By the end, on September 9th, 2014, (and yes Loren Lann it will end as a daily exercise after one year which is my stated goal in doing this), I shall have written, with the Lord’s help, well over 300,000 words.
Little did I know when I started my blog on September 9th of last year (2013) that it would be so much pressure. I have tried to produce, and feel that I have succeeded – in more cases than I would have thought, the quality of my JL’s has impressed me, with respect to both their content and their, for want of a better word – complexity (?). I have no desire to pat myself on the back or expound on how great i am, but to be honest … I have no desire but to be honest with you.
So I say this. I have learnt and continue to learn much from the experience of having produced a Juicy a day, 6 days a week, a total of 253 individual posts, averaging over a thousand words per (although sometimes the words are not mine and have been taken from a different source like the internet). I am a very conscientious man, I knew that when I started from my experiences in my professional life whether these be in teaching, union, and/or pedagogical responsibilities, but I did not know how conscientious I was. It’s a question of degree and sometimes I question the mental health of a person who lets himself take something like this – a voluntary project that is – on so seriously. Tabernacle.
How seriously? Well, at times, I couldn’t sleep later than 5:30 or 6:00 AM if I had not produced my JL for that day yet. The pressure lying in bed becomes even greater when I wake up with no idea of what I will write about. Most times I refuse to take the easy way out and always get the job done. One way. Or another. By the way, ideas for posts come pretty easily – from mind or media, and thus I get them quickly, relieving some of the self-imposed tension.
It remains to be seen as I continue to produce our Juicies how my learning experience will turn out. So far, as I have said, I have learned that I am very conscientious, more so than I thought. In addition, I have learned that I enjoy writing, that it makes me feel good. More on this at another time.
I would like to start off with a shout-out to Kathleen Cawthorn, her kids and her husband, Michael, on this very special day. For the family including the three kids – Eddy, Olivia and William – are presently in Israel, having celebrated Eddy’s Bar Mitzvah this morning. I hope all went well.
It’s been some time now since the use of weed has been legalized in Colorado and Washington State. Whereas the deadline for the opening of the first weed “stores” in Washington was April, 2014, and has already passed, potential pot producers have had a mighty struggle in front and behind them, at least somewhat, as government keeps changing the rules.
Today’s video is in two parts, each less than three minutes in length. These clips detail some of the challenges confronted by people in Washington State who are attempting to make their way into what will most likely turn out to be a highly lucrative market.
Below: Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard celebrates winning her women’s singles third round match against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014.
Photograph by: AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE , Postmedia News
By the way, Milos Ronic advanced as well in the gentlemen’s singles at Wimbledon. It’s the first time in Canadian tennis history, that one man and one woman has advanced so far at the Wimbledon championships.
De World Coupe
Fans/Action: Group of 16, Holland vs. Mexico, Sunday (06/29)
For some reason I like pics showing goals in hockey or futbol but there is a lot to be said about action shots excluding goals being scored, especially on the soccer pitch, as some the following photos aptly and amply demonstrate.
Above: Netherlands’ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen misses in his attempt to stop a shot as Mexico scores the 0-1 during a Round of 16 football match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYERDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
At half-time in Sunday’s second game pitting the Greeks against Costa Rica (wealthy coast), Costa Rica has yet to have a shot-on-goal. However, by game’s end, the Costa Ricans had sent the Greeks packing by virtue of their win in a penalty shoot-out. Greece had managed to even the score late in the second half, forcing the teams to play an additional thirty minutes of what turned out to be scoreless ball at which point the penalty kicks began, with Costa Rica, as I have already said, coming out on the winning end.
Two games today. At noon (EST), France takes on Nigeria and at 4:00 PM, upstart Algeria will have its work cut out for it when this team from North Africa takes on Germany. I pick Nigeria and Germany. So far, my record is 2-2.
Peace. Far. Out.