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A Birthday Present and Vacation – Constitutional Law Reading

So, online for my birthday I have somehow convinced my wife to get me a Barnes and Nobles gift certificate so I can purchase a college text book on Constitutional Law – Constitutional Law: Principles And Policies (~ 1300 pages) and I have also somehow convinced her to let me take vacation next week so I can spend a significant amount of time to read it.  I am hoping to finish it during this next week off, but we shall see how that goes. I hope my brain can handle it. If I seem like a zombie the next time you see me, this might be why! =)

Constitutional Law: Principles And Policies by Erwin Chemerinsky

Constitutional Law: Principles And Policies by Erwin Chemerinsky

I really would like to go back to school for a degree in law specializing in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights and this sort of reading and other reading that I have done is, perhaps, a stepping stone towards that dream.

Books I Have Already Read Toward This End

Google Celebrates Dr. Zamenhof’s Birthday with a Logo Doodle!

Google is, viagra 60mg thankfully, more info celebrating Dr. L.L. Zamenhof’s birthday today with a Doodle, cheapest since it is Zamenhof Day. Right about now you are probably wondering who this Dr. Zamenhof is that Google would take the time to recognize him? There was a lot of speculation within the Esperanto community as to whether or not Google would do recognize him or not, but it looks like Google heard our call and the importance of Esperanto to the world

Google's Zamenhoff Day Doodle

Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof

Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof

In case you do not know who Dr. Zamenhof is, he was a Polish Jew born in Byaliastock Poland during Russia’s occupation. He, throughout a decade or so, created the constructed language Esperanto to be the worlds primary secondary-language to facilitate communication between the disparate languages. I write at length about Esperanto and his wonderful and easy to learn language in my Esperanto pages here at Arion’s Home..

What does a green flag have to do with Zamenhof or Esperanto, well a green flag with a white star, or a green star are the symbols of the Esperanto movement.

More Coverage on National Geographic News and CBS News via the Associated Press.

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    So, diagnosis here we are the third month of pregnancy. We had our second doctors appointment today, and again we heard our babies heart beat ~160bpm which was 10 less than a month ago- normal. So, far this trip has been not too eventful. Her tummy is starting to show which is kind of cute and amazing.

    She has been tired a lot and she has felt queasy almost all of the time, but not too bad though. This whole last week she has been sick with a viral cold. Tanya has been really congested and coughing a lot. This morning (04:00) was capped with a 100.x degree temp, so we had her take Tylenol to take down the temp. In the morning she felt better and the doc gave her amoxicillian for a sinus infection. Other than this sickness she has been doing well.

    I have tried to be as accommodating as possible. =O I have not had anything out of the ordinary requested of me. No 03:00 (3:00am) runs to the store for jalapenos, cottage cheese, or pickles, so I have had it pretty easy. She may have been a little more emotional than normal, but I am not sure though. EDIT: I spoke too soon.
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    She has been tired a lot and she has felt queasy almost all of the time, but not too bad though. This whole last week she has been sick with a viral cold. Tanya has been really congested and coughing a lot. This morning (04:00) was capped with a 100.x degree temp, so we had her take Tylenol to take down the temp. In the morning she felt better and the doc gave her amoxicillian for a sinus infection. Other than this sickness she has been doing well.

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    I have tried to be as accommodating as possible. =O I have not had anything out of the ordinary requested of me. No 03:00 runs to the store for jalapenos, cottage cheese, and pickles, so I have had it pretty easy. She may have been a little more emotional than normal, but I am not sure though.
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    She has been tired a lot and she has felt queasy almost all of the time, but not too bad though. This whole last week she has been sick with a viral cold. Tanya has been really congested and coughing a lot. This morning (04:00) was capped with a 100.x degree temp, so we had her take Tylenol to take down the temp. In the morning she felt better and the doc gave her amoxicillian for a sinus infection. Other than this sickness she has been doing well.

    I have tried to be as accommodating as possible. =O I have not had anything out of the ordinary requested of me. No 03:00 (3:00am) runs to the store for jalapenos, cottage cheese, or pickles, so I have had it pretty easy. She may have been a little more emotional than normal, but I am not sure though. EDIT: I spoke too soon.
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    and again we heard our babies heart beat ~160bpm which was 10 less than a month ago- normal. So, generic far this trip has been not too eventful. Her tummy is starting to show which is kind of cute and amazing.

    She has been tired a lot and she has felt queasy almost all of the time, but not too bad though. This whole last week she has been sick with a viral cold. Tanya has been really congested and coughing a lot. This morning (04:00) was capped with a 100.x degree temp, so we had her take Tylenol to take down the temp. In the morning she felt better and the doc gave her amoxicillian for a sinus infection. Other than this sickness she has been doing well.

    I have tried to be as accommodating as possible. =O I have not had anything out of the ordinary requested of me. No 03:00 (3:00am) runs to the store for jalapenos, cottage cheese, or pickles, so I have had it pretty easy. She may have been a little more emotional than normal, but I am not sure though.
    Merry Christmas, see Bonhumora Kristnasko or whatever your predilection. =)

    Happy Esperanto Day!

    On todays BLog roundup I have noticed that today is a very special holiday!

    Saluton! Hodiau estas Zamenhof tago!” (Hello! Today is Zamenhof Day!).

    I have been writing and collecting a bit about Esperanto here.

    The Wife’s Birthday

    I took the day off for my wife’s birthday so we can spend time together. We went to Madison to stay the night at a hotel, sick and while there we went to see the musical Church Basement Ladies at the Overture Center. The next day we went the Milwaukee County Zoo. She loves going there and really wanted to go again, so that was our ultimate birthday destination.

    Overture Center

    I wish that I had been to the Overture Center before, because it is really easy to get to: take I-90 to 151S and ride all the way to the other side of the Capitol, and you’re there. The Overture Center is a beautiful building – large, clean and stylish. We are going to make it there more often. A Russian ballet troupe will be coming as will an Opera or two. I have always wanted to see and Opera just out of curiosity and to say ‘Been there. Done That.’

    This was one of the times that we were going somewhere and not rushed. We got there early so we could walk around a little bit and pick up our tickets while not in a dead sprint. =) Of course, it is all my fault if we are. =)

    There was some fantasy art displayed on a wall, by who I will assume is as local artist, that was phenomenal. Most were done as pencils. They were a very classical Brothers Grim sort of fantasy. Very cool. Very expensive.

    Church Basement Ladies

    This was an interesting musical. It is based in a Norwegian Lutheran church in Minnesota during 1964 and 1965, and based on real life experiences of the writer of the book that the musical is based on . It stars a man who plays a priest and 4 women as the church basement ladies, and that is all of the cast. The whole thing is set in the basement and no where else.

    The time went really fast. The musical was about 2 1/2 hours including break and it did not seem more than an hour of time passed. It was quick and funny.

    Milwaukee County Zoo

    We got there at probably 11:00 after driving from Madison. The day was overcast and not so bright. We worried a little bit about it raining. I talked to my mom and sister on the phone during our trip there and they had received some rain… so we remain concerned. The impending clouds taunting us as we go.

    The zoo, as always was cool. So many wonderful and beautiful creatures. We had the pleasure of petting and feeding Stingrays. That was very cool! Tanya was a little bit afraid to touch it, but in the end she braved it.

    It rained lightly for about 10 minutes and then later, a little more that an hour before closing, it it rained consistently hard. We braved since we had an umbrella handy, but at that point the animals were not so cooperative.

    Tanya has made the time to post some pictures of the Milwaukee Zoo for you. The site is in Russian but the controls should be pretty self evident

    Ordination Anniversary

    I’m sorry. I just had to post this.

    Today will mark the first full year that I have been ordained by the Universal Life Church. Since that day I have performed 2 weddings which has been a heart warming experience. It is wonderful to be apart of this rite of passage with these families. It is hard to put into the words the joy of performing weddings and participating and witnessing their passage and vow to one another.

    Being ordained also has me asking a lot of questions about religion and and priests and exactly what it means to be a Priest, drug
    Father, more about
    Minister, Pasteur, Reverend, etc…

    I will also probably pick up a few more weddings or other rites this year as well.

    Angel’s Day (Holiday)

    I started a holiday some years ago called “Angel’s Day” on May 7th to celebrate the wonderful people that have made a huge difference in my life. Those friends, click family, co-workers, or just people out of the blue that have come through for you like an angel in that moment or moments in your life.

    Take some time today to tell those special people in your life that they are special and that those moments made a big difference for you and for that you are thankful.

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    What we did for ‘International Womens Day’

    We have ordered 2 older IPods – one for me to work out with and one for Tanya to travel to Belarus and potentially for Yoga. I also ordered for Tanya a memory improvement CD set which she has been wanting. I brought flowers and some candy for her as well.

    In the morning Tanya taught Yoga and then we went to eat at IHOP where she loves their Blintzes. After that we went home and watched some TV. Later on that night we went to see the movie ‘Step Up 2 – The Streets”. Good movie – more on that in another post. To end that day we went to Kahunaville for a little dancing and then to bed. A good day.

    Happy International Womens Day!

    To all of you ladies out there “Happy International Womens Day”. For my beautiful Belarussian wife this is one of the biggest holidays for women in Belarus. It is a powerful holiday all throughout the former Soviet Republics.

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    Name Days

    ‘What on earth are Name Days?’ you ask. I have never heard of it before I met my wife and all of our Belarussian friends and family as it is not something that we celebrate here in the United States.

    According to Wikipedia’s ‘Name Day’ Article:

    Name Days are a tradition of attaching personal names to each day of the year, clinic and celebrating the association of particular days with those for whom that day is named. It is common in many parts of Europe. The tradition originates from the Christian church calendar and the tradition to name children after saints, try although in many countries there is no longer a connection to the church.

    According to My Name Day my Name Day is July 25th. Behind the Name Days has some more background info on Name Days. Name Days are as good a reason as any to take the day off and break out the wine and (Russian) vodka. All you Americans out there take the time and surprise your partners by celebrating there name day.

    Happy New Year!!

    I am gong to post a little about our New Year experience. As some of you may have gathered my wife is Belarussian and we have quite a few Russian friends. In the former Soviet Republics the dominant religion is Russian Orthodox and Christmas is not the biggest holiday of the year. It seems that New Years is the big holiday for them, ampoule and not only that but the Russian Orthodox Christmas is January 7 (not December 25, page which I think stems from the fact that they have kept with the Julian Calendar instead of the standard Gregorian Calendar for some religious practices).

    I have heard that for New Years people get dressed up in costumes and go from house to house, have large meals, get together with family and friends, and give presents on New Years. Their Christmas (January 7) is more like a subdued Thanksgiving here (as I have been told).

    We had some friends over, which totaled approximately 6 people at our house for our New Years celebration, with me being the only native English speaker. =) Tanya and a coworker finished with work at about 23:30 (11:30pm) or so and we went to pick them up getting home with enough time for them to relax a little and prepare to have some fun. The girls did a lot or preparation during the day while I was at work, and did most of the cooking after they finished work.

    I spent some time redesigning my church’s website while the cooking was being done. There was not so much I could do to help them cook. I asked a few times, but they firmly had everything in hand.

    Once everyone got home and changed we ate a little, drank, and prepared for midnight roll around. Once it did we tried to watch it in from a recording in Belarus via the internet and then watch it live on TV in New York. We all drank and toasted, once we were able to get the bottle open. Following that we all exchanged gifts which was cool. Then we closed the night by watching ‘Save the Last Dance‘ Both my wife and her coworker had danced a lot and they love dance movies. Since there were 2 guys and 4 girls present we certainly weren’t going to be watching a guy movie. Earlier, while the girls were taking care of the cooking and food preparation, the guys were watching ‘The Crow‘ which is a hell of a great movie.

    Our New Years was relaxing and quiet, and was spent with good people.

    A Christmas Gift

    This was written in 4 parts. Each two lines was written to a specific person and written in a card for them, what is ed and each was meant to fit into this specific little Christmas Poem. I was in the military and at sea when I wrote this, perhaps during my cruise to the Mediterranean in 1995, somewhere around there.

    To my close friends and family on this holiday season
    Warm tidings I send to thee

    Upon this Christams season I think of you often
    Reminiscing of our times together both happy and sad

    Remembering the warmth of your words and embrace and
    never wavering in support

    Remembering the gifts traded of both heart and wrapping
    but your loving presence is by far the best

    Longing and treasuring the closeness that time and
    distance may bring

    Wishing at every moment I could be with you this holiday
    To share in the revel found only in the tidings of St. Nick

    Being so far away and unable to give to thee the gifts I wish
    I send thee a present of heart and soul, of love and friendship in the prose contained herein.

    James O’Neill, Winter 1995

    Eulogy to My Grandfather

    Here is a little background on the following little story: At the time I was separating with my then ‘wife’, bulimics starting a new job, overweight and starting my first year in college, allergy after having left the military. I was close to both my grandparents who lived close to our family and who I never saw often enough in my busy life. I am writing this in far retrospect, so take this for what it is worth. I am going write what I spoke at my Grandfather’s funeral in 1999 amidst the tears I stumbled out something like this:.

    When I was young I made a promise as many grandsons are wont to do for their grandparents who love them and care for them so very much. I promised something that may seem a little strange to you now, but at that age anything seemingly big and responsible is cool to our green ears. At something like 10 years of age I promised my grandfather and my grandmother that I would read their favorite Psalm, the 23 Psalm, at their funeral.

    I was so very young and being as such I had no real concept of time or even of death. My grandparents have been alive longer than I and even longer than my parents, and a far as this little kid is concerned they always will be. This was the sort of promise that I never really expected to have to fulfill, for it seems like they will live forever as my eternal grandparents – old and wise. So, now I have the misfortunate pleasure to read to you today the 23 Psalm:

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

    Thank you.

    Gift Cards?

    So, phlebologist we have this ephemeral gift for the lazy called the ‘Gift Card‘. Why would anyone inflict this scourge upon another especially during a holiday when we should be extolling love, family, friendship, and companionship. It is like saying ‘Here. Go buy your own damn gift as I cannot be bothered the moment or three to think of buying a real one for you.‘.

    Oh, and it gets better. Not only does the giver not care so much, but the receiver has to take the time to pick out their own gift. They have to take the time to decide what to get out of the vast plethora of things that the store has to offer. The moral and intellectual quandry that this incites is painful and stressful. Why are you trying to inflict this state upon another that you care enough to think about getting a gift for. Surely they are at least semi-important to you and you might care about them at least a little bit. Happy Freak’n Christmas. Muahahahahahahahahah!

    The hapless receiver will be going through the following ‘How do I choose the best use of this gift card? Do I buy something with it that will use it up? Should I save it to buy something later? Do I buy something that is more expensive and foot the rest of the bill? Do I buy something that I want or something that I need? Which will make me feel less guilty?. Maybe I should use this to by something for someone else?

    All I have to say to you gift card buyers out there is ‘You sadistic and lazy bastards. Go jump in a hole.

    Just so I can put this whole rant into in perspective for you. This Christmas we bought gift cards for everyone on our list. Have a great day. 😉