NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.

This one, I am afraid, is not as upbeat as last week's.

NEWS - Obama is making a run at Hillary for the Democratic nomination. Never underestimate the power of Oprah. She is actively campaigning for him now. I am not sure Obama is the best choice. He may be, I don't know. I never considered voting for someone in the past whose first name sound like a belch. It may be better for everyone if he gained a little more experience in the senate before getting baptized by fire in the Oval Office. Since he can only serve two terms, why waste them NOW when he may be a better president with more experience and the wisdom that comes with it.

ENTERTAINMENT - Yesterday the wife and I went to our local philharmonic orchestra's Peppermint Pops. It is the annual Christmas program that features local singers and dancers in addition to a national singer that accompanies our orchestra. It was exceptional. We look forward to it every year and it never disappoints. My wife's mother always sends us tickets to it as a part of her Christmas gifts. Our seats this year were fifth row, center. They were fantastic.

WORK - I am going to shift to my second job soon. I am tutoring kids as a part of the "No Child Left Behind" program. The parents have been difficult to get in touch with so far, but one is particularly excited to get help for his son, so that is a good sign. The school personnel hate the tutors and the program and I am still trying to figure out why. We can only HELP the kids in their classes. Don't we want the same things? Teachers, care to explain?

SPIRIT - I think there is something more to Christmas than a holiday where people go broke buying for each other. When getting to the real meaning of the holiday, I have seen even confessed agnostics touched by it.

FAMILY - My little sister with MS is in the hospital. The doctor wants to put her in a nursing home, but no one - especially my sister, wants that. I'm sure it will work out.

LOVE - Suffice to say that someone in the relationship can't stand prosperity.

ANGUISH - I'm running out of cars. The driver's side door of my Jeep is about to fall off. I need to get it fixed, but money is tight right now. So, for the time being, I have locked it up and am crawling over to the passengert side to enter and exit the vehicle. All that has done is rimind me that it is time to diet again.

SPORTS - There is a lot to complain about this week from my Bengals (who I am thinking of breaking up with) and my fantasy team that bottomed out this week. However, instead I am going to talk of my alma mater's football team finally going to a bowl game. Indiana will face Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona on New Year's Eve. IU hasn't been to bowl game since 1993, so there is finally some excitement in Bloomington around the Cream and Crimson's football program. Go Hoosiers!

HOME - my tenant moved in last week. He gave me his "rent" a few days ago. He called me yesteday to tell me the front guttering has fallen off and the wood underneath is rotten. Now, I am going to have to go into more debt to repair it. I guess it is going to work out. What choice does it have?


goddessdivine said...

You sure it's not the NCLB program they're referring to? That's not very popular anyway you slice it. But seriously, I don't know why they wouldn't like tutors for kids. I know that there's some people in my neck of the woods that claim to cure dyslexia, which is total crap, and they try to convince parents that their testing is superior and they can fix said kids. So every once in awhile we get parents who bring that up. We just roll our eyes....and then kindly explain that that program is bogus.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

happy holidays. ugh.

Sayre said...

Maybe not as upbeat, but still not too bad.

The best Christmas we ever had was one where we were all too poor to buy gifts. We had a nice meal and spent time together. It was great!

One would think that the teachers and school system would want all the help it could get!

Anonymous said...

Kristen: Well if it is the program in general, then they are taking it out on the tutors and/or tutoring agency. I think it may have something to do with the money. There has been so much money allocated for each child. If that child doesn't get tutoring, the schools keep the money. What a stupid way to organize the program!

Stepping Over: Same to ya!

Sayre: It will be interesting to see how this Christmas plays out - in a lot of areas.

Michelle said...

We've had three Christmases here where we had no money. Ok, one where we had NO MONEY (as in serious lack) and two where it was tight (no gifts for us, no fancy food, but stetched enough to buy some simple gifts for in-laws).

Yes, there is more to Christmas spirit than spending. I'm not sorry about any of those Christmases. THe first and worst actually was one of the more special days I've ever spent. Hubby and I had our blessings in some near miracluous gifts from family that pulled us through an otherwise dark month.

I learnt that there is as much grace and blessing in recieiving as in giving.

As to tutoring... i've been a turtor and can only think from my experience that teachers resent you because you imply that they're not doing their job right or good enough.