Thoughts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’m sitting here still getting used to phased retirement. It’s a bit awkward, especially now that the Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming up here at The University of Iowa on Monday, January 15, 2018. That’s because part of the theme, which comes from a MLK quote is “Where do we go from here?” … Continue reading Thoughts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

What Do Chocolate Chips and Compeer of Johnson County Have In Common?

Yesterday morning I was standing around in the hall waiting to get into the Employee Health Clinic when Margalea Warner passed by, said hello and had just about moved on when she turned to me and asked if I ever listened to Iowa Public Radio. I said I did, and she told me she was … Continue reading What Do Chocolate Chips and Compeer of Johnson County Have In Common?

Let’s Talk About Continuous Loops and Broken Links

Like many of you I heard about the Surgeon General's report on addiction, "Facing Addiction in America," this week. My post today is going to contain as few links as possible, in view of the many broken links out there on the internet. I'll get to Dr. Vivek Murthy's report later. First, I'd like to … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Continuous Loops and Broken Links

Remember Dr. Jenny Lind Porter…Go Have Another Adventure

Sena and I were talking about my former teacher. Dr. Jenny Lind Porter and the situation about her Casa Magni, the home she lived in for decades and now is the center of a controversy over whether to tear it down or restore it. https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/759364975873830912 I've been trying to think of other ways to honor … Continue reading Remember Dr. Jenny Lind Porter…Go Have Another Adventure

The Little Chair Belongs In The Great House

It turns out there is a recorded video (look for item 3C-4) of the Austin Historic Landmarks Commission (AHLC) meeting on July 25, 2016 which includes the public discussion of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter's Casa Magni, her house slated for demolition. Hereafter I'll refer to the house as Casa Magni because that's what she called … Continue reading The Little Chair Belongs In The Great House

The Mystery of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter

I found an article about Dr. Jenny Lind Porter's former Texas home at 1715 Summit View Place, published in the June 30, 2016 issue of the on line version of the Austin Monitor, written by Elizabeth Pagano. She was my English Professor when I was an undergraduate in the mid-1970s at what was then Huston-Tillotson … Continue reading The Mystery of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter

The Impossipuzzle Solved..Unlike Other Puzzles I Know

As the New Year approaches, I realize I've been adding pictures to the top ten post I wrote a few days ago. It's like a puzzle in a way. I just keep remembering people who have been important to me, knowing I have so many to thank for helping me get where I am today. They … Continue reading The Impossipuzzle Solved..Unlike Other Puzzles I Know