Field Grass is a place to literally collect my thoughts. A convergence of inspiration which I assemble into simple bits from whatever catches my attention at any moment.
As always, I have deleted. Editing life, sites, and blogs….
I this, I that
I am a fantasy student of art, art history, history, and anthropology – culture, belief systems, and archaeology. In reality, I will do something much better. I will be going to grad school for teaching ESL. I also play with languages and a little science. I studied those topics at university, but not in depth – no time because I took too many topics. I went to college for 5 years and only took one summer off.
I spend hours on computers and Gadgets.
Most important, I am a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in an Adult Literacy program. It is the high point of each week. The international set – the people from around the globe – make for excellent conversations and friends. Eager, attentive, and hard-working students are a teacher’s dream. The facility and staff are stellar. We have a well-stocked computer lab, which I think is outstanding. It offers an opportunity to add computer skills during class work. My volunteer work is a luxury in which I fully indulge.
I smoke strong clove cigs. Technically cigars. I call them “high school girl cigarettes”. They taste and smell nice.
While I am not a student, not a trained teacher, and should not smoke, I totally dig them all. If it totally looks, sounds, or isn’t cool – I probably like it. Like Jerry Lewis. Love Charlton Heston. If it is bizarre and annoying – I may like it even more so. Except for that thing on my stove in the photo. Something extremely annoying and bizarre. Not staged. Thankfully, I have an old pot ready for such an occasion.
I have other blogs, mostly for ESL teaching tools, an ESL site toni-esl.com and one about topics of social relevance – I See. I See is what is on my mind or catches my attention randomly, a current or past event. I am working on a site, around that blog – I’ve just started on It See.
And because we never read these About pages… I love NASA, The Dark Knight soundtracks and Star Trek!
The intro to Star Trek was inspired by Eisenhower, who was trying to garner support in the US for NASA. It came full circle in 1989, when NASA used the Star Trek version of the quotation in the title of its retrospective of Project Apollo: “Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions”. If you do not know the quote, you are likely not reading this. But here:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
It has been suggested that the quotation was taken from a White House booklet published in 1958. The Introduction to Outer Space, was produced at the request of President Eisenhower in an effort to garner support for a national space program in the wake of the Russian Sputnik flight, read on its first page:
The first of these factors is the compelling urge of man to explore and to discover, the thrust of curiosity that leads men to try to go where no one has gone before.
Space is not for the weak. Astronauts are brilliant and totally kick ass, do not be fooled. Apollo 11 Astronaut, 2nd man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin shows us how it’s done.:
Wah Ming Chang
A note of tribute:
Wah Ming Chang was one of the great unsung heroes of Star Trek. Few fans know his name, but everyone certainly knows his work: the phaser, the communicator, the tricorder, the Gorn, the first Romulan ship, the tribble, and the list goes on and on … http://www.startrek.com/database_article/wah-ming-chang