Weekly Wrap-Up – Feb. 28, 2015

So much to tell you about in this Weekly Wrap-up. Let’s get started:

  • HobbitCoverI met artist Sarah Shotts (awesome last name for a photographer, right?) at Arkansas Women Bloggers University last year. Her latest post came at just the right time. I had written something during my lunch break yesterday that I planned to publish last night, and after reading Embracing My Inner Samwise, I decided to rewrite my piece and be gentler on myself. Thank you, Sarah, for being a like-minded gal! Now, to move Bruce’s well-loved copy of The Hobbit to the top of the stack on my nightstand …

And congrats, Sarah, on the one-year anniversary of your blog!

Here’s a New York Times piece on Nimoy, which includes a short video in which he explains the origin of the Vulcan hand signal. Fascinating. 🙂

We lost Mr. Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and we got him back in Part III: The Search for Spock. But this time the death is final.

Live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy.

  • Spring training is about to start (dance of joy!), and I’ve updated my MLB.com At Bat app on the iPad and iPhone. So isn’t it nice to find this short piece on the “Vulcan changeup” as even baseball players remember and honor Mr. Nimoy.

(That reminds me: I still have a baseball book I need to review to fulfill a commitment.)

  • Another great loss this week: The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, who was president of the University of Notre Dame while Bruce was a student there, died Thursday at age 97. Bruce remembered Fr. Ted as a champion of civil rights who marched with Dr. King. From the current ND president: “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning.” Read more of this remarkable man’s life here.
  • If you don’t know about the dress-color debate, you don’t do media, social or otherwise (I heard about it on a local radio station). I thought the whole thing was just a waste of time until Your Turn Challenge blogger Randall Hartman put it in perspective.
  • One of the things I want to do every day is take a risk, whether large or small. YTC mate Corey Bennett talks about risk, preparation and improv.
  • Snow has postponed this morning’s Penguin 10K and 5K races in Batesville, as well as the Polar Bear Plunge. Both events benefit Special Olympics. New time and date: 5 p.m. March 21.
  • But the Little Rock Marathon is still scheduled to go on tomorrow, and this morning’s 5k went off on dry ground. And, y’all, Bart Yasso is there!
  • On my friend and “Evernote evangelist” Rusty’s recommendation, I subscribed to productivity guru Michael Hyatt this week. You can download his FREE ebook by subscribing, too. (I’ll be reviewing the ebook once I finish it. I plan to review Evernote Essentials, as well, once I finish that ebook.)
  • I’m still reading the World War II story Unbroken. Louie and Phil have finally left the raft after 47 days on the Pacific; unfortunately their “rescuers” are the Japanese. Also still listening to The Boys on the Boat during treadmill time. Those rowing boys still haven’t made it to the 1936 Olympics, but they’re getting there, one race at a time.

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up – Feb. 28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Great wrap-up. And you mentioned two of my favorite books – Boys in the Boat and Unbroken. I found the book Unbroken much better than the movie version. Enjoy the weekend!

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you, Jim. I guess I won’t see the “Unbroken” movie now that it has left the theaters. Besides, if it’s as violent as I heard, I’ll just stick to the book.

    I think I’ve seen two movies that were as good as the book – “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Gregory Peck, after all) and … the other one escapes me.

    Another one I’m curious about, after having read the book in my reading group last year, is “Still Alice,” which apparently was nominated for at least one Oscar. That was a completely fascinating and heartbreaking book, and when I found out there was a movie and that Julianne Moore was in it, I commented that if anyone could pull off the role of Alice, it was her. Otherwise the movie version would pale in comparison to the book.

    I may have to rent that on DVD. If you’re looking for a really great read, try that one.

    Happy weekend to you, too!

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