Good Morning Ted and Jody:
Yesterday was almost a picture perfect day. All it lacked was fluffy clouds. No clouds, no pictures of note. However, I have saved a couple of photos for emergencies for just such a day—no cloud days. The first one is a late bloom. Notice the stalk has a mature seed pod on the end. The second photo was taken last week when a rare meteorological event for the area happened. Weather came in from the east. And the third one is an immigrant tree planted in a yard nearby the boat launch where I take dawn and sunrise photos. Normally the leaves of the deciduous trees in these parts turn pale yellow and brown—no reds. So, this fellow stands out in the Green State.
Nancy saw the orthopedic surgeon yesterday to discuss a hip replacement (just to be clear, her hip, not his). She has talked to several people who have had them and there seems to be an issue over whether the surgeon goes in from the front or back. She thinks she wants one form the front. However, this surgeon she talked to would rather do it from the back as there is less risk of nerve damage. So she is in a state of not knowing what to do. I suggested a second opinion. The issue on the second opinion is it will take weeks to get to see another doctor. So, we will be up in the air over this decision for some time. However, I can tell that the pain in her hip from bone on bone contact is getting worse, so front or back replacement technique, it will have to be done for her comfort.
Decades ago when I first became an instructor in the Political Science Department at South Carolina, my father teased me by asking “What’s it like being a civics teacher?” After some reflection I concluded his appellation was right on the mark. I was a civics teacher. Then when I transferred to Central, at my first faculty party I recall several members complaining about the students’’ preparedness for college. I commented at the time that we were primarily a teachers’ college, normal school if you will, and if our students were ill prepared for college we should look no further than ourselves for we taught their teachers. Listening to several people explain why they are going to vote one way or the other in this election, I have concluded my former profession, civics teachers (AKA political scientists) has failed in its job to teach Americans what their government, political system and, indeed, Constitution are all about.
Looking back, I recall how difficult it was to get students to understand the nuances of things like the Constitution. For example, the first 13 words of the 2nd Amendment—“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, . . .”—might as well not have been written, for other than “ the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 99% of them did not see the first 13 words as having any meaning or impact at all. So, expecting the average Citizen to know the Congress makes laws and the President does not act alone in this process is probably beyond what I should expect. Indeed, I may join them and apply for admission to the Electoral College, for I hear they have one hell of a football team and their marching band at halftime is a show we should all see. (Besides, one only has to show up once every four years.)
Warmest Regards, Ed