Iditrarod Adventures: The Big Envelope

Iditrarod Adventures: The Big Envelope

Iditrarod Adventures —  by Jan Distel

The Big Envelope

Grant proposals were due November 1, with the results not to be announced until mid-February.
I tried not to think of it much during those three long months.  When it would come to mind, I would try not to hope and wish.  I would get out my red pen and grade more essays, plan some lessons, work on other school projects…anything to avoid thinking about the grant 24/7.

As the time for the announcement grew closer and closer, one of my teacher friends–who had also submitted a grant proposal–commented that she could not believe all of the things she had committed to do if she were a successful candidate.  I silently agreed, especially when she exclaimed, “This is going to change my life!”

One cold, snowy Saturday in February, one of my dear friends who had also applied let me know she had received a letter about it.  I was convinced that I would be notified that day, too.  We checked the mail time after time, but the box was always empty, mail having been delayed because of several days of bad weather.

……..  Read more at http://iditarodadventures.blogspot.com/ — by my cousin, Jan Distel

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JERUSALEM in IMAX

Aerial view of Jerusalem from the east. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jerusalem in IMAX — via Ferrell Jenkins

Ferrell's Travel Blog

Friday morning my wife and I joined three Biblical Studies faculty from Florida College, and a handful of other people, in the MOSI IMAX giant screen theater in Tampa to see the National Geographic Entertainment presentation of JERUSALEM.

The original producers of this film have been promoting it for several years, as you can see from the video that we posted nearly three years ago here. The current production is about 45 minutes in length. The thing that really makes the difference is the IMAX giant screen presentation.

JERUSALEM features three young ladies representing the three religions claiming Jerusalem as the home of their origin: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The girls guide the viewers through the crowded, winding streets of the Old City to the various religious sites of the city. There are a few scenes in other parts of the country: Capernaum, Caesarea Maritima, Joppa, Masada, and the…

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Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Photographer Noticed Even in New York

New York Times — March 27, 2014 — by Manohla Dargis

Finding Vivian Maier

Excerpts below — Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/movies/finding-vivian-maier-explores-a-mysterious-photographer.html?rref=movies&_r=0

An exciting electric current of discovery runs through “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work. She scarcely shared it even with those who knew her. Then again, many of her acquaintances when she was taking some of her remarkable images, particularly in and around Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s, were the children she cared for while working as a nanny. Later in her life, some of those children took care of her in turn, first by moving her into an apartment and then the nursing home where she died in 2009. What rotten timing: She was on the verge of being discovered, first as a curiosity and then as a social-media sensation and a mystery.

 

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/movies/finding-vivian-maier-explores-a-mysterious-photographer.html?rref=movies&_r=0

 

See the First Photographs Ever Taken of Jerusalem | Smart News | Smithsonian

J'lem-Smithsonian-34.jpg.800x0_q85_cropSee the First Photographs Ever Taken of Jerusalem | Smart News | Smithsonian.  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-first-photographs-ever-taken-jerusalem-180949473/