Monday, February 2, 2009

Gratitude 2/2

Tonight I feel grateful for my square dancing friends and my wife with whom I danced away the cares of the day. (It was 100s day at school and a bit frenetic. I came home feeling tired and grumpy.)

For the gym.

For all the friends who are coming over tomorrow night. I am really looking forward to our meeting.


Delwyn said...

Pray tell what is 100s day?

It's good that you can dance away your cares...

From down under today:

I'm thankful that I can write and make fun art to express myself and share it here in a safe environment.

For the life lessons I learned from my FOO and from my larger extended family.

I am thankful that thru' blogging I am making some very interesting new friends that I otherwise would never have met.

Katherine said...

Yes Dan, I was also wondering what 100s day involved.

1. Flowers - the multitude of colours and shapes and scents of them.
2. The intricate and marvelous interdependence of life on this planet
3. Beefsteak tomartoes (you can say tomatoes) sliced on toast.

Mr. Kinder said...

Hi, to find out more about 100s day, hop over to Mister Kindergarten. I did a post about it there.

Mr. Kinder said...

Delwyn, I'm loving your art and your blog. Your post yesterday about growing up had me thinking all day how ungrownup I feel most of the time.

In my "five year old mind" this afternoon, I was telling the kids in class that maybe when I grow old enough to grow a white beard, I'll live at the North Pole and wear a red suit.

Pray tell, what's a FOO?

Mr. Kinder said...

Katherine, the interdependence of life: it's more and more and more evident (though not necessarily obvious) to me with each day. Marvelous, intricate, evident, reassuring, and sometimes alarming. Plants and Weti can teach us a lot about interdependence.

Delwyn said...

I think it set a few people to thinking about their dreams...and therefore achieved its purpose.


an acronym used in counselling theory because it's such a frequently used phrase.

On a completely different note I see that I have used 'its' twice in this comment. I always used to put an apostrophe in for abbreviation and for possession but read somewhere that that practice was wrong. Now I'm confused. Do you only put one in for abbreviation of it is to it's????

Mr. Kinder said...

Regarding it's vs. its: I think its main purpose is to tell who's been paying attention to the teacher while taking English classes and who hasn't. In short, I'm not sure the apostrophe adds any actual clarity meaningwise to the written communication.

That said, what I was taught about it's vs its is this:

Use the apostrophe to show the contraction of "it is."

Drop the apostrophe in the possessive form of it.

From your use, I believe you were taught what I was taught.

Others are welcome to chime in. Rules in the United Kingdom may differ from those used in the United States.

Delwyn said...

Thanks Dan: So I am on track with that.

What's the UK reference for????

Mr. Kinder said...

The UK reference: we differ, perhaps more with spelling than with punctuation. A story.

I was once getting a license plate frame engraved at a little kiosk in a mall. The proprietor was not a good speller and many of his samples had misspellings, some of which were funny.

I'm a good speller. I was giving the proprietor very specific directions for a license plate which I wanted for my car.

The fellow behind me interrupted me to say, "You've misspelled 'neighborly' -- you forgot the 'u'. He was not from the United States. He was from the UK. In America we spell neighbor as you've seen it here. In fact, if I spell it "neighbour," a little red misspelling line appears under the word.

By the way, the frame reads:

"Think locally. Act neighborly."

Delwyn said...

And if I spell it my way I get the same warning here cos this programme /program must be US.
You must think I am apoor speller but there are quite a number of differences...

Mr. Kinder said...

Oh, no! I don't think you're a poor speller! Actually, I think everyone spells much better, these days, thanks to those little red lines.

I enjoy the fact that we English speakers have our differences in spelling.

I'll bet there's some pull-down menu somewhere in whatever program you're using that allows you to choose a spell checker with UK sensibilities. So theatre and colour and so on will not be underlined in red, as they are in the little white window I'm typing in now.