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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3/24/09 Nadine's school fitness program

The JGE Cheerleaders led the student bodies from all Perry Township schools. Each school did a routine. The Cheerleaders did a variety of aerobics. The kids did some really neat stuff, but Nadine's squad was not very visable from where we sat =(

Monday, March 23, 2009

3/21/09 Sleeping Beauty's ball

Krista and I took Gabby, Nadine and Jasmin to the Children's Museum to see Sleeping Beauty. We had dinner at the ball, and enjoyed a bit of the museum before the play. Nadine got to go on stage and teach the audiance how to curstey. She did a great job! I loved the play, and we all had a great time!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Giovanni Schiaparelli's Birthday

Today's Google Logo is representing the Birthday of Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli (March 14, 1835 – July 4, 1910). schiaprelli was an Italian astronomer and science historian.

He was also a senator of the Kingdom of Italy, a member of the
Accademia dei Lincei, the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino and the Regio Istituto Lombardo, and is particularly known for his studies of Mars.

Among Schiaparelli's contributions are his telescopic observations of Mars. In his initial observations, he named the "seas" and "continents" of Mars. During Italy's "Great Opposition" of 1877, he observed a dense network of linear structures on the surface of Mars which he called "canali" in Italian, meaning "channels" but mistranslated as "canals". While the latter term indicates an artificial construction, the former indicates the connotation that it can also be a natural configuration of the land. From this incorrect translation, various assumptions about life on Mars derived, as the "canals" of Mars soon became famous, giving rise to waves of hypotheses, speculation and folklore about the possibility of life on Mars.

In his book Life on Mars, Schiaparelli writes: "Rather than true channels in a form familiar to us, we must imagine depressions in the soil that are not very deep, extended in a straight direction for thousands of miles, over a width of 100, 200 kilometers and maybe more. I have already pointed out that, in the absence of rain on Mars, these channels are probably the main mechanism by which the water (and with it organic life) can spread on the dry surface of the planet

Sunday, March 1, 2009

3/1/09 Spring time is near!

Spring is less than 3 weeks away! The kids helped me start some veggie seedlings today. We didn't have much going on this weekend so we decided to take advantage of the free time!

Andrew requested Rhubarb this year, and Nadine agreed so we picked up some seeds to plant whe the time comes. Nadine did 12 cherry tomato starts, Andrew did 12 eggplant starts, and Dane did 12 tomato plant starts while Aiden tooka nap!