Archive - Nov 2005
I heard about this story in a segment of Science Friday, and it really struck me. Ferocity of chimpanzee attack stuns medics, leaves questions.
The Berenstain Bears series of books are some of the most popular in our house these days. We picked up a big stack of them at the last Friends of the Library used book sale. The books are written and illustrated by the husband and wife team of Stan and Jan Berenstain. Stan passed away this past Saturday at the age of 82 due to complications from cancer. From an article in USA Today:
The real Berenstains collaborated on more than 200 books that featured the Bear family, from The Great Honey Hunt in 1962 to The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores, which was released this fall. Over the years, Papa and Mama Bear helped Brother and later Sister survive family vacations, messy rooms and a case of "the galloping greedy gimmies.
It was a fantasy rooted in the realities of daily life and seasoned with gentle moral lessons. The Bear family tackled everything from stage fright to junk food to bullies.
In 2002, Berenstain told the Associated Press that he liked to deal with the unchanging challenges of family life: "Kids still tell fibs and they mess up their rooms and they still throw tantrums in the supermarket." In Bear Country, "nobody gets shot. No violence. There are problems, but they're the kind of typical family problems everyone goes through.
The Berenstain Bears became a daily animated cartoon series on public television and inspired two musicals. The latest, The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas, opened Thanksgiving Day. Stan continued to work on rewrites even as his health failed.
Random House, which announced his death Tuesday, said the books would be continued by Jan and sons Michael and Leo.
Dear loyal reader, personally I'm not especially interested in video games these days. However, if perchance your spouse is, don't dismiss it out of hand. Maybe it would be a good source of bonding time and common interest between father and son. Studies also show that it would be good training for the future surgeons in your family.
Check out the word counts from Bush's Iraq strategy speech as compiled on the Mojo blog. It makes a point in a round about way.
The new CPR guidelines announced recently change the number of compression per two rescue breaths from 15 to 30. I guess I've been through the training about 4 or 5 times, so I'm pretty used to the 15 to 2 ratio. Will I be able to remember that it's been changed to 30 to 2? Don't know. Hopefully I won't have to.