Wednesday, May 23, 2007

North Carolina Trip

Sue and I got home from Raleigh/Charlotte yesterday.  I have to say  that I was impressed with the sunny South.  When I was in Charlotte, we visited the downtown area where we were able to ride the free trolleys that the city fathers run there.  New buildings are everywhere. 

I really enjoyed visiting the First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  They have a service at 12pm on wednesdays with a meal for five dollars afterward.  The church is a great relief in this urban environment, and the minister and people of this church leave you wishing that you never had to go home. 

Charlotte is the birthplace of President James K. Polk.  They have a nice park there with a good movie on his life and times. 

Charlotte has several good museums but I didn't get to them. 

After two days, we drove the one hundred seventy miles to Raleigh.  Carolina drivers seem to practice their love of NASCAR on the road.  Speeds twenty mph over the limit were common as was cutting traffic.  Pretty agressive I think. 

We took a trolley tour of downtown Raleigh too.  This was diesel electric trolley which is new to me.  The tour guide did not drive the trolley.  She stood like we do in Bay City.  The tour was very similiar to ours and was quide good. 

Raleigh was having an art show so we went.  I would have stayed longer but we had other things to do. 

We visited the Mordacai Plantation where we saw the boyhood home of President Andrew Johnson.  The plantation was a four thousand acre farm originally. 

The piano forte was rectangular  and had candle shades that looked like small Roman standards setting on top.  These were to shield the pianists from the excessive heat of the candles.  The heat would melt their makeup.  In those days when small pox was too common, I bet they had a use. 

We left my son, Fred's, at 4:15 am to catch the 6am flight on USAIR to Charlotte.  In Charlotte we changed planes for Detroit.  Sue was at work in Saginaw by noon.  I couldn't help but think of my historical studies where I learned that the stage from Buffalo to Albany took about twelve days. 

It was a great trip,

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May 13, 2007

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Suicidal behavior is complex, and despite the best available expertise and exemplary care, some individuals who threaten suicide will complete it. There is no current rating scale or algorithm proven to be of predictive value in the clinical assessment of suicide. A thorough assessment of the individual remains the only valid method of determining risk.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Joy of Children

Here I am in the sunny south, visiting my son, Fred, and his wife, Danielle, in the sunny, progressive South.  We went to Charlotte, North Carolina so Sue could get training in varicose vein procedures in the office of a friend.  That was very productive for her.  She was surprised at how fast they were able to perfore the procedure. 

I got to enjoy the Charlotte area.  The city has a motorized trolley line that runs all over downtown for free.  It is a great way to see the city.  The center of town has museums and theaters. It has many thirty story buildings and is an impressive and enjoyable city.

I went to the birth place of James K. Polk, the President, just south of Charlotte.  One of the exhibits was a saw type cotton gin.  It had many of the characteristics of a modern combine. 

Today, we plan to take the trolley tour of Releigh where:

Riders will see Raleigh’s 200-year history from an old point of view on the Raleigh Trolley. The Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour is a one-hour excursion with stops throughout downtown including the State Capitol, Glenwood South, Joel Lane House, and City Market. The Trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park on the hour, but can be boarded at any stop along the tour. Bring the whole family for a truly unique experience.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Spring has Sprung-The Mower is....

Hi All,

Well, today I sold the Case 222 lawn mower.  It had been in the family about thirty-five years.  Much of the time, it cut two lawns or about five acres per week from the middle of April to September.  It really did well. The guy down the road bought it .  He plans to rebuild it, so it may well run again. 

At any rate, I am on the John Deere 425 all the time now.  I really like it. It has twice the power of the Case.. about twenty horsepower.  The power shows too. 

Well have a good day,