Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Yesterday, I moved Kris Nearing from Normandy Court in Saginaw to our house. He is going to live here for awhile. Of course, it had to be about 93 degrees but at least there was some air conditioning in the apartment.

Monday, June 25, 2007

It's graduation party season again. Yesterday, I went to Ashley Lewis's party. Ashley is the granddaughter of my cousin, Diania Davenport, DD. DD has a house right next to Ashley's mother, Rene, so I assume that she has been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with Ashley.
The graduate attended Heritage High School in Saginaw where she was on the cheerleading team and a member of the band. It was great to get a chance to talk with her.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

More Proof for Adult and Cord Blood Stem Cells

More Proof for Adult and Cord Blood Stem Cells :

Some of you may know about my interest in stem cells.  It started, of course, with my heart attack and statements by many that stem cells could possibly be able to repair the damage caused by that event. 

Well, being the curious type,  I got interested in the revolution going on in biology and have now carried it farther than my original interest in heart repair.  The whole field of Regenerative Medicine is terribly exciting. 

The linked article deals with type 1 diabetes but we are at the point where several studies come out each day.  As the old song said

"The Times They are a Changin"


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Family Values from a Liberal View

Patricia sent me this interesting video on family values.  It is worth some thought.  I think it overdoes the negative view of conservative family values and descipline.  Conservatives can nurture their children too.  They also can and do raise wonderful kids frequently.  The video does raise some good ideas.
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Women in the Last 500 Years

I found this video on YouTube.  I really like it, but don't have time to come to broader conclusions about it right now. 

Monday, June 11, 2007

Pumpkin Roll

Vassar's Pumkin Roll has made the big time.

Raising the Roof on Gene Solgate's Pole Barn

So many  things have happened in the last while.  To begin with, yesterday I helped Gene Solgate put the trusses on  his pole barn.  I have thought of building one for several years but have yet to get any experience with the process.  This building is 24 ft by 32 ft so the trusses themselves are not too big.  Four of us had no trouble lifting them by hand.  Once they were up the man on the top nailer would spike them into place with special ring shank barn nails.  Five trussses took about two hours. Then it was on the the purloins.  These are 2x4's laid on edge and secured with long, ringed barn nails thru the purloin and into the truss.  We did a bunch of bracing and the frame was nearly done.  The great news for me is that I had no trouble doing this rather heavy work at all.  Since my heart attack that has always been a concern.. No problem yesterday.