Wednesday, January 25, 2006
  No good deed goes unrewarded...
I know, that's not the way the phrase goes, but I think it's truer. Last night I got an emergency call from Saara's teacher asking if I could be a chaperone for today's field trip. I could, so this morning I headed to the Indianapolis Children's Museum with four sixth grade classes.

The museum has opened a new dinosaur display which is really, really good. Some of the highlights were: real fossil skeletons, not just casts. Viewing of a newly discovered species (it's only been on display for a couple of weeks.) The first trial of a new program which allows the students to make presentations within the gallery space using power point and their own research. I was amazed at some of the questions the kids were investigating -- things like are the eggs of herbivores different from the eggs of carnivores (turns out the answer is yes!), can we tell from the teeth of a dinosaur if it was a predator or a scavenger (assuming a meat eating dinosaur). I know we hear alot about the dumbing down of school, but I was impressed with this unit and the technology that these kids are learning to use as a matter of daily life. Also, a real live meteorite which measured some half meter long and about a third of a meter wide and deep!! That alone made my day! Hands on exploration of field cast and how palentologists prepared them for study one they get them back in the lab. And so on. A really excellent new display that I highly recommend to anyone living in or passing through Indianapolis.

But the real treat was out in the main hall -- the Children's museum is going to be home to the newest, and largest glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly Dale's work is internationally reknown and truly spectacular. The coolest part is that the installation is going right now, so we got to watch as they assembled the sculpture. It looks like assembly is going to take several days, if not weeks, so, again if you are living in Indianapolis, or passing through in the near future, I would strongly recommend stopping by to see how it's done. It's really a once in a lifetime chance. Click here for a slide show of some of his other chandellier installations.

When I said yes this morning, I had no idea that I was going to the dinosaur exhibit, that I'd see this enormous meteorite and be able to touch it, or that I'd get to witness part the installation of a Chihuly sculpture. Like I said, no good deed goes unrewarded!
I just want to open an account!
ooops. I didn't want to say that. I just wanted to say that I thought your website was cool. I too am a stay-home mom and free lance writer. both are new for me. my oldest is 3.5, I have a 22 month old and I am pregnant due in July . . . I wish you luck. I am researching the quote No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded and I think it was from Aesop . . . but I'm not sure. The special olympics or one of the charities that seeks my donation generally sends me that quote.
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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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