Here are miscellaneous thoughts and comments. It's been a while since I last blogged. I was caught up with the finals and school-related activities over the past few weeks. Graduate school is impacting me more than I thought it would and realized.
So far, I've gotten 2 A's, 1 A-, and a P (pass). Whew. I am awaiting one more grade. I'm so relieved. I was so worried about the grades considering the circumstances I've had to deal with during the past two months. I continue to reflect on my first semester at NYU and all that I've learned. It's not just academic learning. Graduate school also involves personal learning.
This Wednesday, I'll receive a scholarship at a LHH meeting. I was moved when I found out that I was nominated and chosen for it.
My brother got a temp job working with a film crew doing a documentary in the Mojave Desert this past weekend. I wonder what kind of job he'll get next. He continues to work odd and end jobs while searching for a full-time job. He's wide open to mostly anything in the Los Angeles area.
My parents are now in Ukraine for the next 2 weeks. They're setting up a medical clinic and working on various projects at an orphanage and addiction treatment center while travelling around doing church work. Even though my parents sign well, I am still left out of the loop as far as family news are concerned. I just found out, through the email my mother sent out about family contact info, that my uncle was moving. I need to wait until she returns in 2 weeks before I can find out the details about the move. *shaking head and grinning*
Caught up on little stuff today. Took care of emails. Read some. Cleaned up a bit. Etc. Finally read some news online. Here are some tidbits I found.
A couple, who are homeless addicts and have history of prostitution, in Rochester were ordered to stop having children. They already had 4-5 children, and the woman is allegedly already pregnant with a 5th or 6th child. All except for one were born addicted to cocaine. All are in the foster care system. The judge ordered the parents to have no more children until they prove they can look after the ones they already have."All babies deserve more than to be born to parents who have proven they cannot possibly raise or parent a child,'' Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor wrote in a 12-page opinion. "The cycle of neglect ... needs to stop.'' Naturally, civil libertarians are speaking out. "All babies deserve more than to be born to parents who have proven they cannot possibly raise or parent a child,'' Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor wrote in a 12-page opinion. "The cycle of neglect ... needs to stop.'' The judge did not order them to stop having sex, use contraceptions, or have abortions. She was trying to show that they needed to step up to their responsibilities as parents and ramifications of their actions.
On a different note, I found a question amusing while reading about the billions of red-eyed cicadas (harmless insects) who wake up from their 17 years long slumber, crawl out of the ground, shed their skins and mate. They get only one chance every 17 years to mate, making this a rare opportunity to witness. Question: Will the cicadas dive-bomb brides at outdoor weddings? This question was asked by event planners. I don't blame them for not being aware about these little-known creatures. It can be scary when you don't know anything about the insect phenomenon you are witnessing.
Better get off and get back to my readings.