Archive for April, 2007

Open Source Alert: Scribus

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I use many open source products (I don’t like to pay for software I can get for free), and a fellow teacher found one for me I had never heard of: Scribus. It is a publishing program, much like MS Publisher, only free.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Open Office yet, I highly recommend it. I use it at home and at work, and I will not be paying for MS Office in the future.

An Update

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I hope everyone is having a great Easter! I have been on Easter Break for about a week now, and let me tell you, I have needed the break. Even though I love my job, a break is always nice! Of course, nature hasn’t been too cooperative, and the weather has been unseasonably cold. Last year at this time, Jennifer, Jonathan, and I were out taking photos on 60 degree days. This year I am cooped up inside with the flu. I had a fever of 100 for the last few days. I have been monitoring it carefully, but not treating it necessarily. Our cells can withstand temperatures this high, but pathogens and cancer cells have a hard time surviving in such high temperatures (one theory is that tumors have such complex blood vessel networks that they just can’t cool themselves off quickly enough).

Jennifer and I’s marriage plans are moving along, not as quickly as she would like I suspect.

On the Yahoo Music Engine, I am listening to a lot of Townes Van Zandt. He is a folk/country singer from the 1970s-1990s, who is probably most well-known for writing “Pancho and Lefty,” a country hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The ones I have been listening to now include some of the lesser known ones, like “The Velvet Voices” and “Like a Summer Thursday.”

Here is a photo from last spring, certainly not from this cold spring. When I see photos like this, knowing the background behind the photo, I can almost “feel” the heat and sunshine.

Green Hill in Spring

The End of Holy Week

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Just as a note for new readers, I have been posting most of my theological reflections over at Per Christum, our group blog. Please check it out for more theological posts!