Monday, September 8, 2008

H is for High Hope and How to

Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday Round 3 has marched another week closer to the presidential election for my beloved country. I know that this bumper sticker illustrating my own High Hope may not seem relevant to my many friends around the world (although in my opinion it is relevant to the future of the whole planet).

Also relevant to our future are the dedicated teachers who show How to do what they do best. In these few photos I will show my son's wife (and my friend and sister) Kristin introducing youngsters to the violin and my husband showing grown men How to build an electrical motor control.

Kristin is not only a dedicated music teacher, she is a concert violinist, concert master of the Port Townsend symphony orchestra, and a member of several successful performing groups, she is also anxious to introduce youngsters to the joys of music.

Above is a photo from 20 years or so ago as Kristin shows niece Myrtle How to hold a violin, while Myrtle's little brother, Cedric, and their slightly older cousin, Daria, looks on from the right.

And above Kristin introduces the Daria's son Baxter to his first violin.

My husband is a professor emeritus of the University of California, but that doesn't mean that he is retired! He spends from 8 to 10 hours a day on efforts to halt global warming by various methods of energy conservation. In the above photo he shows a class of Washington state men How to build the energy-saving controls to an electric motor.

And above he shows slides of his unique circuitry to a scientific convention in Ohio. This isn't exactly the best of photos, but I was faced with the dilemma of a dark room with a slide being shown on a screen that would have been turned completely white had I used flash.

For other responses to the letter H go to ABC Wednesday Round 3 and/or ABC Wednesday Anthology.

24 comments:

Marianne said...

Hoo boy, I Hear you and I'm with you one Hundred+ percent with your High Hope, and yes, I believe the wHole planet will benefit!
Lovely dedication to teachers.

Ivar Ivrig said...

A wonderful post. Great "H" :-)

me ann my camera said...

All wonderful h's, and as a retired teacher I identify with the hopes of teachers as they teach others. And although I am a Canadian I have been following the upcoming election with hopes also.

Thank you for your comments on my post, glad that you enjoyed my balloons.

Columbo said...

Great post and I do have High Hope. I enjoyed you posting and all the photos and commentary.

Howdy Do said...

Gosh I think your husband is the first person I have seen who is trying to do something about Global Warming. I congratulate him for this effort and hope he turns at least one or two heads his way. Wow. A very impressive post for H.

I only have one "H" for my post today. I hope you like it. I put it on Canon Pixels

Reader Wil said...

I wHoleHeartedly Hope that your High Hopes will come true. It will make a Healthy change for the wHole world.

leslie said...

I also have high hopes for my own country (Canada) as it prepares for an October election. And as a retired teacher myself, I can certainly relate to teaching youngsters and having high hopes for them as well. Have a heavenly week. :D

photowannabe said...

Great choices for the letter H. I admire the effort your husband has put towards helping the planet.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

As a former cellist, I think Baxter looks like he ought to be playing cello someday! : D

magiceye said...

lovely interpretation of H

Bear Naked said...

Wonderful choices for the letter H on ABC Wednesday.

Bear((( )))

Rinkly Rimes said...

I think the most important word on your blog is 'HALT', regarding Global Warming. But I don't think much will improve in our lifetimes. As for the teachers, I always felt I was doing the most important job in the world and I only (no, not only, but you know what I mean) taught five year-olds.

Aileni said...

It is very relevant wherever we are, I believe. May your hope and the world's be realised.

Dragonstar said...

I love this post, so full of hope and ability.

I finally got to your "G" post too, and I really enjoyed sharing some of your beautiful gifts.

kouji said...

high hopes indeed. may you find your hopes fulfilled. :)

marina said...

I share your "High Hope". I hope Americans understand the MAN and vote for him!!!

Rebeckah said...

I have high hopes too : )! What a great choice. You are so creative : )! Much love!

Liz said...

I think a lot of people all over the world have high hopes of Obama.

Your husband must be full of energy!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Granny Smith I have an award for you for you deserve it. Could you come to my blog to get it?

nonizamboni said...

Your post started on the best possible note! [I'm still feeling hopeful (in spite of the NRC being held in St. Paul :O)]Great tribute to your family and teachers in general.
Happy Wednesday, my happy friend!

Kim said...

Let's agree to disagree on the presidential race :) My post is also about hope, but for something else.

daria said...

I HOPE I HOPE I HOPE for all of us that we get back on track for a brighter, cleaner, healthier, friendlier future!!

GO OBAMA!!

xoxoxoxox

p.s. I hope you had a lovely birthday!!

Rose said...

I see I'm not the only teacher (retired) to comment here and to thank you for your kind words.
I, too, have High Hopes that Americans will see a need for a REAL change!

mrsnesbitt said...

Sorry I am so late...just been one of those weeks. I was really interested to read about your husband. My husband is currently working on the idea of running our lister engine on cooking oil discarded by a local take away. We will keep you informed and would welcome any hints. It will produce about 2kw.

Hope you had a nice birthday.

Thanks so much.