Archives: December 2009

Day 335 – Deck the Halls

December 1, 2009

As soon as everyone returned from Thanksgiving break, they got in the Christmas spirit! Here are two quick and rough shots I took of areas around Simpson dorm:

Day 337 – “Cash for Caulkers” ??

December 3, 2009

When I first heard of this, I thought someone misspelled “Clunkers”… then I read on and realized this is another CfC-named program the government is putting on. I am sure you remember Cash for Clunkers, the $3 billion transfer program that destroyed wealth, right? Well, here is a new one- Cash for Caulkers, a “stimulus” program that plans to retrofit energy inefficient houses to make them more energy efficient, while providing jobs at the same time.

Day 340 – Handel’s Messiah

December 6, 2009

Today, Amanda and I drove to Detroit to see Handel’s Messiah performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (I bought her tickets for her birthday). We had a wonderful time! The performance was excellent, we had great seats, and we ate good food afterwards at Union Street. Overall, today was a great day!

Day 341 – A Year Ago Yesterday…

December 7, 2009

As I was looking through my photo library tonight, I realized that it was exactly a year ago yesterday that I saw Handel’s Messiah performed at Hillsdale. (If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, I went to see it performed in Detroit yesterday.) I saw the performances exactly a year apart! I thought that was pretty exciting.

Day 343 – Braving the Winter Storm

December 9, 2009

Two statues of great Americans braving the harsh winter while their ideas do the same.

Click on the photos to view them at a larger size.

Day 344 – Be A Number

December 10, 2009

“Senior Kevin Hershock keeps careful count of his T-shirts. As the president of Be A Number, every $20 shirt he sells has a twin that will become the property of an underprivileged child in America or a third world country.” Read the rest of the article.

Day 345 – Last Day of Classes

December 11, 2009

Today was the last day of classes. Thankfully, all of my papers are turned in now, so all I have to worry about is finals.

Day 346 – Charger Basketball

December 12, 2009

The Hillsdale men’s basketball team played their home opener today! They played a tough game, but unfortunately lost to Ferris State 78-67.

Day 350 – Studying, Studying, Studying

December 16, 2009

Here is where I’ve been studying all night – a room in the math building. I pushed multiple desks together to make a table.

My linear algebra exam is tomorrow morning. I am feeling a little better about it than I was yesterday.

Day 354 – Shopping as a Discovery Process

December 20, 2009

While I was out finishing my Christmas shopping on Saturday, I couldn’t help but think a little bit about economics. I know I am strange, but it is what I am majoring in and what I’ve been studying these past three semesters at Hillsdale, and I am not very successful at turning my mind off (not that I’d ever want to…) More specifically, the work of Israel Kirzner. I read quite a bit of Kirzner in Austrian Economics I with Dr. Steele this past semester, so I thought I’d look at the world immediately around me through the lens of his work. The result? Shopping as a learning and discovery process.

Day 355 – Calendar Question

December 21, 2009

I visited my friend David Wagner today, and we drove all around the Huron/Sandusky/Port Clinton area this afternoon. David just got home for Christmas from his teaching position on Bordeaux, France. I haven’t seen him since the beginning of September, so it was wonderful to spend all afternoon and evening with him. If everything goes according to plan, I am going to fly to France to visit him (and take photos!) over spring break at the end of March.

Day 356 – Biscotti, Stir Fry, and Parfait

December 22, 2009

After a routine checkup at the dentist this morning and a quick lunch with Dad, I went to Amanda’s house and helped her make three batches of cranberry pecan biscotti. I’ll admit, I was not much help besides mixing together dry ingredients, but it was nice to spend part of the afternoon with her, anyway.

Day 361 – Train Depot

December 27, 2009

It has been quite a while since I have done much of anything with long exposures, so my parents and I went down to the old train depot and took a few shots. I am getting rusty!

Day 362 – Snowy Hike

December 28, 2009

Today, Amanda and I went for an afternoon hike in the snow at Schoepfle Gardens and the woods behind. It was snowing a lot, but we had fun. Here are some photos:

Day 363 – New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2009

I did a little thinking on New Year’s resolutions today, and they do not make much sense to me. Why resolve to do something that you think will better your life in some way starting at a future date? Whether what you are doing is trying to break a bad habit (smoking, drinking, overeating, procrastinating, etc.) or doing something positive (reading your Bible and praying more, saving money, becoming more disciplined, getting in shape, etc.), why not start as soon as it occurs to you to make a resolution for the upcoming year? January 1, 2010 is really not much different than December 31, 2009, or even December 10, 2009. If you have a change you want to make in your life, it is best to implement that change immediately. Waiting to make a change does not make much sense to me (with one exception, stated below.) If, for example, you want to lose weight but keep overeating until January 1, what have you accomplished? You have only made it more difficult for yourself. If you’ve waited until January 1, what is one more day? Pretty soon those “one more” days might add up… If you are going to do something, do it now.

Day 364 – The Fireplace

December 30, 2009

As I stood in front of the fireplace this evening, I realized that I don’t remember a time when my family has not had one. Both of our houses have had one, and so has my grandmother’s house. It is so wonderful to come inside from a cold, snowy, windy day and warm up in front of the fire. It is also a wonderful place to sit in front of and read or think. As soon as the weather turns cool, I yearn for the smell of a wood fire in the air outside and the warmth inside that it provides. It is something I miss greatly in cold Hillsdale, MI.

Day 365 – Final Post

December 31, 2009

Year two thousand and nine has been an exciting, grace-filled year full of adventures, lessons, and valuable time spent with family and friends. This post draws my modified Project 365 to a close. Posting every day this year has been a challenge and a lesson in discipline, to be sure. Sometimes the posts came after midnight (never after 2 a.m., however), but there was a post for every day and the majority of them came in on time. My friend Emily Fisher did a good job making that happen by scolding me whenever she noticed a late post.

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