Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mississippi University for Women Name Change

Wow! The tensions are high about my alma mater changing it's name. Now, I'm very protective of this institution because it was a way of life for me and so many of my dear friends. It still is such a large part of my life as its unique and sometimes wierd traditions succeeded in making life long friends for me. I simply love that place. It makes me sad to hear of the change. I want it to stay the way I remember it. The truth is the school is not the way I remember it though. It's numbers are going down fast. It's reputation is going down fast, and if this is what it takes to change it then so be it. Sentiment alone is not going to save that institution.
With that said, I don't think the name alone is going to be a cure all for MUW. All the legal battles alone are quickly sending the school down the toilet. Why would somebody want to go or encourage their child to go to a school that is so unstable. I know that if I seriously had thought in ten years the school might be going through so much turmoil and risked closing I would have reconsidered getting two degrees from there. What does that do for someone's professional credibility?
It's much easier for me to form solutions in the comfort of my home with no real influences on the school's demise so I want waste your time. It's really in vain. However, I do believe that the successful women's college in TX should be used as a model. What are they doing to make people go to thier school. Face it. It's not "cool" to go to the W anymore.
I just pray that so many of us are wrong and that there will be a turn around. Yes, it would have been better as the name I know best, but whatever it takes I suppose. Maybe somebody is making right choices.
God save the "W"!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Plum Crazy

See what I did on Saturday! Of course, I had Asher as an assistant since Mark had to work. We got up early and went to two produce stands until we found some jelly making fruit. Plums were the most abundant for the price. If I had my pick though, I would have driven to a blackberry farm about 45 minutes away, but I knew that wasn't realistic since we'd have to pick them. I just love blackberries though. Anyway, after getting our pretty little plums we went to Wal-Mart to buy our jars and stuff. I'd never done any kind of canning before on my own(I grew up around it), and Wilma said I bought stuff that wasn't really necessary. Oh well. Live and learn! Next time will be much easier since I understand the process better. I'm just very proud. I hope to make a different flavor real soon!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beach Portraits

Our photographer from vacation has posted some pictures on her blog. If you're ever in the St. Augustine area I strongly recommend her. Check them out!

“As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible and trust God with the impossible.”--Ruth Bell Graham