...just about anything having to do with the Spanish language and the people who speak it. After three years of practicing it and three of not practicing it, I've given up trying to understand the Sevillana - a flamenco dance. (Picture of Lonnie in costume)
However... I love dancing to the Latin rock sounds of Grupo Pagán. It's Syracuse's only crossover band, with a sound ranging from Santana to Gloria Estefan and others. I also like quieter pursuits, such as gardening.
I also invest in property in Syracuse. I am the owner/online forum moderator for the email groups for real estate investors at REI online GROUPS. A little involvement with public art is always fun, too.
I like... open-minded
vision of empowering people to do wonderful things with their own
passion: transforming education through the power of authentic
both on-line and off.
... and I also love... (Here it comes!) my kids!
January, 2006: Scott is doing his externship at Terra in the Napa Valley. He'll be there until May. This restaurant is owned by Chef Hiro Sone, named "Best California Chef" in 2003 by the James Beard Foundation, and Chef Lissa Doumani, who was hired by Wolfgang Puck to work under chef and baker Nancy Silverton at Spago. She and Chef Sone launched Terra in November of 1988. See some pictures of Scott's work here.
May, 2006: Scott's back at the Hyde Park CIA, studying nutrition and restaurant law, among other things. Dave took a Saturday class and learned a lot about Asian cooking. Scott and I just came for the stupendous lunch this class put out.
January, 2007: Scott has graduated from the Culinary Insitute of America, making us all very proud of him. He is back at the CIA, now in the Baking and Pastry Arts program. As Chef Anita Eisenhauer told us one busy night in the kitchen of the American Bounty Restaurant, "there are not a lot who can 'cross over' from culinary to pastry."
July, 2007: Scott's in California again, this time for his baking and pastry externship at Della Fattoria bakery in Petaluma, California. This is not far north of San Francisco, and not far south of St. Helena where he was last year. He regularly works with over 2000 pounds of bread per day. It looks like we're going to have a master bread baker in the family.
Mike, 30, aka Kipp, is the one who did all the deep-level programming on MundoHispano. In fact, he built so many MOOs, I lost track. He's way past his multi-media Cold Paradigm Virtual Interactive Community (VIC) by now (it supported PuebloLindo, a multi-media Internet-based immersion experience for learners of Spanish). His work in this area was a precursor to virtual worlds like Second Life.
A pioneer in the design of mini-micro remote controlled airplanes (sub-ounce!), he has also done a lot of work for JR Clancy - his programming is the magic behind "SceneControl: The magic behind automated rigging". He regularly goes to the largest theaters in the country to do installs or upgrades. His main job, however, is as a software system analyst at Welch Allyn, an "internationally-recognized manufacturer of innovative medical diagnostic equipment and therapeutic devices" where his programming and development skills can be most fully utilized.
For fun, he's developing an electric motorcycle. At the moment (April, 2009) he "needs help from a machine shop for the motor design on an electric motorcycle."
His wonderful wife, Ruth, a perfect intellectual match for him, long ago took over my job of getting him out the door on time. Their son, Drew Alexander Mudge, is very much the "little professor", just like his dad was, with highly advanced verbal expression and cognitive abilities. He could describe the physics of flight at age two and started programming when he was eight. Currently he's working on getting certified to dive. His mom is the lead teacher in his homeschooling program.
Last but not least...
An incomplete list of the good folks who inspire me, put up with me, and generally make living and working a joy:
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Director of Imagining America and professor at Syracuse University, and her equally fab hubby, Dionisio Cruz, now a consultant to the Gifford Foundation in Syracuse. We knew we'd like them when it turned out that Dionisio and Dave were the only guys not wearing ties to a fancy function.
Kate Clark, public arts commissioner in Syracuse, whose tireless work with city government, area artists and city residents is transforming the city from one of gray blandness to one of delightful art surprises just about anywhere you go. --> KATE, WE MISS YOU! Philadelphia is LUCKY! (2008)
Deb and Jeff Kinsler - co-foodies and guaranteed fun times, Deb is our patient and skilled accountant, foil to Jeff's non-stop comedic talents (he's an accomplished improv comic and certified hypnotherapist).
Dick Molitor, linguist (really!), mentor, and the person who supplied me with a paper copy of "...OVERT GRAMMATICAL SUBJECTS" years ago when we shared an office, and then the electronic version which is in the page linked above. Now... do you really want to know any more about him?
Theresa Minick, the brilliant profe who is now the director of MundoHispano, and who cheerfully puts up with my consistent lack of personal RAM.
Dave plays the Carrier Dome, April 26, 2006
"The school must represent life-life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground."
- John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed, 1897