Who Won the Week — 9/19/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My Who Won The Week pick for this week is a couple, the Cromers, Craig and Kimberly. Craig is a facilities manager at the University of Miami and he and his wife have Miami Hurricanes season tickets. At every game, they hang an American flag over the railing right in front of their seats.

Early in the second quarter of Miami’s home-opener last week against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a murmur rose up from the student section at Hard Rock Stadium. Some students noticed a cat dangling from the upper deck. The Cromers, who were sitting below, turned around and looked up. Once they realized what was happening, Craig ripped his flag free from his zip-ties, and he and his wife stretched it out to create a landing pad for the terrified cat.

Eventually, the cat lost its grip and tumbled down toward the suite level. The Cromers’ flag did just enough to break the fall and let a group of students in the section below grab it as it fell to the ground. The entire corner of the stadium in Miami Gardens erupted in cheers as one student raised the cat in the air like it was Simba from “The Lion King.”

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week — 9/12/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week is Jill Biden. For those of you who don’t know, Jill Biden, Joe Biden’s wife, is America’s First Lady.

So why am I picking Jill Biden as this week’s winner? Well, it’s because she is the first and only first lady in the role’s 231-year history to keep a full-time job while serving in office.

Jill Biden is a university professor with a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate of education. When she was the second lady under the Obama administration, Biden still taught at Northern Virginia Community College during all eight years.

This past Tuesday marked the start of in-person classes with Biden teaching, while continuing in her role as first lady. She is teaching two sections of an introductory academic writing course this semester, with one section fully in-person and the other being a hybrid model of in-person and online learning.

Biden has signaled her passion for and commitment to teaching in various interviews and tweets over the years. “Teaching is not what I do. It’s who I am,” she said in an August tweet ahead of a convention speech.

Biden’s dual career as a first lady and a professor is not only historic but it more accurately reflects the reality of American women, which is a reality that embodies both being a working professional and having families.

So congratulations to you, Jill Biden.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week — 9/5/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week is no one and nothing. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been a pretty shitty week. Between what’s happening with women’s rights and voting rights in Texas…

…wildfires engulfing the western states, massive hurricanes devastating the southern states, and deadly flash flooding killing people in the northeast…

…the surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, while people stubbornly and selfishly refuse to wear masks and would rather self-treat for COVID using horse and cow dewormers rather than getting vaccinated…

…and the continuing chaos in Afghanistan…

…I’m depressed and exhausted and see very little to celebrate. Maybe there will be something or someone to celebrate next week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week — 8/29/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week is Evolution. In a recently published study by the University of Michigan, the level of public acceptance of evolution in the United States is now solidly above the halfway mark. The study was based on a series of national public opinion surveys conducted over the last 35 years.

The study determined that 54% of Americans now agree with the statement that, “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.” Just a decade ago, only 40% believed in evolution.

Examining data over 35 years, the study consistently identified aspects of education — civic science literacy, taking college courses in science, and having a college degree — as the strongest factors leading to the acceptance of evolution. “It’s hard to earn a college degree without acquiring at least a little respect for science,” one of the study’s co-authors noted.

The Michigan study consistently identified religious fundamentalism as the strongest factor leading to the rejection of evolution. and predicted that religious fundamentalism would continue to impede the public acceptance of evolution. Further, like almost everything else in America. As of 2019, 34% of conservative Republicans accepted evolution compared to 83% of liberal Democrats.

So congratulations evolution. It seems that the thinking of at least a small majority of Americans is beginning to evolve. At least with respect to evolution.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week — 8/22/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week is Stephen Burgess. Who the hell is Stephan Burgess, you ask. Well, let me tell you. Stephen Burgess is a very fortunate man.

Burgess hails from British Columbia and he bought a painting from a thrift store there for $96. He bought it because he liked the frame. He regularly purchases art and frames from thrift stores to decorate his home, and on his recent visit to Value Village in Courtenay, a painting in an ornate frame caught his eye.

When he got home, Burgess did a Google search for the artist’s signature, Wijmer, and determined it was likely a mass-produced print of a piece by Dutch artist Gerritjen Wijmer, who was born in 1870.

But during a closer examination, he found a stamp from Munich, Germany on the back of the canvas and oil brush strokes on the perimeter of the canvas under the frame, indicating it could be an original.

Burgess said his research indicated that Wijmer paintings can sell for $20,000 to $350,000, depending on their condition. He said he is seeking a professional appraiser to confirm the authenticity of the artwork.

So congratulations to you, Stephen Burgess. Pending authentication, your $96 purchase could be worth a small fortune.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?