• “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Suess

Thursday, August 2, 2012


It has been more than a week since I walked the yard and garden or weeded. I've been intensely 'into' several different enthralling projects. I did run out now and again to turn on water so things didn't die but it was perfunctory.

Last night I came up for air! I actually strolled around the yard today. I had noticed a huge weed about ready to seed out along the north flower bed (when I was watering) so I went there first and pulled it. Soon I was sweating and had an arm load of grass in bloom, sow thistles, and more overgrown weeds to throw into the compost pit. Where did that all come from? In a few days??

Periodically some 'weed' in my life catches my attention and I slow down a little and reflect on where and what I really want to be, how I will get there, and if I am on track. I have been thinking about starting an educational program that, someday, will let me say I have been to college and obtained a degree of one sort or another.

I went to the registration page for a few classes and clicked around a bit. The school has an honor code and a dress and grooming code. To register I will need to read those and agree, voluntarily, to abide by them. It is a good review.

After reading this stuff I recommitted myself to look for any small 'personal' weeds that might sprout into monstrosities suddenly - and to get rid of them. Do I truly, sincerely live these standards?
The HONOR CODE states: "As a matter of personal commitment, … students … seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will:
"Be honest.
Live a chaste and virtuous life.
Obey the law and all campus policies.
Use clean language.
Respect others.
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse.
Participate regularly in church services.
Observe dress and grooming standards.
Encourage others in their commitment to comply ..."


"...dress and grooming ... should always be modest, neat, and clean, consistent with the dignity adherent to representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any of its institutions ...

"Modesty and cleanliness are important values which reflect personal dignity and integrity, through which students, staff, and faculty represent the principles and standards of the Church. Members ... commit themselves to observe these standards, which reflect the direction given by the Board of Trustees and the Church publication For the Strength of Youth.

"These guiding principles apply at all CES institutions of higher education.

"The Dress and Grooming Standards are as follows:

"Men: A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors and trimmed above the collar leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

"Women: A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses and skirts must be knee length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles and colors. Excessive ear piercing (more than one per ear) and all other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas."