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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ICO Does It Again on NBEO!

The students at the Illinois College of Optometry have once again shown their dedication to excellence. The National Board of Examiners in Optometry just released their statistics on Part III of the Clinical Skills Examination for the graduating class of 2012.   

ICO's pass rate for first time takers was 96.95%

The national pass rate for first time takers was 88.25%.  This was the first year the examination was given only at the new NBEO test center in Charlotte. 

Congratulations to all the students, faculty and staff who made this possible. Thinking about optometry school? Check out the Illinois College of Optometry! DM

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pain, Sorrow, Joy and Wonder



When my hair was a very dark, almost black, brown, I only cried if I fell and skinned my knee.

Later, I learned sorrow and sadness could cause a tear to come to my eye.

As I reached the beginning stage of "could my hair really be turning grey", a tear or two of joy would form and find its way down my cheek.

Now my grey is slowly but surely turning towards the "whiter side of grey" and although it happens rarely, I have noticed that a tear may have an etiology totally due to wonder.

The movie, Lincoln, was a moment of wonder for me....with a tear ever so reluctant (because "guys don't cry"), managing to traverse from the eye, to my cheek where, unwillingly, it finally met my handkerchief .
Although there were moving scenes through-out the movie, one of the most compelling did not occur on the battlefield, in the House of Representatives, or between a man and his wife who have lived a full, often  terrible, but love-enduring marriage.

The photograph above shows Lincoln in his study. To the left is a chair. The scene I felt told Lincoln's story better than any other was where the chair was placed in front of the window with Lincoln sitting upon it. He had his arms around his younger son, with both looking out the window. As in the picture above, it was hard to make out any distinctive physical attributes of Lincoln nor  his son. They were dark forms, bathed in light....but not visible. Lincoln's arms where around his son. His head bowed. A moment of peace. Lincoln's internal state could only be inferred by the story we just experienced and the coming of a dark future. This future was tinged with hope and rebirth of a nation, but without its unifying force.

Lincoln is a movie all must see. Not only because it is a truly great movie, filled with a nation and a man in pain. Not only because it shows a nation and a man steeped in sorrow and sadness. But also because it  suggests the joy to come.

As I write this, I am still in a state of wonder that these United States of America, born in rebellion, torn by civil strife and always seemingly on the verge of crisis; manages to be the one nation in all the known universe where we can seek a better life with liberty, happiness and the freedom to fail as we work towards success.

Lincoln, as shown by this movie, was all too human. He failed many times. Ultimately though, he was a success. We as a nation are a success. A tear or two of wonder honoring such a remarkable man and the nation he saved is indeed in order..... Even for a fellow like me moving towards that 'whiter shade of grey'.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Living Wage Policies and Big Box Retail


This is a report that was called to my attention from one of my Facebook buddies who tends to be a bit more liberal than I. They bring up some interesting data and statistics.

Please note that this was a report by the Center for Labor Research and Education at the U of C Berkeley....which tends towards being quite liberal and pro-labor. Read the report and decide for yourself. DM

45th Ward Organization Christmas Party


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Circus + Boys = WOW!

Went to the circus with my grandson and nephew as well as my daughter and wife. It was awesome. The tickets were $42.00, the food $40.00, the obligatory toys $40.00....the look on the kids faces... Priceless!



Friday, November 16, 2012

ICO Exceptional on NBEO

NBEO ultimate pass rate for ICO Class of 2012  was 96.4%. 

The ultimate pass rate is the percent of ICO students who have passed all parts of the NBEO by the time of graduation. This exceeded the national ultimate pass rate of 92.7%. Congratulations to all ICO students, graduates, faculty and staff that continue the Illinois College of Optometry's tradition of excellence in all things optometric.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Orleans Bourbon Society



Well, it is now official. I am a bona fide member of the New Orleans Bourbon Society. The Bourbon House in New Orleans has great atmosphere, a fine selection of Bourbons, and barkeeps who know their whiskey. If you have an opportunity to go to New Orleans and have a love of great whiskey, you must go to the Bourbon House!

Of the whiskey's listed above, I've had the pleasure of sampling the following:

Buffalo Trace: MMM's
Bulleit: MMMM's
Eagle Rare 10 y/o: MMM's
Elijah Craig 12 y/o: MMM's
Elijah Craig 18 y/o: MMMM's
Maker's Mark 6 y/o: MMM's
(Not available to the public: Maker's Mark 1 y/o: MM's; Maker's Mark 12 y/o: MMMM's)
Sazerac 6 y/o: MMM's
Wild Turkey (101): MM's

The M (M for Maino) Rating Scale

M: pass it by
MM: good to try
MMM: outstanding
MMMM: buy this now. very, very good!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Maino's Baked Rainbow Rigatoni ala Nawlins

I recently presented at the Information Systems Educators Conference in New Orleans. I loved being able to talk to non-doctors about the techno-visual-human interface and the problems us non-geek types encounter. While there I tried to enjoy as much of New Orleans as possible.

My lovely spouse is a nurse on the neuro-floor at the New Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is working a 12 hour shift today, so I wanted to make something quite special (but easy) for dinner when she gets home about 9PM. I wanted it easy to make and not involve hours of preparation time...so...

...I just made up a recipe for Maino's Baked Rainbow Rigatoni ala Nawlins.

Here's what you will need: 1lb tricolor rigatoni, 1 lb crawfish (precooked), tuna (or any other fish you would like to add to the pot), provolone and Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, fresh plumb tomatoes and Three Cheese Prego sauce.




















1. Pour your sauce into a large bowl. Add the tuna, cut green pepper, diced onion, cut tomato and mushrooms. Mix in some of your crawfish. Put this into your microwave to heat for 4 minutes, stir so the flavor is enhance, and heat for 4 more minutes.








2.) Boil some water after adding a bit of salt and oil. Add your rigatoni to the pot. Cook so that the rigatoni is firm but not soft.





 








3.) Get a large pan and add the rigatoni. Stir in the sauce with all the good stuff I mentioned above. Add some Parmesan cheese. Stir again.










4. Place provolone on the top of the mixture. Place crawfish on top of the provolone. Add some cut green pepper and sprinkle on additional Parmesan cheese.




5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven. Turn around and bake another 20 minutes.


 


And....there you have a quick .... but very unique meal. I think I will add a nice California Red and then we are ready to eat a feast! If you try this let me know how it turns out! DM