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Score higher on the SATs … GUARANTEED!

October 6, 2017

Just make sure that your parents went to college.

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The College Board publishes a “Total Group Profile Report” on college-bound seniors …

One set of numbers caught my eye:

SAT scores by the student’s parents level of educational attainment.

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Note that about 2/3’s of the college-bound seniors taking the SAT came from homes with a degreed parent – either associate, bachelor or graduate.

Only about 1/3 came from homes with parents having only a high school education or less.

And, the performance differentials are substantial between the groups …

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Score higher on the SATs … GUARANTEED!

October 13, 2016

Just make sure that your parents went to college.

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The College Board has just released it’s “Total Group Profile Report” for 2016 college-bound seniors …

One set of numbers caught my eye:

SAT scores by the student’s parents level of educational attainment.

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Note that about 2/3’s of the college-bound seniors taking the SAT came from homes with a degreed parent – either associate, bachelor or graduate.

Only about 1/3 came from homes with parents having only a high school education or less.

And, the performance differentials are substantial between the groups …

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It’s not the quantity of family time, it’s the quality of it … dream on, mon amie.

September 14, 2015

Back in my consulting days, I logged a lot of work hours.  Par for the course.

And, the prevailing wisdom was: “Not to worry about spouses and kids … it’s the quality of time spent, not the quantity”.

I never bought in to the notion.

There were too many 2nd and 3rd marriages … and too many phoned-in happy birthday wishes to sons & daughters.

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I even remember the story of a son who was was asked to eulogize his father who was struck down early with a fatal  heart attack.

The kids reply: “why don’t you do it, I barely knew the guy”

True story, except for the cause of death …

Eventually, I concluded that you have to throw a lot of quantity against the wall and hope that some of it sticks as quality time.

You can’t just pick your shots and expect nothing-but-net every time.

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All of the above was brought to mind by a NY Times op-ed that struck a confirmatory chord ….

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More educated women having babies, but …

May 8, 2015

Pew just published an interesting study on birth rates and family size.

Here’s one of Pew’s spotlight charts.

The data seems to support the headline …

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But, there’s a more compelling takeaway …

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It’s not weird if it works…

September 23, 2013

You’ve seen some of Bud Light’s commercials showing the strange superstitious stuff that people do to “help” their sports teams.

You know, like sit in the same chair to watch games on TV … or eat the same food before every game … or turn their caps around for a rally.

The tagline for the commercials is “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work”.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this ad.

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Well, the Homa family has its own ritual when rooting for our favorites … the Monsters of the Midway … the Chicago Bears.

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Unexpected Journey: From Roosevelt Island to 34th & O …

December 18, 2012

We’re not talking Hobbit, we’re talking Pepper.

We’re talking a real unexpected journey.

First, some background for non-Georgetown folks.

Theodore Roosevelt Island is a “living memorial” to America’s 26th president, a great outdoorsman and conservationist.

The national park – located across the Potomac from Georgetown – has “miles of trails running through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands”.

Mapquest says that it’s 3.61 miles from Roosevelt Island to the corner of 34th & O St.

Mapquest’s suggested route  is depicted below – follow the windy road out of the park, head over the Key Bridge, turn right on M Street, then head up the side streets.

You probably get the picture.

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It’s an easy trip by car, and a nice run on a Sunday morning.

More specifically, it’s a nice run for a well-conditioned guy or gal.

But, what about for a dog?

Here’s where the story gets interesting.

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Ridin’ the Hot Dog …

July 2, 2012

The “Hot Dog” has always been a crowd pleaser among students who have survived my courses … some have ridden it hard, many have gotten tossed off (by a wild driver), others have cheered (and jeered) their friends, some have just heard tell of the good times.

Well, I had a chance to take a couple of laps on the Hot Dog this summer …  with my daring 3 year-old granddaughter Anna …  in the picture, she’s signaling “go faster” … wonder where she got the competitive spirit?

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Thanks to SGC for forwarding the pic

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Fan of the game … and a Patriot, too !

February 14, 2011

You guessed it:  Granddaughter Anna … decked out in her Georgetown t-shirt … showing proper respect for the flag during the singing of the National Anthem … flanked by Mommie Meg and Gram Kathy … great time at the game … Hoyas won!

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It’s official: my favorite student of all time …

January 24, 2011

What can I say?  Granddaughter Anna wins by a landslide …

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Thanks to Meg (a.k.a. “Mommie”) for candid capturing this teaching moment.

Merry Christmas …

December 25, 2010

… from the Homa Family.

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Jess,Scott, Anna, Kathy, Ken, Jay. Meghan

Fun on the Magothy: 2nd Annual MSB-MBA-GMA Fall Outing

September 22, 2009

Here’s the link to some pics from the 2009 Fall outing.  Great weather, great food, great fun.

http://picasaweb.google.com/profkenhoma/HomaPHOTOs09092009MSBGMA2009Outing#5383966163003763698 

http://picasaweb.google.com/profkenhoma/HomaPHOTOs09092009MSBGMA2009Outing#5383966163003763698

Tunes – Chicago Live @ Wolf Trap

July 9, 2008

Most folks know that I’m a big Chicago fan — the city, the Bears, the 1st place Cubbies and — oh yeah — the rock band. 

As part of my Dad’s Day present, son Scott and daughter-in-law Jess made a wish of mine come true — finally, I got to see Chicago perform live.  WOW.  Two solid hours of hit after hit after hit. (Test: ask your friends how many Chicago songs they can name?  Bet you’ll be surprised)

Gotta hand it to a band that stays relatively intact for over 40 years, adapts to the constantly changing music scene, can still pack an outdoor venue, and acts like they really want to be there. 

There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

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Some Chicago::
You’re My Inspiration
Make Me Smile
Saturday in the Park
Feeling Stronger Everyday*
25 or 6 to 4
Only the Beginning
Hard to Say I’m Sorry
Old Days
Color My World
Wishing You Were Here

* Ken’s favorite

News – Dog Overboard

June 30, 2008

Dateline:

Arnold, Maryland

June 30, 2008

9:30 a.m. EDT

 

A woman and two dogs were paddle boating in the Magothy River this morning.  One of the dogs – occasionally, but not dependably answering to the name “Captain” – nudged the other dog off the boat and into the crystal clear waters of the Magothy.  

 

The woman – identified as Kathy Homa was heard shouting, “Skipper, come”. But the overboarded dog – who is thought to be partially deaf – was dog paddling too hard to respond. 

 

Mrs. Homa tried to hoist the big,  black, water-logged mutt into the boat.  Her fundamentally flawed plan was predictably unsuccessful.  So, Mrs. Homa paddled like hell towards shore, hoping that Skipper would follow the boat  (rather than heading  off across the Magothy to Party Island). 

 

Skipper did follow the boat to shore and is back home, resting peacefully. 

 

Authorities  praised Mrs. Homa’s quick reactions.  No charges have been filed, but authorities said that they consider the circumstances to be “suspicious.”  They did a DPS-like canvass of the area with negative results and still consider Captain to be a “dog of interest” in their continuing  investigation.

 

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UPDATE July 2, 2008

 

Arnold authorites recovered a surveillance photo that clearly shows Skipper voluntarily jumping from the boat.  Captain has been cleared and is no longer considered a “dog of interest”.
 

                                       

 

Our Family …

June 19, 2008

Jess, Scott, Meg, Jay, Kathy & Ken
Jay & Meg’s Wedding – May 31, 2008