Friday, August 10, 2012

Celebrating Strong Women

I am really late getting my blog updated today. We had quite a nasty storm blow through last night, and I had several trees that came down, one on the gate of my front pasture. Several trees came down in the back pasture, too, but luckily none of the animals were hurt and none of those trees damaged the fencing. I did have some large branches down, and I had to check the whole fence-line to get it cleared. We only have two acres fenced in the back, so it is not like I had to check a half-mile of fence, but I still felt a kindred connection to the cowgirls who have done this through the centuries. The rest of the morning was spent arranging for someone to come and cut the big tree off the front gate and get me a new one. Gate, not tree.

So my post will be short and sweet today. First I want to congratulate all the women on the U.S. Olympic team. Talk about strong women.  Of the 90 total medals won by the U.S. team, the majority have been won by women. I searched for the exact number, but could not find it. Yesterday I saw this on USA Today: The USA has 34 gold medals, and women account for 23 of them. I thought that was pretty impressive.

I also thought the two women from Saudi Arabia, the first ever female athletes to be allowed to compete in the Olympics, were pretty impressive. The first, sixteen year -old judo athlete Wojdan Shaherkani was the first to compete, only to lose in her first round. The other female athlete, nineteen year-old Sarah Attar, has a dual Saudi and American citizen. She, too did not have an outstanding showing as a runner in the 800-meter race, but that did not keep the crowd from cheering anyway.

(Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters)

 Both of those woman fought hard to just be allowed to compete for their country, and for that, I consider them the strongest women in the Olympics. 

And now for a little fun. The other day Trish Jackson blogged about how our right and left brains work together - or not. (smile) She has an interesting test on her page, as well as a link to a test you can take to see if you are right or left brain dominant. Interesting test, and my results are below, along with a link to the test if you would like to take it.

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain Dominance: 14(14)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

6 comments:

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I've noticed that the American women are outperforming the men this time around, too. Interesting. Okay, so I took the left brain/right brain test, and my results are practically the inverse of yours. But I'm gonna have to check somewhere to remind myself what it MEANS to be left-brained. (HA!)

Maryann Miller said...

You can find out more if you read the blog where I first found the test. It is all very interesting, but I'm not sure what it all means in terms of our writing. I did it more just for fun.

Carol Kilgore said...

I couldn't get that dancer to spin to the left - I spent way too much time trying, LOL. Definitely right-brained. My numbers were Left 8 and Right 12.

Women Rock!

Maryann Miller said...

It was really weird for me, Carol. The dancer kept switching all the time for me. I guess that means I am never centered. LOL

So many books, so little time said...

The test wouldn't work for me - maybe something blocking it on my computer.

Glad the animals were ok after the storm and not to much damage done either.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Maryann Miller said...

Sorry you could not get the link to the test to work for you, Lainy. It was a fun way to waste a few minutes. (smile)