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Retrospective

Tonight as we were getting ready to start our first kindegarten choir rehearsal at church, one of the kids took some building blocks and created his own replica of the NYC World Trade Center towers. No doubt he'd been learning about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at school, what with this being the tenth anniversary and all. It was sort of odd to think of the perspective from which he saw those events; for him, 9/11 is just something out of a history book, albeit a very serious something. For those of us who watched it all unfold on TV, it's something quite more than that.

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Baby's First Education

My daughter Ellie is now ten months old, and due to the fact that her mother and I both work full time, we recently enrolled her in a local day care program. It wasn't the easiest decision to make, as we'd both love to be able to stay home and take care of her ourselves; however, the experience has not been without its own unique joys. To help myself remember, I thought I'd share a few.

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Yet Another Blogging Platform

Well, it's that time again: I've decided to switch blog platforms. To commemorate the occasion, I thought I'd share a little bit of my personal blogging history.

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Flood Relief: An Appeal

As you may have seen in the news recently, the state of North Dakota has been experiencing record flooding over the past several weeks. In Minot, my hometown, nearly a fourth of the city's population has been evacuated (twice, actually); the Souris River, which runs through the center of town, has risen to nearly 13 feet above flood stage, nearly 4 feet higher than the worst flood the city had ever seen before. The indundation zone covers almost a fourth of the city.

The last reports I heard indicated that more than 4000 homes were affected, 100 of which were flooded up to roof level. Unfortunately, in recent years most residents were told they didn't need flood insurance; as a result, there were only 476 active flood insurance policies in the city this year.

My parents' neighborhood is in pretty bad shape; fortunately, they were able to move with many of their belongings out to the family farm north of town. Not everyone was that fortunate. From what I've read, FEMA has approved a certain amount of individual assistance for those affected, but that'll only go so far.

I'm sure you can appreciate the dire need these people are experiencing as a result of this catastrophe. In order to assist with the relief effort, several organizations have set up donation websites; a good list is available at http://rallyminot.com/donate/. If you can spare some money to help out the victims of this disaster, I know they would appreciate it; so would I.

Additional information and pictures covering the situation can be found by visiting the KX News Minot Facebook page.

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Six Months as a Dad

Hello again! It's been awhile since I've posted anything on here, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some thoughts on fatherhood.

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Introducing the tiniest Jensen

My wife and I are very excited to inform you, dear readers, that we are expecting our first child in October!

Here's my favorite picture so far:

Ultrasound picture

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Of practice recordings and data storage

Those who know me well know that I really, really hate to throw away data. I have all kinds of stuff sitting around on my home server, some of it dating all the way back to middle school, and most of it of very little interest to anyone today (even me). Well, the other day I stumbled across something that was sort of interesting: trombone practice recordings I'd made early on in college.

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2009 in review

It's been an interesting year. I realize New Year's has already come and gone, but I thought it'd be worth writing some last 2009ish thoughts anyway, just for posterity. Here are some of the things I remember most.

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Takeaways from the One O'Clock Fall Concert

Tonight Jamie and I went to see the One O'Clock Lab Band's fall concert, with guest artist John Mosca, trombonist and co-leader of the Village Vanguard jazz orchestra. I don't think I'd been to a One O'Clock concert since I graduated a few years back, which is odd given how much I like jazz, and how close we've lived to UNT this whole time. But no matter; it was an excellent concert, and I hope to keep going back.

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Bugs, dogs, kids, and fresh air

This has been a year of busy weekends for Jamie and I, but these last couple of days have been a nice exception, especially after how busy last weekend was.

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