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Wooohooo I'm going to be a conference presentor!

Thursday, October 08, 2009      3 comments

I wrote a presentation proposal for the National Art Education Association annual convention - something like 5000 art educators meet each year and it's wonderful and inspirational and rejuvenating. AND I GET TO BE A PRESENTOR!!!!!!... Read more

On being a woman of a certain age

Wednesday, October 07, 2009      5 comments

I'm 55. I know I don't look that old to the average viewer, I've been blessed with plump cheeks and skin that doesn't wrinkle a lot. But I also have monthly facials to cope with the dark splotches I developed on my high cheekbones, I color my ... Read more

Yehi Or - Let there be light!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009      2 comments

Woohoo, maintenance men are replacing light bulbs and ballasts in my classroom, storeroom, kiln room!!!!!!!!!! The lights have only been out for two years, I guess someone figured it was time to fix them. (We've had this on our maintenance rep... Read more

Someone always has it worse

Monday, October 05, 2009      4 comments

As I've mentioned, I was in a car accident this summer. I arrived in Washington DC for a class at the National Gallery of Art, was on the ground for maybe 15 minutes, and my taxi was rearended by another taxi. I ended up in an ambulance (neck ... Read more

Turtle Babysitting Aftermath

Sunday, October 04, 2009      2 comments

Marine biologists from DPNR (Dept of Planning & Natural Resources) have dug in the area of our nest - no turtle eggs. No nest. Nothing. Nada. Leatherback turtles dig nests 3 feet or so deep. The bio people dug down 2 feet and hit water ... Read more

Comments and questions this week

Friday, October 02, 2009      0 comments

"Ms. Schwartz, you look so cute today!" (with a little flip of her hand - I responded thank you with a little flip of my hand - and yes, I'm wearing cropped dark wash jeans, oatmeal babydoll-type T with hood, and linen-colored Birks - I think I... Read more

Yom Kippur revisited - or - "Cooooool!!!!"

Thursday, October 01, 2009      5 comments

On being the only Jewish teacher at school. And possibly being the only Jewish person my students have ever met. Several students have asked me why I was absent on Monday. I keep answering that I'm Jewish, it was a Jewish holiday, so I... Read more

Balance

Wednesday, September 30, 2009      2 comments

We're always talking about balancing our lives - balancing jobs and personal lives and fitness, balancing mental and physical challenges, balancing outside expectations and inner goals. But I think we also need to talk about physical balanc... Read more

Babysitting unfertilized turtle eggs - a lesson

Tuesday, September 29, 2009      3 comments

It turns out the eggs in one of the turtle nests were unfertilized - we're thinking that our nest was probably unfertilized eggs as well. It hasn't been excavated yet; the other nest was excavated on Saturday by the experts at Dept of Natural R... Read more

1,000 Spark Days, and Yom Kippur

Monday, September 28, 2009      4 comments

Today is my 1000th day on SparkPeople. It's also Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's a day of reflection, a day of repentance, a day of resolution to do better in the coming year. It's kind of like joining SparkPeople - it's a day to d... Read more

Shabbat Shuvah

Sunday, September 27, 2009      3 comments

Shabbat Shuvah is the Sabbath between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement - it's a time of reflection and repentance - Literally translated, it's the Sabbath of Turning (as in turning away from sin, evil deeds, wrongdoing, etc.) I ... Read more

Turtle Babysitting - Night 19 (Friday)

Saturday, September 26, 2009      3 comments

This was night 75 of the incubation period, and night 25 of the watch (so I only missed six night????) - and so this was also the last night of watching the nest. Turns out that late-in-the-season nests often don't hatch - unfertilized eggs... Read more

Date night - Skipped the turtles - Night 18 (Thursday)

Friday, September 25, 2009      2 comments

Today was gov't payday, DH received two judges' decisions in his favor (meaning he won two cases), and it was a pretty rainy afternoon - so instead of going out to the beach to watch the turtle nest, DH and I went out to dinner at a little place... Read more

Turtle Babysitting - Day/Night 17 (Wednesday)

Thursday, September 24, 2009      4 comments

I arrived at the beach about 6:45, running a little late. No one was there. Not the head scientist, not the staffers, no volunteers - no one! I thought maybe the babies had hatched in the morning, or maybe the other nest was hatching - I call... Read more

Turtle Babysitting - Night 16 (Tuesday)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009      1 comments

I made a quick cheese and veg on a bagel, kissed DH, said 'bye to the cat, and headed to the beach. We were a smaller crowd tonight, our head scientist and the staff, the older couple who show up and eventually doze off in their chairs, and lat... Read more


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