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Consistency / Flexibility - are they mutually exclusive?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009      3 comments

We all know that consistency is important in losing weight, getting fit, getting a job done, maintaining relationships, living life. We also know that flexibility is important - plans change, weather changes, situations change, people change - ... Read more

We're no longer on TV time

Monday, November 02, 2009      5 comments

We live in a place where we're on Atlantic Standard Time year round - we don't go on Daylight Savings Time, we're too close to the equator for it to matter. So for half the year, the summer half, we're on the same time as the east coast of ... Read more

It's all about balance and compromise, folks

Sunday, November 01, 2009      3 comments

I spent yesterday in town, pretending to be a tourist (we had two cruise ships in port). I had brunch with DH, then browsed the shops. I splurged some calories on three dark chocolate truffles, my once-every-two-months treat. Later in the aft... Read more

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Saturday, October 31, 2009      4 comments

That's the name of the movie we saw last night, a documentary about the Women's Peace Movement in Liberia, West Africa. Basically, a group of women became peace activists and demanded the dictator president go to peace accord meetings with riva... Read more

One of those special moments in teaching

Friday, October 30, 2009      4 comments

I try to do something different with my classes on Fridays, at least every other Friday. I tend to keep my students very busy and on task the entire week - so once or twice a month I like to have a related reading, or looking at and talking abo... Read more

So sad

Thursday, October 29, 2009      6 comments

I just received word (email) that an old friend passed away from liver cancer. I knew him years ago (30-ish years ago to be exact) and while we weren't exactly BF/GF, we were more than just friends. He was recuperating from a bad relationship,... Read more

Freedom Writers

Wednesday, October 28, 2009      4 comments

If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, this won't mean much - but you need to find it and read/watch it - fabulous movie about a project a teacher worked on with her students, which changed their lives. My story - a teacher who lef... Read more

Pioneers, Oh Pioneers

Tuesday, October 27, 2009      2 comments

Yesterday I talked about the use of this Walt Whitman poem in a Levis commercial. So I thought we could have a poetry moment. I'm also wondering if Levis is planning on a series of commercials, same poem but continuing (since they only use... Read more

Poetry in modern culture

Monday, October 26, 2009      2 comments

There's a new Levis commercial - the entire narrative is part of Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers, Oh Pioneers." Poem in full: www.princeton.edu/~batke
/logr/log_094.html Not exactly poetry for the peace movement, b... Read more

What kind of torch are you passing along?

Sunday, October 25, 2009      2 comments

Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation. - George Bernard Shaw, Irish critic and playwright This is one of my favorite quot... Read more

Holiday shopping that's good for the world

Saturday, October 24, 2009      3 comments

As some of you know, I'm big on the concept of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. This means reducing use, recycling, re-using items. It also means helping people less fortunate than ourselves. I click each day at thehungersite.com, where ... Read more

Living in scary times

Friday, October 23, 2009      3 comments

I sat down to chat with the other art teacher, see how things are going, what she needs, how her health is (she's had numerous problems recently) - she tells me her son has a confirmed case of swine flu. I jumped up and talked to her from acros... Read more

I surprised myself

Thursday, October 22, 2009      3 comments

DH and I went out to dinner last night, to celebrate the day before payday, to celebrate my normal ultrasound, to celebrate life and all. And neither of us wanted to cook. I had sesame seed crusted salmon (about 6 oz) with tropical fruit c... Read more

My dr's office doesn't have a sense of humor

Wednesday, October 21, 2009      5 comments

I called at about 4 PM to get my results - the dr I saw was off today, so the receptionist said she could call me tomorrow. I said, well could someone else look at the results, I'd really like to know if I'm going to die - she didn't laugh, I g... Read more

I have to be mean teacher today

Wednesday, October 21, 2009      2 comments

My last class - the one with the junior thugs - apparently was not well-behaved yesterday, when I was absent. The substitute teacher, who usually enjoys my classes, said they were throwing bits of tile. Not just the "bad" kids, but the ones wh... Read more


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