It's my cattelya orchid, which is the most showy orchid - just gorgeous magenta with big blossoms, three or four per stem - I have one stem in bloom, with another stem having four buds coming up!
I have a number of other orchids, including ... Read more
By the end of the week, I'm always a little tired. I'm a light sleeper, so things keep me awake or wake me up - the moon shining in, one mosquito, DH getting up early, sirens, whatever. So no matter how many hours of sleep I plan to get, I nev... Read more
I don't have to schlep my own computer back and forth whenever I need to do some work. This computer will always be here, in my office, for grades, lesson plans, all the school improvement plan work I do, the time sheets for the school ... Read more
I've learned, as I've aged, that I need my flu vaccine. Most years, it helps. This year, with our scary new flu, it really is worth it.
If you have asthma - if you are one of those people who gets bronchitis after a cold - if you have an ... Read more
The power went out at 4:15 or so PM. It didn't come back on until almost 9 PM. I had planned to "eat down the fridge" and make risotto with all the vegs that have been sitting around for a bit - fresh and frozen.
Ah well. We went out for... Read more
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There's a new Levis commercial - the entire narrative is part of Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers, Oh Pioneers."
Poem in full:
Not exactly poetry for the peace movement, b... Read more
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