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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:
/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, 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

Too much info is not a good thing

Tuesday, October 20, 2009      4 comments

I'll admit, I like medicine. I like the field of medicine. I find it fascinating, how the body works, the mysteries of what could go wrong and how to diagnose it. I like medical shows on TV. I do, however, get grossed out by blood and guts a... Read more

Change is the only constant

Monday, October 19, 2009      3 comments

Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die. - Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu's teachings That was today's quote of the day. "Change is the only constant" is a quotation from a BF, y... Read more

I want to garden!

Sunday, October 18, 2009      4 comments

Okay, so I've weeded. And watered the outdoor plants. And watered the porch plants. My candlestick plants are getting nice and big, and need to go into the ground. As do the lantanas. All purchased for the butterfly garden I've been est... Read more

Do you have a signature song?

Saturday, October 17, 2009      4 comments

I was thinking about all my favorite songs - they all have a similar theme, of yearning, love, often unrequited love, and the ultimate aloneness we all face. Which is so odd for someone who is essentially happy and cheery - it takes a lot f... Read more

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