Today I wedged clay for two hours. For those of you who have never wedged clay, this is the process where you work the clay to get out any air pockets (which cause the clay to literally explode in the kiln - but, since my three younger brothers... Read more
Today is World AIDS Day - you can help
Join me in supporting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ campaign, Make It Happen, to push drug companies to put their HIV patents into UNITAID’s patent pool.
Right now, many people living with HIV can’t get hold of the medi... Read more
Mushroom barley soup
This is one of my favorite soups, and it actually comes from my eastern European heritage. Mushrooms were on sale today at the fruit/veg store I like, so I bought five half-pound packs (and forgot one at the store) - so I'm going to make a big ... Read more
The ice cream is calling my name
We have the last of the ice cream from T'day. I made pie, bought several pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Our friends didn't want to keep the leftovers, the woman doesn't like ice cream and the man had heart surgery last spring. So we took t... Read more
What a wonderful day!!!!
Okay, so maybe it didn't start out wonderful - DH forgot that school is always closed the day after Thanksgiving, and he *helpfully* woke me at 5:30 AM - I managed to get another hour of sleep. Got my banana bread and nonfat tea lattes at the c... Read more
Eat smart - eat only what you love
Thanksgiving dinner is a good example - I personally do not like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, gravy. I do love turkey, cranberry stuff, stuffing, and pie. I like (not love) steamed vegs. And I really like white... Read more
Driving off into the sunrise
I like this time of year - I drive to work into the sunrise, heading east, watching the sun break through the clouds that are all pink and gold around the edge, sky lavender and grey, turning blue and clouds white as I squint with the sun in my ... Read more
The holiday season
For DH, the season is all about food. (His family wasn't big on celebrating, and his mother wasn't big on holiday decorations.) He wants another chocolate decadence for his birthday (mid-December). And he wants a Chanukah party - for me, that... Read more
At the movies
DH and I went to see "2012" - fun movie if you like disaster movies - lots of action, lots of science (not all of it exactly accurate), lots of characters, John Cusack but not as quirky as usual. People to cheer for, people who are so self-cent... Read more
USVI Tsunami Warning System
DH and I have gotten to know a retired professor, who is heading up the USVI tsunami warning sign program. As the daughter of a coastal geologist, I've always been fascinated by tsunamis, have known the warning signs, and also wondered why we d... Read more
I take photos of food when I travel. My food, food in stores, food in markets. Pretty food. Especially decorative desserts. I take photos of food. Below is just a SMALL sampling of my food photos.
Gelato in Italy
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This morning was one of those model teaching days
My first two classes are a joy most of the time - my Advanced Art class is, of course, full of students who are artistically talented and who love the subject. They are also from the accelerated learner team (we call it pre-advanced placement) ... Read more
National Education Week
Did you know that this is National Education Week? Why is this so under-advertised? Why isn't this a big deal, with national events, bonuses, special assemblies, gift bags for teachers from local businesses, donations to schools?
Why is t... Read more
Today, the focus is on the upper back/neck
I haven't seen the chiropractor in a week - this is the longest I've gone without an adjustment since the accident. I'm really feeling it - no matter how I position my head, I can't get comfortable, my neck and upper back ache. I've iced every... Read more
Yesterday was one of those horrible days we get sometimes, when it's cold (for us) and wet and rainy and windy - when we wear long sleeves and huddle under quilts and shut all the windows. We had flash flood warnings (meaning don't just watch, ... Read more