Love in the sky
I tend to sit in the living room for breakfast, so I can look out the big sliding glass doors and watch the sunrise, as I munch on whatever I'm having that morning.
Today, there was the funniest cloud formation, or more like one giant cloud... Read more
Sharing a student's "AHA" moment
I have a student who has always seemed a little slow to catch on to what we're doing, how to do the work, all that. He isn't a visual learner, and he always seems a bit confused and needs things explained and demonstrated a few times before the... Read more
Is there a story to your name?
Yesterday's blog was a Shakespearean monologue by a character with my name, Phebe. And I mentioned that my mother chose the alternate spelling since she had "dumb relatives who'd call her Phobee." Several of my Spark buddies responded with sto... Read more
Phebe's Monologue (Shakespeare, not me)
Yes, my name is Phebe. Unusual spelling, and people often "fix" it for me, adding the "o" so it's Phoebe - which works in archaic Greek, but confuses modern English speakers.
Truth be told, my mother said she had dumb relatives who'd call ... Read more
Local concert for Haiti
DH and I went down for a while - there were local bands, groups from off island, all performing for free. Money for drinks and food was going to be sent to Red Cross for Haiti. People made donations, bought raffle tickets, etc - again, all $ s... Read more
I took a kitty sick day today
Poor Cleo was meowing half the night and trying to pee - I recognized that she had a UTI - but I ended up getting barely 4 hrs sleep.
In the morning, DH and I talked about who could get her to the vet, and the easiest thing to do was for ... Read more
Many of us have jobs that demand repetitive motion. Whether it's cutting tile mesh with a rotary cutter (yards and yards of tile mesh) or trimming trees all day or typing on a computer or filing paperwork or cooking (think of a chef with all th... Read more
I could curl up and go to sleep right now
I plan on 7 hours of sleep a night - but I don't always get it. Things wake me up, like mosquitoes buzzing around and biting me. Or loud neighbors. All kinds of stuff.
So today, I'm just tired. I did errands after school, walked, came h... Read more
My EMTs - Emergency Mosaic Technicians
Somehow, two trays of mosaic mesh squares (with tiles glued on) fell onto a third tray, and we had a mess.
I assigned two students as my EMTs, to sort through the wreckage and perform triage - lift any square that needed repair onto a cardb... Read more
Last poem for this week
This is, IMHO, one of the top ten poems in the English language:
The Negro Speaks of Rivers -Langston Hughes
Iíve known rivers:
Iíve known rivers ancient as the world and older
than the flow of human blood in human ... Read more
There will come a time
At the end of a Jewish service, there is what we refer to as the Call to Adoration - when we pray for the unity of the people of the world, peace and harmony, and justice.
On Friday night, instead of reading the usual English translation, t... Read more
Martin Luther King Jr service at synagogue
Our congregation hosts this service every year, on the Friday evening of MLK weekend, where we honor students selected by each of the area's public/private/parochial high schools. The students are chosen by their schools as best exemplifying th... Read more
Yarmulkes for a tourist's Bat Mitzvah
I've been making hand-painted yarmulkes for the synagogue - tourists buy them, the synagogue makes a profit, I make $ - win-win all around.
We have destination weddings and destination Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. So the gift shop person asked for 15... Read more
Every day is different - this one was a mess!
Note - names have been changed to protect the guilty.
My morning started out fine, my first two classes were their delightful selves. I worked on lesson plans and took things upstairs to the office for duplicating, checked in with the A... Read more
Why I love middle school
My first class (Advanced Art) came in, everyone went straight to the stack of cardboard trays holding their mosaic squares - they helped each other sort through, get their work, and they started right to cutting and tiling - I didn't have to say... Read more
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