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Sometimes making the right choice is a no-brainer

Thursday, January 28, 2010      2 comments

I usually go to the coffee cart once or twice a week, for my tea latte and a piece of banana bread or cranberry bread. The rest of the week, I make tea at home and have two of my home-made muffins (low fat and multi-grain). But I had a very bu... Read more

Love in the sky

Wednesday, January 27, 2010      4 comments

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2010      4 comments

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?

Monday, January 25, 2010      5 comments

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)

Sunday, January 24, 2010      4 comments

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

Saturday, January 23, 2010      3 comments

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

Friday, January 22, 2010      6 comments

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

Repetitive motion

Thursday, January 21, 2010      6 comments

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010      6 comments

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2010      2 comments

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

Monday, January 18, 2010      5 comments

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

Sunday, January 17, 2010      4 comments

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

Saturday, January 16, 2010      5 comments

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

Friday, January 15, 2010      7 comments

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!

Thursday, January 14, 2010      3 comments

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


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