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The never-ending awards assembly
Thursday, June 10, 2010      3 comments

I believe in having our awards assemblies - we recognize students who worked hard and earned good grades. We recognize sports teams who won awards. We acknowledge all the hard work the students and teachers have done over the marking period, o... Read more
"Isn't the sun HOT?" "You must be paid a LOT!"
Wednesday, June 09, 2010      5 comments

A child came by today after my students had all cleaned up - I was finishing the last part of the graduates' heads on the mural, I wanted to at least get their heads on. The girl looked at me on the chair, browned skin, sun beating down, and sa... Read more
Dear Michael Kors:
Tuesday, June 08, 2010      21 comments

I like many of your fashion designs. You have, for the most part, great taste, and I appreciate your minimalist approach to clothing for women. You have a gorgeous summer dress: ... Read more
I love my art crew kids
Monday, June 07, 2010      5 comments

The 8th graders are finished with exams, and are now either assisting teachers with clean up, rehearsing music for graduation, or staying home. Except my art crew kids. I have a handful of students who carry grubby clothes each day, c... Read more
Working weekends
Sunday, June 06, 2010      8 comments

I spent 3 hrs yesterday on the mural, got a lot done, but we still have a lot yet to do. I have several students who gave me their phone numbers, and I was planning to call and get a group to work again today. But I am exhausted. I ... Read more
A suggestion from the custodian.........
Friday, June 04, 2010      9 comments

I worked on the mural for 3 hours - part of it with students, but I continued until I ran out of cement. I put away everything except the items to be washed in my room, and stopped at the office on the way back. I filled out the form saying I ... Read more
We finished Row F, we finished Row F!!!!!
Thursday, June 03, 2010      4 comments

Okay, I know this doesn't sound like a lot, but it is. We have 9 rows in our mural - we have 4 finished. My afternoon class will paint the blue bond on the upper half this afternoon. Then tomorrow, my morning classes with begin tiling Row E. ... Read more
Laugh of the day
Wednesday, June 02, 2010      6 comments

This is a true story from our pizza party in class yesterday - One boy was eating his fourth slice of pizza, taking huge bites and chewing with his mouth open. I leaned over and said quietly, "Sweetheart, try to chew with your mouth close... Read more
The Elements Are Conspiring Against Us
Tuesday, June 01, 2010      1 comments

This has been the rainiest month of May I’ve ever seen. It has rained every single day, at least briefly. Some days, it has rained all day long. There have been strong winds, drizzle, fog, flood watches, torrential rain, thunderstorms. A... Read more
Healthy muffins full of fruit
Monday, May 31, 2010      7 comments

I made my breakfast muffins - last set for this school year. Usually, I use no-sugar applesauce, an orange or two, and two cups of cranberries (for 24 muffins). Today, I added an apple (peel and all) in the blender when I pureed the orange... Read more
You have GOT to see this youtube
Sunday, May 30, 2010      8 comments

I was going to blog about my morning walk on the beach. It was nice. It was between rain last night and expected rain this afternoon. But then a friend send this link. And you have got to watch this. Really. It will make you think, it ... Read more
Vicissitudes of life
Saturday, May 29, 2010      3 comments

I always liked that word - vicissitudes. Ups and downs of life. Alternations, changes. Life as a roller coaster. And vicissitudes rarely come in the singular form - because they are the ups and downs, they come in sets. Vicissitudes jus... Read more
What do you do when medicine fails us?
Friday, May 28, 2010      8 comments

Unfortunately, life isn't like medical drama tv shows. We don't have Dr. House who eventually gets his diagnosis right. We don't have an ER or Seattle Grace hospital who will find out our problem and deal with it within an hour. We have d... Read more
Rained out
Thursday, May 27, 2010      4 comments

I wish I could figure out how to save the image from the Doppler weather map - it's quite impressive today. There's a band of heavy rain (yellow-orange-red) stretching from Central America across the Caribbean and over the Virgin Islands. We s... Read more
Thank goodness for BFFs!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010      7 comments

emoticon I've taught next door to the same teacher for about 23 years now - and we've been friends for that lo... Read more

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