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Encouraging students to read

Thursday, December 23, 2010      2 comments

I have a few students who love to read, so they have chosen to take a summarized version of a play by Shakespeare, read it over the school break, write a short one-page summary, and bring it back in January. The rest will do this in class i... Read more

Turtles and other sea creatures

Wednesday, December 22, 2010      3 comments

Since we made the coral reef mural this year, we won't have time to complete another mural. But I had my students make ceramic sea creatures for the mural I want to make next school year. They've been great about making one sea animal, glazing... Read more

Did you watch the solstice lunar eclipse??

Tuesday, December 21, 2010      3 comments

I didn't. Even though the last one was 500 or so years ago, and there won't be another for a similar amount of years - and even though DH got up, and I awoke, and I had trouble going back to sleep - and even though the cat came in an hour later... Read more

Shakespeare for middle school students

Monday, December 20, 2010      4 comments

Come January, I'm going to work with my students on Renaissance (and medieval) ornamentation and design - repeat patterns, motifs, emblems, crests, etc. This will all culminate in a parade and a race (like the Palio in Italy) some time in April... Read more

My noodle kugel recipe

Sunday, December 19, 2010      5 comments

Several people had asked for this, so today's blog will be the recipe - that way, people from any team can see it. Noodle Kugel - makes a lot, I figure 12 or so servings 1/2 lb noodles - I prefer the no yolk wide noodle, but fine no... Read more

At school on Saturday

Saturday, December 18, 2010      5 comments

I'm here at school on Saturday, firing the kiln. This is a bisque firing - meaning the first firing of the clay objects. We have to bisque fire before we can glaze - and then we need a glaze firing, which I can do in a school day. But with a ... Read more

It's one of THOSE days!

Friday, December 17, 2010      0 comments

I forgot to wish DH happy birthday this morning - now, he tries to avoid celebrating, and I had agreed I wouldn't take him out to dinner or anything - but I'd like to at least wish him happy b'day. So I had my class prepped, and when I call... Read more

"Life doesn't need red lights"

Thursday, December 16, 2010      2 comments

The place we go to for pizza (best on the island) has vintage signs all over the place - this is the wording on a motorcycle sign. Life doesn't need red lights. As in, life is always on green. On go. We don't need to stop. Or even s... Read more

High surf advisory - YAY!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010      0 comments

I know, how many people get excited about high surf and big waves? Especially if they aren't surfers. I like walking on the beach when the wind is wild and the waves are crazy! I'll go down just to see the waves when we have advisories. ... Read more

Our school group won the dance competition!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010      4 comments

Our ballroom dance group (12 students) won the inter-island dance competition! YAY!! Haven't seen anything in the news about it, but we had a school assembly today complete with home videos of the competition and the group receiving the huge t... Read more

My DH was almost an arsonist

Monday, December 13, 2010      7 comments

DH is a smoker (boo, hiss) - and I have asthma - a match made in Heaven, right? So he goes outside to smoke - either out on the balcony (after closing all the sliding glass doors), or out on the walkway. He tries - and I've established a 10 fo... Read more

There are mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) and there are mitzvot

Saturday, December 11, 2010      5 comments

A very dear friend who used to live here came down with her family - her 13 year old son (born here) was having his Bar Mitzvah. Mitzvah literally means "commandment" (and Bar Mitzvah is "son of the commandment", while Bat Mitzvah is "daughter ... Read more

Some days my spaciness amazes even me

Friday, December 10, 2010      2 comments

I was tired from the back and forth to St. Croix, minus luggage, and then back to school (including loading the kiln). I went to the gas station to fill the car. I took my credit card and put it in the slot. The transaction was cancelled. I ... Read more

Half my luggage - AGAIN

Thursday, December 09, 2010      1 comments

To balance the seaplane coming back from St. Croix, we all had to leave our luggage. We were allowed purses and small day packs. The rolling carryon bags with clothes had to stay. I can't figure out if they were sending over luggage from ... Read more

"Better than jewelry!"

Wednesday, December 08, 2010      6 comments

I brought my new little MacBook Air (11" screen) to the task force meetings - on day 1, all the people at my table wanted to see it, hold it to test how light it is, see how clear the screen is and the great resolution, etc. People were passing... Read more

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