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My new motivational quotation

Thursday, March 24, 2011      5 comments

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good." -Cennino Cennini, 1390 Okay, so Signore Cennini was an Italian artist and tea... Read more

viva sweet spring

Wednesday, March 23, 2011      3 comments

I've posted this poem before, but it's one of my favorite poems, and it seems appropriate for this time of year. "sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime is lovetime and viva sweet love" (all the merry lit... Read more

A frustrating shopping day

Thursday, March 17, 2011      7 comments

I spent most of the day at my conference, but after 6 sessions of wonderful ideas and information, my brain was just full and couldn't absorb any more. And the last session I wanted to go to was apparently cancelled, or at least the presenter w... Read more

Fields of swans

Tuesday, March 15, 2011      4 comments

I took the bus from Bellingham to Seattle today - this part of the Pacific Northwest is very hilly, except for the Skagit Valley. My father could explain all about glaciers and river deltas and why it's this way - but basically, there's a huge ... Read more

A blustery day!

Monday, March 14, 2011      3 comments

There's a tea room in Bellingham that my father has been telling me about - he has taken several of my nieces here, and they just love it. So he took me to this place for lunch - it was lovely, with half-sandwiches, sliced fruit, scone and crea... Read more

PNW food

Monday, March 14, 2011      4 comments

I'm enjoyed the Pacific Northwest food - salmon sandwich, cioppino dinner, bialy - and of course coffee! Mmmmmmmmm, I do miss this kind of food! On the other hand, I miss the sun, too!!... Read more

Okay, Sparkpeople, you have me confused!

Saturday, March 12, 2011      8 comments

I read a review about Starbuck's oatmeal - how it was a good choice when travelling, full of nutrients and fiber, and one of the better items to eat at an airport. I'm at an airport. I bought the Starbuck's oatmeal. I logged onto their wifi. ... Read more

Leaky pipes = cardio for me

Thursday, March 10, 2011      1 comments

We seem to have leaky water pipes, they're old copper and the landlord said he's had this problem before and has dealt with it before. So - once I leave for Seattle - he's having a plumber come in and drill channels in the walls - they'll p... Read more

Thinking outside the box leads to GREAT success

Wednesday, March 09, 2011      3 comments

It's time to work on school improvement plans. This is always a problem - there isn't much time in the school day for teachers to work together on this stuff, no one wants to stay after school (many of us have part-time jobs to supplement the l... Read more

"Ms. Schwartz, you look CUTE today!"

Friday, March 04, 2011      5 comments

I teach middle school art - my Advanced Art class is full of kids who draw all over notebooks, try to fancy up their school uniform, and generally notice things that other students might not. Normally I wear either a dress, a skirt and top,... Read more

Shakespeare in four pages - REALLY

Thursday, March 03, 2011      5 comments

My Advanced Art class is very willing to participate in a Shakespearean festival. But with stipulations: One girl wants to be the narrator, and not act any part. One boy wants to do cartwheels and flips across the stage, or down the a... Read more

At what point do I worry about my forgetfulness?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011      8 comments

Let me start by saying that my mother had Alzheimer's, and passed away from complications of that. So keep that in the back of your mind, as I always do. Today I forgot my purse. My purse hangs on a chair in the dining room, where I keep ... Read more

Mind-boggling!!!!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011      5 comments

I've been involved in school improvement planning (and training) for about 10 years. I thought I had heard about most of the program available for our students. Now that I'm sitting in the kid's room of the dr's office, I just heard about ... Read more

One of those Good News/Bad News things

Saturday, February 26, 2011      7 comments

Interesting article - research seems to suggest that symptoms such as hot flashes EARLY in menopause may somehow protect women from cardiovascular disease, stroke, etc. I know a lot of women who will be happy to hear that there may be a reason ... Read more

"And after that, it's all a blank"

Thursday, February 24, 2011      8 comments

Yup, that's what a student said to me. He came and asked if he could please have another sketchbook, he lost his on the bus. I asked what happened. He said he took out the sketchbook to show his drawings to a girl, and "after that, it's all a... Read more


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