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Iguanas with attitude

Friday, April 08, 2011      6 comments

We've had a very dry winter, and now that spring is here we are slowly slowly easing into rainy season. A few days ago, we had some rain - by afternoon, it was a very light rain as I drove home from school. Too rainy to walk, so I figured ... Read more

What is with some parents?????

Tuesday, April 05, 2011      8 comments

One of my students left for Florida. Until next week. Family emergency? Family vacation? I have zero idea! Parents didn't send a note, didn't inquire about school work, didn't contact any teachers, and seem quite unconcerned about his missi... Read more

Vote for student art

Monday, April 04, 2011      5 comments

Last year my students participated in the Heinz Ketchup Creativity contest. We chose to skip it this year, but you can see and vote on student art by going to the following link: www.ketchupcreativity.co
m/voting.aspx ... Read more

Weapons day in my class

Friday, April 01, 2011      5 comments

My first class LOVED the weapons my friend brought - he showed a big sword one needs two hands to use, a modified broad sword (the kind used in medieval times), a rapier similar to what was used during the Renaissance (lighter, one-handed sword)... Read more

Only six students today

Wednesday, March 30, 2011      4 comments

I teach 3 classes each day - I'm dept chair, plus I'm chair of the school improvement team, and I was the previous chair of the accreditation committee - so I balance the small number of classes with other important (essential?) school activitie... Read more

Yardstick versus T-square

Tuesday, March 29, 2011      8 comments

Yesterday I added a matt board "point" to a T-square, thinking it would work as a "sword" for our upcoming condensed version of Romeo and Juliet. My class came in, and I grabbed the student who is furthest along with his art projects - he'... Read more

The things teachers need to worry about......

Monday, March 28, 2011      11 comments

As many of my friends know, I'm working on a big project with my students - we're learning about medieval and Renaissance art (and literature and history) through heraldry, pageantry, and comparing all of this to our local Carnival. We will hav... Read more

Checklist of things to do/done

Sunday, March 27, 2011      2 comments

1. Putting things away in the office - almost done - it helped that I finished the taxes, so all that paperwork is off the desk and in a box for filing. 2. Taxes - done and in the computer - just need to print spreadsheets, then go see the ... Read more

Trying to catch up

Saturday, March 26, 2011      2 comments

There are so many things to do this weekend, and I'm fairly sure I won't get to them all. Things just piled up while I was gone, and then I came home with a swollen knee (from the overnight trip home - too much sitting gets to the knee I've tor... Read more

More good news for chocolate lovers

Friday, March 25, 2011      6 comments

www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/health_news_detail.as
p?health_day=651201 Mind you, the researchers AREN'T talking about the red velvet birthday cake I ate yesterday, smothered in cream cheese frosting. Nor are they sp... Read more

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


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