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Romeo & Juliet, rehearsal #1
Monday, April 11, 2011      3 comments

We had our first rehearsal today. First, none of the girls wanted to be Juliet, because they didn't want to be associated romantically with any of the boys. Then, I convinced the smallest girl to be Juliet because she would be easy to be... Read more
Cleaning up my life
Sunday, April 10, 2011      7 comments

I've been trying to simplify my life - buying fewer clothes, having fewer appliances - and today, I cleared out my files. I tend to save everything - receipts, warranties, articles on exercising and losing weight and setting up an art business.... Read more
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

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