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I'm going around giving teachers and principals hugs
Monday, January 23, 2012      5 comments

We all need them. The school is somber and quiet - relatives of the girls killed in yesterday's accident, friends, all of us who knew them - we're all red-eyed and just sad. So today's quotation: No man is an island entire of i... Read more
I am devastated
Sunday, January 22, 2012      21 comments

I don't know if you remember the photo of me with three of my mural girls - but I just found out that one of the girls, now in 11th grade, was killed early this morning. She and two friends were walking on the sidewalk, and a drunk driver lost ... Read more
How do you think other people view you as a "person of size"?
Thursday, January 19, 2012      14 comments

You know, I've heard about people feeling patronized, rejected, disapproved of, discriminated against, etc. when they were fat. Or heavier. Or obese. And while I've lost 40+ lbs, and am out of the plus sizes (although I'm still bordering ... Read more
"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose"
Tuesday, January 17, 2012      7 comments

Would that the nothin' left to lose was weight, but, oh well! DH and I are seriously downsizing. Our retirement plan is to travel - to become voluntarily homeless and nomadic - to live wherever we are, knowing that where we end up is where... Read more
I'm taking a day off today
Saturday, January 14, 2012      4 comments

DH and I spent the morning running around trying to get some legal documents scanned - we finally downloaded a new driver to the computer, and scanned at home. I express mailed them. And then it seemed as if that was enough. I've been ext... Read more
Hazard at the mural!
Thursday, January 12, 2012      4 comments

I took my classes out to the mural today (the one by the auditorium) - we got started scraping the excess concrete off the tiles. It was a gorgeous day, blue blue sky and sunshine and hardly a cloud, with a decent breeze. And we're working in ... Read more
I've walked a marathon in San Juan PR
Friday, January 06, 2012      11 comments

Okay, so it took me the first five days of the year. But I walked 26.7 miles thus far this year. From Jan 1 through Jan 5. Twenty-six point seven miles. A full marathon. That isn't bad for five days. And that isn't bad for wa... Read more
Our Chanukah presentation
Thursday, December 22, 2011      7 comments

The skit was the best part - Maccabees in the cave, Greeks putting up a statue of Zeus in front of the temple - Maccabees studying Torah in the cave, but playing with a dreidl when the Greek guard came, then laughing behind his back and planning... Read more
Adaptation, improvisation, and flexibility
Wednesday, December 21, 2011      7 comments

My class made props for our presentation about Chanukah - the assembly is tomorrow, so today my "stagehand" student carried items up to the auditorium. The first temple broke. Really, the huge sheet of styrofoam (with the doorway, lintel, ... Read more
Chanukah gift game
Wednesday, December 21, 2011      4 comments

We play this Chanukah gift game every year at the Sisterhood Chanukah party. Each person brings a gift (with a pre-set value). Each person receives a number on a piece of paper. The gifts are set up on a table. Then the fun begins: Pers... Read more
Shhhhhh........don't tell anyone..........I played hookie
Tuesday, December 20, 2011      6 comments

I ran around school this morning, then taught my two classes - then I signed out sick so I could go home and make 20 potatoes worth of latkes (and 5 onions and 11 eggs) - for our Sisterhood Chanukah party tonight. I just couldn't face my horrif... Read more
Busy weekend that felt like a long vacation!
Monday, December 19, 2011      3 comments

I wrote a huge long detailed blog. It was one of those weekends that was so packed full of activities, it felt like a long vacation. Here's the summarized version: Friday at school - morning assembly of the ballroom dance classes - I serv... Read more
Thursday, December 15, 2011      12 comments

Yes, Chanukah cats. One of my Spark friends posted Purrrrrfect Christmas photos, so I thought I'd add some Chanukats. The first being a Chanukah card DH and I sent out several years ago featuring Cleocatra (the Russian Blue) and Clawdius (the ... Read more
Ploughshares and pruning hooks out of swords, or something like that
Friday, December 09, 2011      7 comments

The Biblical reference is: "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Except, for our Chanukah skit at sc... Read more
I taught a class how to dance the Hora
Wednesday, December 07, 2011      6 comments

We're having a "winter holiday" assembly in two weeks, and I was asked to work with some students on a Chanukah presentation. I told my middle class the story of Chanukah yesterday, and today we brainstormed. Looks like we'll do a short ... Read more

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