Self-reliance and self-worth.
I grew up in a family with 5 children, and my older sister had some major emotional issues. Being the second child, and being fairly strong-willed, I was often set aside by my parents so they could deal either with my sister throwing a tantrum ... Read more
Little Miss Too Cute Mean Girl
We all knew this child when we were in school. We met her somewhere between fourth and tenth grade. She's the girl who is always pretty, hair always fixed, clothes just so. She isn't too quick nor too slow academically, probably a B to C+ stu... Read more
"Tiling is relaxing"
That's what one boy said to me today. This kid is a joy in my class - loves art, works hard, is cheerful land friendly, is willing to help clean up, will work into the lunch period - I just love him. He was on the chair next to me, filling in ... Read more
Two roadblocks to our travel now removed!!!
1. Block #1 - medications - my husband and I both have chronic medical conditions that require medication (so that we can avoid hospitals or worse). And our medical insurance company has a pharmacy, so that we get low-rate medications - very ni... Read more
Realization about thin people
I shared a room with a friend for almost a week - she's fairly thin (as in my height but size Small or XS, as opposed to me who is usually XL and aspires to achieve M status).
And while we both did a lot of walking at the conference, and sh... Read more
Busy Busy Weekend
More conference sessions
A visit to the Museum of Modern Art - OMG, van Gogh's "Starry Night"!!!!!!!!!
Dinner at the cafe in Rockefeller Center, right next to the skating rink!!!
Then Saturday Night Live - my nephew took us on a ... Read more
The Carnegie Deli
The Carnegie is a New York landmark - huge matzah balls, kasha knishes, killer cheesecake, and mile high deli sandwiches (bigger than I can open my mouth).
I ran up there for challah French toast this morning - everywhere near the hotel was... Read more
My international breakfast
I'm staying at the Comfort Inn Theatre District, because it was convenient to get to, and inexpensive. AND because I can get my fave bkfst as part of the deal - they have a breakfast room, and they always have waffles. I looooove waffles, with... Read more
Just slightly riskée
When I go to my art ed conferences, I always look for a good restaurant in the neighborhood of my hotel - and often, this ends up being an Italian restaurant.
The conference is always in a major metropolitan area, right in town. So the res... Read more
I think I have a mural injury
Not sure what I did to my finger, but it started on Friday afternoon - pinky finger on my right hand, top joint was all red and swollen, looks almost like it's dislocated or something. Two little bumps in the joint, looking like the bone is in ... Read more
"Ms. Schwartz, how old you is?"
Our Caribbean English isn't always exact.
We've been tiling the mural - we're working about 8 ft above the ground - so we schlepp everything out of the auditorium storage room, and get set up in front of our wall. I drag over the garbage c... Read more
Logic doesn't always work
Situation 1 - I go online at school at lunchtime - I tried to order some books for my Kindle. BOOKS. SCHOOL. These two words make sense together, right? Nope, the server has now blocked Amazon.com. Why??????? Why on earth would anyone blo... Read more
I'm mentoring a kid with problems
We have "adopted" students at school, and so I signed up for one borderline girl and two big problem girls - all my students.
One girl has a lot of problems - she's been shuffled from parent to parent to grandparent, there has been abuse ... Read more
Today is my half birthday, and I'm missing my mom
My birthday is in August, and as a child, we were often travelling to coastal regions so that my father, who was in college, could work on research for his MS and then PhD. He's a coastal geologist, who specialized in sea level change and erosi... Read more
Another update on Little Mr. Orange Kitty
Remember him? He's the very cute kitty that a few of us fed last year at school, and finally caught and took him to the vet for neutering - then he was adopted by one of our counselors and his wife.
I ran into the wife at the post office -... Read more