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"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
"She's got legs, and she knows how to use them"
I have to laugh (and the small things are what gets me through the day) - I put on a watermelon red top today, white shorts, and pink Birks - because I'm working on the mural, and just can't get back into a clean dress after 3 hours in my cement... Read more
Ripples and repurcussions
The teachers are still shell-shocked - some students have not been to my class, they are with other teachers who are working with them. Some students can't stop crying. Some are wooden-faced.
And some are repeating every gory detail and/o... Read more
I'm going around giving teachers and principals hugs
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
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"?
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"
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
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!
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
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
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