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Dear Parents of my students:

Friday, February 06, 2009      1 comments

When your child is sick, please keep them home. They spread germs. They get other students sick. Then the teachers get sick. Then we don't have class. So keep your kids home. If they have a cold, please provide them with tissues and co... Read more

Mosaic update #1 - "You're looking toned!"

Thursday, January 29, 2009      0 comments

My three classes and I are creating a 9 x 27 foot mosaic mural at school. I spent part of the vacation taking paint off the concrete. We drew a grid, then enlarged our picture. Today marks day 4 of tiling. Tiling days: Mix about ... Read more

A Sabbath for the brain

Sunday, January 25, 2009      1 comments

I took yesterday off. It was Saturday, our Sabbath. And while I did errands, and took a walk, I didn't internet. Or Spark. Or work on the School Improvement Plan (which is due in 2 weeks and still has a ton of work for me to complete, not to ... Read more

The moving vacuum

Friday, January 23, 2009      0 comments

There's a vacuum that sucks socks out of dryers. And another vacuum that pulls in items every time I move. Really, I mysteriously lose something EVERY SINGLE TIME I move to a new place. I've lost record albums (one at a time). Clothing. ... Read more

Job as fitness

Wednesday, January 21, 2009      1 comments

I'm an art teacher, and I don't sit when I teach, I walk around the room and interact with each student. We've started a mosaic mural - this is our interdisciplinary project this year, with readings, writing activities, math, and history an... Read more

Happy Inauguration Day!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009      4 comments

We truly are living through history - I am so excited!!!!!!!!... Read more

To laze, or not to laze, that is the question

Monday, January 19, 2009      1 comments

I try to stay busy and active. I walk a lot, I don't sit down while teaching, I take walks after school, I walk around the house, I garden, and I've been working on a huge mural at school which is extremely active. I have nothing pressing ... Read more

Meeting a former heavy person

Sunday, January 18, 2009      4 comments

We had our new rabbi over for dinner. My husband had asked for my special chocolate decadence for dessert, so I made a light meal - big salad, grilled tuna, risotto with peas, steamed asparagus (naked). So when it was time for dessert, I could... Read more

And guests for Sunday dinner.....

Saturday, January 17, 2009      0 comments

don't be surprised if the Cacciotta cheese with black truffles isn't part of the little bites before dinner. DH and I ate half of it for dinner last night. It may not make it to Sunday. I have a new craving - black truffles. The taste ... Read more

Letters I should write

Saturday, January 17, 2009      2 comments

Letter to deli: If your order person tells me to write my order because it's busy, and I don't circle mayo, it means I don't want mayo. Please do not schmear mayo on the top and bottom of my bagel. I didn't X it out because I thought if I... Read more

And the angel said "No"

Friday, January 16, 2009      0 comments

I get newsletters from the Shalom Center, a Jewish center teaching peace. The rabbi wrote about the current conflict between Israel and Gaza - and this is his quote: "...the passage in Joshua where - after crossing the Jordan into Canaan, ... Read more

No Man is an Island

Monday, January 12, 2009      1 comments

No man is an island No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of th... Read more

Rainy weather = thoughts of joining a gym

Sunday, January 11, 2009      0 comments

I'm a walker. I like to walk distance, I like to look at people, I like being outside and seeing animals and hearing sounds and people watching and window shopping. But today is rainy. I mean really rainy. So days like today, I thi... Read more

Resisting temptation is easy when it isn't chocolate

Wednesday, January 07, 2009      2 comments

I have a student in my first period class, who has very involved physical and mental handicaps. She's 14, but functions at about the level of a 4 year old. She's very sweet and cheerful, and has endeared herself to the rest of the class (who a... Read more

Date night with Phebess and BigRich

Monday, January 05, 2009      0 comments

I spent the afternoon working with the maintenance guy at school, painting on stripper and then power washing the paint and stripper back off the wall. Slow, messy, tedious work. I called DH at 6 PM to say it was slow, I'd be at school a ... Read more


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