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She's in 7th grade and a fashionista
Thursday, February 19, 2009      5 comments

Today, I wore a brown/cream/aqua silk chiffon geometric print top, with wide leg dark wash jeans, and brown platform Birks. And a natural leather Coach bag. One of my students looked at my ensemble, and said "Oh, I have jeans like that." ... Read more
Up against the wall
Tuesday, February 17, 2009      1 comments

I'm back at school - tired, but happy to be here. We spent the morning working on the mosaic. The usual arguments from my 7th graders. Extra rudeness from one spoiled boy whose mother dotes on him and makes excuses for him. And my lovely... Read more
"laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color"
Sunday, February 15, 2009      2 comments

I like that! As someone who has spent over half her adult life living in places where I'm the color minority (Africa for 2 years, the Caribbean for almost 22 years), I see skin color but it stops registering after a while. It always takes me a... Read more
Is the mural project phys ed for my students?
Thursday, February 12, 2009      1 comments

I was thinking about this recently - I'm working on this mosaic mural with my students, and it means standing outside at our wall putting up concrete and tile for the class period, plus the first class assists with carrying all the supplies up t... Read more
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

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