Do you have a signature song?
I was thinking about all my favorite songs - they all have a similar theme, of yearning, love, often unrequited love, and the ultimate aloneness we all face.
Which is so odd for someone who is essentially happy and cheery - it takes a lot f... Read more
Searching for a tile of gold, and I'm getting old
I feel like Cortez, or Pizzarro, or Ponce de Leon. I'm looking for gold ceramic tiles for our mural. Bright gold, easy to cut ceramic. I've found gold glaze, but it needs to fire at about twice the temperature that our clay fires at - so that... Read more
He's suspended, why is he in my class????
I have one of those students every teacher dreads, the one who has been in trouble with the law, who doesn't care about achieving, who only wants to disrupt class or fight or skip school. I'm sure there are problems at home, I'm sure he comes f... Read more
So much to do, so little time
I truly don't know where the time goes. I have work to do, at home and at school and for my after school program. I need to run around and get signatures on a grant application, and monthly grant reports. I'm firing the kiln right now (glaze f... Read more
From generation to generation
We were in Philadelphia for my MIL's unveiling, when mourning officially ends and there's a ceremony at the cemetery (and the tombstone is unveiled, hence the name). His mother was 98 when she passed away - now DH and his brother are the older ... Read more
Living with a foodie
DH brought home a bagel and nonfat decaf latte for me. And immediately started talking about brunch. Or lunch. This is a daily event. We eat and as we eat, he's planning his next meal, or next several meals. It's no wonder I gained weight i... Read more
And DH calls ME spacey!
DH rented a car so he could drive to the neighboring state for his godson's football game, as long as we were in the neighborhood (Phl and Jersey, rather than being in the VI) - this morning, he and I went to deliver the car, and walk back. We ... Read more
Good night Moon
We flew from St. Thomas to Philadelphia last night - changing planes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. DH slept, I watched the "Star Trek" movie (which had a confusing plot, but since I grew up on Star Trek it was fun) - but that left me an hour or so ... Read more
Wooohooo I'm going to be a conference presentor!
I wrote a presentation proposal for the National Art Education Association annual convention - something like 5000 art educators meet each year and it's wonderful and inspirational and rejuvenating.
AND I GET TO BE A PRESENTOR!!!!!!... Read more
On being a woman of a certain age
I'm 55. I know I don't look that old to the average viewer, I've been blessed with plump cheeks and skin that doesn't wrinkle a lot. But I also have monthly facials to cope with the dark splotches I developed on my high cheekbones, I color my ... Read more
Yehi Or - Let there be light!!!
Woohoo, maintenance men are replacing light bulbs and ballasts in my classroom, storeroom, kiln room!!!!!!!!!! The lights have only been out for two years, I guess someone figured it was time to fix them. (We've had this on our maintenance rep... Read more
Someone always has it worse
As I've mentioned, I was in a car accident this summer. I arrived in Washington DC for a class at the National Gallery of Art, was on the ground for maybe 15 minutes, and my taxi was rearended by another taxi. I ended up in an ambulance (neck ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting Aftermath
Marine biologists from DPNR (Dept of Planning & Natural Resources) have dug in the area of our nest - no turtle eggs. No nest. Nothing. Nada.
Leatherback turtles dig nests 3 feet or so deep. The bio people dug down 2 feet and hit water ... Read more
Comments and questions this week
"Ms. Schwartz, you look so cute today!" (with a little flip of her hand - I responded thank you with a little flip of my hand - and yes, I'm wearing cropped dark wash jeans, oatmeal babydoll-type T with hood, and linen-colored Birks - I think I... Read more
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Yom Kippur revisited - or - "Cooooool!!!!"
On being the only Jewish teacher at school. And possibly being the only Jewish person my students have ever met.
Several students have asked me why I was absent on Monday. I keep answering that I'm Jewish, it was a Jewish holiday, so I... Read more