Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Crankshaft: Well, there's another year in the books.
Rose: I wonder what chapter we're on.

May 2013 bring joy and happiness!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Six Word Sunday

The world is one big town.

Went home to visit the family. They live in the largest city in the state. We went to dinner - a man my brother had worked with came to the table - he was an ex=student of my mother's.

We went out to lunch. The waiter had been my parents' Orkin man. Twenty years ago - and recognized mom.

We went out to breakfast. The waitress was meeting her best friend afterwards and mentioned she (the best friend) went to the same college as my son - who knew the girl. Of course.

Somehow it gives continuity.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Six Word Saturday

Too much is too much. Simplify!

The temptation is to buy it all. We wade through previous year's attempts. And the best is really what is already here.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Best Christmas present. Ever.

A student gave me the BEST Christmas present today. He didn't have to come for my exam - because he had an A and could exempt. And my class was the only exam today. But he came so he could wish me Merry Christmas. Awww.


It looks like this is another end of the world fail.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ethics in the Media

Or, what are we becoming?

I can remember reading an interview with a newspaper photographer years ago. The person writing the article asked him about the best photo he thought he'd ever taken and the man replied that the best photo - the most prizeworthy - was one he didn't take.

He told the story of a grandfather who had accidentally killed his grandson by hitting him with a car. The photographer arrived at the house later to talk to the grandfather and get a picture. He was going to knock on the door when he saw the grandfather through the glass in the door. The grandfather was sitting at the kitchen table holding one of his grandson's shoes in his hands while he looked at it with utter despair.

The photographer left rather than intrude.

That would never happen these days.

Sandy Hook Elementary - * * updated * *

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

We need to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and hold them and their loved ones in our hearts.

Dawn Hochsprung, principal.

Mary Sherlach, psychologist.

Anne Marie Murphy, special ed teacher

Rachel Davino.

Lauren Rousseau.

Vicki Soto, teacher

Nancy Lanza.

And the innocents:
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

What we do not need to remember is the sick individual who perpetrated this horror and the vultures of the media who are intruding on the grieving. For them - nothing.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

So many states must be glad Georgia exists

I mean, most states can compare to our education system and say "At least we aren't as bad as Georgia." And now we get ranked as the most corrupt politically. Wow.

Six Word Saturday

End of the year checklist - done!

Yeah, right. But, the exams are made, half the keys are done. Most of the grades are entered. The make up work has been handed out and now the half of the parents I haven't called get that fun call. I want to bake cookies and kick back. I know what I am going to be doing instead.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Six Word Saturday

How will you spend your life?

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Six word Saturday

Advent: the prelude to the season.

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I am focusing on something positive and sticking my head in the sand over the things I cannot control: my classes.I feel inept this year.