Monthly Archives: October 2011

Walden Revisited

I’m reading Walden again with a new crop of juniors.  It was really hard at first.  Walden was the first book I really shared with my junior class last year.  They loved it and their enthusiasm fueled mine and resulted … Continue reading

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Down With Apathy!

I hate apathy.  I hate it more than just about anything else.  I hate it in others and I hate it in myself.  When it creeps into my soul I know it’s time to repent–fast.  Apathy is deadly.  It is … Continue reading

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Head to Heart

I often get frustrated  as an educator, because of a lack of passion in my students.  The utilitarian thinking of our society has resulted in a desire to know things that will help you to get other things and in … Continue reading

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Gradgrind, Voldemort and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

I’ve been doing a considerable amount of thinking lately about villains.  My juniors are writing an essay about Hard Times by Charles Dickens and one of their essay choices involves choosing a villain from the story and writing about how his … Continue reading

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Numbering My Days

I have a little green leather journal that I have written about before.  I have been keeping it since May of 2008.  I write one line a day.  I don’t even write a sentence–just phrases, words, to help me remember … Continue reading

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Chocolate Juniors Come South

Last week Amy was shopping and found a box of Tastykake Chocolate Juniors.  We have had Tastykakes available in our area  at Walmart and Food Lion for several years and I was really excited when they showed up, but no … Continue reading

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Adjusting to A New Normal

Patsy Clairmont wrote a book several years ago  titled, Normal is Just a Setting on Your Dryer.   I have never read the book, but I love the title and it has been a great reminder to me that expectations and … Continue reading

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