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My China Summer

Summer Reading.  In my humble opinion those two words go together like peanut butter and jelly.  What else is summer FOR?  I am aware of the fact that not everyone feels this way.  The faculty summer reading assignment at our … Continue reading

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Trust and a Lack Thereof

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about trust.  It started a couple of weeks ago when I was introducing my ninth graders to Machiavelli.  I had an excerpt for them to read and the introduction to the piece talked about … Continue reading

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Spring Break Thinking

I love spring break.  I need spring break.  I’m not sure I would survive without spring break.  All of these are true statements.  Spring break is an oasis in the desert of second semester.  I always come into this week … Continue reading

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February–Yuck!

It’s late February.  My principal once shared with me an observation from his wife.  “It’s February,” she said.  “You always want to quit in February.”  Yep.  Me too. The days are cold, short, and gloomy.  There are tons of deadlines–things … Continue reading

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Problems: First World and Otherwise

Sometimes I read a book and I can’t even wait until I finish it before I am talking about it to anyone who will listen and composing blog posts in my head.  Other times I have to let a book … Continue reading

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Wanting It

One of my end-of-the-year activities was finishing up my original commonplace book.  A commonplace book is a blank notebook into which a reader copies favorite passages.  I require my ninth grade students to keep one and I check it every … Continue reading

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Pulling the Stick Out of the Mud

This morning I finally put the last few Christmas decorations up in the attic.  The urns that hold our front porch trees got filled with water in all the rain this year and it took us a while to figure … Continue reading

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The Run Streak: Lessons Learned

I did it.  By God’s grace I managed to run at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving, 2014-New Years Eve, 2015.  That’s 401 days.  I ran 1,516.52 miles.  That’s an average of 3.78 miles per day.  (If you just … Continue reading

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Sweet (Potato) Lesson

Since we live in a town home, we don’t have much in the way of landscaping chores. Our grass is done by a lawn service and there are fairly strict rules governing the rest. We are allowed to put in … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat (Around the) Seeds!

I had a moment of rebellion yesterday morning.  My parents were coming and all of us who are in town were getting together for dinner.  I promised I would bring some watermelon, so I got everything together and got ready … Continue reading

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