Reading Territories

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.” ― Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts Reading. It is literally like breathing; you NEED to do it to survive, to learn and grow, to become enriched, to move forward, to enjoy life... I wasn't always a reader. It has been a learned pleasure for me, and now I can't live... Continue Reading →



I'm not quite not sure how one teaches character or builds it. I think being a good role model is the best way to teach character-- by being kind, selfless, compassionate, empathetic. Building character seems to come more from overcoming obstacles-- personal tests of morality and emotion. Ryan- In Ryan's senior year of high school,... Continue Reading →


What I Make…

I was inspired today upon seeing this video of Taylor Mali's inspirational poem cleaned up a bit (aka censored) for a teacher's in-service audience. "What I Make" Somehow, we [teachers] always feel as if we need to defend ourselves and our profession to justify the moderate incomes we make. I'm not sure why because every... Continue Reading →



POETRY is to me what fresh air is to breathing. I write, often. Sometimes an idea comes to me that I must write (like a craving that doesn't go away until it's satisfied)... others ruminate in my mind, on a piece of scrap paper or in my writing journal until they take shape. A poem... Continue Reading →


…So I Lied

... a little white lie. When I said I don't make New Year's resolutions, I lied-- sort of; I made one mocking the notion of making New Year's resolutions: mine was to DRINK MORE AND DRINK MORE FREQUENTLY (which I told to anyone who asked me what mine was). I lied and I didn't. It... Continue Reading →


Perception vs. Reality

Doesn't reality exist based on one's perception? Whose perception is it that makes it real? Who is to say that reality exists in the absence of perception? “Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . . If reality differs... Continue Reading →


Dinner Date [evolved]

After a long day & an even longer meeting at the end of the day, I need something to help me to relax.  Often (but not often enough), I go out to dinner w/ my friends. Usually, it's at the end of a long day, much like today, and it's usually the last thing my... Continue Reading →


Occupy Education

I was on Facebook the other day & saw this: " Often, I'm prone to finding cartoons about education, most of which I post on my classroom door, because through all of the ridiculousness (and that is a polite word), we need find the humor in life [education] to move us through it. Attached to... Continue Reading →


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