As an only child, when I was sick or we were on a trip, my family always loaded me up with the latest and greatest in interactive toys of the time: puzzle books. Yeah, that was my time – 1960’s, B.T. (Before technology.) The books I favored the most featured a lot of word searches and … Continue reading Connecting Disparate Dots
Since we are on the topic of words and phrases (you are reading a blog) and since both words and phrases have a sneaky tendency to come up in daily life, they need more attention and nurturing than they generally recieve. Your vocabulary, like your car, needs regular care and maintenance to function properly and last … Continue reading Vernacular
This past year, gift wise, I got the Christmas I should have had when I was twelve: a pogo stick, and a guitar. I am fifty-six years old. The guitar has gotten little use as yet – I am awaiting getting a friend to get it tuned properly, and the book/CD set I ordered on … Continue reading Leaps and bounds
‘The scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments. The steps of the scientific method are to: Ask a Question. Do Background Research.’ - http://www.sciencebuddies.org/ Growing up as a kid in the sixties and seventies, I was enamored with science – the space program and geology … Continue reading Adamantly not skeptical
Random (like the weather) thoughts. Tattoos are all the rage. Personally, I have never had the urge to get one, and the more I work with inner city high school kids and with twenty-somethings adorned with them… I really don’t care for the idea of somebody using my body as a Spirograph. Walk into a … Continue reading A Teachers Summer on the Road; Episode 2
Yes, English teachers get spring break, too. A few days in to mine, all I can say is that the bulk of the items on my ‘to do’ list are not getting ‘too done.’ ‘The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] An' lea'e us nought but grief an' … Continue reading Jottings from a pocket notebook
The ever-present-in-my-back-pocket Notebook of Niftiness (NON) becomes something of a Rubbermaid tub throughout the year; while many of the ideas and tidbits make their way into a post on either this blog or into a full-fledged poem for my poetry blog, some just languish there, out of sight, out of mind, but safe in the … Continue reading 2012 Leftovers: Scraps, tidbits and what-thas…?