the force

Mine and every teacher's favorite time of year. I might need more than the force.

ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Are Thankful For.

1) I am thankful for my health.

2) I am thankful for my family--near and far, and our ability to connect regularly via social media and technology.

3) I am thankful for my friends who accept me for who I am.

4) I am thankful for my cozy, cluttered apartment. It is home. It is my safe haven.

5) I am thankful that I live in a region of the country that allows me to experience nature daily. Even though I sometimes whine about being at the end of the earth.

6) I am thankful for my profession. Although teachers aren't always treated as professionals. But I have the ability to grow with my students. I say I learn more from them than they do from me.

7) I am thankful for opportunities to connect to the community--through volunteer opportunities as well as social opportunities.

8) I am thankful for my appreciation of the small things in life. Living in the moment and enjoying the present help me appreciate little blessings.

9) I am thankful for being able to afford frivolous things--like daily coffee at Dunkin' Donuts and manicures.

10) I am thankful for my very blessed life.




Today I am grateful for having clear intentions.

1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
2. the end or object intended; purpose.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

This week I'm thinking about holiday reads. I like to read holiday-themed novels this time of year, and I often pull out old favorites to re-read.

Some of my favorites:
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon
and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

What would you recommend?




I am grateful for down time. I relish escaping the hustle and bustle of the school week. I am grateful for peace.


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Thanksgiving Meme

1. Are you celebrating Thanksgiving at home or elsewhere this year? With whom will you spend Thanksgiving Day? I'll be spending the day with my parents and my sister and her family will be over later in the afternoon

2. What do you have for breakfast on Thanksgiving? my usual breakfast

3. Do you go to a Thanksgiving parade or watch one on TV? I like watching Macy's Parade--attending it is on my bucket list (of course, with exclusive seats)

4. Do you serve appetizers, lunch, or snacks during the day? we'll snack on olives and pickles

5. What do you wear on Thanksgiving? it's gotten pretty casual--so jeans and a sweater

6. What's your Thanksgiving table like -- do you use special plates/silver/glasses, etc? Do you have a centerpiece? A color scheme? Candles? we use "the good" dishes but don't go over the top with decorating

7. Do you serve buffet-style or family-style? What do you have to drink? family style... and possibly I'll have a glass of wine

8. Once you're at the table, do you say grace or a toast or does everyone go around and say what they're thankful for? we do a combination of both

9. Do you have dessert right after the main meal or later on? later on

10. What do you do with your leftovers? we don't usually have much left over




I am grateful that I realize my purpose is to work with youth. Even though I am not convinced that teaching is my ultimate job, I know that whatever I will do involves children, especially teens.

saturday 9

The Main Event

1) This is the theme from a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of boxing. Sam admits she's not crazy about boxing. What about you? Do you enjoy boxing, martial arts or wrestling? not so much

2) If you went to a dance club on a Saturday night in 1979 or 1980, you might well have danced to this. What are your plans for this Saturday night? I don't have any plans for tonight

3) Gilda Radner was one of the original Saturday Night Live performers and in 1979, she parlayed her TV popularity into her own one-woman show on Broadway. Who is your alltime favorite SNL cast member? the whole original cast--so creative!

4) Sally Little and Nancy Lopez were at the top of the LPGA in 1979. Do you golf? no, I am not a fan of golf

5) The movie The Main Event co-starred Ryan O'Neal. He is better known for Love Story, and saying the line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." When did you last apologize? oh, I apologize all the time

6) O'Neal got his big break on the nighttime soap opera, Peyton Place. He played Rodney Harrington, the handsome golden boy that all the girls dreamed of dating. Tell us about your big high school crush. my big high school crush was a star basketball player (naturally) and an all-around good guy; not classically good looking but his personality more than made up for it

7) In researching this week's Saturday 9, Sam discovered that The Main Event is a popular name for sports bars all across the country. Do you enjoy sitting at the bar or do you look for a booth or table? depending on how many people are with me, I usually prefer a table

8) The Mane Event was the salon Sam went to for years. She switched when it got too hard to get Saturday appointments. As a consumer, what's more important to you -- convenience or price? convenience

9) More than 50 years after her first million-selling album, Streisand recently had a #1 hit with her current CD, Partners. What's the last song you bought/downloaded? I just downloaded Ellen's The Only Holiday Album You'll Ever Need Volume 1




I am grateful to have passion in my life. I enjoy and value so many interests. And there are some wonderful friends and family who share my passions.

friday 5

  1. What’s the most unusual book you’ve read?
  2. Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock was a really unusual epistolary book
  3. What’s the most challenging book you’ve read?
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez was a book I couldn't finish. I just couldn't get into it
  5. What writer have you read the most books by?
  6. Stephen King, I think, although there are several authors that I have read all of their works
  7. What book had a cover that was just right for it?
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. What’s a book that has illustrations you love?
  10. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling