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


booking through thursday

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If you could change the ending of any book you’ve read, which would it be and how would you change it?

I have stared at this for about an hour trying to think of a book I would change. I'm seriously drawing a blank. I don't read a lot of Happily Ever After books, so I'm usually satisfied with the resolution to the story. One book that comes to mind is Gone Girl, simply because the characters are so unlikeable that I wonder what the heck happened to them, especially as their family expands.



I was busy today and accomplished a lot at school. All while in a very chill mood. I whittled the pile of correcting down to a manageable stack (just one class's essays to read). Although I am assigning an essay to my psychology classes. But, for now I'm ahead of the game. Of course, it's only 10 o'clock, so that could allll change! For now I'll be grateful for my accomplishments.


can you feel the love


Something am filled with love when I talk about my dad. I'm a Daddy's Girl. Our relationship has morphed over the years to almost a mother-daughter relationship, but I like to think of it as a friendship kind of relationship. And now, as we get older, I find myself occasionally in a caretaker position. But really, when I talk about my dad, I get kind of gushy. It's because he's beloved in the community and well-known around the state (actually, around New England) and people speak fondly about him. I joke about his daily emails with my students, but they all know how much it means to me to get even the silliest forwards.

I know I'm filled with love about my sisters, and their families, too. But there's something special about Dad.

w.w.w. wednesday

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• What are you currently reading? I'm reading How To Eat A Cupcake by Meg Donohue.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Loved The Good Girl, liked The Hundred-Year-Old Man.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I have no idea.




As I was driving home from school today, I was having a pity party because I had been at a frustrating meeting and was lamenting and whining to myself. I was in a rotten mood. And then I opened my eyes and looked at the sky. And I realized that I can drive all the way home in this funk or I can look to the sky and remark at the beauty of the transition from day to evening. I watched the sky become velvety. It was beautiful. And it gave me hope. And now I'm home and in a wonderfully relaxed mood.

ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Musicians You Would Bring Back From the Dead.

1) John Lennon.

2) Jim Morrison.

3) Mamma Cass.

4) Kurt Cobain.

5) Rosemary Clooney.

6) Judy Garland.

7) John Denver.

8) Frank Zappa.

9) Ella Fitzgerald.

10) Elvis.