think write thursday

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Remember the time . . .

The first thing that popped into my head was standing under a palm tree in Ireland. I was so excited! I wish I could remember where I put the photo. I mean, who knew there were palm trees in Ireland??


unraveled wednesday

I'm sad that Ginny @ Yarn Along has stopped hosting. But I'm happy that Kat @ AsKatKnits has picked up the mantle!

I'm knitting the One Skein - A Stole! in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball® and I'm listening to Superficial.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg for my May book group selection, and at school: The Strategic Teacher by Harvey Silver and listening to Superficial by Andy Cohen.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

• What do you think you’ll read next? An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir for my school bookgroup in May.


ten things tuesday

Ten random things about today:

1) I was a guest speaker at my friend's education class at UMPI. The class is The Teaching Process and I was talking about authentic assessment. I had so much fun! And my mental outline of what I wanted to talk about extended to the whole class time! The students were attentive and into it. I'm glad I know how to read body language or I would have thought two were disengaged. I'm just floating from their feedback.

2) I got to visit with my friend, the teacher of the UMPI class. It's been far too long since we've gotten together. So nice to catch up with her.

3) My car front windows are officially fixed! For months I was told they were frozen. But I knew it wasn't just frozen windows. Now they work.

4) Today felt like spring!

5) Taking today off from school felt like a bonus day.

6) I cashed in my free pizza points and got Dominos. Ham and pineapple pizza!

7) I spent the afternoon reading for pleasure.

8) Sometimes I get the bug to cook and bake. Then I walk into the kitchen and remember why I don't do it.

9) I haven't been sleeping well these past few nights and today's nap was restorative.




I am...

Reading: a knitting pattern--trying to decide if the yarn is right for it

Watching: the light on my modem blink in my peripheral vision

Listening to: street noise and the clock tick

Wanting: dinner

Needing: spring

Loving: my students

Thinking: about a repair to my car that is finally being done tomorrow

Feeling: content

Celebrating: tomorrow as a personal day off

Grateful for: personal days

A quote I want to share: It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. -James Thurber


really like this...

sunday stealing

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The Money Time Questions

1. What are five passions that you have? (If you have less than five, tell us where you do have an interest.) literacy, my community's public library, education, knitting, and naps

2. List up to ten random facts about yourself.
  1. I am goal oriented.
  2. I love making lists.
  3. My naturally red hair has faded to a strawberry blond shade.
  4. I have stick straight hair that I've permed for so long that people assume I'm naturally curly.
  5. I have six tattoos.
  6. I drink iced coffee year-round.  Dunkin' Donuts is my favorite.
  7. When I was a kid, I used to read the dictionary for fun.
  8. I hate vacuuming.  And drying/putting dishes away.
  9. I get so uncomfortable when I put things off that I prefer facing them head on.  Just get it over with.
  10. Sundays are literally my day of rest.
3. List five people (personal, historic, living or dead) who have had a major impact on your life or the way you think. My mum, my dad, my sisters, my therapists, and various teachers.

4. List 5 things you'd tell your 15 year-old self, if you could.
  1. Don't stress so much about weight, stress about being healthy.
  2. Learn more secretarial skills (like shorthand).
  3. There is no such thing as perfect.
  4. Save money.  Start a retirement account.
  5. Be who you are.
5. What is a major strength that you have? (You can list more than one. Staying with our no rules approach.) I am a very good listener.

6. What is a major weakness that you have? (You can list more than one. STILL staying with our no rules approach.) I have no impulse control.

7. Describe the family dynamic of your childhood versus your family dynamic now. oh lord--complete chaos in my childhood and loving harmony today

8. What popular notion do you feel that the world has most wrong? That there is only one way to be right.

9. Name three things that always cheer you up when you are down. nice yarn, chatting with my sisters/nieces/nephews, going for a drive

10. Name three things would you like to be remembered for? being a loving sister/aunt/daughter, making students feel cared for, being independent and fierce


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.


finished reading

I'm going to start with the author's afterward: she deliberately wrote Amanda to be fully physically and hormonally transitioned, very feminine, extremely pretty, and always attracted to men. She also writes that whatever the reader's gender identity is, that it's ok. Amanda's story is just a story, not a handbook for transition. The author created a character with universal appeal.

I really liked Amanda's voice. I liked Amanda's friends. And her parents. I will recommend it to my students.

From the publisher:
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won't be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

finished reading

I'm so excited about this book! I was drawn into the story by the end of the first chapter. Then the second chapter had me flipping pages at break-neck speed! It's a sister story.

From the publisher:
Every child prodigy grows up eventually. For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother's narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn't been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three "test tube" daughters--gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery--were engineered and molded to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. But now, twenty years after the book's release, she hopes to redeem herself by taking part in a new documentary.

Meg, who hasn't picked up a paintbrush in years, adamantly refuses to participate, until a car accident leaves her with crushing medical bills. While she recuperates in Seattle, the three sisters reluctantly meet with filmmaker Hal Seeger, another former prodigy. Like them, he's familiar with the weight of failed potential. But as he digs deeper, he uncovers secrets they've hidden from each other--and a revelation that will challenge their beliefs, even as it spurs them to forge their own extraordinary lives at last.

saturday 9

Don't Sleep in the Subway

1) Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep? not especially

2) In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement? I don't often have disagreements, so... I guess it depends on with whom I am disagreeing

3) Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid? I have daily routines that I stick to, I suppose that's the same thing

4) Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance? I don't think I'll ever be too old, no

5) Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away? my oldest sister lives around the block and my Virginia sister is about a 20 hour drive away

6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind? "Yellow Submarine" it is not my favorite, but it's the first that pops into my head

7) In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? Scotty (I liked his accent)

8) RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first? left

9) As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants? I didn't have to, I do everything left side first


it will never end...


Staycation is almost over. Today was my first opportunity to sleep in--and I did! The week has flown by--where has it gone?? I mean, I know I was in Central Maine for a couple days but the rest of the week is just... gone!

I had to do some adulting this week. I finally convinced my car dealer service department that my front windows are not frozen. And I had to make sure that the warranty covered it, too, and I might have been a bit snarky when I said this is the third time I've mentioned it. Finally, the part is going to be replaced on Tuesday. But I had to stand firm that the warranty covers it.

That's when I decided I need a personal assistant or a butler. Someone to manage those adult details for me. Because they stress me out. I wish I wasn't broke.

the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm reading The Whole Town's Talking

In big cities, neighbors are nice to say hello to or maybe socialize with once in a while, but in small Missouri farming communities, neighbors are very much more important than that. You depended on them for your very survival. It didn't matter if you liked some more than others. They were your neighbors. And in Lordor's community, considering they had all come from different places, and even the Swedish had come from many parts of Sweden, they were a pretty harmonious group.