friday 5


  1. What’s the last thing you photocopied? I photocopied some handouts for school--a chart for my students to fill in as they rotate through various stations I will set up around the room
  2. Who have people said you look like? my paternal grandmother
  3. Who have you tried to be like? my parents
  4. When have you opted for an imitation over the real thing? I'm only brand loyal to paper products, otherwise I get cheaper options
  5. In what way was today just like yesterday? it's many degrees below zero

Bonus question: Too early for flapjacks? I prefer them as "breakfast for supper"


finished reading

This book will stick with me for a while.  I kept thinking about Duchess Day Radley as I looked around my classroom.  You never know what happens in the student's homes and what life is truly like.  There is so much heartbreak and loss in this story.  And I've seen it tagged as a crime novel but I would say the crime is secondary to the character study.

From the publisher:
Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between.

Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. At school the other kids make fun of her—her clothes are torn, her hair a mess. But let them throw their sticks, because she’ll throw stones. Duchess might be a badass, but she’s really just trying to survive. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin. She is the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He’s the chief of police, trying to keep Cape Haven, with its beautiful bluffs overlooking the sea, not only safe, but safe from becoming a cookie-cutter tourist destination for the rich. But he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he’s in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother as their mother slides deeper into self-destruction.

Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. As soon as he steps one foot back into his childhood town, trouble arrives. It shows up on Walk’s and Duchess’s doorsteps, and they will be unable to do anything but usher it in, arms wide closed.

Duchess and Walk—and everyone they love and whose hearts they break, who deserve so much more than life serves them—will sear your heart in this extraordinary novel.

three on thursday

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Thing one:  Today was Dermatologist Day!  Things look good and the appointment was one of the fastest I've ever had.

Thing two:  There is no school tomorrow due to the impending frigid wind chill.  This is brutal.

Thing three:  I received my invitation to be an AP Reader!  Today is the first day the invitations were sent out and I am recruited in this first draft.  It may not sound like much, but it's quite prestigious to be a first-round draft.


wordless wednesday


it's coming...



...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING... ...WIND CHILL WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING... WHAT...For the Winter Storm Watch, blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations up to one inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. For the Wind Chill Watch, dangerously cold wind chills possible. Wind chills as low as 65 below zero. WHERE...Northeast Aroostook and Northwest Aroostook Counties. WHEN...From late Thursday night through Saturday evening. IMPACTS...Whiteout conditions are possible and may make travel treacherous and potentially life-threatening. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Friday morning and evening commutes. Strong winds could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes. ADDITIONAL DETAILS...In addition to low wind chills, areas of blowing snow could cause whiteout conditions, particularly across open areas exposed to northwest winds. Blowing and drifting snow could make travel very difficult. If you must travel have a winter survival kit and if you get stranded, stay in your vehicle. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Persons should consider delaying all travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, drive with extreme caution. Consider taking a winter storm kit along with you, including such items as tire chains, booster cables, flashlight, shovel, blankets and extra clothing. Also take water, a first aid kit, and anything else that would help you survive in case you become stranded. A Wind Chill Watch means there is the potential for a combination of very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Keep pets indoors as much as possible.


ten things tuesday

Ten things about today:

Two things that I am grateful for today:
1.  The traffic on the way to school went cautiously on the slippy roads
2.  The coffee line wasn't terribly long

Two things that made today great:
3. Even though I was running late this morning, I was totally organized 
I loved my outfit today

Two things I did well today:
5. I listened--and genuinely was ready to support someone that needed support
6. Organized the rest of the trimester for my Sociology class

Two things that I could have done better today:
7.  I could have used my planning period more effectively
8.  I was a bit snarky

Two things I will do to make the rest of the day great:
9. I'll watch The Traitors on Peacock
10.  I'll practice a new meditation at bedtime



I am...

Reading: The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson

Listening to: We Begin At the End by Chris Whitaker

Loving:  today's outfit

Thinking:  I'm definitely going to make this 3 Ingredient Portobello Chicken slow cooker meal

Feeling:  amused--I have two divisions of AP US History and today's activity was a big success with one class and a total flop with the other class.  And when I say total flop, I mean--big fat disaster.  

Celebrating:  I knit a hat for a student and she loved it.  She asked for a big puffy pompom.

Grateful for:  really good lesson plans

Weather:  it is 17° and cloudy

Enjoying:  The Traitors on Peacock

A quote I want to share:  
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be unnecessary freezing of water. John Geddes


self-care sunday

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." 

This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote has hung in my bedroom since around 1979 and has traveled everywhere I've gone (yes I took it to Ireland).  These are words I treasure.


“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
This Stephen Grellet quote has been hanging in my classroom for 24 years.  Hopefully, it has inspired all.

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." John Burroughs



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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Sitting this week out but it's still fun to visit other players!  Click the icon to play along.


saturday 9

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe 

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Judy Garland sings about the train whistle and wheels. What sounds make you happy? I love the sound of velcro and giggling
2) She tells us that, since she loves dreaming of train travel, she must have "a little gypsy in her heart." How about you? Do you often dream of visiting faraway places? faraway and not so faraway places
3) Judy sings about a future when she's "old and gray and settled down." At what age do you consider a person is old?  80
4) This song is from the movie, The Harvey Girls. Filming was a time of stress for Judy. She was appearing before the cameras by day (she sprained her ankle in a scene where slips down a hill), recording the soundtrack by night, and dealing with lawyers regarding her divorce from composer David Rose. Yet watching the movie, none of the tension shows. Do you work well under pressure? I think I do, I mean... I'm a high school teacher
5) Judy relaxed on the set by knitting and would make blankets and caps for the children of crew members. Do you knit?  YES!!!
6) Judy admitted she had a problem with tardiness. Do you strive to be prompt? yes--or I'm early
7) In 1946, when this song was on the radio, cigarette cases were very popular. Since these metal cases were standard issue in the Army during WWII, many soldiers got into the habit of using them and continued to after the war ended. Women often carried fabric or leather cigarette cases that closed with a clasp like a coin purse. In the 1940s, elegant cigarette cases were a fashionable gift but today, they are largely forgotten. Did you ever carry one? Do you know anyone who did? no to both
8) Also in 1946, bikinis appeared for the first time on runways in Paris. How often did you don swimwear during 2022? not even once
9) Random question: Thinking of your past romantic involvements, were you truly in love with one of them, some of them, or all of them? one of them