Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello, summer; farewell, Nora Ephron

Something shifted inside me when I heard that Nora Ephron died. Maybe she's not as famous as Michael Jackson, but if his music shaped my teen years, then her movies informed my life as a young woman. I'm grateful for the stories, laughs, tears, and heartache that inspire me to be creative.

Speaking of creative, here's my yarn work (crochet cowl scarf) modeled in front of my piano lesson book. I started lessons two weeks ago, fulfilling a childhood dream to play the piano.

Today is my first official day of summer vacation. May your summer offer many sweet dreams!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


This last month of the school year is special, perhaps like the days/hours/minutes right before a wedding. Our school building faces so many new challenges next year - teacher positions cut, teams reduced and rearranged, larger classes, new principal. Add to those losses the new "common core learning standards" and new curriculum, and this year really stands out for me. Based on the newly released teaching assignments/schedules for next year, I'll be in the same position next year, teaching a remedial English Language Arts course for the fifth year in a row. My lessons/units change every year anyway, so the curriculum changes are a welcome shift for me. But the staff changes are painful, and the political atmosphere for educators is dismal.

Time to recharge. Here's last night's game at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, where the Buffalo Bisons eventually lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Happy June, everyone!