One of the most amusing things I get to do as a teacher is to explain and discuss the weird, and sometimes gross things human bodies and organ systems do while behaving normally. The digestive system is a toot to teach! Teaching the nervous system is my favorite. The vascular system has a satisfying gross … Continue reading October, “armpit of the year”
Is there anyone else out there who checks their horoscope daily? I am going to admit that as a scientist, I consider this topic a personal conundrum. I am obsessive about reading my daily and monthly horoscope but admit there is no rational reason for me to do so. I have settled on a couple … Continue reading Liminal spaces
My absolute favorite piece of music of all time is Buddy Morrow's "Night Train". It's an iconic piece of jazz genius that pulls me into my FLOW from the first measure. I lose track of everything else almost immediately. My body starts to sway with the rocking rhythm and when the cadre of horns, led … Continue reading Who’s Driving Your Train? Why?
I am a teacher. This Sunday evening, instead of grading essays, I am reflecting on the "State of Colorado v.s. Public School Teachers", also known as SB18-264 in the Colorado General Assembly. The prime sponsors of this legislation are Senator Bob Gardner and Representative Paul Lundeen, both representing El Paso County. I'll provide their contact … Continue reading The “State of Colorado v.s. Public School Teachers”
I almost always enjoy Thanksgiving. One of my favorite things about this time of year is games. Actually, playing games over a break is a big part of a successful recharge for me.
I haven't had the mental facilities to complete many sentences since students returned two weeks ago. I am beginning to find time and words again. If you work in a school...... For those of you who have ever had a burning curiosity to know what it actually feels like to experience the first weeks of … Continue reading Put it in the bank account for later
One of the most challenging aspects of going back to school is readjusting my sleep routine. I assume most people can relate to that. Summer nights are Colorado's nectar. And binge watching adult television is a luxury that happens after my young son goes to bed, throughout the year but especially in the Summer. I … Continue reading What keeps me up at night
Shopping for school supplies is a ritual that some meet with excitement and others dread. No doubt about it, it is packed with emotions. There is the pure overwhelming joy that a 7-year old might feel about sparkly folders covered in Bulldogs wearing sunglasses. There is the calm repose of a parent deciding which supplies … Continue reading The School Supply Blues
I am making a list of all the things I think might be possible and are probably necessary before summer break is over and I return to my classroom. I mentally cataloged all the little things that are so wonderful in the summer that tend to not happen during the school year. I get a … Continue reading Oh, snap! I haven’t cleaned the baseboards yet!
Three days ago, as the rain fell softly on my mountain house after dinner, I looked out the window and made eye contact with our resident juvenile neighborhood bear. "Hi bear!" I said. The wet bear looked right at me, smiled I swear, and playfully romped up the hill to my driveway to jubilantly enjoy a butcher … Continue reading “Waltzing with bears…”