Category Archives: Teaching

Science Hamster with Magnet

Getting to the Point

Kids.  Almost a hundred of them. Pencils.  So many pencils. Friction.   Wearing down those pencils.   Pencils that need to be sharpened. It’s a bigger problem than you might imagine. There are the regular old crank pencil sharpeners.  This Old Crank has been through … Read More

balloons flying

Balloons of Remembrance

There are days that stick in your mind and stay with you forever. November 22, 2010 is one of those days.  The word “cancer” was spoken that day; to me, and to the family of an eight-year-old boy named Rex. This is another one of … Read More


My Space

What labels could you use to describe your working world?  Is it a world of Sales Quotas and Power Lunches?  Maybe you spend your days in a Man Against the Elements environment, facing the biting cold or scorching heat.  My world is a place where adhesive … Read More


Adventures in Silk Land

A friend recently told me that she receives notifications when I add a new post, but she waits until she is home with her husband so they can read them together.  This was a very affirming  and encouraging statement, but I must confess it also … Read More

Pink Rose

So How’s That Working for Me?

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, my rememberer seems to be broken.  That part of me has never functioned at full capacity, but of late it is in a terrible state of disrepair.  Friends and family try to encourage me with stories of their … Read More


Cabbage Head or Chemo Brain?

 As unattractive as this photo is, it is beautiful to me because it is evidence of the healing process my body has gone through in the last few months. Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attack reproducing cells, but unfortunately they cannot tell the difference between … Read More

Sugar Cookie Hearts

Sweet Holiday

A few days over thirty years ago my husband carved a special message to me in a heart-shaped stone from the banks of the Krishna river in India.  Many of the things I brought home with me from that trip have disappeared over the years, but … Read More

Sewing Notions in a Basket

Do You Sew?

She asked the question as she came through the door into my classroom as we returned from the cafeteria.    Our school days are busy, and free moments to chat one-on-one are limited, so the conversation we had was brief, but it stuck in my mind … Read More

Oatmeal Muffins and a Cup of Coffee

Five Thoughts

  If a job’s pay scale was determined by how difficult it is to get a bathroom break I would surely be earning a triple-digit salary. On the bright side, I don’t start my work day by donning a Kevlar vest and getting  a  pain-killing shot like the … Read More

Vintage Map of the Middle Atlantic States

Earthquakes and Hurricanes in Washington, Oh My!

“Floor-to-ceiling windows seemed like such a good idea…” That comment came from my son as he and his wife, along with throngs of other East Coast residents, navigated crowded store aisles to stock up on food, water, batteries, etc. in preparation for Hurricane Irene. It … Read More