I’m a writer….

Since this is my blog and I’m a writer, I occasionally find some stuff I wrote in the past.   Sometimes those mental doodles are in a notebook, sometimes on a stray piece of write-upon.  This is from a piece of cardboard from about 2004.  It’s a mental noodle, so feel free to by pass and…

It’s not about guns and laws, folks. It’s about humans and emotions.

I’ve been noticing lots of new information about laws, protests, guns, mental health, and all the normal rigamarole, but I am not seeing much action or even much change.  It really seems like we are walking around in small circles dressed like Roman soldiers in a Mel Brooks movie. Enter stage right lots of community…

I really wanted to comment, but….

I really wanted to comment of some of the things Betsy DeVos was talking about, but I had a really good day at school today with Joni Oeltjenbruns talking about being an author and illustrator then drawing with my middle school students.  Turns out I can do more teaching and enabling in a poor public…

How many deaths? Apparently 33,000 annually here in the States.

Gun violence is the hottest topic right now.  I think we should take away the gun part and look at the violence part. I did some digging and found this cool interactive graphic about gun deaths in America.  Dug around some more and found this one.  Then this one.  Again.  Actually, pretty much every site…

Fire extinguishers: a multi-use tool

When you think of a fire extinguisher, you think of PASS and other fire related things.  But what about when a human freak pancake comes into your school/night club/post office/place of work/ home and tries some gun related shenanigans?  Yes, by all means, run and hide and get the others out of the way.  Yes,…

Really.

17 What, that’s what you got????  This is some seriously whacked poo. Broken.  The education system is broken.  Our system is in pieces on the floor and we keep trying to put it back together with  the cheapest crappy band aids and then get all ticked off and freaked out when it fails.  Again.  Again….

Makin’ Magazines

Man o man, writing a magazine is hard work!  Interviewing, sorting information, reading websites and printed materials, THINKING….  Ugh.  It’s hard. But I love it!  I love making the school magazine!  I love working with students to write articles, take photos, and draw some cartoons!  I love finding new information to share with students and…

I am such a rock star……

Summer time musings I’m beavering away in the office coming up with interesting ideas and plans for school. I’m on track. I’m ahead of the game. I totally rock my teaching license. What a good teacher. It’s 8.30 am and I am doing teachery stuff. I am a rock star! The window is open. The…

Decluttering my life: realisations of what’s not necessary

I am a hoarder. Or, rather, was on the path towards hoarding. We used to have a saying within my group of friends “She who dies with the most _______, wins.” You can insert anything from a long list that included fabric, yarn, paints, pottery, brushes, sewing things, assorted art project detritus, tools, scarves, clothes,…