Winter. Meh. We’ve all done this a zillion times.

It’s that time of year, Northlandians. I have some tips for you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR! If you get stuck somewhere, STAY IN YOUR CAR! It’s warm in there. It’s cold and wet out side. The car has lights. And a horn. Don’t ever let your gas gauge get below half. This is key….

The latter half of summer blues

Summer time! Sun! Beaches! Water colour paints in colouring books! Camp! And, of course, the inevitable phrase “I’m bored.” It’s getting on to the other half of summer; all games have been played, many camps have been attended, ice creams, movies, backyard camp fires… Now what? School’s not scheduled for about another month and you…

Edibles Odds and Ends

So it’s time again to make sure all the cupboards get cleaned out, the freezer is emptied, and general spring cleaning to begin.  So, it’s odds and ends time. Last night’s stew was an odds and ends deal. 1# ground lamb 1 end knob of butter last few splashes each of port, sake, vermouth, and…

Cool things I found in some of my recent classrooms

I love reading.  I love everything about reading.  The thrill of the hunt for a good book, the joy of emotional content, the purity if information, and even teaching folks how to do it.  I do have to admit, that last bit is really quite shiny in my mind. I also love finding new ways…

How does your school rate?

Howdy ho, neighbours!  Just now I’m a substitute or guest teacher.  I visit a lot of schools in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding suburbs.  I can see quite a bit about your school, your adult culture, and your student culture in less than 10 minutes based on observation and shameless eavesdropping. I know your school is healthy because:…

Teachery Tidbits from Subland

I have a K-12 license to teach Theatre and Reading here in the great state of Minnesota.  So naturally I sub.  On the up side, I don’t have lots of lesson plans to do or conferences or the extra 38 hours per week of stuff teachers do above and beyond the normal 45 hours per…

We have snow sign

It’s that time of year, Minnesotans.  Well, really anyone who has to negotiate icy, snowy, poorly visible roads populated with drivers who are panicky.  I have some tips for you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR!  If you get stuck somewhere, STAY IN YOUR CAR!  It’s warm in there.  It’s cold and wet out side.  The…

Blackness

Today is a sad day.  Yesterday was a bit sad, too. Why, do you ask?  Well, it has to do with this:   I’m a bit torqued, as I always am at this time of year, at how much we have to be thankful for and yet we go on bestial rampages for MORE stuff. …

Tipping is not a city in a forigen country

  If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to go out. It’s that simple. I was a server. Many people I know were servers. We got a sucktastic paycheck every few weeks, but if you didn’t make tips, you didn’t pay bills. It was that simple. If you were lucky, meals would be…

Constitutionally speaking….

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore our Constitution.   This fall I went to the Minnesota Educator’s Conference at the River Center over MEA weekend.  The ACLU always has a booth there and they always have pocket copies of the US Constitution.   Also included in the little book is a copy of the MN…

NEXT!

Much like winter, the holidays are coming.  Frenzied buying, drama laden family politics, dietetic issues up the wazoo (don’t like, can’t eat….) and illness.  It would be fine by me if we could skip everything from 16 Dec (the hubby’s birthday) until 31 Dec, I’d be fine by that. I detest this time of year….

To my followers

THANK YOU!  A big squishy thank you to all those who are reading and following my blog.  You are amazing!  I’m glad you take the time to read my musings and I sincerely hope you walk away with something good from them.   Have a most excellent day!