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Article #13: Common Core Conundrum

I teach adults and for a time I tutored high school students.  It breaks my heart when I get students so beaten down and anxious that they’ve convinced themselves they … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

What’s Up Doc #8: I Have Completed a Short Story! ( #amwriting )

Yes, I did! I have a Sci-Fi short story with an actual conclusion to go along with the beginning and middle.  It might even have an interesting plot! And I … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Picture This Picture That #38: Writer’s Truths ( #amwriting )

Relate a minute to Writer’s Truths

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Musings #27: Cultural Appropriation Madness

Yes, cultural appropriation does exist and everyone should be aware of it.   However, it is madness to call everything cultural appropriation to the point where people are afraid to … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Language Acquisition #4: Time To Learn Katakana

Konnichiwa!    Yoroshika onegai shimasu. I haven’t made a whole lot of progress as far as my vocabulary.  However, I am happy to report that I am hearing a lot more … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #3: Training My Ear and Tongue

Konichiwa!    Genki desu ka? Genki desu. I spent four hours putting together a video just for you!   I can’t begin to explain how much of a pain it is to … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #2: I Can Read Hiragana!

Well, most of them.     The important thing is that the random strokes are beginning to form strokes that make sense!     I was wasting time on YouTube when a Japanese Children’s … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #1: Making Sense of Squiggles and Foreign Sounds

You forget what a toddler world must feel like until you start trying to learn a language.     Know why toddlers cry and scream and throw tantrums so easily like they … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Article #12: Why Behavior Charts Haven’t Become Progressive Only More Colorful

I am not giving elementary school teachers a hard time; I am an educator myself, though the older student is my area.     I know that one teacher (who is lucky … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · 5 Comments

Article #11: Yeah, My Daughter Knows Where Her Clitoris Is And Doesn’t Say Vagina When She Means Vulva

I know someone must have cringed at the title there, and not because of its length.    The thought of a toddler or kindergartener knowing certain vocabulary sends a lot … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · 11 Comments

Musings #25: Happy Sixth Birthday to My Baby Girl

Here we are again with my annual reflection on the wonder that is you First Born.    What a year!    This winter you took up skiing with your dad and not … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Reblog It #13: Month 24: Poop Should Go to Sewage Treatment Not to Landfills; No Matter if You EC or Not

Originally posted on Diaper Free…The Other Side of the Moon:
I remember when recycling was just gaining steam.  I was a child and I couldn’t get my mom on…

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Musings #23: Dear Daughter (On Your First Day of Kindergarten)

Dear Sweet Pea: When I walked you to the door of the school, we were a few minutes early and I tried to slow you down.  That morning you woke … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Picture This Picture That #33: First Day

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Picture This Picture That #32: Fear Conquered and Schooled

August 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

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