Monthly Archives: April 2013

Box up the Story Books? No Way!

What to do with the old picture books once beloved by now grown children? Donate? Recycle? Save? Reading Dwight Garner‘s reflections about how he boxed up the picture books that his now teenagers  cherished, I thought about the titles that engaged … Continue reading

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Blog Birthday! Happy Two Years!

It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday! The bard at 449, is read, performed and analyzed around the world, on stage and screen, in parks and parking lots, indoors and outdoors. And it’s my blog’s 2nd birthday! Well maybe not yet as famous, … Continue reading

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Commentary: Boston Marathon

Pity the poor pressure cooker.   Long used to fast boil corned beef, soften lentils or steam rice, it’s reputation is now maligned as an appliance easily adapted into a homemade bomb. This isn’t the chemistry sets of old when … Continue reading

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Proud Mother: Honors Day

It was the second time in less than two weeks that I had the privilege of sitting in Rosse Hall. Accustomed to traveling to Kenyon College for tennis matches,  I switched my purple fleece and blue jeans for dress clothes. … Continue reading

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Beating the Scrabble CPU: Whatever it Takes!

  I have a new nemesis: CPU, aka central processing unit,  my on-line Scrabble opponent.    Thanks to my tech-savvy daughter, who bought, set up and  downloaded apps I’d  like on an Ipad mini, I’m playing lots of Scrabble. I’ve been a … Continue reading

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It’s National Grilled Cheese Month!

What’s for lunch? April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Surely founded by the dairy industry, though no history emerged; it celebrates the simple act of placing a piece of cheese on something and sliding it under the broiler for a … Continue reading

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School Cheating Scandals Cheat Students

We shouldn’t be shocked that 35 Atlanta educators, the former superintendent among them, were indicted for cheating on students’ tests. My cynical side says they’re just the unlucky ones who got caught.  As a former classroom teacher, I understand the pressure … Continue reading

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