Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cyber Monday: Charity Giving

It’s the season of shopping. Catalogues invade my mailbox daily. And it’s also the season of giving. Non-profit organizations try to capture our attention and donations, hoping to replenish their coffers to enable them to fulfill their missions. I’ve been … Continue reading

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France, Je T’aime

“We’ll always have Paris,” Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells a distraught Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) near the end of Casablanca (1942). Ah, Paris. You’re in my heart with so many memories of the city and country now rattled by terrorist attacks. We … Continue reading

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Class Notes #10: Literary Salons, Veterans’ Day, & New Names

The Literary Salons were a great success. Several administrators and teachers stopped in and gave their support. The highlight truly for all was when one 7th grader, a boy from Ghana who has been so shy he never spoke, read … Continue reading

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Announcing: A Glub Glub & A Shake Shake: A Cookbook

I was seated on a flight from New Jersey to San Francisco and overhead the attendant asking customers in business class if they wanted blintzes for breakfast. I thought of my mother’s—hand made, light batter, carefully mixed cheeses, lightly fried, … Continue reading

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Class Notes #9: President Obama, Songs, & Literary Salon

Since the quarter ends next week, I decided each class would participate in a literary salon to share their writing with staff that may be free that period. Students selected their own work to read and then made invitations, cutting … Continue reading

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