Monday, May 29, 2017

Education & Family

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Most every English literature student has read (or been forced to read) the introduction to Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I know that life isn't perfect. Most of the time, I am a realist. But, every now and then, I also have high hopes and an optimistic attitude. That is, until a disappointment occurs. In an effort to de-clutter my mind and wash out some negativity, I'll tell you what I mean.

I am disappointed about-

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ioverheard a young girl telling her mother that she wanted to volunteer as a "candy stripper." I laughed out loud. Of course, the girl didn't want to dance naked. She wanted to wear a striped uniform and help out in the hospital. Her confusion came from a mispronunciation of "striper." When there's only one "p," the "i" is a long vowel. Most people don't know the rule, but they know the difference between a stripper and a striper.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I am sitting here typing on a new computer. It wasn't by choice. Our old computer died this week. When it died, it took everything with it -and, to add insult to injury, it wouldn't even turn on so that I could retrieve anything. So, we went up to the city and bought a new Dell Inspiron All-in-One. Of course, we had to also get a warranty program and a new virus detector. After all, now we were driving a Porsche, not a Chevy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

For a long time, we had a gecko sitting on our porch. He/She (there's no good way of telling the sex of a gecko – but from now on, I'll call it 'her') would roam between the front porch windows, sticking her head up, watching all around, and entertaining the humans inside the house. Every now and then, she would climb up the bay window and stare into the house. We thought she wanted to come in.

When folks visited us, we were careful to make sure that the gecko didn't run into the house. A few times, she almost got inside, but we closed the door fast and she ran away.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

What is your opinion about relatives being assigned to the same classroom in elementary school?


A Mom Who is Worried

Dear Mom Who is Worried,

Your question is an interesting one. Apparently, your child might be assigned to the same classroom as a relative and you're not sure it's a good thing.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I spent some time recently at the Stanford, FL airport - waiting to pick up my sister who was flying in from PA. While I waited, I couldn't help overhearing a phone conversation.

Sitting next to me was a twenty-something young woman on a cell phone. She was well dressed and was apparently waiting for someone, too. She spent her waiting time talking on the phone. I was trying to read, but couldn't concentrate because she spoke loudly.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Too many parents think that "getting ready for school" means buying clothes, notebooks, pencils, and sneakers. It doesn't. Spending money is the EASY part. There are bigger, more important tasks.

What else is there to do? Here's a handy dandy list that you can use from year to year – no matter the age of the child.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My grandmother died when she was 55 years old. I was only a child at the time, and Noni seemed very old – old enough to die. Now I know lots better. After all, I was 71 in May. 71 is still very young.

However, I am beginning to see signs of my aging. Not just the normal malfunctioning of body parts, aches, pains, and creaks, but a change in the way I look at life, the way I behave, and the things I consider important.

For instance……..

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Don't ignore bad behavior. It will just get worse. Do something about it right away.

Mean what you say and say what you mean. If you say you're going to do or not do something, follow through.

Show in your face that you are displeased even before you open your mouth.

Physical force is not necessary. It just teaches kids that you can solve problems with violence.

A properly placed, rarely used spanking is not physical force.