Note to Monkeytot

| January 28, 2013

1. There is no such thing as a “sugar sandwich.” 2. If there were, it would not be a breakfast food.

10 Things I Want My Kids to Know

| November 30, 2012

1. “Skip a few” is not a counting number. 2. Don’t hold the cat’s hind legs in the air while he eats. 3. Change your socks before someone comments on the odor.. 4. Cats don’t like to wear hats. 5. It’s difficult to be accidentally rude when calling an adult “sir” or “ma’am.” 6. Cats […]

How to Treat a Democrat’s “Lady” Parts.

| November 7, 2012

I’d love to point you to this article at Egregious Twaddle, about this article at HuffPo, and just say “Enough said,” but I can’t help myself. The comment box says things like “I woke up this morning and didn’t find a republican in my vagina.” I take it not having a republican in her vagina […]

2 Things about marriage

| October 15, 2012

1. A strong marriage requires sharing of values. 2. A happy marriage requires that each person consider him or herself responsible for the other one’s happiness. Where do “interests” come in? Wherever you wish, so long as they don’t interfere with 1 and 2. A married person should never take on an “interest” that actively […]

Not so devastating

| June 3, 2012

Several times in the past year or two I have read or heard someone talk about the “devastating” news that their child had autism. You know what? That kind of talk makes me mad. I mean, really mad. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not entirely unsympathetic toward parents who face a difficult road. Having special […]

Things I Don’t Understand

| November 22, 2011

If people are outraged about CEO salaries, why did they not protest in the streets when Obama, after promising an economic stimulus package, gave all the money to CEOs? We have a man in the white house who makes fun of learning-disabled people. He is comfortable with the killing and disposal of inconvenient people, including […]

A little awkward note

| November 9, 2011

When I was student teaching early in the year, I ran out of time. Between teaching, and the associated homework for my teaching program, and the classes on the side, there was scarcely time to hug my kids or wash the dishes, let alone blog. After I finished my master’s program, I didn’t feel like […]

Note to Curtain Climber

| October 28, 2011

I don’t care what color it is, it’s called an orange, not a yellow.

Rote learning and “tricks”

| April 7, 2011

Conceptual learning is all the rage. Sure, it has been ever since they introduced the first “new math” that didn’t do a very good job of teaching it; but the idea was there: method is fine, but it should never be taught in place of concept. And tricks should be avoided because then kids will […]

Organization: my addiction of choice

| December 31, 2010

I’ll admit it: I’m a time management and organization junkie. I can’t resist a nice, indulgent Lifehacker session. I’ve been known to do weird searches there for fun. Recently, for example, I did a search for “lists” and found an interesting looking piece of webware called Workflowy. Will I use it in the long run? […]