Monthly Archives: September 2011

Japanese Gardens- Portland, Oregon

We’re in Portland for a family celebration and had a bit of time today to visit the Japanese Gardens. It was really hard to decide which photos to post. The weather, the light, (and might I say, the company) were … Continue reading

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Allegory over the river of capital punishment

We have finished reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Rushdie wrote this story while he was under a death threat (fatwa) from the Ayotollah Khomeni for writing the Satanic Verses. He was in hiding for ten years and wrote … Continue reading

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Still a work in progress and totally pumped for tomorrow

Because of schedule changes, I teach the last two periods of the day  (along with the third and fourth). By the later afternoon, the kids are tired, wiped out. They are clearly filled with great ideas, even the best of … Continue reading

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The Guest House by Jelalludin Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who … Continue reading

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Aye matey– you mingy rapscallions, gawping panjandrums, churls, dastards, and varlets

Today a student came into class and said that today is International Talk like a Pirate Day. We looked it up on Google and in fact it is real. Having read Haroun and the Sea of Stories filled with words … Continue reading

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Recycling: Washi Tales— transforming

Recycling: Washi Tales opened last night at the Krannert Center in Champaign. It was a transformative theatrical experience, poetic, magical. This drama took the audience on an historical and process-focused journey of what it means to make paper and pushing … Continue reading

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Not enough time to hear all they had to say

On Fridays we have extended advisory where we usually have breakfast brought by a different advisee. Due to my forgetfulness, we forgot to assign someone for this morning so we all decided to potluck it. As we sat around the … Continue reading

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