Author Archives: jyourist

Pale Blue Dot

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Last night’s humble dinner, just the preamble.

We have a wonderful back porch that is not heated. This means that sometime, late in the fall, the weather gets a bit too cold and we abandon the porch until the following spring when temperatures get warm enough. From … Continue reading

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Three Passover poems shared by three friends

On the second night of Passover, three Passover poems shared by friends: The first by Jane Hirshfield: xxxx In a Room with Five People, Six Griefs In a room with five people, six griefs. Some you will hear of, some not. … Continue reading

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Drinking games

Every Friday morning we have an extended advisory. One of the students brings breakfast treats for us all to share. There are usually a variety of activities, discussions, tasks, and announcements with which we are involved while we munch. Advisory … Continue reading

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“A Strange Impulse” by Lydia Davis

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Passover 2014: gefilte fish substitute, seder snow, blood moon, karate-kicked matzah piñata, death of the first-born

(Blood Moon photo by JB)

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“You” by Louise Ma

 

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13 and 14 year olds on a beautiful spring day

This is a photo of some of my students on our way back from visiting our “little buddies,” a group of kindergartners with whom we have partnered. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Understanding Poetry

xxxx And the poem that inspired the above, “The New Poetry Handbook,” by Mark Strand xxxx 1 If a man understands a poem, he shall have troubles. 2 If a man lives with a poem, he shall die lonely. 3 … Continue reading

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“Little Song of the Mutilated”

Tonight was the 18th annual French recital where the 8th grade students recited French poems, acted out scenes in French, and performed the music of French composers. The ambiance of the room was very cafe-like (flowers and candles on the … Continue reading

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