Tag Archives: humor

Don’t tread on me

But my real question is, how do they get rid of the scuff marks? Or maybe these mannequin heads are keeping themselves just above water? (Seen today a few doors from our auto mechanic on Broadway Avenue in Chicago.) [And, … Continue reading

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Nothing standardized about this teacher– or about this series

For the last week, some of my more hip students have been asking me if I have ever seen Portlandia. I’m not much of a TV watcher. Ever since Northern Exposure went off the air, I have not watched much … Continue reading

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Why witches only hang out with black cats

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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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Demonic and crazed

I suppose this is not the best way to think about children just before they show up for class next week, but I had to laugh at these portrayals of children in ads from the fifties. Demonic and crazed, these … Continue reading

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I went to the oracle

I went to the oracle today at the Chicago Botanic gardens. The outcome was favorable.

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Weekly Salon in a Saloon

Saturday we went to The Horseshoe on Lincoln Avenue to experience Paper Machete: A Live Magazine. We originally went to support a family friend, Emily Rose, who was performing, but I believe we’re hooked. Every Saturday at 3pm for free, … Continue reading

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Lunch with Soupy

In commemoration of my birthday I am looking back on one of the major influences in my life—Soupy Sales. Every day from first grade to sixth, I would walk home at lunchtime (almost a mile), sit in front of the … Continue reading

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It is in doing what one wants to do, that one becomes who one wants to be.

In short films today, a student shared the following video by Remi Gaillard, french performance artist. He is famous for playing pranks on real people in real places with his accomplice capturing the responses on a hidden camera. Gaillard’s motto … Continue reading

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Symbolic stage directions for language

Punctuation marks are the symbolic stage directions for language. These “stage directions” tell us to pause or use a specific inflection, to soften or emphasize, to slow down or to speed up. They help us to make sense of and … Continue reading

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