Fresh Start

Blog Directory I had just come from Disney (World) more specifically the Animal Kingdom from my home state in Flordia. Here I was staring at a bunch of twelfth graders in a big empty room that needed a paint job, in Baltimore City, Maryland. I’d signed up for this job after I’d hunted on foot, riding my bike up to all the schools I could get to in Parkville, but none had called me back so far....more

Another link between running speed and learning speed

I'm not going to say that people who run are smarter. (Seriously, I'm not going to say it - mostly because I don't run anymore!) But, there's yet another link the brain getting stronger as the body moves faster.Basically, gamma rhythms produced during concentration and learning grew substantially as the mice ran faster.We already know exercise is good for you – especially in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's. But now we have an even clearer link between fitness and learning. Stronger body = stronger brain.Here's the piece:...more

Symptoms of adult ADHD

CNN has an interesting article about adult ADHD here:,,20490145,00.html?hpt=he_bn6Did you know 4% of adults have ADHD? And that's just the people who have been diagnosed! Here are some interesting (but sad) stats about adults with ADHD:• lower income• higher rates of accidents• higher rate of unplanned pregnancies• higher rate of substance abuse Here are some of the most common symptoms/associations of ADHD in adults:• restlessness...more

Blogging: The Challenges I Face

I have been blogging for about 3 years now. Wow! I can hardly believe it has been that long, but it has. As a newbie into blogging, I read whatever I could to learn how to effectively blog and to actually bring visitors to my site. What good is a great post if no one reads it, right? My blog is mainly about saving money, couponing, finding freebies and the like. It took me quite a while but I have a steady stream of visitors each day....more

Seeing Gaming in a New Light: Games for Change Festival 2011

I just got back from New York City for my first visit to the Games for Change Festival. In its eighth year, this year’s festival was held on June 20-22 at New York University.  I wasn’t able to attend the entire conference, but thanks to live streaming I caught most of the Tuesday talks I would have missed otherwise.  (You can watch the archives of the live stream, too!)...more

Let's see,
1- I'm a retired teacher
2- I'm a SXSW regular and have seen both Jane McGonigal ...more

Teaching through Toys

"Where are we going today?" asks my husband in a deep voice while holding the Superman doll."Swimming! The beach!" the babies shout."Okay then. Let's get in the car. Come on, Supergirl! Get in the car!" My husband switches to a falsetto. "No, I want mommy to strap me in. No no no. Crying. Waaaaah. I'm going to cry!"The babies look up, confused."No, Supergirl. Mommy doesn't have to always strap you in. Sometimes Daddy straps you in. If you are going to cry, we'll just stay home. Okay, fine. We're staying home.""No!" the babies shout. "Go beach!...more

Is It Learning German or German Learning?

Today I stepped into a classroom for the first time in 2 1/2 or so years. Well, it was a little less like a classroom and more like a building site. It fact, it was a building site. No kidding! I turned up to my new German class this morning and it turned out that where the classes are being held (in Schöneberg)isn't quite finished yet so we walked down a corridor filled with doors leaning against walls, no flooring, cables sticking out of walls and a handful of builders hanging from various objects. Not quite what I was expecting....more

Back in to Education

Next week I will be stepping back in to shoes that are unfamiliar to me. Student shoes! I am one of those people who likes to write in the box marked ''Level of Education'': ''School of Life''.  It's not that I have no education at all. I do. I went through the normal British schooling system of 'Infants school', 'Primary' and 'Secondary' and then that's where things got a little merkier. ...more

fire walking

fire walking There are two posts last year for May (pre-Moxie) and two posts for June on this blog. Only two. That period of time - from the day of Moxie's birth (May 7) ranging through July, sailing past August and well into September was an incredibly intense period for me. Intense on a level at which I think it quite literally changed my life. It was like walking through fire....more

Online Inspiration...and Envy

Seven years ago someone mentioned 'weblogs' and I winced. Why would someone want to go and put their journaling thoughts online for all to see? Good god, what madness is taking over society? We left for Peace Corps in 2000 and returned to the rubbed-and-well-worn jeans look. Cell phones for everyone...and everywhere. And now, diluting of the web with weblogs?! ...more

I think at one point or another I've felt that way. But I've learned that my own blogs are my ...more