Christmas is going to be a lot of fun this year, I can tell.When you ask Clay what he wants for Christmas, he'll say "a tree."He's been excited about getting a Christmas tree since he saw one decorated with toy trains, cars, etc. in a store back in...August, maybe?When his momma explained that there might be toys under the tree at Christmas-time, his eyes got even bigger....more
I’ve always been a fairly frugal person. I am a sucker for a good deal and avoid paying full price if at all possible. I attribute this to growing up with cheapskates teachers as parents. We weren’t impoverished by any means, but we were certainly eating a lot of ground beef and toast and wearing plenty of hand-me-downs. We were fully aware that new clothes were a twice a year splurge: back-to-school and Christmas....more
Not long ago I found myself on a warm spring day, seated in a piazza in the historical centre of Salerno watching the passers-by. Shortly thereafter, I noticed all seemed to be predominately female - and very much alike, as if originating from some mysterious invisible assembly-line somewhere outside of my peripheral vision....more
It's 90 degrees today and it is the first day back to school for the students in my area. I'm not going back after 18 years of teaching. This is the year that my school had to discontinue the kindergarten program due to decreased enrollment. That happened because of the economy. Time for change.
I've been racking my brain to come up with a plan. Go back to school? Well, I have a master's degree and a brand-new 5 year professional license. No reason to work on a new degree or licensure right away. I have time....more
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