Mountain Dew. Coca-Cola. Red Bull. Monster. Flaming Hot Cheetos. Pringles. Doritos. Fritos. Funyons. Snickers. Twix. Reese's. Pixie Stix. Blow Pops. Tootsie Pops. And it's not even Halloween! I'v seen all of these foods, in large quantities, in my classroom in the last week. Watching kids eat unhealthy food is difficult. Finding out that many of them only eat unhealthy food is upsetting. Too many kids tell me that for lunch they eat a couple bags of chips and some cookies or some other sugary snack....more
Hi!New here and just wanted to get the ball rolling by introducing myself! My name is Melody, and I guess you could say that I am a 'serial' online entrepreneur. I've been earning my living online since 1994, and along with my hubby, we run a couple of hundred websites and web businesses, doing a little bit of everything from affiliate marketing to custom products.My latest project though is not a 'for profit' venture, it is a true 'passion project', called SecondWindEntrepreneurs.org....more
We have been together for 12 Valentine's Days now. The idea is my spouse has even years and I have odd years to plan our Valentine's Day celabration. We started with dinner out, then dinner in, concerts, plays and moved to trips out of town to the big city for a Broadway Production and last year we went on a weekend trip to a country Bed and Breakfast. We enjoyed them all, each one trying to be better than the last....more
I've always thought that the phrase "thinking outside the box" didn't make much sense for creatives. It's like saying that a blank canvas is inspiring to painters, and anyone who's ever painted can attest to the fact that the canvas only gets interesting when there is something to work with on it. Editing, shaping, and critiquing what's already been created is a lot easier than creating something in the first place (that's why everybody's a critic and fewer people are artists). ...more
Last night I thought of about twelve different things to write about, today. This morning, I woke up with a raging migraine. Needless to say, those ideas are all stored somewhere in my brain behind the migraine, and shall not be arriving until it's taken out.I've been having strange dreams lately. It's not that unusual for me I suppose. I've always had some crazy dreams. Mostly nightmares. Thank the good Lord though, they've just been strange lately, no nightmares! Maybe part of my health regime should include more accupuncture. That shit is amazing! Anyone ever tried it?...more
What do teachers and students have in common? They're all people. Too often, this similarity is overlooked if not entirely forgotten. Teachers good and bad fall into their roles, and students, often with some resistance, follow suit. Ignoring humanity in our school systems does no one any favors, and it only gets worse as the government focuses on test scores and statistics instead of on students.As I considered who to highlight here, the choices seemed endless. I could choose the tech teacher, who let me come to class late if I brought him coffee...more
Next week, I will make my 100th blog post. In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I'd open up my blog to allow you to share your positive experiences. Despite being seen as an honorable profession, teachers often get the short end of the stick. Unless a film or television show is about how good a teacher is, the teachers and administration in a school are portrayed as evil, stupid, annoying or just plan bad. Let's make up for those fictional accounts with our own experiences....more
Is the US Military a Government Supported Frat House?
Based on the story that appeared on CNN and in the New York Times, I am forced to conclude that the US military is essentially a ginormous, government-funded frat house that also fights wars on our behalf.
When I think back to the beginning I can still sort of remember my natural hair color. Almost.I was eighteen years old, and full of hope for my future acting career in New York City.I just knew it wouldn't be long before an agent or director plucked me from the crowd of unknowns and made me a star.If I can make it here I can make it anywhere right?Well who'd have thought it would be so effing hard to make it here! Christ!I had moved to the big city from the small city completely unarmed in life skills and short on money....more