Friday, October 30, 2015

The Disconnect

It's the day of the Fall Party.  We call them Fall Parties now, rather than Halloween Parties because some people don't like Halloween for some reason.  But that's no big deal.

If there's a big deal to be found, it is this.  I'm not really prepared for the fall party and I'm pretty sure the Thirdlanders have high expectations, or what some might call delusions, about what's going to happen.  To prepare them for the low key party I'm planning, I told them, "You'll dress up in your costume.  You'll eat some food.  You'll make a Frankenstein craft that I found off Pinterest.  And you'll play a game where you make a paper jack-o-lantern.  Then you'll clean up and go home."

That's when the questions started.  Questions like, "Can we wrap ourselves up in toilet paper like mummies?"  and "Will we all have a pile of candy for the Monster Bingo game?"

Did I mention toilet paper mummies or monster bingo?  No, I did not. When you teach The Thirdlanders, you get accustomed to the disconnect between their ideas and the harsh reality that's staring all of us right in the face.  It's not fun to be the disappointer of small children, but someone has to do it. I guess that's why they pay me the big bucks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Quinn Sternberg

Photo Credit:  Rebecca Cambridge

#1 Son has his senior recital coming up on Sunday night from 8:30 to 9:30 at Ford Hall. Come on over and listen if you feel like it.  I asked #1 Son if any of his pieces were his favorite but he texted back that all the songs will be "timeless classics."  That sounds like a win win.

Thursday Creativity Share.  Our wonderful son.  Playing his jazzy jazz.  Popping with Pride

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Comments

I emailed my mom yesterday and in that email I told her about #TwinTuesday.  She wrote back, "I know about 'Twin Tuesday'..... the pairing of two completely irrelevant objects every Tuesday.  Never stop this.  It makes me think I'm not the only crazy in the family!"

So there you have it.  A ringing endorsement of #TwinTuesday from a favorite reader. We carry on.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Ungulate and Jar.  I've learned that an ungulate is a mammal with hooves.  I thought it had something to do with the stomachs, but come to find out I was wrong.  #TwinTuesday is a day for celebration my friends.  Just think about this cow and this cumin jar if anyone gets on your nerves today.  And you will get through it.  The Cow and The Cumin Seed Jar.  Don't stop believing.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Daughter

Did you know that 20 Something is coming home on Friday?  She's coming to see #1 perform in his senior recital.

(#1's Senior Recital details here).  Please come if you can stay up until 8:30 pm. For me, that's a stretch, but you know my motto.  Support, don't thwart.

Besides my glee about the recital and the return of 20, I'm happy about a few pertinent things right now.

  •     I'm wearing a beautiful new scarf.
  •     I am mostly organized for the upcoming week.
  •     I have a new red ruck sack.  
  •     The fall leaves are shining out in all their glory right now.
  •      Husbandman just brought over my second cup of coffee.
  •      I'm about to put on my air cast boot, which keeps my ankle secure and protected throughout the day.  

More stuff will probably bring me happiness later.  It's Move It Along Monday.  Let's get a move on, People.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The World Series

I know you're all excited about the METS in the WORLD SERIES.  As are we.

Yesterday I wore a METS jersey to school, in addition to other clothing articles. We've got a lot of CUBS fans in this neck of the woods, so I took some flak.  I also love our dear CUBBIES, but my first allegiance is to the METS.  You probably remember that I lived in Brooklyn for 2 years and saw a lot of Mets games at Shea Stadium with Husbandman.  Back in the Day.

This morning I listened to a baseball story on the MOTH told by Jimmy Tingle.  It's a fab story and I hope you will listen to it if you want.

This Jimmy Tingle fellow sounds pretty interesting. He has an organization called Humor for Humanity.

I was thinking of asking him to do a fundraiser at the Comedy Attic to help me fight the good fight with this foot injury.  I need support along the lines of:
 A new scooter.  New miniature van for transport of the scooter and wheel chair. Spa and massage appointments.  Hot Tub Installation.  House Call Pedicures. We could call the night something like Avulsion Aversion starring Jimmy Tingle.  I'm going to work on a better title, but I'm really starting to warm up to the idea.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Coveters

The Thirdlanders are going crazy over the foot injury scooter.  One said to me yesterday, in earnest, "You're going to want to let all of us take one turn on the scooter."

"No I'm not!" I replied.

"No, listen.  One ride for everyone.  That's fair."

I scooted away.  I could see he had that look in his eye that Thirdlanders get when they're beyond reason and rationality.

Later another Thirdlander approached me, put his hands on my steering bar, stared into my eyes and said, "I have to ride this thing.  I HAVE TO."

It's getting a little scary in Room 200.  If the Thirdlanders get it in their heads to collaborate on a plan of attack, I could very well be muscled to the ground as they zip off to the hinterlands on my one mode of mobility. If the blog goes silent, come looking for me.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Nizar Ali Badr

A friendly FB friend posted some art work by a Syrian artist who makes amazing work out of pebbles.  You might want to check out this link.  Amazing.

Thursday Creativity Share.  Best Art Around.  Nizar Ali Badr.  Phenomenal.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Pinnacle

Today is Pinnacle Day.  I'm back to work.  I'm feeling fine and I'm ready to get back with the Thirdlanders.  My only concern is the boot and the ankle therewithin.  If anyone touches the boot or comes close to touching it, we're going to have some issues.  Seriously.  We are going to go there.

You may recognize that I'm riffing off Effie Brown, Producer of Project Greenlight.  She has the most fascinating way of expressing her opinions.  When she's getting annoyed, she just smiles and says stuff like, "Seriously?  We're going there?  We're going to have this conversation?"  And then the people just seem to slip slide away from her.  So I may try that today if people get near the boot and the ankle therewithin. I'll say stuff like, "Seriously?  You're standing near the boot?  Are we going to have this conversation right now?  Is that what you're telling me?"

If you haven't been watching Project Greenlight, get on board.  If you want.  Interesting stuff.  Anyway.  In short.  Going back to work.  Worried about boot and ankle therewithin.  May experiment with an Effie Brown approach to management.  Ready to go.  Doing my best, forgetting the rest.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Decorative napkin and handy marker.  An unexpected pairing, yet oddly strongly connected. Almost as if they were the same object, in a sense.

Okay, update on the old avulsions.  Why do I say avulsions rather than avulsion???  Because I found out yesterday that I have TWO avulsions!  One on each side of my ankle.  I wondered why both sides of my ankle were swollen like there's no tomorrow.

Anyway, I have a new boot that keeps my ankle steady. I have a scooter that gives me some freedom and flair.
I've fallen off it once, but things are looking up.  Doc says to keep off my ankle for ten days.  I can do this now that I have the proper accessories.  (Pain has decreased remarkably, she wrote, sighing with relief.)

I do have to put in a good word for whoever invented this scooter.  WELL DONE!  Crutches get a 0 on the fist of 5.  The RollAbout gets a solid 5.  The question I'm wondering about is this.  Is the scooter a new invention or an innovation of the traditional crutch?  Invention or Innovation?  I keep mulling this over.

Another thing I keep thinking about is the amazing strength of Bert Shepard, of Dana, Indiana, who pitched in a major league game without a LEG!  I've got even more admiration for Bert since I incurred my running injury.  Bert didn't even have a RollAbout.  We salute thee, Bert.  Today and every day.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Avulsion

Okay, huddle up, peeps.  Everyone's wondering why I'm not blogging.  I've been getting hundreds of emails every day requesting a new blog post.  Let's all calm down.  Life has taken a serious turn and we can all learn a thing or two about patience from my recent calamity.  Last week was already fairly hideous with report cards and lots of too much to do / too little time kind of conundrums cropping up every time I turned around. Then, come to find out, on Saturday, I fractured my ankle.  I have an avulsion fracture, which is painful but also pretty interesting.  A ligament tears away from the ankle, ripping off a piece of bone with it.  Some people think an avulsion fracture is something that's kind of funny, not a big deal.  I'm here to tell you that this is far from the case.  I am in a wheel chair my friends, crying out in pain and aggravation every chance I get. It's really nothing to joke about.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Penultimate Day


Here we are at Penultimate Day of Fall Break.  It's truly been glorious.  At this moment in time, I'm sitting out on the deck and Husbandman is making french toast.  I'm on a little extra bit of buzzy cheer because yesterday, it came to my attention that one of our students and his cousin went missing on a camping trip in a state park.  Everyone was worried and stressed.  But after 15 hours, the two Littles were found safe and sound.  Wow and yay!  The kid and his cousin spent the night in a hollow log, eating twigs. I find this extremely encouraging.  There are twigs strewn all over my back yard right now.  I could last out here for awhile.  If I don't show up for school on Monday, I'll probably be back here, doing my best to survive, inspired by the two little Tuffians who survived in the wilds of Kentucky. Though I love my job, I'm sorely tempted to walk out into the backyard and start living off the grid.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: 3 or 4 cool things

I've already mentioned that you should check out the Miniatures at the Grunwald Gallery, but what I did not tell you is this.  This little miniature of a  table and chairs is an exact replica of the table and chairs Husbandman grew up with in his home in Altadena.  When we saw this miniature, we stood agape in amazement as a deluge of memory and emotion figuratively washed over us.

Here's the next thing.  Cynthia told me about Patti Smith's new book, M Train.  I can't wait to read it.  After I heard about it, I came across this great piece by Penelope Green.  I wish I had a bungalow in the Rockaways like Ms. Smith.  I know I could do good work there.

I'm listening to a book by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I saw it over on MM's blog.  Intrigued by the title I put it on my audible account.  You should listen to this if you want.  So good.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  It came into my life at just the right time, as ideas will, if we're open to them, according to Elizabeth Gilbert, and I think I agree.

Last but not least?  We have tickets to the Ukulele Orchestra tonight and also I signed up for ukulele lessons.  They start next week. I'm so excited I can't even tell you. So let's just drop it.

Thursday Creativity Share.  A fall break extravaganza of creativity and exploration.  Memorable Miniatures.  Survivor Smith.  Creativity as Magic.  Ukuleles.  It's all here, all around us. Any one of these things would be considered on fleek, but all together? Get out of town.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Club

Woke up with my book club hosting anxiety.  Book Club is coming up this very Friday.  I'm thinking of just ordering pizza.  But I'm also considering ordering from Little Tibet.  Or maybe sushi. I basically have no idea what to do for Book Club on Friday night. What do you think?  Sushi? I chose the book this month and it's not too good.  I've read 3 books by Liane Moriarty this year.  The other 2 were better than this one. Everyone's going to talk about how stupid my choice of book is and I'm not in the mood for that right now.  My mood is not a happy mood on this stay-cation.  Not sure why.  I'm simply out of sorts.  Norman Fischer says I need to stay with the energies I'm experiencing and know that they'll change at some point because everything does.

I adore Norman Fischer, but I'm thinking of jumping ship on his advice and in true leeway fashion, I'm actively seeking out some distraction from my woeful energies. I'm going to focus on an attitude of gratitude and look around me for the kind of inspiration that can get me up and going.  Why not just ponder the inspiring story of Bert Shepard, for example?  Bert was born in the historic town of DANA, Indiana.  He pitched for the minor leagues but then he joined the Army Air Forces in WW2 and flew 34 missions before being shot down in Germany. A German doctor made a prosthesis for his leg and while he was in a prisoner of war camp Bert taught himself to walk and then to pitch.  When he returned to the U.S., he was a pitching coach for the Washington Senators.  He was called in to pitch for a game against the Red Sox in 1945.  Bert was the first man with an artificial leg to pitch in a major league baseball game. That was his only time playing in the majors, but he did lots of coaching and even went on to work with the National Amps, teams of people with amputated limbs who played baseball, which is pretty amazing in and of itself.

In short.  Book club anxiety is still looming and lurking, but by focusing on the inspiring tale of Hoosier Bert Shepard, I'm ready to seize the day and get cracking.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Big news.  We've got a dragon and a garlic this week. Fun times.

You know what's kind of weird? I was driving by the mall this weekend and out of nowhere a hawk swooped by my car.  I pulled in to the Burger King parking lot to watch it for awhile as it perched majestically on a lamp post.  Then it flew off past the bank and Pier 1.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

The News

Foto Credit:  C. Butler  (Titled by LH:  Hilarity Ensued)

This is a section of the blog called "I Read the News Today, Oh Boy."  Because this morning I sat and read some news and drank coffee and in short I just relaxed.  Still relaxing right now if you want to know the God's honest truth.

Okay, so what did I read today?  Let's get right into it.  With a bulleted list. Don't delay, list it today.

    Photo Credit:  C. Butler (Titled by LH:  My Sculpture on the B-Line)
  • Modern Love.  Today's piece was by Elinor Lipman.  Come to find out, she's in a wonderful relationship right now.  She's also author to some books that I must check out ASAP.  I now follow Elinor on twitter, so we'll probably meet up at some point for coffee.  

  • An article about the elections.  According to the predictor chart, it will be Hilary vs Jeb/Marco. But  Patrick Healy says the DEMS are dealing with a revolt in the party, with people wanting more progressivism. I'm going to stay in the Bernie camp for now.  I'll keep you posted.

  • A John Tierney column about how recycling isn't worth the time and energy we spend on it.  It was the kind of dismal thing that can get me down and out, but is probably important to think about. I hear what you're saying John Tierney, but for now I'm going to continue with my recycling program. Come to find out, I should focus more on paper recycling.  I've been needlessly focusing most on glass and plastic.  In short, reducing and reusing may give us more bang for the buck. 
So, that's what I read about. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

The Break

At 4:00 today I will begin a week off that is called fall break.  But in my case it should be called work on your report cards because you weren't organized break.  So that's stressing me out a bit.  Somehow, knowing me, I'll probably be able to squeeze in some fun as well.  I'll give it the old college try, at any rate.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Joe Fig

Joe Fig is an intriguing artist of my acquaintance. I personally saw his work at the Grunwald Gallery last weekend.  I also personally heard about him from a young hip curator at the museum.  I don't want to brag, but I also checked out his web site and found out about his new book called Inside the Artist's Studio.  Joe Fig and I go way back.  Did I mention that I photographed Joe Fig's work?

Thursday Creativity Share.  Joe Fig.  Enough said.

The Astronauts

 From a Lynda Barry book, I've used the idea to have the Thirdlanders draw self portraits on occasion.  Draw yourself as Batman, a monst...