Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Undistressed Damselfly

Bluet Damselfly publicdomainpibtures.net
Husbandman and I went out for a swim this morning.  We went early before it got too hot.  As we floated back and forth from wall to wall of the quarry, the damselflies hitched rides on our arms staring at us with their massive eyes. I loved their skinny stick bodies with their sporty stripes of blue. Their transparent lacy wings folded back with a nonchalance I envied.   When I got home, I googled "skinny dragonfly" because I didn't know about damselflies.  Come to find out, dragonflies and damselflies are related.  They belong to the Order Odonata which means "toothed ones."  There are over 5,000 species within this order, with a third being damselflies.  The rest are the larger dragonflies, who lay their wings out flat when they're resting, somewhat pretentiously, if you ask me. This photo shows you some kind of bluet damselfly, which is the kind we saw this morning. The damselfly is a great hunter.  The stick body I so admired is actually its ten segment abdomen.  Damselflies have been on the earth for over 300 million years, so I guess they know what they're doing. They're now on my list of favorite insects.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Project

I heart Barry Lane.
After the cool conference, I spent a few days with the fam at 90Cab.  I got my mom a new, pink rollator.  Her physical therapist called the rollator the "cadillac of walkers," so of course she had to have one.

We got lattes one afternoon and went to sit in the square.  It was Georgia hot and muggy, but it was nice to check out the geraniums and dwarf gardenias.  I wonder if they're making plans to remove the confederate statue from the square.  That thing's annoying and offensive. Mom agrees wholeheartedly.  Maybe my Dad can take that on as a project.  He's good at talking to people and following through.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Conference

I'm early to the airport, so why not blog a bit?  The ILA conference was top rate great.  I had many fun experiences that I'll now tell you about.  On Friday, I met with Brett and Michael of Heinemann to record a podcast. Brett chatted while Michael took video. I was nervous about this, but overall, it went well.  Brett told me about upcoming possibilities for Back and Forth.  Back and Forth comes out on September 14.  I ended up enjoying the podcast recording.  I fumbled a few times, but mostly the conversation felt natural, imho.  Thank you Brett and Michael!

I had dinner with marvelous Michelle Flynn from Heinemann and 3 great educators:  Meredith Ogden, Lindsey Moses, and Stephanie Affinito.  We all worked with excellent editor Holly Kim Price.  Holly got held up on a tarmac so she didn't make it.  It was fun talking about where our books are and their different journeys.  These are fun, smart people and the night could not have been more fun.  I went to their sessions during the conference on Saturday and Sunday.  Amazing stuff.

On Saturday, I went over to the Heinemann booth to look around and to imagine what it will be like when Back and Forth is there soon.  Heinemann people came up to me to say hi.  They would say stuff like, "Lee, we were on the video call together," or "Hi Lee, I'm working on the catalog right now so I recognize you from your photo.  The book looks great."  So friendly!  Happy times indeed.

After Stephanie's session, Holly and I zipped out for a quick lunch. I was glad to get a chance to talk with her.  She gave me ideas for getting involved with the promotion of the book. So stay tuned for more info on that.  I also talked to her about some vague ideas for future books and she was encouraging. Who knows?

Saturday night was the Heinemann author reception.  I was sad to be without Judith because my mix and mingle skills aren't all that great. Plus it was hot and I kept sweating and my glasses kept fogging up.  But I just decided to ignore that stuff and make the most of my time with the Heinemann people.  I talked to Michael the videographer for awhile.  He's hilarious.  Then I let him move on to others and I saw 2 women talking nearby.  I walked up to them and said, "I'm going to talk with you now." They seemed fine with it.  They even gave me their card and said they review books on their blog and that I should reach out when it appears.  I saw Lindsey and Meredith and chatted with them and got introduced to Nell Duke.  SWOON!  Then incredible Elizabeth from Heinemann came over and said, "Who do you want to meet?"  I had a list, so we talked with Ralph Fletcher for awhile, and then chatted for a time with Barry Lane.  He's the dearest, funnest man, and I hope he can come to our school for a talk.  Then I met Katie Wood Ray and I asked her to present with me next year at NCTE since she is both a writer and an editor.  She said, "I'll do that, but you have to write the proposal."  I'm still kind of amazed that I did that.  I told her, "I can't really believe I just asked you to do that."  But she was friendly, supportive, awesome.   I can't even think about presenting with her because I get too pumped up and it's a long way off, if it even would happen.  But who knows??  The reception ended with a friendly and funny chat with Cornelius Minor, who is an amazing teacher and author and person.  He's also working with Holly on his book, so we're kind of related. His latest podcasts for Heinemann are top notch.  I can't wait for his book.

So after some great sessions on Sunday, I went back to the hotel and brought my book poolside.  I swam and read and wrote in my notebook.  Now I'm at the airport.  Heading to Georgia for a few days to visit Ann and Dan.  Still on a buzzy upbeat high from a weekend full of learning new stuff and talking to cool people.  We all need to go to more conferences.  Even if we're not presenting, let's just go.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Conference

I'm getting a little nervous about this weekend's conference.  It's in Orlando and Orlando is not my favorite place.  I don't much care for EpcotWorld and high temperatures annoy me. We have high temperatures here today, so I've scowled through most of the day.  It's too hot out there and Orlando's even going to be hotter.  I don't have the right clothes, so I went to the mall to buy some clothes, but I'm not thrilled with my purchases.  Truth be told, I'm nervous about recording the podcast.

I've got some anxiety going on right now, my friends, and I've got to get my act together PDQ. I wish I could have a Pimm's Cup. Please bring me one if you can.  A Pimm's Cup would make everything okay.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Farmers

Husbandman goes to the farmer's market weekly.  This week he bought some fine tomatoes.  A good pal gave us some zucchini she had grown right out of the ground.  Husbandman whipped up some zucchini fritters last night.  The guy is a miracle worker.

Today I have some plants to put in the ground---zinnias, begonias, marigolds and lantana.  Once again, I'm getting back to the land and getting my priorities in order.

Soon Husbandman and I will be off the grid completely, living as homesteaders.  I'm going to be a homeschooling teacher, here on High Street.  If you have a kid who wants some learning, bring her on over.


Monday, July 10, 2017

The Missing


On Friday, I might be recording a Heinemann Podcast.  I'm scheduled to do this, so I don't know why I'm writing MIGHT.  When you think about it, though, anything can happen between now and Friday.  I'll let you know how/if it goes and when/if you can hear the conversation.
I'm curious about the book.  In our back and forth journey, the book is now in the publisher's hands and I haven't seen it for a few weeks.  I wonder how it's doing and feeling.  I know it has friends at Heinemann, but does it miss me or need me?  I hope we're back together again soon.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The Mighty Brother

Mighty Brother just left the Hoosier state for Iowa City.    We saw 2 out of 3 of their Hoosier shows, at the Eiteljorg Museum and at the Back Door.     As you know, we love Mighty Brother because they're all sweet guys who sing amazing original songs.  Also, their bassist is #1 Son and he's just a ton o' fun.

They are packed into a mini-van in a way that worries me, but, like true artists, they're willing to make sacrifices for their art.

The best news is that we are going to a Mighty Brother show in San Francisco on August 1.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Insects


 We walked on Jackson Trail in Yellowwood State Forest yesterday.  We've walked on this trail before, in late November and we were ready to celebrate our nation's birth by traversing it yet again, despite the heat and humidity.  I'm trying to up my game in the physical activity department as you know.

Come to find out, the outing was an unmitigated disaster due to poor trail maintenance.  A plethora of massive trees had collapsed onto the trail, forcing us to walk off trail to pass them.  I do not like to walk off trail.  Worse than the downed trees was the overgrowth of plants near the trail, constricting the trail to a four to six inch width for much of the walk once we got too far in to go back. Brush of all types scratched at my legs and arms. Sadly, I had worn shorts.  Invisible cobwebs continuously broke against my face.  My tick anxiety kicked in and by the end of the hike, I felt as if I were submerged in a tub of ticks.  I never found a tick on me, but many ticks are nearly microscopic, so obviously my fears are not unfounded. Back at home, I submerged myself in a bathtub of water.  Then I hit the couch with my computer, looking at images of sad animals whose ears were filled with hundreds of ticks. For the rest of the day, I had shortness of breath, and nausea.  Things went from bad to worse when we discovered that the old air conditioning unit we had replaced in our bedroom had a wasp nest inside it. We had left it on a chair in the bedroom after putting the new unit in the window. Wasps were flying everywhere in the bedroom.  Luckily, Husbandman handled the situation with aplomb and surprising bravery.  I sat on the couch, unable to read, completely out of sorts. Anxiety (shortness of breath alternating with small sobs) took hold of me and would not let go until we took ourselves out to a movie called Beguiled.  It was good and you should see it if you feel like it.  We then went to a restaurant for Chinese food which did a lot to bring me out of my anxious tub of ticks stupor.  Today I'm mostly fine.  I still feel like bugs are crawling on me, but I just have to live with that for awhile I guess.
 Husbandman and I are heading to Indianapolis to hear MIGHTY BROTHER play at the Eiteljorg.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Workview



I'm working slowly through Designing Your Life (DYL).  Today my task is to write about my workview by answering a set of  questions.  I've decided to make a blog entry of it.  Win win...I get a blog entry and I also finish the DYL homework.  I'm not sure it's a win for you, good friend and reader, but just take one for the team today and add a kind comment after you're done reading.

Authors:  Why work?
Me:  Work because it's a good way to be part of something, to make something new and to have a structure to your life that you can rely on.
Authors:  What's work for?
Me:  It's for a paycheck and it's for expression and it's for connection.
Authors:  What does work mean?
Me:  It means purpose and it means creativity.  It means satisfaction and exploration.
Authors:  How does it relate to the individual, others, society?
Me:  I don't know.  Let's come back to that one later.
Authors:  What defines good or worthwhile work?
Me:  Anything you enjoy doing.
Authors:  What does money have to do with it?
Me:  Money's the icing on the cake. Yay for the money.
Authors:  What do experience, growth and fulfillment have to do with it?
Me:  For me, I like the work I do because the experiences are so varied.  There are repetitive parts to it, but mostly it's creative and challenging.  If I'm not learning how to do something new, I get frustrated.  For me, it's fulfilling, and I do have a high level of autonomy in my various gigs, which makes me happy, for the most part.

So, there's my workview, Reader.  I wonder if it would be this upbeat if I were writing it in May, but let's not worry about that.  Let's just stay positive and recognize that this is a really awesome blog entry in the comments section.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The Summer



Awhile ago, I posted a photo of driftwood in Lincoln Park, Seattle.  The driftwood had a carving on it.  Do you remember?  The cool thing is the artist commented on my photo.  He and his family carve images into driftwood.  You can read about them here.  We're all connected in the blogosphere, which is pretty neat.

I've had a hankering for a swim lately.  So Husbandman and I hightailed it down to Lake Monroe and jumped in.  Then we sat in our camp chairs and read our books.  The lake was lovely, and pontoons and kayaks were zipping along with merriment.

Next week I'm going to Sandra's place for a swim.

It's summer, so everyone should be swimming as much as possible. Living near aquatic environments improves your emotional and physical health.  I think I read that somewhere.  Also, try to carve some images into wood if you can.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Proofreading

Summer Wheat:  Check out her stunning art here. http://www.summerwheat.com
While I was in Georgia, I had a task and that task was to proofread all the pages of the book.  Husbandman proofed as well.  At first the proofreading was tough.  I had anxiety about every line, knowing that the time for content changes was over and worrying that the book sounded only so so. I actually became dispirited and glum. Then I remembered someone said that you should proofread while reading aloud.  I think it was the goddess Anne Lamott, but I'm not sure.

As I read the book aloud, a chapter each day, I realized the book was AOK--- interesting and unique, for the most part.  Husbandman agrees that it's a good read. Yay.

On Friday, Husbandman and I had a phone chat.  We went through every page of the book together, sharing typos we found.  These were marked in bright ink and then I sent the proofs off to Heinemann.  I got an email yesterday that the proofs were received.  Now I'm wondering what the next step will be.

We shall see said the Blind Man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

The point is, it's a good idea to proofread your pages while reading them aloud.  Also, it's good to have a trusted partner read your proofs as well.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Sweetness

Today's my last day down in the deep south. It's been fun hanging out with my parents and sibs.  My mom's doing well with her walker and we've had some cool field trips to the Dollar Tree, Kroger's, my brother's house, the Veteran's Museum, and sundry parks.  Today I provided a letter writing service for my mom.  Her handwriting has gotten shaky, so she dictated a few letters for me to send.  I loved her line to her best friend, "Dan's being sweet as pie to me because he thinks I'm going to die."

My mom tells it like it is.  I will miss her.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Braves

The Braves have been doing great, but they're losing 7 to nothing right now.  I pointed to a pesky Milwaukee Brewer and said, "That guy looks like he's about ten years old."  Mom agreed, adding, "Baby Baby Suck Your Thumb."

As you may imagine, we're a bit dispirited because of the score.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Pacino

We started the day with some Physical Therapy.  The therapist was excellent and added some exercises to Mom's routine.  Mom and I are now watching the Pacino classic, "Insomnia."  Set in Alaska.  Al Pacino is a famous detective, trying to help the local cops solve a murder case.  In the process, he accidentally shoots his partner.  He couldn't see him because of some fairly thick fog.  Pacino is pretty upset about this mistake, but these things happen. Nobody's perfect.  Put the past behind you.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Review

Down here at 90Cab, we watch a lot of movies.  I enjoyed If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, a film about a few famous nonagenarians living vibrantly.  It was a little hard watching this with my mom and dad.  Ann turns 87 in August and Dan just turned 88.  They're not super active right now.  My mom broke her hip a few weeks ago and can't walk well.  My dad takes Lupe out for a walk every morning, but doesn't do much activity during the day.  I wonder what it was like for them to watch Dick van Dyke dancing around with his 45 year old wife.  I suspect watching the 100 year old woman who runs 5K races dispirited them a bit.  (To be honest, I didn't feel that gal's running was that impressive. It was more like a quick hobble).  (But Kudos to her for getting out there and caring about her physical health).

Some of these vibrant nonagenarians and centurions were a bit arrogant to tell you the truth.  They had no new offerings or tips for active longevity.  Still, I did admire their creative spirits.  You should see this movie if you want to.  Maybe not with your mom, if she's had 2 metal rods put in her hip and needs to sit in a recliner all day long watching movies.  Pick something else for now.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Therapy

Down here at 90 Cab with Mom and Dad.  The doctor feels that mom's recovery from hip surgery is going well.  I'm doing some physical therapy along with my mom so my thighs hurt like holy heck.  I obviously need to kick it into gear this summer with the physical health goals.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Drive

I drove 399.7 miles today.  Ended up in Chattanooga.  Listened to a great interview with the author of Hue, 1968.  Truly fascinating.  You should probably read this book if you feel like it. That was one hideous war, let me tell you.

Now I'm in a hotel room.  I could have driven the whole way, but I felt tired and just wanted to stop.  Good thing I did, because I'm now watching the Warriors play against the Cavaliers.  I'm rooting for the Warriors, but I like Lebron James too.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Imposters

We saw Elvis Costello last night.  He played so many fabulous songs.
Today has been quiet.  I should be packing for my trip down to see Ann and Dan, but instead, I'm watching The Leftovers, reading, and noodling about the house.  I ate some almonds.
Tomorrow I'm going to have to kick it into gear PDQ.  I'm heading south.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Day on Orcas Island

If you have another day on Orcas Island, check out Crescent Beach.  You will see many Great Blue Herons. Spend the afternoon whale watching.  If you're lucky, you'll see a humpback whale, repeatedly showing off its fluke. If you're extra lucky, you'll see orca families popping up together in their charming way.  Besides the whales, you may see bald eagles, harbor seals, harbor porpoises and one mink walking along next to the dock.  Don't forget to look for the oystercatchers.  They don't eat oysters, but they have attractive orange beaks that you can't miss.

After your whale watching trip, there will be no point in doing much else, so just head back to your garden cottage and nap for a few hours.  Let it all sink in.  Start planning for your next trip to Orcas Island. Or, just decide to stay.  There are some great articles about guests refusing to leave a vacation rental home.  There's not much the owner can do.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

24 Hours on Orcas Island

I love everything about Orcas Island, except the internet.  Sending my amazing photos via wi-fi isn't working out well and I'm also having difficulty sending my interesting texts.  Be that as it may, you should probably head out to Orcas Island some time soon if you feel like it.  Yesterday we hiked through forest, saw waterfalls and starfish, had a picnic next to a mountain lake, and ate dinner at the incredible Inn at Ship's Bay.  Right now, I'm blogging in my Orcas Island garden.  A bald eagle flew overhead a bit ago and the rufus hummingbirds zip among the daisies and poppies.  My view is the Puget Sound and snow capped mountains in the distance.  Today we're off to see some whales.  I've wanted to see whales my entire adult life.  I talk about it every day pretty much.  The woman booking our trip said that there's a 99% chance that we'll see whales today.  I read the brochure to Husbandman last night, telling him about all the things we need to bring on the boat: sunscreen, snacks, jackets, water bottles, binoculars.  Husbandman added, "Let's not forget the harpoon."  
Geez Louise.  Today's going to be epic. That's how we roll on Orcas Island.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

8 Additional Hours in Seattle

Photo Credit:  Bill Rumpf, Awesome Brother In Law
If you have an extra day in Seattle, this is what you should do.  If it's Sunday, go to Fremont Sunday Market. Mix and mingle, purchase a few odds and ends.  I myself bought two large stickers:  a brain and an octopus.  After shopping, head over to Kubota Garden and walk through one of the coolest Japanese gardens in this hemisphere.  The Kubota family worked hard on this garden for decades.  They only stopped during the internment years when they were incarcerated for no reason.  You will probably want to go to Island Soul for a fine Caribbean lunch.  Then you might venture over  to the airport to say goodbye to your daughter.  Try not to weep, you'll see her in a couple of months when you head to California for a Mighty Brother concert.  As you can see, most every second in Seattle is full of fun.

24 hours in Seattle

This is my travel blog about my world travels.

If you're in Seattle for SIFF, let me tell you what to do.

First, go to the Henry Art Gallery.  on University of Washington campus.  Talk about the art with your family. Worship at the Jacob Lawrence exhibit. Learn more about a cool artist by the name of Summer Wheat.  Head over to Din Tai Fung for some dumplings.  Then go to a film festival instant classic called Patti Cakes.  Give it a 5 and move along.  You will love it.

Next go to Lincoln Park and walk along the beach.  Sit on some driftwood.  Bring a picnic with you.  Move it along to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at Pacific Science Center.  They're visiting here from China.  If you bring Husbandman with you, he can tell you more about how he saw the actual warriors in China on one of his recent trips here.  Don't let these words dampen your excitement or distract you from the warriors right in front of your very eyes.

End your evenings with home made rhubarb strawberry pie, wine and filial chatting.  Wake up and read the news today.  Check back tomorrow for more travel blog ideas about 24 more hours in Seattle.


Friday, June 02, 2017

The Vacation

Well, here we are on vacation. 20 Something is here for the weekend.  Today we're going to see the terra cotta warriors!  Settling into Seattle.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Bee Day 31


Maybe the May Bee wraps up today.  This very day is the first day of summer.  Sage Cohen's writing prompt today is to draft a thank you letter to the universe for future events and successes that you expect to be grateful for.  Here goes:

Dear Universe,
     Thanks for the best summer I've ever had.  I loved having the time to write, garden, slog, and visit with friends every day.  I got to spend time with 20Something and #1 Son and we already have plans for our next family get together.
      Orcas Island was stunning.  We  saw a ton of orcas and hiked to waterfalls and overlooks. 
     My time with my parents in Georgia was a blast.  Ann and Dan guide me in the direction of awesome aging.  The trip down there gave me the opportunity to learn how to use their backyard grill to create some pretty amazing meals, in my humble opinion.   I had never grilled before, but turns out I have a real knack for it. My family says I should start my own "Just Grillin'" vegetarian food truck.  I'm seriously considering it.  
       Husbandman and I just docked the pontoon for the final time.  We saw so many bald eagles this summer and I shared our picnic lunches with a few of them.  I can't believe the great pictures I got of the bald eagle that liked to perch on the front of the pontoon in the early evenings while we floated along, watching the sunset.   
       I should be getting my copies of Back and Forth any day now. That's going to be like icing on the cake. 
       I feel rested and recharged.  Ready for new adventures with a new bunch of fabulous Thirdlanders.  Thank you, Thank you.  

Sincerely,

ALittleLeeway
                                                                                                
    

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Bee Day 30

Maybe I'll get everything done today and then when I walk out of the school site, I won't return for several months.  Or maybe I'll just talk to people all day long and have to go back tomorrow.
We'll see.

Monday, May 29, 2017

May Bee Day 29

Maybe I'm thinking more about Emily Dickinson.  I just read a bunch more stuff about her and I'll probably continue with this inquiry project for several days.

Emily created little books for her poems.  They were later dubbed "fascicles" by Mabel Todd who helped get them published.

Maybe I'll make some fascicles this summer.  Needle and thread.  Cool paper.

First I've got to write some poems.

Memorial Day
Get the garden weeded out
Next clean your classroom


It's a start.  I ask you the same question Emily D asked this guy she liked, "Is my verse alive?"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May Bee Day 28

Maybe I'll finish up the work related responsibilities soon.  I finished report cards today.  Still working on comments and cleaning the classroom.  It's all coming together. Husbandman brought over a bag of crickets for the tarantula.  Team effort.

Tonight Judith, Husbandman and I went to see the Emily Dickinson movie, A Quiet Passion.  Emily Dickinson died of Bright's Disease.  The movie was slow going, but so was her life.  Husbandman gives it a 2.5.  I'll reach out with a 3.  Might I but watch a more interesting movie about you, Emily.  

Don't like to criticize because I love Jennifer Ehle and Cynthia Nixon is a good one too. Maybe I was distracted.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May Bee Day 27

Maybe my mom's going to be okay, but who knows?  She broke her hip last week and she's in the hospital.  There's a lot of scary lore about the broken hip, but maybe it's all hype.  Maybe my mom will go into rehab and come out even stronger and super-er than she was before.  Which really was quite strong and super.

I'll keep you posted.

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Bee Day 26

Maybe the school year is over.  There are still quite a few jobs to do over the next few days, but mostly it's over.  No more Thirdlanders for awhile.  A fun and funny group.  I will miss them.
My immediate plan is to sleep for a few days. I'll wake up for May Bee blogging in the late afternoons.  Not to worry.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Bee Day 25

Maybe I'll be in bed by 7:30 if I play my cards right.  This gig is exhausting, not going to lie.  But I'm a day away from a summer vacation, so how can I be kvetching?  It was a pretty great Penultimate Day as these days go.  We worked on our portfolios, then we had a READ IN, where the authors read each other's stories.  We also made tiny houses out of cardboard.  These always come out looking horrible, but they're fun to make.  Most of the kids get excited about the idea of living in a tiny house.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Bee Day 24


Maybe I would have made it if rain hadn't shown up in the forecast this week, but now we have indoor recesses and probably no field day.  Forget extra recess late tomorrow afternoon. CURSE YOU, UNIVERSE!

 8:45 to 3:50 X 2. That's a lot of hours. Maybe I'll bring in a movie.  When #1 Son was young, he liked to watch Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs over and over again.  Sometimes we'd watch it 3 times a day.  Maybe we'll watch a movie twice tomorrow and twice Friday.  I've never seen Frozen.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Bee Day 23

Maybe I'll stop procrastinating and grade the lit. logs.

I just don't feel like it though.

This is a good idea I had recently. What if, about 4 weeks before school ended, we started incrementally shortening the school day for the kids?

4 weeks left, we work until 2 pm each day.
3 weeks left, we work half days.
2 weeks left, we work until 10:30.
Final week, kids come in for 45 minutes a day.

The teachers would stay and work for the remainder of the days.  That way we wouldn't have to grade papers after school and work on school tasks on the weekends.  This would give us time to grade final projects and get the end of year checklists completed in reasonable time.
We could all start the summer like normal human beings instead of mere shadows of our former selves.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Bee Day 22

Maybe we're going to make it.  Maybe we're seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel.

These Thirdlanders really make me laugh.  The stories were a little rough around the edges, but through the back and forth of the revision process between author and editor, they really are great fun to read now.  My favorite rough draft was about
 a young woman who  

gets bullied in college by a guy, so she studies karate and beats the heck out of him.  Then he keeps bullying her so she beats the heck out of him again. 

Some changes were made and the story now really hangs together, without losing any of its powerful active spirit.  Today we were a publishing house revising and illustrating our books.    Tomorrow we have the big collage book cover design session.  It's going to be epic.  Friday.... the publishing party!  Ooh La La!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Bee Day 21

Maybe we're all rocking the May Bee. Here I am on a rainy Sunday morning, blogging for the 20th time this month.  Keep it rolling, Heffernan.  FINISH STRONG!

 Today is a bustle of activity as the mighty brother team eats breakfast and packs up for their trip to Birmingham, Alabama. They play tonight and Tuesday, so tomorrow they have a day off.  I planned an itinerary for them, visiting various museums and historic parks.  #1 Son seemed slightly interested.  I wish I could always plan their down time for them as they go from town to town.  They don't have time to do it and planning fun activities is one of my fortes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Bee Day 20

Nicholas Cage's Bones will be in here one day.
Maybe you should go see the NORMAN movie with Richard Gere.  We liked it quite a bit.  Four point five on the fist of five for me.  Husbandman says a four.  High praise indeed.  Check it out why don't you?

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Bee Day 19

Maybe the May Bee is just a big pain in the neck.  I'm tired and I want to go to bed, but here I am trying to think of anything interesting that happened.  I taught a lesson about fractions today.  It was lame.  Mostly we worked on our social stories.  I have to praise the Thirdlanders because they worked on their stories without interrupting me too much during writing conferences.  I'm supposed to write up a bio for the publisher, where I write about my "edupassions."  This is the wrong time to think about the "edupassions."  I just want to think about taking a yoga class and jumping in a lake or two.  That's all I want.  But maybe I'll get my act together during the hypothetical weekend R and R.  It's sure to happen.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Bee Day 18

Maybe I shouldn't have cried when I read John's Secret Dreams to the Thirdlanders today.  I wish I hadn't, but when I get to that one page about John being murdered, I do cry every time.  I love the book and I love the ways John and Yoko protested war---with Bed-Ins and billboards.  I am going to have a Bed In soon.  Bed In for Impeachment. Maybe Husbandman will be at the Bed In too.  We'll stay in bed and sing songs together---- "All we are saying is....Impeach Trump Now" and "Imagine the Impeachment, It Isn't Hard to Do."  I'll probably live tweet the Bed In, so if you can't join us, you can still be part of it.  I can't have the Bed In this weekend, but soon.  I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May Bee Day 17

Maybe this was one of the funnest nights of my life.  Lots of friends.  Pizza.  Mighty Brother. You make the call.  Funnest night ever?  I'm pretty sure you're going to vote in the affirmative.  I wish I could stay up for their next set at Blockhouse, but here's the thing.  I need to educate our nation's youth, my friends.  Someone has to do it, and I'm pretty sure it's probably me.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Bee Day 16

Maybe seeing a blue heron flying overhead is good luck.  Nancer told me that once.  Husbandman helped me type some of the social stories the kids are writing. That was pretty darned lucky because I really am down to the wire this time, people.  I'm going to need a miracle every day for the next 8 days.  Maybe it will all come together.  



Monday, May 15, 2017

May Bee Day 14

Maybe I'll blog twice today.  Better late than sorry as they say.  #1 Son is here.  Playing on Wednesday at the Trail Head around dinner time with Mighty Brother, so make your way over there. I hope they have enough tables for all the people that I've told to come over there.  Trailhead, you've been warned.  Ready or not, here we come.

 Today #1 gave a kid size concert to the Thirdlanders as they had writing workshop.  The Thirdlanders loved having him in Room 200.  They've been requesting this all year long.  The school system really should provide live music in all classrooms during writing time.  There was a super nice vibe in there.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May Bee Day 13

Maybe it's been a great day after all.  The streptococcus is responding to the z-pack.  Better luck next time, streptococcus.

My brother and sister in law, and my parents and my sister and my nephew and Husbandman were all here for a fine lunch.  We ate cake and sang to my Dad, who turned 88 this week.  Here's an interview with my dad.

How do you feel about turning 88, Dad?
I feel relieved.  I'm looking forward to 89.

Favorite time in the last 90 years?
The 1960's.  You kids were being born.  I was working, going to night school, I was married to a wonderful woman.  The world seemed optimistic at the time.  America was riding high.

Who's your favorite child?
(laughing) Shirley Temple.

Tell me about an early job you had.
I worked at Walter Baker's Chocolate.  We made chocolate bars for K rations.  Ration Bars.  My first day there, I was working diligently and came break time and I reached in my shirt pocket for my cigars.  They were gone, As I reached over to put the concoction into the chute, I was bending over and my cigars must have fallen into the chute.  Some lucky guy got a candy bar that tasted like chewing tobacco instead of chocolate.

Thanks, DAD!  You're my favorite DAD ever.  NO doubt about it.

Friday, May 12, 2017

May Bee Day 12

Maybe these antibiotics will kick in soon.  I have strep. Streptococcus took down six Thirdlanders before he got me in the headlock as well.  I'll get you next time, Streptococcus. Revenge will be sweet indeed.

A guest teacher arrived this morning as I scribbled out some brilliant lesson plans, so I was able to head over to the walk in clinic for the strep test. The Physician's Assistant didn't think I had strep, but ordered the test anyway.  As usual, I was right about my diagnosis.  Maybe I should just be given a prescription pad to save everybody a lot of time and hassle.

Heading down to Georgia to visit my mom and dad.  My dad turned 88 yesterday.  Husbandman's coming too.  I feel sorry for the people on the plane who might get strep because of me, but there's not much I can do.  If I had my own prescription pad, I would pass out some prescriptions to people in our aisle. Alas, you're going down, flight mates. But maybe not.  You might be fine. Don't be pessimistic.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Bee Day 11

Maybe I have strep but maybe I don't.  Six Thirdlanders have been out of school this week with strep.  Today my throat started hurting a bit.  I'm also super tired.  Maybe I'll just go to sleep and not worry about it.  Then maybe I'll wake up tomorrow in great health.  Or maybe I'll wake up with strep and my dreams for a fun weekend with family in Georgia will be dashed.  Here's the thing though.  Whenever I felt sick or upset about stuff when I was a kid, my dad would look at me and say, "Remember, We don't break!"  He said it about a million times.  I always felt like it was a bit on the unsympathetic side.  But maybe it made me tough and resilient.  Hard to tell.
I recognize your power, streptococcus, but you don't know who you're dealing with here.  If you think you're taking me down, you better talk to your thoughts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May Bee Day 10

Maybe this crawfish loves being in a tub in our science lab.  Maybe she'll love having kids watch her. But here's something she might not love.  When the school year's over, she's supposed to go in the freezer to die a cold and lonely death. She might think that's beyond the pale. Who can say?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

May Bee Day 9

Maybe it seems weird to put up a cool new bulletin board when there's 14 days of school left, but that's just how I roll.  I was assigned the May bulletin board and I got the job done.  9 days late, but as we say in the Hoosier State, better late than never. I honor my commitments. And maybe that's a pretty amazing character trait that I have.

Also, just fyi, when I got home from my book club tonight, there was a SKUNK walking around in my backyard. A SKUNK!

Monday, May 08, 2017

May Bee Day 8

Maybe I got a lot done today.  Maybe not.

I had some writing conferences.

I read about a school bus in India where the bus goes to the bus stop and the kids get on and study for a few hours.  They go to school on the bus.

I taught about the distributive property of multiplication.

I watched an episode of The Leftovers.

I made the most of a Monday. Did my best, forgot the rest.  That's how we roll during a May Bee Monday.