“The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I had a hard time getting through this one. I was confused a little as to the behavior of many of the characters, and finally the ending made me a little mad at first. I had to take some time to read it again, and some analyses made of the story. My … Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

My Copy: 9780131867192 (image from abebooks.com) Another blast from the past, another self-improvement book on the shelf...but I've actually read this one...way back when. I was just so young I didn't know what to do with it.  My memory sucks, and with all the books on my shelf (and all the classes I keep signing … Continue reading Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

Banks and retailers, please listen up. It's the Christmas shopping season, a time when we're supposed to be thinking about peace and good will toward men (the philosophers of Peanuts already covered this pretty well--go look it up). Doesn't stop outright greed in the form of overindulgence or theft. Especially theft. And the easiest way … Continue reading It is time I let retailers and banks know how much I HATE chip cards, and why.

#045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?

I think we're all in a pretty lousy place this past year. There was a meme people passed around that became my mantra on New Years Eve, 2016: "The first rule of 2017: do not talk about 2016" What sucks is this year is shaping up to be more of the same, if not worse. … Continue reading #045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?

#036–What Would We Have to Lose By Believing in Human-made Climate Change?

Oh boy--this one's been buzzing around my head for years. In some respects, if somebody doesn't choose to accept that climate change is really happening, and that humans are making it worse, that's their issue. The problem is, denial isn't doing us any favors in the long run. I've heard the arguments that we're destroying … Continue reading #036–What Would We Have to Lose By Believing in Human-made Climate Change?

Getting My Hopes Up After Weeks of Disappointment, But When Opportunity is Right There…

I gotta say, I'm soooo glad that I decided to stop in my fave Starbucks tonight for a cup of coffee and to get some job search lists and resumes done. I almost got some fast food (boo!) and went home, but nope... I came at a great time. My original blog post for tonight … Continue reading Getting My Hopes Up After Weeks of Disappointment, But When Opportunity is Right There…

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

My Copy: 9781514109328 (image courtesy amazon.com) As a newbie to Jiu-Jitsu (and its seemingly half-dozen acceptable spellings), I felt like I needed an understanding as to how it all worked. However, this is not a "technique-book," but more of a "mindset-book." Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles is a thin read and deceptively easy to understand. But, … Continue reading Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

I’m being called “ma’am” a lot lately, & I don’t know what I think about that…

I've been getting ma'am-ed. I gotta admit, as someone who taught (oh so briefly) in the classroom, it wasn't unreasonable to hear the word ma'am from students. Being I was much older than they were, it could be considered normal. And since I'm in the south (Houston metro area, Texas, to be more precise), that … Continue reading I’m being called “ma’am” a lot lately, & I don’t know what I think about that…