Category Education

Educating for Excellence (What Some Schools and Individuals are Doing Right)

As a former special education, and high school art and English teacher, I developed quite a few opinions as to what constitutes good teaching practices. And many people, from “experts” to parents (also “experts”), are of the opinion that many of the changes that have occurred, over the last several decades in our educational system, […]

Clutter Monster Diaries, Part 1

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign? ― Albert Einstein A Hoarder’s Lament I have experienced a momentary and curious flash of fear, at the prospect of clearing away a substantial portion of the clutter that has surrounded me for years. I […]

“Mom, I Wish You Could Have Been Here on Mother’s Day.”

As Mother’s Day approached this year, I mentally recounted, as I do every year, how long it had been since my mother had passed away—nearly 19, and I felt a sudden pang, as that cruelly-ordinary number suddenly made my mom feel so very far away. I felt a familiar wave of sadness, and a soul-deep […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (May 2014)

Well, it has finally happened: I have become a victim of credit card fraud, to the tune of $1770. I have always staunchly refused to do online banking, in hopes of reducing the risk of such things. So, I have the habit of calling my bank’s automated teller line, every two or three days, to […]

How to Pass College Algebra with a Third Grade Math Education

My Daughter’s Number Nightmare “Picture it,” as Sophia (of the late 80’s-early 90’s sitcom, The Golden Girls) would say. College Algebra, first semester Freshmen year, first day. Shiny new textbook, crisp new college-ruled notebook, graph paper tablet, engineering calculator, and a 12-pack of multi-colored 0.7 mm mechanical pencils. I’m ready to go!  Of course, I’ll have […]