Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween

Halloween I’ve been Raggedy Ann, a Smurf, a clown, an M & M, a bird, and a big black cat – and those are just my costumes as an adult. From this list, you might think that I am a … Continue reading

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Zeke

Zeke While there are still leaves on the trees, I want to tell you a story. It’s about Zeke and me, and it goes back about 67 years! See, that’s when I read a story in my basal reader (Yes, … Continue reading

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Names

Names are a sign of the times. In 1980, teaching a second grade class,  I had three Jennifers, two Jessicas,  and two Michaels. Last year in one period at the high school, there were three Hannahs, and last week I … Continue reading

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Pet Peeves

Pet peeves: we all have them, though they differ from person to person.  Here are mine. Were I to be limited to one, it would be the first as I encounter this a lot in school but in other places … Continue reading

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Magic Words

  “What’s the magic word?”  we ask children. And they say “please” or “thank you”  because we’ve trained them well. As the years pass, we add other words of common courtesy: you’re welcome; excuse me; sorry.  These words become automatic … Continue reading

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Parcheesi

I had a childhood friend named Carole. I lived at the top of the hill,  she lived at the foot. We spent a lot of time going up and down that hill because we often argued over games and went … Continue reading

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day no longer has much to do with Christopher Columbus – except in the few areas that still have a parade – and maybe that’s a good thing. But ever since 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Act, … Continue reading

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