Many thoughts about the world, meditation, parenting, Judaism, pregnancy, teaching, cancer survivorship, moving from West Coast to East and more.

Monday, May 23, 2011

...and Saturday's question

"Why did the dinosaurs only used to be?"

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bedtime rocks

I'm sitting working on my laptop as ND tries to fall asleep.


"Yes, hon?"

"Who made Hashem?"

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tread On Trafficking

It's almost too painful to consider, but child sex trafficking happens in the world. I became more aware of the problem when learning of the organization Love146. For nights after I discovered this organization needed to exist, I could barely sleep.

This year I'm participating in their Tread On Trafficking campaign. Through this campaign you choose a personal fitness goal and ask others to sponsor you in your goal. It's actually fun, and using fun towards greater goals -- both my own personal fitness and helping others -- is cool. I decided to log 500 minutes of aerobic activity -- either walking or biking -- and to raise $500. I'm up to over 100 minutes, but less than $100 at this point.

Please help me out... even a small amount. You can donate directly to my page, or if you're worried about having to leave your address, give me cash that I'll donate on your behalf.

Thank you.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

In The News

What an odd morning... waking up after a groggy to discover that Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Came to school and my 2nd graders were very excited, all talking in groups in the room. I kept hearing snippets. "Dead" "killed" etc. Especially kept hearing the voice of one student who is quiet on everything but politics and math.

So of course we had a meeting. I asked what they'd heard in the news. I said I wanted to help them understand things they'd heard, find out what was true, what wasn't true, what we didn't know etc. That child I just mentioned stated clearly,

"They got the guy who planned the attack on the two towers."

"Great," I said. "What else do you know?" and called on someone else.

"The Yankees beat the..." (I don't even remember who he said.)

"It was my birthday."

"I saw this cool motorcycle race on TV."

In short, they had no clue. These are 2nd graders. None of them were even born before 2011. And ant hills are bigger than mountains to them.

Love it.

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Final Count

For the record... about $1000. Not worth thinking about too much, I guess. Glad to have my kitchen back to normal now.

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