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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Final installment

In Hurricane Sandy Part 14 I mentioned an article I was writing. Here it is.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Part 17

I share this video because it's cute and fun, but I have to say very clearly, we have been unbelievably lucky. I'm not even talking about how lucky we are in comparison to loss of life and loss of home and property. After Wednesday night's storm, people in the school with young children at home who had lost power for days and days in the cold, lost it again. Everyone is trying to be good-spirited but it's getting hard for them. I hope this weekend is cleansing for them.

As for us, we've been fine, fine and more fine. This video was made after we got home from a music class last evening.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Part 16

You saw the view out our front door the morning after Hurricane Sandy.

Here it is a week plus 36 hours later.

Note the neatly sawed up tree on the street that used to be covering it.

Note the snow too.

Yep. Lots of snow. It's still coming down.


Monday, November 05, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Part 15

I haven't posted since Thursday, but that does not mean that the Sandy aftermath is over for us.

I've written a draft of an article in detail about my experience teaching with minimal materials and notice on Thursday. I hope to have that revised, finished and published soon so I can link to it. I also would like to write a second article about Friday. Teaching once again with almost nothing this time was an elevating

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Part 14

Things feel crazy right now.

Our school still doesn't have power although a few in the area do. Our principal arranged for classes to be held in different houses, but I didn't find out for sure this would happen until an hour and a half before it was happening and most teachers were unavailable to teach. I was home with no materials to speak of. Thankfully, I'm a hoarder. In my home office I found several piles of printouts and things that I'd been telling myself for years to throw out. Now I'm glad I kept them. I taught in not one, but two, different houses, racing between them and dropping ND off at a third house for kindergarten.

The kids were fairly off-the-wall, but when I took out a read-aloud, you could have heard a pin drop. How we are craving our regular routines!

Tomorrow will be similar except that many of the classes at least will be housed at a single location (a local shul). I didn't know for sure if I was needed until 10 o'clock tonight. I have pulled together a few things. I hope it's enough. I feel proud at the end of the day to help, but I don't like living minute to minute like this.

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