Wedded Containers

Throw together some Spanish moss, glass rocks, a few tacky cloth flowers and POOF… you’ve got wedding isle decorations. This week you asked me to show you “something that contains something else”, and I’ll admit, at first I was stumped. But the first thing that came to mind when I thought “containers” was a mason jar… which took me back to my wedding day.

Wedding container 2

But first, let me drink some coffee.

I’m not a procrastinator, I lead an efficient life. But when I do decide to put something off my excuse is always a hot cup of coffee.

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” (Clary, City of Ashes)


Click here to read a post about my cat and a BUNN Coffee Pot… Today’s post was inspired by the Daily Post Prompt: What’s your “Procrastination Destination”?

I Don’t Have a ‘Fearless Fantasy’

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” (Divergent). In my opinion, a life without fear would be bland.

There are a lot of people (and animals) that I love. Sometimes, in the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life we forget to tell people how much they mean to us. It is a combination of thankfulness and fear of loss that reminds me to say “I love you”.

Fear of not reaching a student motivates me to be a more effective teacher daily. The fear that I didn’t differentiate enough (give a student the tools they need to succeed), fear that I didn’t reach out enough, or notice a child in need, and the fear that I’m not making a real difference fuels my fire every day.

Adrenaline; fear is a key ingredient. I don’t fear losing. I fear being unprepared for an obstacle. I fear looking back and realizing that I didn’t give something everything that I had to give. This fear makes me a better coach and competitor.

Without fear I would burn my mouth on my morning coffee, drive too fast, procrastinate, and walk my dog without a leash. So, yes. I’ll keep my fears.

A life without fear wouldn’t necessary be easer or harder, but it sure would be a lot less interesting

Daily Prompt, Fearless Fantasies: “Would your life be better or worse if you were incapable of feeling fear?”

A Teacher’s Brain on Canvas: Frame of Mind

A chaotic colleague; learning targets, essential questions, key vocabulary, cause, effect, significance….

If my current mood could be painted on a canvas there would be splatters of orange to signify excitement, a hint of red for stress… and an American Flag with 13 stars representing the lesson I am currently planning.

Key phrases such as “war for independence”, “dawn of a revolution”, and “shot heard ’round the world” would be illustrated in a 1773-style font. It would even be appropriate if the artist spilled some tea on the painting, in observation of the Boston Tea Party.

The backdrop would be Red, White, and Blue fireworks… With a “No More Kings” banner flying in the sky… and it would be painted to the tune of “School House Rock’s” songs and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”.

Splatters of hopeful baby blue for teachable moments, purple for student diversity, yellow for collaboration, and green for proactive discipline.

Sure, my painted brain looks chaotic… But I believe the best classrooms are based on controlled chaos.

…and people think teachers get summers of. Smh.

Daily Prompt, Frame of Mind: “If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?”

The Fatigue of Freedom

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it” — Thomas Paine

Halloween is fun,
Spending time with family and praising God during Christmas is a blessing,
And even though I’m Native American I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
But Independence Day is my favorite. 20140704-113434-41674390.jpg