Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

A little different from your usual Halloween offerings.

The Scottish border ballad “Tam Lin,” as performed by Fairport Convention:

You’ll find different versions of the lyrics here:


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Tuesday musings – 10/30/12

“Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,

. . .

He gain’d from Heav’n (’twas all he wish’d) a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,

(There they alike in trembling hope repose)

The bosom of his Father and his God.”

— Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

“He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.”

— W. H. Auden, “Funeral Blues”
You are not forgotten, my friend. While I live, you shall not die.

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Plan B

If Mitt Romney gets elected, is joining the Peace Corps or teaching English overseas a better contingency plan for me?


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Sappy Cat Blogging

Combining two of my great loves – cats and classic rock. Shout out to Cat Addicts Anony-mouse.

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Good people

Love of My Life So Far introduced me to these guys. The song just seemed to fit my mood today. Between a great guest teaching assignment and a good conversation with my boss at my home care job, I’m feeling very positive.

Great Big Sea, “Good People”


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Tuesday musings – 10/23/12

Hearing any of the following s0ngs on your commute to a substitute teaching assignment is an inauspicious omen:

  • P.O.D., “Youth of the Nation”
  • Guns ‘n Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
  • AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”
  • Linkin Park, “One Step Closer”


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You know your life is busy when you take a day off to clean. My plan for today was to sleep in a little (as in 7:30 a.m. instead of 6:00 a.m.), turn in paperwork for my home care job, then catch up on housework and laundry until early evening, when I would go to see one of my clients. I’m great at taking care of other people’s houses, but when I get home, I can think of a million things I’d rather do than housework.

Instead, I’ll be spending the afternoon with my oldest client, who passed her 100th birthday several years ago. I was privileged to attend her birthday party this summer and heard so many stories about the things she’s done in her long life. She’s left a mark on the world and is surrounded by people who love and respect her.

Sometimes I feel like I should “know better” or “be smarter” by now. Other times, I look at the students I teach and realize that I could be their mother, without having been a teenager myself when they were born. Then, I spend time with someone like my client, who reminds me how much time I still have left.

Sometimes I hear people say, “Life is too short to ___________.” This is sometimes true. I also believe, “Life is too long to live it without joy or purpose.”

What are we doing with the time we have?

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