Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tuesday musings – 1/29/13

“I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.” — Bruce Springsteen

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” — Rudyard Kipling


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Scribble Scrabble

Today, I was playing Scrabble with Granny P, one of my clients. This is the same client who taught me to play pinochle, with the help of her two younger sisters. The first time we played Scrabble, Granny P beat me 310 to 170. I told her today that I wanted a rematch.

Boy did I get one. She beat me 404 to 182.

This is potentially demoralizing for someone with a very expensive English degree. Fortunately, I have a theory that success in Scrabble requires equal parts vocabulary skills, visual-spatial intelligence, and luck. I have the first one nailed, the last two not so much.

The important thing is that we had fun.


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The gifts of teaching

How cool is it that I have art on my refrigerator from kids to whom I’m not related? Here’s the latest acquisition, courtesy of a fifth-grader whose language arts class I guest-taught this week.

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You know, I never thought about this before . . .

I wonder what some of the books I read in college would think about the notes I left inside them?

One of my besties sent me this, and I thought this would be an appropriate place to share it:,31007/


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Happy Anniversary!

Happy 72nd (that is NOT a typo) anniversary to my wonderful grandparents!

P.S. They don’t read my blog, so I’m telling them in person this weekend.


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Sappy Cat Blogging – 1/25/13

Many thanks to Anne Bonney for this one:

More cats in commercials:

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