Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Write rec letter for former advisee
  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Finish reading Ron Ritchhart's Creating Cultures of Thinking
  • Request a new whiteboard for side wall of classroom
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club
  • Reread Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Reread Tess of the d'Urbervilles

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

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April 27, 2014

Comments

Wow. That is a lot. I wish D a swift recovery, and balance for everyone. A good reminder as the semester comes hurtling to an end.

Swift recovery and healing thoughts for D. I really needed this post today, because this is one of my worst habits as well.

"I tend to fall far too easily into the trap of comparing my insides to everyone else's outsides..."

YES to this. I do this pretty often, too -- though thankfully less often now than I used to. And I also have fallen prey to the "that's a horrible, horrible person" when I have an unpleasant interaction with someone, never stopping to consider what may have been going on in the 5 minutes or 5 months leading up to that interaction. I'm not saying I could possibly be so mindful all the time, but I'm working my way towards doing so more often, at least.

And for people who really are horrible to me (say, for example, a hit-and-run driver or a street harasser), I think, "I may have just had to deal with that person, but he has to wake up every morning and be that person." And that makes it all better.

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Who is this What Now?

  • I'm an English teacher at a pretty darned good high school (the justly famous Fabulous Girls' School, or FGS). I am partner to D. We live in an adorable, messy little house in Adventure City, where we are hoping to have more frequent adventures than we have thus far. Two cats -- the Muse and the Contemplative -- live with us and keep life at home plenty adventurous.

    Email me at whatnowblogger at yahoo dot com.

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