That is a more exciting blog title than the actual blog post to follow. It refers to an amusing moment in my B'nei Mitzvah class this morning as we were talking about the asher yatzar prayer (I rather like this take on it, as well as this one). I was reminded of just how much I like my rabbi when he said, "Let's face it -- shit is holy." And then there was a good bit of joking around about how our class motto should be "holy shit!"
Also, as Servetus pointed out the other day, Hebrew is all making more sense in the context of the prayers than when I study each individual lesson in my textbook. Must remind myself of this regularly so that I don't freak out when studying.
In other "holy shit!" news, I managed to get stung by a stinging nettle this morning. Yikes! Now I know what that ugly weed is that has intertwined with the bush that I was trying to trim this morning. As these things go, it's probably not bad, and I did get a good nap out of it this afternoon since I took a Benadryl to calm the histamine reaction. I will have to go back and tackle that damned weed at some point, but that project will involve long sleeves and gardening gloves.
All of my 9th-graders turned in essays on Friday afternoon, and I managed to grade all of two of them this weekend. I did do my assembly line approach of going through all of them to comment on titles, etc., most of which tend to get the same kinds of comments, so I've at least touched all of the essays, but there is oodles of grading to be done this week. The wind was taken out of my sails by the two I did grade; I had deliberately chosen them because I thought they'd be good, and then they both turned out to be rather weak, so I lost the fortitude to really look at the others, and I also decided that, this close to summer, there's really no reason for me to be working during the weekends anyway. (Don't you like that rationalization?)
My job as newspaper advisor is at long last moving into the realm of satisfying. All of last year (my first year at it), I kept lowering my expectations and still being disappointed, mostly because I was comparing it to my own experience of being a high school journalist at a huge public school with an award-winning news magazine. This is quite a different affair. But now (thanks to a change in school policy about social media for student clubs) the newspaper has its own Facebook page, which has increased our readership significantly in the month we've had it, and the student who is going to be next year's editor has proven to be a real firecracker when it comes to pointed and thoughtful editorials, and I'm feeling quite cheerful about the whole thing! (I'm ignoring the fact that our diversity coordinator -- who is a nice person but, from my perspective, not great at her job -- is annoyed at a newspaper conversation going on about how FGS handles discussions of race.) Plus, the trip to South Africa to help our partner school set up their online student newspaper has me more energized about student journalism in general. All very good, and a positive way to be wrapping up the school year.
Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print in today's "Holy shit!" update.