Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
3. Summer reading. During the regular school year, I rarely have time to read "me" books -- that is, those that I choose to read for purely selfish, non-lesson-related reasons. Holiday and summer breaks, however, offer me a chance to spend my daughter's college fund at the bookstore and to hole up for days on end, reading. I've made my way through a bunch of books already -- but sadly, I've encountered nothing remarkable, yet. For me, it's all about closure -- an ending that should be followed by a mental "Amen". It doesn't have to be a happy ending -- I'm not talking formula fiction here. It just has to end. Why do so many writers suck at endings? Seriously. Why do so many editors not catch this all-too-common flaw?
Monday, June 15, 2009
“The Boys of Summer”
This time of year always makes me a little wistful, thinking back to the summers that I spent with my brother and my cousins at my grandparents’ house. Every time I see this photo I break into a huge grin, because it so completely captures the spirit of those summers -- dirt, tools, wheels, friendship, and laughter.
“10 Summer Resolutions”
As a teacher, I look forward to summer vacation even more than my students. However, two months away from my usual routines can be somewhat disorienting, so I always set a few (flexible) goals for myself at the beginning of summer. Just two weeks into summer, I’m already making progress and enjoying myself. When I saw the “top ten” Knave of Hearts journaling card, I knew that it would be perfect for this layout.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Collage Press's monthly design day!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
In the past decade, though, some important changes have taken place at Hanauma Bay. It has become a lot more eco-friendly. 10,000 tourists used to visit the beach daily; today, that number has dropped to 3,000, due to stricter regulations. The water was once full of bread, and the fish forgot to behave like fish; today, the area is a nature preserve, and feeding the fish is prohibited. The reef was hurting something awful; today, it is slowly reviving.
Rob and Z have really been into snorkeling lately, so it was only a matter of time before Rob suggested that we visit Hanauma Bay. We arrived early, at 7:30, about an hour and a half after the beach opened for the day. This was a brilliant move on our part, since the beach was relatively quiet and pristine at that hour, and the fish weren't being scared off by the crowds. Rob and Z saw so many amazing fish -- as well as a very unhappy eel -- and came back to the shore raving about all that they had experienced while snorkeling.
I had my own little adventure to share with them. While they were out snorkeling, I spent my time wading in the shallows, marveling at the size and colors of the curious fish that came to check out my feet. Then I saw it.
Just as I realized what I was seeing, it was gone.
I ran to grab my camera, and went right back to where I had been standing, hoping that it would reappear.
A moment later...
How cool is that? A baby hammerhead shark!
So inspired was I by my brush with animal awesomeness that I decided to go snorkeling as well. However, by the time that I went out, the beach had become crowded, the water had become murky due to all of the kicked up sand, and most of the sea life had sought refuge elsewhere. Lesson learned. We'll go even earlier next time -- and bring snorkeling gear for three.
Friday, June 5, 2009
4. Summer.5. Summer.
It may not shock you to discover that we started summer break yesterday. We spent the day at the beach yesterday, and went to the movies today. So far, so good! I love that summer, by definition, is anti-efficiency. It's not all about the deadlines and the "to do" lists. It's about embracing the Way of the Dog -- sleeping (and waking) according to the body clock, playing when energized, and alternately rollicking and relaxing. Woo hoo and woof woof, I say, to the dog days of summer.