Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Politics aside, I'd like to share the story of my voting experience. After school I went to the city building to vote. As I pulled into the normally rather empty parking lot, I realized I would be hunting for a spot for a while. There were dozens of people streaming in and out of the building all going to do their civic duty and right. I noticed several former students in line or actively voting and I passed the time waiting in line guessing which way they would vote. "Oh, J would definitely be voting for Walker, M for Barrett, D, hmm, not certain." My next door neighbors were in the line right in front of me with their granddaughter. I noticed former students there with their grandparents, parents with small children, and people like me, just going to vote after working.
While I stood there waiting, I realized I was tearing up. Now, please realize, I cry frequently. Matt teases me because I cry at Hallmark commercials. But this was different. I was crying because I'm proud. I'm proud that even though Wisconsin is divided right now and even though I'm afraid to tell people I'm a teacher, we live in a country and state where we have the right to make our voice heard. AND we take advantage of this right.
When I vote I always think of the women who struggled to ensure that I have this right as well as the men and women who have fought and continue to fight to protect our nation and ensure my right. Voting, to me, is not a civic "duty." "Duty implies something that you have to do but is not enjoyable like paying taxes. Voting should be considered a civic privilege. It is a privilege that we all have, some take advantage of, and others would give anything to have. We take our privilege for granted but complain when we don't like something. Folks, there is something that you can do: VOTE!!! Especially in state and local elections, your voice matters. Don't agree with the direction of your state? Vote! Agree with how the city is handling local taxes? Vote! People have died and continue to die to give you this right; don't let their deaths be in vain!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The only ingredients you need! Look at those lovely steel-cut oats!!!
Monday, February 27, 2012
To inspire discussion about difficult topics, I started handing out slips of scrap paper and having students write answers to questions like: What makes you mad? What causes you pain? What makes you happy? and other difficult questions to discuss out loud. I then read the answers and we talked about what we heard. We ended up having some wonderful discussions.
But the sad part was some of the answers I received. "It makes me mad when my dad ignores me." "It hurts me that I can't have a closer relationship with my mom." "It hurts when my friends make fun of me." "It makes me mad when people call me names." (These aren't actual answers; just my paraphrasing.)
These answers just break my heart. I wish I could share them with the parents of the authors. How could a father ignore a child? And what type of mother doesn't allow for a closer relationship with their child (daughter, I think) Some of them almost made me break Absolute Teaching Rule #1: Don't cry in front of my students (that's different from my Classroom Rule #1: No bleeding) Seeing the answers in stark pen and knowing the courage it took to write that made me very proud of my students. And this is just a little activity in one class.
Teenagers always get such a bad rap: They're loud, dumb, rude, disrespectful, etc.
On the other hand, they want closer relationships with their parents.
When parents choose others over their children, it cuts deep.
It hurts them when they're made fun of by the people who are supposed to be supportive and they don't know how to handle the situation.
They're just kids. Stuck in adult situations that no one is helping them with. A little empathy goes a long way.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
1-2 squash ( I used Delicata and some other type that I forgot the name of, but I think any winter squash would work)
cream cheese (I used 1 1/2 boxes), room temperature
puff pastry, thawed
Clean the squash and cut into 1 inch-ish squares. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and salt, bake until soft.
Cook 3-4 slices of bacon. Remove from pan and add chopped onion, saute.
Roll the puff pastry till about 1/2 inch thick. Add spices to cream cheese (I added celery salt and pepper and a little of the bacon but add what you would like)
Place puff pastry on baking sheet on parchment paper. Smear cream cheese on pastry, put squash, onion, and bacon on pastry. Roll up edges slighty to form crust.
Bake at 350 for 25ish minutes, or until done. Enjoy!
Monday, August 29, 2011
I also made pickled beets and beet jelly. Beets are almost the perfect vegetable. According to the Nutrition and You website, beets are full of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and anti-oxidants.
Next time on "As the Jelly Jar Seals," will Merrilee can carrots? Will she ever have enough tomatoes to make sauce? Will Matt come home again to a filthy stove top? And whatever happened to Mr. Stripey Tomato, last seen entering the M&M household and not seen since? Will the mystery be solved? Tune in next time to find out!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
See this lovely tomato? How much would you pay for it?
These organic, heirloom tomatoes, sold at a "Hole" Foods store, were....wait for it........wait.....
$5.99 a pound
The tomato was 2 pounds, hence the lovely tomato above was $12. $12!!!!!
That better be one heck of a great tomato!
But when you eat out of season, you pay for "forcing" the vegetable to ripen. Personally, I'll wait until the tomatoes are actually ripe and I'll know that they will taste even better than the one above. Don't get me wrong, I'd give plenty for a good ripe tomato and some s/p but the cheapskate in me doesn't want to pay $12 for it!
And I saw people purchasing the expensive tomatoes. One lady walked out of the store clutching a lovely Mr. Stripey like it was priceless. At those prices, it kinda was. So see, we're all in the wrong profession. We should start heirloom organic tomato farms and sell our crops at a high price!
(And yes, I pulled my camera out of my purse and made Matt hold the offending tomato while others in the store stared at me. Oh well, I'm used to be stared at oddly by others, wondering what in the world I'm doing. I am a former CP worker and a current teacher, after all! It's part and parcel of the gigs!)