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Seth Godin: Create Your Own Tribe, Inspire Those Around You And Share Your ART…MUST SEE

In Freelancing, Inspiration, Writing on November 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

An a amazing talk by one of my favs Seth Godin. I honestly don’t believe that you can watch this and not take away some great stuff.

Our kids are not just their test scores.

In Inspiration, Random on November 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

 

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The following letter is to some students from their principle. It was sent home with their standardized tests scores. This, to me, is someone who really understands the education of our children. I found the letter on the blog of Mrs. Rycus, a third grade teacher.

The body of the letter:

“We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you– the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart.”

 

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Just the Facts…For Mom Day 28

In Breast Cancer on October 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

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In Memory of My Mom. Ann Brooks

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I Can’t Believe Our Schools Do This To Kids. What Are We Becoming?

In Random on October 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

 

I don’t think I have ever begged to have a post shared before but I am now. Please share this post. Please contact your local school board and government and get this stopped. If we respond to our children with violence in a school setting we are creating angrier and more violent kids. I am not exaggerating when I say this story made me cry. I just don’t understand the mentality that will allow someone to think that shocking a kid or putting them in a dark closet-like room for hours is healthy. What in the hell is wrong with our society that this type of treatment is being approved by schools.

I do realize that there are kids that are extremely difficult to deal with, I get that. But I don’t think that these responses to bad behavior are productive. It is barbaric.

Please let me know your thoughts on this and please SHARE.

 

Sing Along With Me…Ban Bags Made of Plastic

In Random on October 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

Are You There, Twitter? Judy Blume Shares Breast Cancer Diagnosis…For Mom Day 21

In Breast Cancer on October 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

When I was a pre-teen my Mom gave me the book “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume. This has always been one of my favorite books but even more importantly it gave my mom the tool she needed to explain to me what a “period” was and what would happen. We did not discuss such things EVER. Shortly after that under the bathroom sink magically appeared a “First Period Kit” that  was made by one of the big women’s products companies. My Mom’s lack of ability to discuss sex issues with me made me a better parent because I refused to teach my daughter through a book. I did buy her the same book because I loved it, not for sex ed. Please don’t think I feel my my was wrong and scarred me for life, that is not the case, she was a product of her time.

With every generation I think as we become adults we things we promise ourselves that we will not do to our children and of course, we also do things that they will promise to never do to their kids but are things we will keep to share.

Here are mine:

1) I love my kids.

2) Halloween is a holiday worth going overboard for.

3) Santa Mouse – This was book published in 1966 and there were Santa Mouse dolls, pajamas. etc. I LOVE this book ansd shared it with my kids and my grandkids. When my daughter was small I came across Santa Mouse ornaments so I bough two one for my tree and one for the tree she would have when she grew up.

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4) A love for books, reading and learning.

5) Empathy for others

6) My clothes always match.

7) Dancing with my kids. I learned the Hustle from my Mom. It amazed me that my Mom would do the Hustle, She rocked it.

8) I love cats.

9) The World is bigger than just us.

10) It pays to be a lady. Be kind, thoughtful and think before you open your mouth.

There are many, many more. On the other side of the coin, I hug my kids more, I don’t hide things from the kids (for the most part) and I don’t strive to make life “perfect” I love the messiness of life. There are others but really, I turned out OK and so did my brother. We are good people with big hearts and a love for laughter.

Ms. Blume is right, “!@#$% Happens.” Read this great articles on Judy Blume and her breast cancer diagnosis.

Are You There, Twitter? Judy Blume Shares Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In Memory of My Mom, Ann Brooks

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We have an obligation to imagine: Neil Gaiman on Reading. Brilliant.

In Freelancing, Inspiration, Random, Writing on October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

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The following link will take you to a wonderful article that the author, Neil Gaiman wrote on the importance of libraries, reading and imagination. He really makes a wonderful argument for how important books are in our lives and the workings of society. I was saddened to read that the size of prisons can be based on what percentage of 10 and 11 year old children can’t read. And I was interested to learn why China now encourages the reading of science fiction.

Read and enjoy. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and a pretty neat human being.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

Also you may want to watch a Commencement Address that Neil Gaiman gave in 2012. Amazing Stuff. I have watched it several times because it reminds me to be the best I can be as an artist and writer. Make good art.

The Most Effective Weapon in the World: Education

In Inspiration, Random on October 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

http://www.upworthy.com/watch-this-incredible-young-woman-render-jon-stewart-speechless?g=2&c=upw1

This young woman is brave, dedicated and dangerous. Through her efforts she is breaking barriers and making a better world for her generation and those to come.

Breast Cancer and Men…For Mom Day 7

In Breast Cancer, Inspiration on October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

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I would be negligent if I did not have information on men and breast cancer. Men may be about 100 times less likely to diagnosed with breast cancer than women but on 2013 about 2500 men be diagnosed. Around 400 men will die. Yes, the incident of men with breast cancer is far less than that of women and the mortality rate is much lower but each and every life is just as valuable and men need to pay attention to any changes in their body and visit their doctor regularly.

Here is information on Men and breast cancer form WebMD.

Men

Women

Incidence (new cases)

1.3 per 100,000

120.9 per 100,000

Mortality (deaths)

0.3 per 100,000

21.9 per 100,000

 

Sources:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen/detailedguide/breast-cancer-in-men-key-statistics

http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html

Dylan Garity – “Rigged Game” (NPS 2013)

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

There are so many ways that our education is broken and if we continue to suck the humanity and creativity out of our classrooms we are doomed. Why are we not teaching children to learn instead of take tests. Why are we not answering questions? Why are we not teaching them to read. We are stealing our children;s education by our attempt to teach to the middle and create an average student body. Look into your child’s eyes and see if test taking should define who they are. Or are they more? Isn’t the world here to explore? Or should we keep them in rounded hallways so they don’t see the blood of their spirit flowing on the floor?

If you really want to see a society of mediocrity come to pass than you should support www.corestandards.org . If you don’t stand up and protect your child’s education and their child’s education. They can’t protect themselves.

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