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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Judy & Alex

Do you remember a little over a month ago when I posted about my son's engagement? Well, guess what?

My daughter, Judy, is engaged!

That's right. It's wedding season at our household, so let me play the song that has been on replay in my head all weekend.

Last weekend, the two of them took a trip to the beautiful Mackinaw Islands in northern Michigan. Everyone just knew Alex would propose to Judy there, so he had to throw a curve ball to make for a surprise. On Thursday, the night before they left, Alex bought Mowgli a new collar, lit tiki torches in the backyard, and tied a diamond around the dog's neck. He proposed on one knee in a circle of white rose petals.

Of course this post would not be complete without the story of how they met. We call this "beshert" or destiny as if these two are soulmates and their union is meant to be through God.

About twelve years ago, when these two were a mere 15 years old, they met while camping, just one night, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Judy was with a group through Camp Sabra that traveled to the Rockies, while Alex was on a trip through Camp Tamarack. The two groups made stops at a camp site where they happened to be placed at sites next to one another. So, our kids from Memphis and Detroit, mixed and mingled for one night.

I remember vividly how Judy came home with emotions of thrill and despair because she had met the most perfect guy, but she would never see him again. He, too, was totally smitten with our Judy, but at the age of fifteen, who thinks about a life long commitment? They left without exchanging phone numbers or any other personal information. 

However, God had plans. Two years later, Judy was walking down the street in Washington D.C., and there is Alex! In this short amount of time, Facebook had grown to connect the world. The two of them became Facebook friends and could thus communicate, sorta. I say sorta because Alex was not on Facebook at the time that Judy wrote to him about moving to Ann Arbor for a two year Fellowship job at the University of Michigan Hillel. She never heard from Alex, in the ways of a Nicholas Sparks novel, because he had been ill and was not on Facebook. Judy took this to mean that he wasn't interested in her and moved on with her life, until . . .

Our son Daniel and his fiancee Sarah came to Ann Arbor to visit Judy. The three of them were sitting in a bar when Judy sees Alex after all these years; AND, he was excited to see her! A week after that, they ran into each other AGAIN in Detroit. That's when they decided to purposely run into each other and a relationship quickly grew. Two years later, voila, Mr. & Mrs. is a short year away.

Monday, September 11, 2017

9-11 Songs of Loss

I was in the computer lab with a fourth grade class, when an assistant at the school came into the room in tears. I asked what was wrong and found out about the terror attacks of 9-11. She watched my class for a few minutes while I joined others, in the library, to see a plane diving into a building. I will never forget that day. Where were you when you learned of the terror attacks of September 11th?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Music for Labor Day

Here are some fun working songs to celebrate the Labor Day Weekend. I hope everyone has a great day off! All though this song was originally written by Lee Dorsey in 1966, I like what Devo did with the song, so this is the version I'm posting of "Working at the Coal Mines."

While we're posting about work and Labor Day, here's another good one by Billy Joel, "Allentown."

Finally, here is a clip from the 1976 movie, "Carwash."

Friday, September 1, 2017


Woo Hoo! I'm at it again. This time I've joined up with Kelly Malloy and several other teacher/authors to give away a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. You can use it to buy books for your class OR to escape the stresses of teaching with good books for yourself.

Prize: $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
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Sunday, August 27, 2017


Recently, I've been given two challenges. The first is to make two new Teacher Pay Teachers products this month that relate to October, share them on social media, and provide two pins for each. I'm working hard to get there, and it may be close. I chose fire prevention week because I had no products about fires. 

This first product is involved. I wrote a story with activities about the Chicago Fire of 1871. I love my story and cover, if I do say so myself. :) I'm also happy to say that it's already sold! This bundle contains a story, vocabulary activities, research questions, and a writing prompt. Of course, I've included an answer key, too. 

My second challenge comes from Monday Music Moves Me. We are to post songs with dance moves. Here are my results for both challenges! In searching for fire and dance, I found this fun, little gem on You Tube. I wish I could be so talented in dance moves and fire juggling.

My second product is named Fire Prevention Activities. It contains writing, research, math word problems, and logic. Since it is hot off the press, it is being offered for 50% off for a limited time, so hurry and get yours, today.

I'm going to end with one more fire song, that is suitable for dancing! I love "Fire" by the Ohio Players, plus I challenge you to listen to this song without wiggling in your chair. I can't do it because the song screams, "Get up and dance!" If you watch this clip, you'll see some mighty fine dance moves, too.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Win $10 From TpT

I'm teaming up with five other sellers to giveaway $10 gift cards to TpT.

Go to the RAFFLECOPTER link and sign up before the sale ends. You have six chances to win!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monday Music Moves Me and The Moon

Monday is a 94% eclipse in Memphis. While it is tempting to drive a little over two hours to Cape Giradeau, Missouri to see 100%, I've decided to stay in Memphis and join the watch party at Shelby Farms.

Just in case of the rare possibility that you have not heard this song recently, here vis Bonnie Tyler with "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

Keeping with a lunar theme, here is Cat Stevens with "Moon Shadow."

And although this wonderful song is not about the moon, the group's name is Walk The Moon, so here is "Shut up and Dance with Me."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#WW: My Favorite Son Finds a Bride!

Do you remember my post from way back, when I was looking for a wife for my son?
The time has come!

Daniel is engaged to Sarah, and we couldn't be happier!

Here's a stroll down Memory Lane, in case you missed the original post. Tee hee.