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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Musical Monday at Mister Hats, Aww

My son is a haberdasher. That's right! Daniel owns Mister Hats in Memphis, Tennessee. So, imagine our excitement when Al Kapone and JP on Tha Track put out a video for their new song, "Lies" filmed at Mister Hats!
Above is a photo of Daniel with his grandfather, Alvin Lansky of blessed memory, the original Mister Hats. When it became difficult for my father-in-law to run the hat store, my son bought it. Business is fabulous and includes an online store where you can purchase the wonderful hats seen in this video.

Since this is a Musical Monday Moves Me blog hop, here is the newest rap song by Al Kapone and JP.

As for the Aww Monday, we love old photos with Granddad! 
My two oldest kids worked in the hat store when younger.

Mister Hats 
113 South Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Sunday

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And that's a RAP!

Monday, September 18, 2023

Monday Movie Songs

Today's challenge is movie tunes. I've chosen to highlight football movies because I have a great new logic puzzle for high schoolers about . . . you guessed it . . . FOOTBALL! 

But if you came here for songs, here is Peace Train from Remember the Titans.

Enjoy football season with this challenging logic puzzle or brain teaser for high school students! This resource contains a six-grid logic puzzle, clues, and an enrichment writing prompt that asks students to research and write a paragraph about a football player. A quick and easy setup makes this resource a game-time win for you and your students.

Here is another football movie tune. Let's Come On and Take a Free Ride with a song from Invisible.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Never Forget

          Where were you the moment you learned about the Twin Towers?

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Musical Monday Live at The Garden

 My husband and I enjoyed another outdoor concert, Friday night. 

The first band was called, Parmalee. I had never heard of this band named for their North Carolina town, but I knew some of their music. Here is "Take My Name."

Matt Thomas, the lead singer of Paralee, told a story about someone giving them a check for $11,000 to record their first four songs. When the check bounced, his mother took out a loan on her three-bedroom house to pay for it. Now, that he's made it big, he's paid off her house note and bought her a car. That was a good investment! Here is their first hit, Carolina, recorded thanks to his mom.

Next up was the band we came for, Train. I love how they start all of their concerts. They have the best intro!

Train played their new song. They said they'd play it over and over again until we liked it. Not needed. I liked it the first time I heard it!

They have a lot of great song hits, like "Drive By."

Train threw t-shirts into the audience, including one Pat Monahan put on for a few minutes while the band signed it. He also took a bunch of selfies with phones from the audience, and we hit multiple beachballs into the air. I was happy to be able to touch one!

Toward the end of the concert, Monahan said, "We used to walk off-stage and wait for everyone to applaud us back, but I'm too old for that sh*t; so, do you want to hear a few more?" Of course, we did! 

By the way, he's 54 years old, which seems a lot younger than it used to.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Creepy Dolls and 911

Artwork by Teach Elite.

Who doesn't love a scary puzzle about creepy dolls possessing high school students? Check out my newest logic puzzle while it is on sale for only a dollar!

With 9/11 in a few days, look at this!

September 11 Historical Fiction Story

Teach about Patriots' Day with this historical fiction story based on real events from 9/11. Students will follow Jessica through the terror of not knowing her father's whereabouts on September 11, 2001. This no-prep reading passage is available in print or digitally and includes a historical fiction story, vocabulary work, discussion questions, and a complete answer key. Perfect for grades 4 - 7.

Inside this engaging, no-prep historical fiction story, you'll find:

  • 4-page Historical Fiction Story
  • 1-page Epilogue and Author's Note at End of Story.
  • 15 Vocabulary Words
  • Enrichment Vocabulary Word Sentence Prompt
  • Vocabulary Sentence Matching
  • 7 Discussion Questions
  • A Research Question
  • Complete Answer Key
  • Printable pdf. file
  • Link to Google Drive
  • Easel Access

Please read a sample from this product to see the quality of my writing.

I felt the air escape from my lungs as if I’d just been punched in the gut. My dad’s office was on the 80th floor of the North Tower. He was a heavy man who suffered from Diabetes. In his poor shape, I felt certain he’d have trouble climbing down eighty flights of stairs to leave the building. “Could he have taken the elevator down to the lower floors and gotten out?”

This resource is great for teaching about Patriot's Day. The story is engaging and contains high-level words to build vocabulary. The discussion questions, along with a research question, help students to build writing skills.

Awesome Blossoms
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I loved this and we used it for our reading the week of 9/11. It was easy to add questions and ideas that I needed to cover. My kids were captivated by the story."

Erine A.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Just what I need for my kids to understand what happened before they were born."

Thanks for reading!


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