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Blood to Ink


it is


-e.e cummings

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors


Need to research this a bit more.

Brevard Teachers for Change

common-core21The Business Roundtable announced last month that its #1 priority is the full adoption and implementation of the Common Core standards. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is likewise making a full-court press to advance the Common Core. Major corporations have taken out full-page ads to insist that the Common Core must be adopted. Many leading figures in the Republican party, like Jeb Bush, have led the charge for Common Core, as have entrepreneurs like Joel Klein. And the project has become a centerpiece for President Obama’s Department of Education.

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Full Moon Lunacy


Source of Inspiration


Last night I was a little crazy
twirling in lunar madness
beneath the star-spangled sky.
I sang songs of love
and danced my dance
clothed in ringlets of
cascading hair.

Moon tides, menstrual cycles
changing seasons, seeds sprouting
flowers blooming, people dying,
mare giving birth to a tiny colt
in the quiet of the night.

I spread my arms
and spun once again,
dressed in moonlight
with stars in my hair.
Beams of light
strands of love
connected me to all
as I danced in the cool night air.

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Life Lessons: Brought to you by How I Met Your Mother


casually cultured

I’ve apparently been learning a lot about life lately.  Which is funny, because I never really realize it until I get here; sitting at my computer trying to compose another blog post.  

Among lots of other things this week, I managed to watch an entire season of How I Met Your Mother in two days. Despite the fact that the episodes are only twenty minutes, I still went a little overboard in such a short amount of time.  Which I completely expect of myself.  What I didn’t expect, was for HIMYM to teach me anything, ever. 

(SPOILER) Barney proposes to Robin. And when he did, I cried, a lot. This is no surprise, but what was surprising was that while I was crying I was also coming to some pretty amazing realizations. 

I’m not sure exactly at what moment I came to any realizations, but when i did I…

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Kairos


Petrichor


Let it freePetrichor Road
Let it fall
break the drought
take the path

Grasp the soil
make it sing
create diamond
with silver  winds

 

What I’ve learned in Grad school is….


Wow.  I knew Grad School would be challenging and it has been more than I have ever imagined. Up until now I’ve been a grad student for  a month, and I love it.  So here you have the things I’ve learned in graduate school so far

  1. Everybody is on the same playing field, no matter if you peers have 10 years or more working or just out of their undergrad.
  2. Do not compete, you are there to better yourself.
  3. Every single one of your peers is a geek or nerd the “difference” is how much they show it.
  4. Your professors are nerds. Embrace it, one day you’ll be a nerd with a doctorates.
  5. One of the (many) reasons we want a Doctorate degree is so that we can have the same title as THE Doctor.
  6. Sleep is overrated.
  7. You may not have that much time to have that mythical thing called “lunch” if you’re a TSA, TA or GA.
  8. You will be in one, two or three ensembles at the same time if you want it or not.
  9. Your supervisor may and can send you an email at 5:30 am.
  10. You are expected to do so much more.
  11. If your professors don’t push you to be better something is wrong.
  12. Listen to ALL the music!
  13. Did you think you were fully bilingual?  Ok. Let’s ask you something very randomly in class. 😀
  14. It is necessary to go out with your peers on a weekly basis or somewhat similar to this. If you do not do this, you will die from frustration or drown in music scores.
  15. Print everything a week or two ahead. It’s better.
  16. Read, Review and Re-read anything you have to submit 3 or more times.
  17. Enjoy grad school!
  18. “Don’t think about it too much. It doesn’t have  to be perfect. Go out and have a drink with your peers.”
  19. The professors may remind you of TV show characters… DoctorDonna for example… or the Dean from Community.
  20. Your peers are really cool.