In Some Strong Hearts Love Remains

This post is part of the Gratitude Circle.

What if you had a time machine and you went to the end of the world in it. What if you found out that a small number of people were remembered as being loving and peaceful. Would you want to be among them? I would.

Definitely Literally and not Figuratively

People have been overusing and hence misusing the word literally for many years now. It’s literally reached a point of no return.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.” If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Literally is a word that signifies the opposite of figuratively. If you use a similie, metaphor, idiom or other form of figurative language, you do not mean what you say. For example: I am starving to death. This is a phrase to emphasize ones hunger, not ones nearness to the undertaker. It would be correct to say “literally” if one had gone weeks without food and the literal distinction could be made.

Literally is a word that should only be used as a colorful distinction when a figurative statement is in fact true. People in our world use the word literally incorrectly and too much. It has become an adverb to signify intense degree. Example: I am literally going over there to complain to the manager. Before the grammar books start bending this usage and making it acceptable, I vote we scrap it altogether, for the good of English communication.

Back to School Night: Ten Positives

 One tradition of school I really like is Back to School Night. It’s a time for parents to come in and see how the teacher runs things. It’s a time for the families to start a connection with the school and the teacher. With non traditional activities running wild in education, this is one tradition worth keeping. Here are ten positives:

  1. Parents see the classroom as their kids do.
  2. Teachers get to hang out informally with parents and their students’ siblings.
  3. It’s a reminder to teachers that their walls are a gallery to be presented.
  4. Kids get to show their parents their space (desk, table …)
  5. Principals get to address a large set of parents.
  6. Families are made a priority by the school.
  7. Treats.
  8. Extra curricular booths can get exposure.
  9. Teachers get insight into the home life of their students.
  10. Teachers get to address their students’ families.

This post was published first as Back to School Night: Ten Positives on Dynamite Lesson Plan.

Utilizing the Aeries Gradebook

 The Aeries Gradebook is a feature that has promoted recent years. It’s excellent for storing grades. Aeries report cards integrate well also. Getting a parent friendly print isn’t easy but having the information archived in there is a legally sound and readily accessible teacher benefit.

This year I am utilizing the Aeries Gradebook by taking the time to enter crucial assignments and assessments. Aeries is a cross platform, web based database that has more information on every child than a basic gradebook software you might find on the market. In short, I believe it is more productive to take the extra time to store data in Aeries than other data banks. As time passes, the reliance on Aeries for student grades will increase and that’s when the learning of Aeries as well as the comfort level with it will benefit teachers. What are your experiences?


This post was published first as Utilizing the Aeries Gradebook on Dynamite Lesson Plan.

Green Eyed Mind

 Is Jealousy mind over matter? If it’s not in mind, it doesn’t have to matter so just keep your mind free of it? Is it that simple? A guy I knew was jealous of his wife’s female coworker once. This odd person became highly interesting to his wife. She shared daily about their talk of anal sex, marital lies, her affairs  and the like. My poor friend could only take it for so long. He believed in his wife until one day. On an innocent lark, his wife shared that she had been invited by a male coworker to do a threesome with the idiot friend. That was his breaking point. I don’t think he’s proud of it though.

His jealousy went rampant but as he shared with me, it was more anger at these people than his wife. They knew him. He felt highly invisible and disrespected. He confronted both of them which he now regrets. He and his wife got some counseling and now the green eyed monster rarely comes out. I wish them the best and hope I’m never in his position. He may have had a good reason but he really put his wife through a lot of needless crap. As far as jealousy goes, keep it out of your mind I say! His marriage survived but it went through a rough couple of years, out of mind. Yours might not survive if you let the green eyed mind go crazy.

In response to Stream of Consciousness Saturday Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “mind.” Use it any way you think to. Have fun!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Green-Eyed Monster.” Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?

Give Up Marshmallows? I Think No

The only way I would agree
To have a pill instead of eat
Would be if the pill tasted like marshmallow
It’s a flavor every child believes
Should not be burned but lightly seared
And golden brown and cleanly speared that lovely marshmallow
I’m kidding no flavor could satisfy
To give up food I’d surely die.
A pill for you but not for I.
I love all food cooked boiled or fried.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.”

Also in response to Mama Kat’s Prompt #1

Amazing MacEnroe and his Temper

This was written by me in 2008. I’m reposting for #ThrowbackThursday

One of my favorite nutbars of the 70’s is John MacEnroe.  Anger favors no class.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “West End Girls.”

I remember my parents saying he was such a gifted player but he had terrible bouts of temper that sometimes cost him the game and match.  I remember seeing him shouting at umpires and the veins in his forehead sticking out.  I mean, he was powerful to behold when I was a young kid like 9 or 10.  I felt like that when I missed a shot.  But what about sportsmanship?  I got an earful from my parents about it when John came on TV.  I am sure he’s heard lectures and judgement all his life.

It makes me wonder about anger and the brain.  Could it be that chemicals are at fault or was it the way he was raised that made him think it was okay to challenge line referees with profanity on global television?  Something to think about as we are raising kids and doing our part in the world.

When I see him on TV nowadays, he’s smiling which is neat to see.  Anyway, remember to keep your temper in check.  Most of us don’t have the luxury of a fan club that will be cheering us on in the aftermath.  Enjoy this YouTube video that captures some classic MacEnroe tantrums:

Sharing TV Time

Sorting turns for family members to pick their TV shows is a concept. Sometimes it works quite well and everybody’s happy, others you have annoyed kids. Ultimately I usually say, oh well annoyed kids, I pay the bills, deal with it. Lately my biggest genres are Sci Fi and Horror. I’ve been impressed and inspired by these. My wife and kids prefer teen romance and paranormal. My wife likes romance and comedy. There are some we all like of course. The key is compromise. I may have 7 movies I want to see but if it’s my kid’s turn, I step off and let them go.

While I definitely know I am the best judge of movies in my family because I have over 100 reviews posted on my blog, I feel fortunate to share turns with the members of my family. I am exposed to a lot of crap of course like the Disney channel movies, but I also get to see what the kids are singing and saying in pop culture. My wife has shown me some excellent tips through her romantic comedies, and my son has enabled me to so funny jokes in shows I never would have ventured, like Malcolm in the Middle. So, in conclusion I think a system of sharing choice of shows is beneficial to all family members. Who decides what you watch?