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Homemade Presents

A couple of Christmases ago I decided to skip shopping, save money on presents, and make things instead. Indeed, we should all reject the commercialization of Christmas. Homemade presents are more meaningful and contribute less to landfills and capitalists’ pockets. Ironically, I ended up spending lots of money – probably more than I would have on presents alone – at…

Facebook Easter Lottery

This is a conversation I had with a Nigerian Scammer who hacked a friend’s Facebook account. My friend disappeared off the grid.  It took me a minute to catch on to the scam because my friend has some quirky personality traits that surface in text. She cannot type very well and she switches topics randomly in conversations, which I have…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Brand New Sky

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Polka dots – they’re springtime happy.

2. Sticky notes – permanence and change in bright little squares.

3. Juicy Juicy with a Prevacid chaser.

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Gratitudes: New Day Rising

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Spring, no matter how early or late it arrives, so I can throw open the windows and doors and my spirit. That’s something to be grateful for, for sure.

2. Progressive auto insurance, stalwart in its service. I’m surprised.

3. Bagels, bagels, bagels. Lenders are a poor substitute, and I miss real New York bagels down here in the bayou, but the pale shadow of Lenders gets me by.

4. My air conditioning guy at Residential Experts.  Honest and professional, he extended the life of my AC and saved me money. What’s not to be grateful?

5. Angie’s List saves me thousands of dollars and millions of headaches. When I listen to friends’ stories, my gratitude grows.

6. Al Gore for inventing the internet.

7. Sharpies. They’ve been acknowledged in my lists before, but it bears repeating.

8. Sharpies.

9. Early Friday morning conversations in which promises and plans for the weekend get made.

10. Fridays.

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Teaching Test-Taking Skills

In spite of my preference for other forms of evaluating students, I succumbed to using multiple choice exams years ago. Perhaps I secretly sold out after my memory turned into Swiss cheese. Perhaps I converted and now believe memorization and identification can be rigorous! Lies! Either way, testing should be as much about learning as evaluating, so to recuperate this…

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The Burro

You have to kiss a lot of jackasses to get a sweet burro in your life. This little burro came from a street vendor in San Miguel. Burros are lovely creatures who seem to get the short end of the stick in all of life’s fairy tales. Just look at what happened to Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.…

Cool Gadgets in Mexico

Two cool gadgets from Mexico: The first is a swipe key device for the hotel key that turns the room’s electricity on and off. In order to activate the electricity in the room, you have to slide the swipe key into the slot on the wall, which is located next to the light switch. That means in order to take…