Shortly after the fire at Hackley, I decided that I needed to seriously look at the amount of junk I'd accumulated in my house... a few months later, much of the "nope, don't need this" stuff was finding new homes courtesy of the Salvation Army. But then there was The Collection. I'd never really gotten… Continue reading What was I thinking (and what am I thinking now)??
Since the lockdown started, I've spent most Tuesday nights attending a Mussar class run by Congregation Beth Elohim. This week's middot is simplicity, and I've been thinking a lot about how that plays into my role as a librarian/teacher. The first thing that jumps out at me is the collection: weeding, updating, making things more… Continue reading The simple life for me
Last week I looked at this week’s forecast and saw snow was predicted. Fine... but it’s a week away. Over the next few days amounts of snow and arrival days kept changing: 5” Wednesday and 8” Thursday? no... 12” Wednesday and 3” Thursday? no... Tuesday it seemed to settle on 1-2” Wednesday night and 10+”… Continue reading Finally, something normal
With very few exceptions (family Zoom calls), now that NCTE/ALAN is over, I'm staying away from my laptop and only checking personal email until next Tuesday, when we return to work. This tweet caught my eye, however, and I felt compelled to share: On a good day, I'm surviving. Most days, I'm struggling. And on… Continue reading Checking In
Luckily for me, last week I was working on campus and so missed much of the Amy Coney Barrett hearings commentary. One thing, however, did cross my radar and got me thinking. It was this exchange with Sen. Hirono: “I have no agenda,” Barrett replied. “I do want to be clear that I have never… Continue reading Am I the last to know?
People who know me know I'm anti-Amazon. There are so many reasons, from the way they treat warehouse workers and drivers to killing off mom&pop and Main Street businesses to not paying local taxes. I understand the people who say "but the discount" -- to which I say, "but your town and local employment!" Anyway,… Continue reading Making a sub-Prime list
Sorry - I'm gonna rant here. It's been building for some time and this week was just, well, the last straw. Granted, I've been cranky because things at work haven't really stopped since just after Winter Break. Spring Break was filled with anxious colleagues setting up classes for a remote return, then... you know the… Continue reading Are you doing the work?
It's early July and I should be on a vacation of sorts. At Hackley, I was administration and worked all summer, taking four day weekends. At PCS and Porter's I chose to either go in occasionally to pick up mail or to work on a project. Both were my choice, and my time was just… Continue reading Little Changes Exhaust Me
Wow. What a year it's been. In August, last year, I wrote, " AY20 can’t be worse than AY19, right? RIGHT????" My Upper School librarian and I constantly talk about Not Tempting the Fates, usually around things like major weather episodes or traffic to/from work. You'd think I'd know better but obviously NOT. I tempted them.… Continue reading When you’re wrong, you’re wrong
As the school year winds down, I find myself reflecting on how the year went (more on that later) and what to expect from the year to come. In my last post I mentioned that it's never too late to say Thank You, and quite some time ago, Nancy Florio posted this on the AISL… Continue reading Mentors and More…