FTY: Tests? We don’t like tests!

June 27, 2014

Current Reading and commentary:

  1. A Peoples History of the US: Ch11- Robber Barrons and Rebels——>So many parallels to The Pitchforks Are Coming….For Us Plutocrats. The man who writes that article is very smart to realize we have been here before and blood was spilled. I would really like to know how much. I think I might go through Mr. Zinn’s Ch11 and record a body count and dates, because I want to know how many died so my family could have the weekend, the 8 hour day, and the minimum wage. Agitation with A Smile 🙂
  2. Hands on the Freedom Plow- My sub-title: Revolutionary women who lead the civil rights movement and their stories.
  3. GRE Exam Math Workbook- a few of my answers have been thrown off by ONE digit—-and no point/ cookie for me–even though I got the process right!!!!!!!! Fairness does not exist.
  4. Grammar for College Writing: I’ts like 8th grade english plus, all over again—– without the sentence diagramming.
  5. A Workbook for Argument: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking–I’m working on my writing so I can write a killer op-ed.



FTY: To Stephanie Lormand (and of course The Labor Movement) An unlikely pair to be so close together



🙂 My dear friend Stephanie Lormand had a wonderful op-ed in the News and Observer this week you can find a link to it in this blog post called Are School Aged Kids Tested More Often than Toxic Chemicals. Her op-ed was very inspiring to me. I hope one day I can write an op-ed about an issue I am passionate about.

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Skulls always look happy

March 12, 2014

This poster is from Sherlock. I love it. WANT IT. There’s something about bones and skulls that I love. How they move together and are attached. (I’ll get back to this in my next post) I need to increase the skulls that adorn my wardrobe. I like them because they remind me that people are mostly the same and that I have limited time here. Which means I have to use that time wisely. I like to think I use my time wisely but truth be told I’ve really gotten off track since this having a kid thing started. It was wise for me to get to experience my child’s language development with a magnifying glass. Yeah, I made a list of words she knew at one point and have it in her baby book.


The Blue Skull from Sherlock


Color Coded Feelings Wheel

During my last attempt at the GRE I was going through sets of words I should know that have similar meanings. I kept looking through the sets of words innocent, greedy, argumentative, biting, and criticizim. That got me thinking about my own vocabulary and how I know less words for happy than for other feelings. And according to my handy feelings wheel it should be about even. I used visuwords to expand my vocabulary today! See/ click below if you are also in need of some positive words.



March 11, 2014

I’m feeling like a goldfish these days. I think it took me 20 minutes just to get the goldfish pic in this post. It has been forever since I wrote here and I’ve been missing it. I have been doing lots of writing for other projects. I was in the middle of writing two admissions essays <INSERT: Nails on CHalkBoarD> when ThaT school decided to not accept prerequisites if they were more than 10 years old (even if they were part of a degree). So, I decided to apply to a school that didn’t require a GRE score. It took some time for me to recover from the realization of how much it would cost– in both time and money– to take those credits over. Mostly the money freaked me out but my dh is not so happy about the time. Off I go starting a prep course next week–to reopen my school options.  Perhaps it is for the best. I haven’t had a challenge like this in a while. I used the goldfish as an illustration because I’ve become a rabid geek-fan of the BBC’s Sherlock. And everyone except the Holmes Boys are goldfish. Oh, but aren’t we so endearing and sentimental. And of course the Holmes boys would both get a perfect score on the GRE.


So, back to Sherlock. I would really love to have a ‘mind palace’ accessible to me during my high stakes standardized test. I took some pictures of my house and am going to try and overlay some of my study material on them. We shall see how that goes. I keep forgetting to write/ type on the pictures. I’ve really been squeeing over the props and decor on Sherlock, specifically the black and white wallpapered/ spraypainted wall. That wall gets shot at in one of the episodes because Sherlock is bored. That is one of my favorite scenes.


Warrior Wednesday: Mother Warrior

August 8, 2012

“The way of a warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited. ~The Art of Peace p59

I think this pic goes great along side my poem Warrior Queen. I might try and expand or revise it some. I wrote some poetry as a gratitude exercise yesterday. The Literacy Through Photography class last week really has me wanting to write more poetry.

chaotic note

Links I Like

Mindful Self-Compassion for Kids

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (Book Listing)

Antidotes to Anxiety-manage anxiety with humor

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