Archive for September, 2008

Ponder for 9/28/2008

“When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
– Omar Kayan

“We need not worry so much about what man descends from-it’s what he descends to that shames the human race.”
– Mark Twain“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.”
– Anonymous



“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”
– Don Herold

“Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from a friend’s forehead.”
– Chinese Proverb 

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Charles R. Swindoll

“Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

Don’t use a big word where a diminutive word will suffice.”
– Anonymous

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”
– Booker T. Washington

“The best and most wonderful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. they must be felt within the heart.”  
– Helen Keller

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children :one is roots. The other is wings.”
-Hodding Carter,J.R.

Education pays — unless, of course, you are the educator.  

If you want to be heard, whisper. 

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Are YOU having a hard time deciding which person to vote for in November?

Fear no more, my fine, fine Americans. ABC has decided to assist each of us in our hunt for the perfect President (LMAO) by providing the Match-O-Matic, a tool whereby you, the voter decides which statement most matches your political views. Then, when you have answered all the questions….the Match-O-Matic tallies your “score” and declares YOUR Presidential Choice.

How much easier can it get?


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This summer, “Bugs and Insects” are the themes in the libraries across Kansas. I decided that we would use this opportunity to study them throughout the summer months – – and I will try to keep up with what I do so that you may use whatever resources are listed for your own Thematic Unit. Since we decided to do this in the last couple-a-days, it will be a hodge-podge – – hopefully, we will get a little more organized as time goes on.



Day One
Language Arts – Insect Word Book (http://members.enchantedlearning.com/books/mini/insects/)
Literature – Books: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle; Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards; The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta; Bugs by Nancy Winslow Parker and Joan Richards Wright (Reading Rainbow Feature Book); Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell
Quiz on Books (www.BookAdventure.com) – The Very Quiet Cricket; Some Smug Slug; The Icky Bug Alphabet Book
Listened to books on Tape/CDThere Ain’t No Bugs on Me
Movie – Reading Rainbow: Bugs, FLO: The Lyin’ Fly

Day Two
Literature – Books: Are You a Bee? By Judy Allen; Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies by Harriet Ziefert
Science – Bug/insect Report {BEETLE} (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/graphicorganizers/animalrpt/insect.shtml)
MovieMagic School Bus: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
Art – Various Insect/Bug Art Projects at the Library
Field Trip – Trip to the Zoo with the Brownies

Day Three
Literature – Books: Bug in a Rug by Sue Heap; Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin
Language Arts
– Bug Wordsearch (Worksheet from the Library)
MovieInsect; Antz


Day Four
LiteratureWhy Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema; The Ugly Caterpillar by Carl Sommer
Quiz on Books (www.BookAdventure.com) – Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Language Arts – Worksheets: Diary of a Fly, Bug Page and Word Search, Ant Maze (all from the Library)
MovieBugz; FLO: The Lyin’ Fly

Day Five
LiteratureUp, Down and Around by Katherine Ayers; The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent; Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
Quiz on Books (www.BookAdventure.com) – The Caterpillar and the Polliwog; Inch by Inch
Language Arts – Worksheets: Diary of a Spider, Butterfly Coloring Page
MovieBugs!: A Rainforest Adventure
Science – Read Beetles by Scholastic; Lifecycle of a Butterfly by Angela Royston;

Day Six
LiteratureWaiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert; Army Ant Parade by April Pulley Sayre; Buzz by Janet S. Wong; Leo the Lightening Bug by Eric Drachman; Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By Bob Barner
Quiz on Books (www.BookAdventure.com) – Buzz
MovieBug (2002) ; Ants: Little Creatures Who Run the World
Art – Color Pages: Spider and Ladybug (both from the library)


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Dude! I am totally feelin’ the love!! Obi-Mom Kenobi tagged me……YEAH!!!

The rules:

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question. (I haven’t changed any questions.)

B) Tag 8 people to answer the questions.

1. How many songs are on your iPod?
Right this minute….57.

2. What music would you want played at your funeral?
I don’t want to have a funeral. I want to be dumped at the Body Farm, Donated to Science….and if all else fails….cremated.

3. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?
Family Fun. Which will be running out soon enough.

4. What is your favorite scent?
Oh, geez….so many things smell good….Just like a Lay’s Chip…I can’t just pick one!!

5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
I would travel all over…..starting with SF, CA.

6. What is your theme song?
I never thought about having a theme song. Can any friends suggest one?

7. Do you trust easily?
No. I trust slowly, but deeply.

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
A little of both. I tend to overthink the big stuff and act without thinking about little stuff.

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Not really. I am actually doing better in the “happiness” department.

10. Do you have a good body-image?
Yes and No. There are MANY things that I don’t like – – but, I know that I have the power to change them – – so I am moving in that direction. I don’t think I am completely unattractive.

11. Is being tagged fun?
It’s nice to know that there are people who read my blog more than once, but I have to copy boremetotears and Obi-Mom’s answer to this one: “I think I like reading other people’s responses more than writing my own.”

12. How do you spend your social networking (Facebook, etc.) time?
I’m on MySpace. It’s good, for now.

13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately?
LMAO….internet, sugar, sweet tea……

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
I really like Obi-Mom’s views on a lot of stuff. She will clearly see that we are similar in some areas, because her answers were the very same as mine!! 🙂

15. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
Oh, geez…I don’t remember when a song was last stuck in my head….but, I am willing to bet it was something AWFUL…no “cool” songs EVER get stuck in my head.

16. What’s your favorite item of clothing?
Hmmmmm…..I am really lucky, ’cause I like all my casual clothes. I guess I would have to say my underwear, ’cause all of my other clothes I can get at Wal-Mart, Thrift Stores, Garage Sales, other “dollar” kinds of stores…..but, my undies….I get those in the BIG city (more than an hour and a half away. 😉

17. Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy?
Yes, I love them…..but, haven’t had them in SOOOO long!!!

18. What would you do if you see saw $100 lying on the ground?
If I knew who lost it, I’d return it; otherwise it’s go to paying some bill…as does just about every extra penny that comes into contact with my hot little hands.

19. What items could you not go without during the day?
Right now, the internet, sugar and sweet tea….but, that is all about to change!!!!

20. What should you be doing right now?
Probably anything but this…..but, heck, it was fun!! 🙂 Thanks Obi-Mom Kanobi!!!

There are a lot of people who don’t “like” to be tagged….so, if you thought this was cool…and you wanna do it….consider yourself tagged…don’t forget to let me know, so I can read your answers!!  🙂

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“A new flock of creatures has been spotted in the vicinity of Boston’s Charles River. But these are not Robert McCloskey’s beloved children’s-book ducklings, and adorable is not the word that comes to mind when you look at them. Creepy? Yes. Bizarre? Definitely. Awe-inspiring? Maybe. But certainly not cute.

The beasts are part of the Student Origami Competition, which is held each year at MIT and challenges undergrads to fashion the most whacked-out animals imaginable. It’s all in keeping with MIT’s illustrious history of fielding highly competitive tiddlywinks teams. (No, really!) Parents will just have to assume that this extracurricular activity is in no way interfering with their child’s studies. Otherwise, that $36,390 tuition check could be folded rather nicely into swans, dragons, or paper tigers of their own.” – – VSL


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“What do you get when you cross the U.S. Census Bureau with Don Rickles? A county-by-county breakdown of America’s ethnic groups, and God’s own gift to political consultants, history buffs . . . and insult comics, who can assume that material about Iceland is fairly safe everywhere in the U.S. — except, of course, Pembina County in northeastern North Dakota, where you slag Björk at your own risk, pal.

These PowerPoint-friendly PDFs are color-coded, and the colors themselves are home-country metaphoric: The ubiquitous Irish are clover green. The Mexican red belt reflects the hot flush of sentiments boiling up in our border states. The French are French blue, of course, and red-blooded Americans will be pleased to learn that the Russians are, in fact, yellow. According to the Census Bureau, whites — that is, actual Caucasians — will become a national minority by 2042. But these maps, which are based on the 2000 Census, are a timely reminder that America never was that white to begin with, and that — demographically speaking — the future is nowhere we haven’t been before.” – – VSL


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“Plato insisted that the most beautiful things were invisible — that perfect forms are too perfect to see. Well, Plato would have loved the Wellcome Image competition, which limits itself tophotographs of subjects that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

This year’s winners are an eclectic bunch: Here’s a carpet of concave blood cells. There’s a collection of Vitamin C crystals (they look like seashells). And — the most memorable images — terrifying photographs of bodily decay. The photo of a prostate tumor captures metastasizing cells as they consume neighboring tissue. The breast-cancer cell looks like a shard of stained glass, and a ruptured capillary leaks blood like a broken pipe. The photographs are so beautiful, it’s easy to forget that each one is a tragic portrait — a vision of the body falling slowly apart.” – – VSL


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