Thursday, May 30, 2019

Field Trip to the Des Moines Art Center

Last week, I went to the Des Moines Art Center with my students.  I ask them to look for four things while they're there: famous artists they know, their favorite pieces, the best example of "art," and something that they don't understand why it even IS art.  I participated this year too.  

 This Rothko is always one of my favorites.  I can almost get lost in its colors.

 I loved how this one was lit.  It's shadow on the wall was part of the piece for me.

 My picture doesn't do this piece justice, but it was shiny and sparkly, and I just couldn't stop looking at it.  It captivated me.

One of my nominees for best example of "art."  I loved reading about it and its creator.  Art is expression, in my opinion.  And art can come to someone at any time in their life.

My other nominee for best example of "art."  I think art should make people think.  I think art can buck the system and give the proverbial finger to the establishment.

Chagall is one of my favorites, so this is my piece for most famous.  HOW HAVE I NEVER NOTICED IT BEFORE IN ALL THE TIMES I'VE BEEN TO THE DES MOINES ART CENTER????  I guess it just goes to show that every trip there is a new experience.  That's the way it should be.

I'm so NOT into this one.  Every time I see it, I try to give it a chance, and I think that someone got back from Mardis Gras and went a little crazy in their grandma's attic.  It's just not for me.  Not everybody has to like every piece.  For me, this one wins the "Why is This Art?" award.

Another favorite.  I'm a fan of interactive pieces, and this one is just begging to be touched and moved.  Sparkly beads hanging from the tall ceiling?  YES, PLEASE!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Releasing It

Hello, Blog.  Long time, no write.

My middle schoolers and I have 6 days left together.  They're making it tough on me.  I'm going to talk about it here and release it to the universe.

I know it's the end of the year in so many ways.  I'm tired.  Tears are right below the surface.  I have so much to do.  I have to much left to do.  And they're already done.  They're SO done.

I get it. I want to be done too.  But we're not done.

I know they're too young to really understand how quickly time goes.  For them, it's a snail.  These last 6 days feel like forever to them.

I'm old enough and beat up enough by life to know that time is precious.  You don't wish it away.

I'm looking forward to my summer so so so so much.  I'm counting down too.  We're all human.  But I want to end this school year sad that these turkeys are leaving, not hoping the door doesn't hit them on the way out.

I'm taking things personally this year, this spring.  Today.  I'm letting my feelings get hurt.  I need to get over that.  You'd think that the 21st year with middle schoolers would be routine... that I'd have a harder shell built up... all of that.  Guess not.  I think I might even care more now than I did 20 years ago.  That's a good thing.  It hurts because I care.  I do know that.

Teacher God, give me strength to get it done, to get it done well, and to send them off with love and care and grit.

I think I can.  I think I can.  I think I can.
I know I will.  I know I will.  I know I will.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello, World... What is Happening to You?

I have had a summer beyond all summers... memories and fun and travel and love.  I have a grandbaby!  I was in a killer show!  I saw dear relatives!  I spent time with best friends!

But today, I can hardly remember the joy.  I'm overwhelmed by the world.  What is happening?  I can barely recognize my country.

Take time to reach out, friends.  Stretch your hand past the insulated world you've created by blocking and accepting people on social media.  Get to know someone else from across town, across cultures, across religions, across beliefs.  You don't have to agree with them.  But knowing them will help you see the world from their perspective and will help you show compassion and empathy.  Until we're able to do that, we'll never move forward.

We're better than this.  Love will prevail.  We can do it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Craziness Countdown

History Day was last Friday.  Now I'm editing Images of Greatness projects, learning lines, planning field trips, babying my ouchy knee, scheduling summer trips, and not believing that the end of school is actually in sight.  This year has flown!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Madness

I made it through my 19th middle school show... High School Musical, Jr. was a huge success, and the kids really grew through the process.  Now, time to focus on History Day and renewing my National Boards.  Spring break is at the end of the month, and I'm trying to power through until then.  It will be half play and half work and lots of sleeping in!

23 pounds lost since the New Year.  Still plugging away at it.  Andrew and I both are.  He's lost a lot too.  It's much easier when we work at it together.

We went to the new Hancher last weekend to see Mamma Mia.  The new building is amazing.  I didn't realize exactly how much I missed going to Hancher.  The space is gorgeous, and it feels more intimate than the Civic Center in Des Moines.  I'm so glad it's finally open!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Voluntary Facebook break to focus on positives. That place was making me feel icky inside, and it was sucking too much of my life. Instead, here are some good things to share!

1.  I've lost 17 pounds since New Year's. 
2.  I've decided to try and renew my National Boards. 
3.  Andrew and I are going to Florida for spring break and to Alaska this summer. 
4.  July could be the best month of my entire life. More on that later. 
5.  Assume the best. Always. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall, 2016

New responsibilities at work
Puppy growing
Hawkeye football, Olivia's first game
Friends visit
Love having to change the sheets on the spare bed
Trying to walk every day before work
Exhausted in the evenings
Lots of meetings
Working up my gumption to ask important questions
For myself
Not something I often do
Maybe getting back into blogging
If on an abbreviated level

Today's song:
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