Saturday, October 01, 2005

A Few of My Favorite Things

While I'm keenly aware of the transience of things, I also know that we are happiest when we surround ourselves with beauty. Last weekend I went to a Raleigh art fair and acquired my own Timothy C. teapot, today Marly's Little Jordan arrived from Amazon, and tonight Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Journeys fills my home.

Visiting again with Timothy was a pleasure, hearing my students plead to continue their blog--forever, they insist--encourages me when I think I'll never survive eight more years with seventh graders, and knowing that Linda continues on our behalf to see an anthology published gives me hope that I'll soon enjoy reading your short stories.

Marly asked me to write a post about my class blog. The short of the story: it's up and the students are enthusiastic about it. I established a few guidelines and had a user agreement signed by both the students and the parents. So far, we're all pleased--the students, parents, and me. View it if you'd like at



Anonymous Donna said...


Your school blog is wonderful. I have visited it several times to see what the kids are doing. It is really great. I wish our district would give us the go ahead to do something like this.

Your comments about surrounding ourselves with beautiful things is so true. I have a theory that our actual physical health is affected by the visual touchstones that we surround ourselves with. I derived this from the feelings I get when I am forced to travel and don't have my favorite visual touchstones near me, and also from an incident concerning my elderly mother. She was in the hospital for a bad bout of pneumonia. The meds they gave her made her hallucinate and she thought she was dying. The doctor took her off the meds but still she did not snap out of it. I finally took her back to a nursing home. On the first day with nothing of her own surrounding her she stayed sick. On the second day when I could begin setting up her treasured bell collection, and the photographs of her family, she began to come a bit around. By the end of a week she was back to knowing where she was and what was going on, and we took her back to her old room at assisted living. I am firmly convinced that we must have our favorite things for our spiritual, emotional, and physical health ; and I believe that is why many elderly people do worse when moving into nursing facilities. If I had my way , each elderly patient would have a room of their own with their own comforts surrounding them.

So keep surrounding yourself with beauty in its artistic and written form.


1:35 PM  
Anonymous marly said...

Oh, you have a Timothy-teapot! How wonderful...

I just looked at your school blog. Interesting to see how you use the comments.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

Marly, I'm always suspicious when one uses the adjective interesting. HMMM . . .

4:33 PM  
Anonymous marly said...

Oh. I know exactly what you mean. But what I meant was that "the way" you chose to "use" the comments was interesting! You had to adapt the form to class usages and assignments--and I do think you used some ingenuity!

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

I love your blog, Connie! And I love the responses the students post! (do you begin a sentence with 'and'? I don't think so.) Anyway, great job. I shared it with a friend. I hope you don't mind!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa Thomas said...

We received your post cards today, Marly! Thank you! The students are so excited. It's such a small thing but they love it. Maybe we'll get a chance to send everyone a post card from Greensboro.

Alphie, we're still working on the letters. Tell your students not to despair!

By the way, one of my coworkers here started a blog for her fifth grade class. It's a start. Ill keep you posted on how it goes.

3:07 PM  
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