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So, Whaddaya Think?

July 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm 4 comments

Teaching Bees

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Bees are in trouble, and so are we. I learned one of the major theories about the bee die-off from my first grader N., a budding science buff. He has his own lab at home, no kidding. N. says that cell phone waves may be a culprit.  Read about different theories here: ABC News Article. The comments are pretty interesting too.

My kids were great at pollinating our classroom flowers with dead bees glued to a stick. We saw the pollen collected in the hairs on the backs of the bees. Good thing they are so brilliant, we will need them to solve our problems.

June 2, 2007 at 3:46 pm 2 comments

Go Ivy!

Julia GradWent Ivy this weekend – graduation for this star sister. I am flushed with pride, and hope she goes off to follow her confusion and her nose. No worries for this kid, ahem, adult. She is lovely, graceful, wise, sensitive, and caring, and the “real world” gets a gift as she departs her hallowed halls. DK & I tried hard to keep up with Ithaca-hatched parents in their element. It was all an honor and a treat.

Paid more attention to the speeches at this event than my own graduation (not listening due to obsessive worrying about imminent real-world ejection). Excellent, serious, call to arms. Hope those smartie Ivies were listening. NPR did a great piece today on graduation speeches. Bill Cosby – a professional (and not in the good way), does the circuit every year, don’t bother. Clinton (watch speech here, no joke, it’s fabulous) – do everything you can to get tickets (Go RIT!). “How you think matters, and how people see you thinking matters!” (my exclamation point!) Oh how I miss this man, and don’t blame Monica Lewinsky at all. Watch it, and Mark, Rush’s friend (see rusharound on blogroll). Often.

On the way home, stopped by for a dance party with 2 SETS of girl twins – first set age 9, second set age 6, all sisters. Gwen Stefani is my new favorite singer. No doubt.

Reading: Ten Days in the Hills – Jane Smiley (SDH – how goes it?). Based on Boccacio’s Decameron. I’m liking it very much so far, but it’s not something I’m rushing home or staying up late to finish. Thank goodness. F & A put 10 new books in my hands this weekend, and I am admittedly daunted.

May 30, 2007 at 12:32 am 3 comments


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