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Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019! 

Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I'm moving again. Oh boy.

Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about Marie Kondo. She and her mama have been watching "YouTube" videos and all of a sudden, Barbie Town is shut down, stuffies and bags of baby toys donated to preschool, that sort of thing. But when Rebecca told me Morgan was organizing her drawers and folding everything, I really was pretty darn impressed. 

I kept hearing snippets about it, but I was too busy hunting through stacks of teaching stuff in several remaining closets. Long gone are class sets of jump ropes, xylophones etc. Remaining? Favorite children's classics, reading manipulatives, treasure box junk, art materials, you know what I mean.

Added to that, teaching antiques besides me, including bells, slates, ink wells, readers and a couple things I never saw before or since, like a first Big Book. Standing manipulative chalk board, and my McGuffey's, dreamy.

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Why are so many special education kids being suspended?

And what can we do about it? 

Writing for you on this drizzly day here in Eugene. It's been such a busy time for me, probably you, too. But here and there things have managed to creep in, catch my eyes and tell me I need to reflect and write. A couple weeks ago I started to write about special education kiddos and the high number of suspensions. 

As I am definitely ADD, ADHD and highly distractible, instead I read an article in US magazine about the college admission mom cheaters and ended up reading more stuff about the scandal and writing my last blog about that. 

However, I have been haunted by recent personal events and national news items urging me to write to you today.  

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Cheaters. Varsity Blues, greed, mega drama of poor choices and lost voices. 

It makes me sick reading about parents who gamed college admissions. Not like we didn't already know about some stuff, but this took it way over the top. I'm sure you agree. In fact, by now probably we are all saturated with the obnoxious stories, only details remaining. Or maybe not, I'm not sure anymore.

I still can't believe when I read the Moms in question are freaked out by the reasonable response to their poor behavior. I still can't believe the Moms in question are making excuses. I still can't believe they all did it, anyway. Good grief, Bad Parenting 101. Are you kidding me? 

Is cheating so common to rich and not so rich, maybe less monied too, that we take it for granted? is this becoming the rule, not the exception? Are we to believe we are now a nation of cheaters? And it's ok? Why bother applying for college anyway. Just pay someone else to write the application and essays, for sure, fake any videos probably, testing, no problem, why bother to study with tutors, just pay off the proctors. Or better yet have a 'body double' sit in and take the test. Easy A. Awful.

 I'm all about forgiveness, but on my freak out scale, this scandal ranks off the chart. Claiming disabilities, faking athletic status, cheating on exams by inflating scores, changing answers, etc. A lot of cheaters in this food chain. Follow the money trail, or maybe not yet, too many characters in this bad movie.

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Read Across America 2019! 

Saturday, March 2nd, on a cold but suddenly sunny day in Eugene, so much fun reading Dr. Seuss!

Having a grand time re-reading a bunch of my Dr. Seuss books. Rather than reposting a couple earlier blogs I'm sitting here camped out with warm blanket, scarf, fuzzy slippers with pom poms, but no Dr Seuss hat. Instead a beanie. Mother Nature calmed down a bit in time for Dr. Seuss' birthday. For that I am so grateful. And ready for fun! 

My #oneword for 2019 is "Celebrate", so today's a perfect reading party. I'm waiting for you. Silly hats! Pjs and cocoa or hot cider, too. And bring your favorite Dr. Seuss stories, maybe a costume or too!

Each year, Dr. Seuss' birthday is celebrated on March 2nd. Or close to it. Due to weather, I am reading at the preschool a couple days late. I'm already planning probably two books and matching mini-lessons. I'll have the children pick their favorites. That in itself is a lesson in decision making. Maybe. Have to see. Thinking a nudge toward 'Hop On Pop', 'Ten Apples On Top'. Toss in a little word family action. I'm really sneaky with skills.

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Family Celebration Weekend, on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Sunriver, Oregon.

Obviously I need an organizing consultant, but Marie Kondo isn't available. I have been cleaning out and sorting for quite awhile, my clutter, my life. The wise words by Tony Wagner really hit home this week as I juggled some major life decisions and the fact that in only a few days I reach the not desired status of being widowed seven years. My what's next, what I thought I knew was on overload.

I had a bunch of blips in the last couple weeks, some stuff not in my control, others, my fault. In fact, I made a mess of a few things I may or may not tell you about. It would take some courage to share. And you know I always talk with you, plain talk from my head, heart and soul. And I love to laugh with you, we all need to laugh more. There are so many funny things when we can look at ourselves and not take everything so darn seriously.

As I sit here writing to you, fairly large snowflakes are falling, drifting down on puffy, finely laced little snow feet. I know parts of our country are at the moment, inundated with snow, but in Eugene snow has been sparse, only seeming endless days of cloudy, bitter cold weather, damp, gloomy, biting to the bone. So my kids decided it was time for a break, snow, yes, time to play! For me, this meant time to read, nap, and reflect on some very big changes and transitions in my life again. This is common to everyone, pretty much, we just don't see it, probably.

Mini-Vacation Break for Milestone Birthdays. Two forties, one eight, mine, not telling.

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