Bored of education

bluebird of bitterness

When seven-year-old Alice got home from school, her mother asked her what she’d learned that day.

“We learned how to make babies,” said Alice.

Alice’s mother was shocked. She sent her daughter outside to play, then she called Alice’s teacher to complain that the things she was teaching were not appropriate for second graders.

“Did you ask her to explain how it’s done?” said the teacher.

“No,” said the mother.

“Ask her, then call me back,” said the teacher.

Alice’s mother went outside to where her daughter was playing and asked her, “So how do you make babies?”

Alice replied, “You drop the ‘y’ and add ‘ies’.”

Some assembly required

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SHELFIE

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This is my poetry shelf in my office:

Some interesting things here.ook

On the top shelf is collectible decanter and four glasses purchased from the Franklin Mint during the American bicentennial, which celebrated America’s 200th birthday (1996).

On the second shelf is a Bulgarian stacking doll (Does anyone know the correct term for these dolls?) a friend gave me after her trip to Europe, a “Teacher” appreciation card with two hand-dipped candles attached from one of my favorite former students (She came through in 2009.) It is perched atop various collections of poetry by poets like Maya Angelou, a signed Margaret Atwood (a gift from a friend), a book on writing haiku, and other smaller poetry books. To the right are the larger books: Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and a couple of others. Standing upright at the far right, poetry anthologies from college courses and some anthologies too…

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SUNDAY SUMMARY

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THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD WEEK FOR READING AND AN EVEN BETTER ONE FOR “WATCHING”

LOOKING BACK

This is an approximation, but since January, 2021, I have read:

13 kids books

7 non-fiction books

1 eBook

3 books of poetry

1 audiobook

and 12 novels

THIS PAST WEEK

I FINISHED

A Read with Jenna Selection

Jenna Bush Hagar’s Book Club on the Today Show

A Beverly Cleary kid’s novel about divorce and being “the new kid”

The third in the Wallace Family series (Begins with A Wrinkle in Time)

My daily check in with my “authentic self”

Currently I am reading:

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

ASwim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

YES, I can keep the books separate in my head. They are all so different.

I ALSO WATCHED A…

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