- It’s hard to believe the September 11 terrorist attacks happened 11 years ago today. I don’t have anything new to say or anything that hasn’t been said millions of times, but I did want to take a moment to remember.
- Most of Los Angeles County was plagued by a terrible stench yesterday. We’ve had some funky hot and humid weather too, so going outside yesterday was just awful. It smelled like an Andy Gump had exploded. Turns out we had an extreme fish die-off in a dead lake several miles away that caused the odor. So odd.
- Kristen’s (my BFF) mom and dad just left on a trip to visit their hometown in Michigan and then are headed to the Carolinas. When they reach North Carolina, Denny (Kristen’s dad) will have visited his 50th state. That’s something isn’t it? Upon counting, I’ve been to 36 states – some for a real visit, some just passing through on drives to/from New England. The ones left haven’t really appealed to me for a visit (I’d much rather travel internationally) but hearing about Denny’s, would it be considered an accomplishment, it feels like maybe I should.
- Last week, I read an article about a new website that offers free college classes from some of the top universities – like Harvard, CalTech, Stanford, and Princeton. According to their website, Coursera was created to give anyone around the world access to a top quality education, “We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives…” It also sounds like there is the possibility for the creators to make gobs of money by being on the ground floor of this type of venture. Anyhow, I’ve kinda been obsessed with checking out this website. I love school, let me rephrase that, I love school when I get to choose the classes. The last thing I have time for is a Harvard-like class, but I so want to enroll in one!
- We’ve got three public libraries in town. The smallest one is closing and being reopened as a bigger and better library a few streets away. Teachers have been invited to an open house in a couple of weeks. It’s just a block away from my new school, and I can’t wait for it to open. The old library is having a major book sale that started this weekend. I can not tell you how badly I want to go. I want to buy books for my classroom and for my own personal use. But then reality sets in that I have books coming out my ears. I don’t need anymore children’s books. If I bought them, even high quality, library binding books at really cheap prices, I would have nowhere to put them. Nowhere! Every nook and cranny in my classroom and every shelf in my house is full. I don’t need anymore books, and it’s killing me!
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