Love & Luck

July 30, 2010

I moved to Portland and made the decision that I wanted to find my life partner and settle down. So I did. I told the universe what I wanted, and it responded. It took years of failed relationships and soul searching for me to finally get to this point–it wasn’t easy. Finding the right one is difficult–you have to love yourself completely, you have to be willing to take an honest look at yourself, and you have to be brave enough to take risks. On top of all this, you have to fall into a patch of really good luck.


Fall 2009 Internet Projects

November 27, 2009

My Fall quarter is drawing to its close. I have worked on many projects this quarter, and thought I would share them with you!

I created a class wiki. This is a communication device I can use to connect with students and parents. I can post lessons, handouts, and post announcements:

Ms. C’s Wiki


I also created a webquest, which is an internet based lesson:

Civil Disobedience Webquest


Lastly, I created an independent reading program. In Oregon, the focus is on literacy and reading levels. I created this program using a wiki:

All You Can Read Buffet


Meet My Chickens

October 21, 2009

It is fall in Portland, which means one bad thing: my garden is dying! It is too cloudy to ripen the dozens of plump green tomatoes still left on the vine, so tonight I decided to make fried green tomatoes! I used a fabulous recipe from

Chopped up green tomatoes, fresh from my garden.

Frying one side…

Then the other!


The full meal: drizzle balsamic vinegar and place on a bed of greens (fresh from the garden, of course!), and chopped black olives.

Today it stormed….

The chickens don’t mind the rain too much. However, the do become quite muddy in their chicken run. And poor Little Miss, with her head full of feathers, gets muddy dreads from the rain!

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Last Friday I ventured onto a public high school campus and spent the day with a junior student named Monique. If my experience had been video recorded, you could assume it was the 90’s or 80’s because the day completely lacked in technology.

Throughout the entire day, technology was only used once: a “video projector” during Pre-Calc. For those of you who have not been in a classroom in the past decade, this is an updated version of the old style overhead which used photocopied “transparencies” you could write on with special markers. The video overheads are literally a video camera which projects the image onto the wall. In the Pre-Calc class, the teacher was able to place the math textbook directly under the camera to project the page onto the wall. He also demonstrated how to plug mathematical equations into a calculator by placing it directly under the camera.

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Chickens: 5 months old

September 9, 2009

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Maher: “Do you think we are still a great nation?

Moyer: “We are a very crippled giant, suffering from self-inflicted wounds that if we do not treat and heal, will in fact bring us to our knees and ultimately, to our doom.”


I am sad to say, but Obama is becoming a very disappointing leader. Washington is so corrupt and politics is so intertwined with corporate money that it is impossible for our government to work the way it should. It’s very disappointing. Politics in this country, is a sham.


Here is a really great interview with Bill Maher and Bill Moyers about health care, the corporate co-op of the democratic party, Obama and the future of America.


RIP Merce Cunningham

August 30, 2009