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I am just going to copy and paste here the obituary for Michael's grandma, Inez Alcorn, that his aunt Nancy wrote. Because Nancy says it all so well. I hope she doesn't mind me copying. The photo is mine. I mean, it wasn't in the obituary. Our wedding photographer actually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I didn't write last week because my brain was fried from being online or on the phone constantly from 8 - 3 and just couldn't (despite having been religious about clocking out at 3 and going for a walk or run). This week was a bit better, maybe because the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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Moving to distance learning has kept me pretty busy . I won't bore you with the entire list, but my accomplishments this past week include calling all students (ok, I shared that task with my team), sending learning plans to my administrators, modifying and posting course materials, posting assignment drop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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Well then. Did any of you actually expect to experience something like this in your lifetimes? My current status is healthy and hoping I washed my hands enough in the past couple of weeks to stay that way. All schools in our county are closed until at least mid April... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I had made a vet appointment for Gabby for next Wednesday. But on Thursday night she went downhill fast, refusing food and not able to stand up. So Michael carried her out to the car and we took her into our vet's emergency clinic, and stayed with her while they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I have two students, in different programs, both on the same school track team. Which is how I found myself the other day with seven boxes of fundraising donuts. The other two boxes here belong to Robert, the student sitting next to me, whose permission I have to post his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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Last time I did the Binghamton Dollars for Scholars Team Trivia Fundraiser, I told Charlie he was wrong on the final Jeopardy question but he was right and we lost it all. This time I thought the answer was Kermit the Frog, Charlie said it was Elmo, and I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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Every now and then I offer my students the opportunity to put the work aside, fold up all the tables and chairs, lay out the mats and the towels, take off their shoes, and breathe through a guided meditation. For one of the courses I teach, all the students are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I slept on the couch again last night. Not because Michael and I were fighting or anything. No, I slept downstairs because the arthritic almost-twelve-year-old dog can't get upstairs anymore. I mean, she would do it for me if I really encouraged her and walked right behind her to catch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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That's her on the left I haven't posted much about Ella, because her life is really her story to tell now, but you might be a little interested, and I am more than a little proud of her (even though I try to down play that because, I don't know,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I'm just looking through my camera roll here to see if there's anything interesting to share with you. Ok, here's something to talk about. This is a photos of a bowl of candy, in case you can't tell. I took it at a workshop I went to on something called... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I have been trying to walk more. It's nice to drive less and exercise more, for a whole host of reasons. One of the things I've started doing is walking to the grocery store. This means going to a different store from usual, and going more often, because I can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Sandy Davenport
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I'm going to end this year as I mean to start the next, with a blog post, and no explanation for my non-posting weeks. This school year I was so proud of myself for not catching any of the student's horrible viruses. Every day I gargled with warm salt water,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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Sometimes you just have to jump up and down with a few hundred other people singing "What's so funny about peace love and understanding" at the top of your lungs. Yes, it's Elvis Costello time again. Honestly. the guy tours so much, I don't know how he does it. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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Last year the teenager living across the road was in my class. One day he said to me "don't you ever turn onto our street and just go 'ahhhh'?" Yes, Andrew, yes I do. These maples are a neighborhood heirloom, they're beautiful, they're a massive habitat for wildlife, they keep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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Coming this Fall! Sunday cooking adventures! We decided that once a week we'll pick a new recipe and make it together. I don't always like cooking with other people because you have to be patient with them, and you have to actually follow the recipe and explain what you're thinking.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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Today is the Friday of the last week of summer vacation. I think that being on a 10 month teaching schedule is like yoga in the way it helps me deal with time and mortality. If I spend all school year waiting for summer, well, then, that's not really living.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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It's that time of year again - the time when Michael's dad gathers his family in a large house and we all eat and drink ourselves silly. This year we went with a city - Montreal. I've only been there once before, my first winter in North America (remember, Tim?),... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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I've always though hegemony was fascinating. How do you persuade a class of people you're allied with them and get their support, when in fact you're bilking them dry every chance you can get? And here I am, watching it happen right in front of us, using the tool of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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We just got home from a 12 day trip out west. Our goals were to 1) visit Michael's mom, and 2) spend some time in a few different towns and see if they'd be any better than Minneapolis as a retirement destination. We had a few nights with Michael's family,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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I am much more excited than I look, it's just that Michael's selfie caught me off guard. Last summer we bought peaches at the Farmer's Market and I came home singing what I called the "peaches song," and that led us to remember how amazing John Prine is. Fast forward... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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This is not a post about me running a 5k (although it was a great race that you can learn more about here). Photo Credit: Confluence Running, from the Noah Farrelly Memorial Run Facebook page. It's about being part of a community. I've lived in Binghamton for 30 years, minus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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The last couple of weeks of high school classes are far more exhausting than you might suspect. I teach seniors, and my class is a New York State requirement for graduation. If they fail Participation in Government, then they aren't walking across the stage, they might not get to go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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This weekend was our annual trip to D.C. for the Indie 500. Indie, because they are independent of the big newspaper crossword business and they promote other indie crossword makers in general. This year I didn't take my camera. Sometimes I feel like I've taken all the photos, especially when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Sandy Davenport
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This is my fifteenth year in my current job. I went to the Teachers' Association celebration of service this week with a couple of colleagues and got some flowers and a messenger bag with a logo on it (which will be useful for carrying grading home, I'm sure). When all... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Sandy Davenport