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Entry date: 6-15-2023 – Titles are Confounding, Just Like Headlines – Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

Lately I’ve been stressing over what to title these blog posts. How silly is that? I sit here for a few minutes each day wondering what to call the blog. I’m guessing none of you care about the title and have long figured out that they are often misleading. I'm equally clueless about writing a good headline for a New Times story. Every once in a while, I get lucky.

I often start this thing with an idea in mind and then go ten different directions.

Writing so much has let me in on that secret about myself. You know the one. The secret of not wanting to admit how scattered the brain can get. I tell my students all the time to work on focus and I often have very little. I would like to be writing five books at once if I could. I know I have to choose one, but (in my best Scott Pilgrim voice), “It’s hard.”

If you haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, you really should watch it. Michael Cera did such a great job of bringing that character to life in an annoyingly lovable way. We are big fans of the film in our house and I’m guessing I’ve seen it around twenty times in its entirety. Succession fans will enjoy seeing Kieran Culkin, too. He’s pretty darn awesome in it as well and it has a great soundtrack.

Speaking of Kieran Culkin, don’t sleep on Igby Goes Down. I have mentioned this before, I think, but I love that film. It’s got Jeff Goldblum and Susan Sarandon, so that’s always fun, and is a snarky take on Catcher In The Rye. Culkin shows some pretty good range in the film, too, which should be no surprise to Succession fans who haven’t seen it yet.

Have you ever wondered about that little ritualistic move that animals make before they lay down? I have. I wonder about it sometimes as I watch one of our various animals looking for a comfortable place to lay down. Yesterday I watched Bailey get off the couch and circle the coffee table before getting up into one of the chairs to curl up. What the heck is up with that? Did Luna fart? I’ll never know.

We had a nice trip to the eye doctor yesterday. Teresa picked out some nifty glasses and she’s going to look great in them. She’s gotten to the point where she needs to start wearing her glasses regularly, according to the Doc, so we’ll see if she can pick up the habit. Hopefully by the time we get back from Maine she will feel comfortable being a glasses gal.

Work was good and smooth yesterday, too. The kids wanted to play a game, so we did a little word family game with our new vocabulary list for the story we are going to read tomorrow. It amazes me that students in my grade range do not understand rhyme. I’m curious if this is difficult for ELL students? So much more to learn about helping kids, I suppose. I’m glad I have the opportunity to do so.


What would life be like without good friends? It would be awful. I realize on a daily basis how lucky I am to have the friends I have. Last night was no exception. Good food, good friends, and treats from Hawaii. What more could you ask?

See you tomorrow.

Three of these ladies are no longer with us. Granny is feeling better, though, at least that's what I heard yesterday. Going to see her on Friday. Hopefully this time it happens.

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