Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My last teaching assignment before retirement was at Mark Twain Elementary. The building is even older than I am. But during the last couple of years, it has gained an addition and received a makeover. Last week I attended the ribbon cutting celebration and Open House.
There are lots of exciting changes at Mark Twain. The addition includes a computer room with enough computers for every kid in the class.
There's a beautiful new library.
A colorful hall has given Mark Twain new life and excitement.
Speaking of color, life, and excitement, take a look at some of the student art work. Mark Twain has always had wonderfully creative, artistic kids.
After the special assembly, the Mark Twain community celebrated with a balloon release. (Thanks to principal Sandy Phillips for the next two photographs, as well as the photo of the ribbon cutting.)
Congratulations on your beautiful building, Mark Twain. You're looking good!
May your students continue to soar to great heights.
GO, WILDCATS, GO!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I love themes, and I love it when someone's passion becomes absolutely quirky. I figure, if you love something, take it all the way.
On our recent trip, we stayed in Fish House Inn in Daysville, Oregon. The owners of this place obviously have a thing about fish.
Dr. Lobo, Wild Child, The Blonde, and I stayed in the "Main House," where we were thoroughly entertained by our surroundings. The antiques were interesting, but the fish--well, the fish collection was fascinating.
Join me for a quick tour.
Junior, our "grandbear," got hung up on the fish stuff even before we got inside.
The kitchen probably had the most fish.
I was particularly fond of this pot holder.
There was no shortage of fish shaped dishes or serving platters.
Not all of the fish lived in the kitchen. Plenty of others could be found throughout the house. (And many of them didn't even get photographed!)
Even the ceiling fan pulls were fish shaped!
Not everyone would be as amused as we were, but I appreciate the creativity. How many standard rooms from hotel chains will you remember through the years? This was a great break from the usual traveling fare. Let's hear a cheer for the eccentric collectors of the world!