Category Archives: Just Me

New Year, New Things to Try

I started this blog years ago as a way to connect with my students outside the classroom. In the beginning, I was great about writing every week or so, but I petered out as time went on. Last semester was … Continue reading

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Spring Forward

I am so ready for spring. We’ve been cold long enough! It’s time for the sun to do it’s job and warm things up a little. This weekend we celebrated Easter, and it got me thinking about how I can … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Okay, I’m such a nerd, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I prepare for it the way suburban moms prepare for Christmas – with weeks of planning and decorating and parties and traditional meals and ritual activities. So … Continue reading

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Even though I am enmeshed in the throes of my heaviest teaching load ever, I just agreed to take a small part in a colleague’s theatrical production. We had the table read on Sunday. The play is The Devils, by … Continue reading

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Many Happy Returns

Two great birthdays were celebrated in July: America’s and Mine. When I was a kid, I hated having a summer birthday. I meant I could never bring cupcakes to school and wear the birthday crown and get all the other … Continue reading

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Bonjour Vietnam

Where can you find fantastic Vietnamese food? Paris, of course. No, not in France. There’s this delightful little restaurant in Chinatown that I discovered a few months ago where you can get the most tasty bowl of grilled beef vermicelli … Continue reading

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Year of the Horse

The Chinese New Year is a fantastic opportunity to regroup on January’s broken resolutions. This year I did both the Manhattan celebration, and the parade in Queens the week after. Surprisingly (to a Manhattanite), the Queens celebration was a MUCH … Continue reading

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