“You Kids Sit Still and Behave!”

Mamacita says:  “You kids sit still and behave!  Oh, the nostalgia! When I was a kid, my family used to drive down to Alabama almost every summer. We had relatives down there, fabulous relative we all adored, and often the … Continue reading

Bread and Butter and Sharp Knives and ISTEP

Mamacita says: I used to cook and make butter with my students.  I am reminded of those days whenever I run into former students from that class. A while back, I ran into one of those former middle school student … Continue reading

The Challenger: Never Forget

Mamacita says:  I repost this every year on the anniversary of the Challenger explosion. My school was excited beyond all measure about the Challenger. A TEACHER was going into space, and this was unheard of. The students were thrilled to … Continue reading

Where Did the Real Music Go?

Mamacita says:  Where did the music go?  Our children, and some of you, don’t know any standard American songs or basic classical melodies that everybody used to know.  What happened?  How did we allow this to happen?  It didn’t used … Continue reading

Quotation Saturday: Christmas

Mamacita says: It’s been a while since I’ve done Quotation Saturday. I’ve missed it. I hope you have, too.  So often, we struggle with what to say about things we feel deeply and sincerely about, and then we find that … Continue reading

This Is Hallowe’en

Mamacita says:  It’s Hallowe’en!  I’m diabetic so I can’t safely eat any kind of candy but I’m a sucker – not for suckers, unless I’m in the French Lick office with Carol and we’re seeing how many licks it takes … Continue reading