Censoring A Book Should Be A Crime

Mamacita says:  I despise cowardly adults and their attempts to censor everything they personally disagree with. All of us should be able to restrict what comes into our own homes, of course.  All of us have that right, in fact. … Continue reading

Dandelions, Wishes, and Fairies, Oh My

Mamacita says:     I love dandelions. I will never understand why people will pay out the wazoo for lovely nursery-bred flowers to plant, and then pay out the wazoo for someone to kill the lovely golden blossoms that are … 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

It Takes a Village, and We Are That Village

Mamacita says:  I think sometimes that if there had been online journals, blogs, when I was raising my children, I might not have made quite as many mistakes. Often, during those years, I felt very isolated. I was sure that … 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