People are being very thankful today on Facebook, which is nice.
One of my friends gave a shout out to high school teachers, and I couldn’t agree more!
I attended public school, and even during my high school years, my teachers easily spent half of their time disciplining students. Corporal punishment was still enforced back in my day, so lots of students were sent to the principal to get ‘licks.’
But some of the more creative teachers took a different route.
My personal favorite?
I had an English teacher who would stick a kid who was misbehaving behind the bookcase and make them stand there for the rest of the class.
Yep. This actually happened.
One kid — who shall remain nameless — stuck his arms and legs through the shelves and turned the bookshelves over on the rest of the classroom.
Come to think of it — that was the last time I saw her use that method.
Posted in Children, Education, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Life
Tagged bookcase, children, corporal punishment, discipline, education, English teacher, Facebook, friends, high school, Holiday, Humor, Internet, licks, life, memories, misbehave, principal, public school, students, teachers, Thanksgiving
There are rules on the subway. I’ve outlined them here before…along with my tendency to violate “No eye contact.”
It’s a Southern thang.
But today I found the secret weapon that turned an entire subway car full of New Yorkers. We’re talking eye contact with the person of interest. Eye contact with each other. Smiles even.
Even the most jaded East Coast native can’t resist a cute baby wearing a pink onesie with ears.
Posted in Children, Fashion, Humor, Life, transportation
Tagged babies, children, East Coast, Humor, life, New York City, New Yorkers, no eye contact, person of interest, pink onesie, secret weapon, smiles, Southern, subway, tickled pink, transportation
When Rory and I were walking home from Central Park this morning, we crossed paths with a women and her young son, who were presumably on their way to school.
She was explaining what each of the letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) in school meant, to which he replied:
“Why is there no E?”
Huh. Good question.
She said, “There simply isn’t one,” which I didn’t think was a very satisfactory reply.
But I didn’t know the answer either, so I asked the Google machine.
Turns out until the middle of the 20th Century, most schools in the United States used the four letter grading system E, S, N, U — Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory.
When they transitioned to the current system, they eliminated the E to avoid confusion.
So, ma’am, that’s what you should have told your little boy.
Gonna have to mark you down for a lack of research.
Posted in Children, Education, Family, Humor, Life, Walking
Tagged Central Park, children, dog, e for effort, education, family, Google, grades, Humor, letter E, letter grading system, life, mother, New York City, school, son, walking
I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Children, Games, Internet, Life, News, Technology
Tagged animal violence, animals, automobiles, Candy Crush Saga, children, criminals, gamer, games, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA, GTA boycott, IDA, In Defense of Animals, Internet, Jack Carone, kingpin, life, news, organized crime, technology, TMZ, underworld, violence
Kids today have it SO GOOD.
Case in point: Charlotte, the daughter of my friends Amy and Chris.
Charlotte requested an Angry Birds-themed cake for her birthday. Did Amy pick up the phone, call a bakery and order the aforementioned birdie birthday baked good?
She made the entire cast of fierce, feathered friends in fondant. All by HERSELF.
Charlotte is one lucky little girl.
And Amy is rockin’ creative!
Posted in Animals, Children, Cooking, Design, Foods, Friends, Games, Humor, Life
Tagged Angry Birds, animals, baked good, bakery, birthday cake, birthdays, children, cooking, creative, design, feathered friends, fondant, Foods, friends, games, Humor, kids, life, shoot the moon
I was a child disciple of Captain Kangaroo.
So I was saddened to learn that one of his sidekicks, Dennis the Painter (aka Cosmo Allegretti), died today at the age of 86.
I didn’t know that Mr. Allegretti was also a puppeteer on the show. He was the man behind Captain Kangaroo’s friends Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and Magic Drawing Board.
What a huge part of the show he was!
In a bizarre coincidence, I met Mr. Allegretti’s son Pete while working at a television station after college. Pete was a news reporter there and, when my friends and I realized that Dennis the Painter was his father…
We all turned into small, starstruck children!
We will never forget you, Dennis.
Posted in Christmas, Commentary, Education, Entertainment, History, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged Bunny Rabbit, Captain Kangaroo, children, commentary, Cosmo Allegretti, Dancing Bear, Dennis the Painter, education, entertainment, Grandfather Clock, history, life, Magic Drawing Board, Mr. Moose, news reporter, Pete Allegretti, puppeteer, Television, television station, TV
George Alexander Louis?
On behalf of William and Kate and the entire royal family…
I’m sorry, Royal Baby.
I know there is a long history of King Georges — six, in fact — but all I see when I hear the name “George” is George Costanza of Seinfeld infamy. And while he was a great TV sitcom character, I wouldn’t wish a son like him on William and Kate.
Or anyone, really.
Now, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had gone with “Alexander” as a first name, I would be all over that. Maybe they are planning to call you by your middle name. Most of the kids I grew up with were called by their middle names. I always found it kinda odd…like their parents couldn’t make up their minds. But I would gladly support it in this instance.
If not — if they decide to go with George — well, I return to my previous submission –
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Tagged baby names, celebrities, children, commentary, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, family, George Alexander Louis, George Costanza, history, Humor, King George, life, news, Royal Baby, royal family, Sebastian, Seinfeld tv show, sitcom character, William and Kate
By now you all know that His Royal Highness has been born to William and Kate. His name, though, they say “may take some time.” Don’t worry –
I’m all over it.
It’s a worthy name; the Greek translation is “venerable.” It began to be widely used in the third century after it was the name of a Christian martyr…so it’s certainly manly enough.
Sebastian also has British ties. It’s in the Top 100 list of boy’s names. Sebastian Cabot is a British actor; Sebastian Faulks, a British writer. And there are characters named Sebastian in popular British fiction, including Sherlock Holmes and Brideshead Revisited.
Most importantly, I like it.
Look, I’m only trying to expedite the process. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took seven days to name William; William and Kate took three weeks to name their dog, Lupo; and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a month to name Charles.
Let’s not give the child an identity crisis!
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Tagged actor, babies, baby boy names, Brideshead Revisited, Britain, celebrities, children, Christian martyr, commentary, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, entertainment, family, fiction, Greek translation, His Royal Highness, history, Humor, identity crisis, life, Lupo, news, politics, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Sebastian, Sebastian Cabot, Sebastian Faulks, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, venerable, William and Kate, writer
Rory and I encountered these words today on our walk in Central Park:
It was repeated over and over again along our route, so we simply had to follow and answer the now burning question:
What is Brooke’s world?
Turned out to be some benches. And leftover balloons. We deduced that Brooke had a birthday party in the park.
And we missed it.
What is this world — Brooke’s world — coming to?!
Posted in Animals, Children, Dogs, Humor, Life, Nature, Summer, Walking
Tagged animals, balloon, birthday party, Brooke's world, Central Park, children, dog, follow directions, Humor, life, New York City, nosy, park bench, walk
Ever made fun of a beauty pageant contestant? I know I have.
(Two words: Miss Utah.)
But here’s a beauty pageant that will have you cheering.
The ‘Miss You Can Do It’ pageant, a program for girls with special needs, is the focus of an HBO documentary currently on rotation and OnDemand.
The 37 contestants, all with learning or physical disabilities, are celebrated at this annual event founded by Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa and the first woman with a disability to ever compete in the Miss USA pageant.
The program follows eight of the young girls as they prepare for and compete in this event. I happened upon the show quite by accident, but I consider the show a must-see.
Everyone should feel that good and smile that much watching TV.
Posted in Beauty, Children, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Life, Movies, Television, TV
Tagged Abbey Curran, beauty pageant, beauty pageant contestant, children, commentary, documentary, entertainment, family, HBO, HBO OnDemand, learning disabilities, life, Miss Iowa, MIss USA pageant, Miss Utah, Miss You Can Do It, Movies, must-see TV, physical disabilities, special needs, Television, TV, yes you can