Photo of the week 1/27

This past week I’ve been pretty diligent about keeping seed in my bird feeders. It definitely paid off when a couple of white-throated sparrows decided to show up and enjoy a few morsels. Of course I caught a picture – enjoy!



Revisiting adolescence

There are some events in a lifetime that many people would/have blocked from memory…And I’m certain adolescent memories are among them.

Yet, I believe some individuals such as teachers can assist in making those memories more positive. Recently, I made a highly-deliberated decision to become certified to teach middle school, the 10-15 year old age group. I look forward to the challenges of instructing students that are in the transitory phase of childhood and adulthood. The  social, cognitive, moral and physical changes these young teenagers undergo emphasizes to me, as a soon to be teacher, the importance of not only becoming a great instructor but also mentor.

I just finished my second week in the course Teaching in the Middle Years. This class is focused on understanding the needs of adolescents and using  those implications  to form appropriate learning objectives, strategies and lesson plans. This course paired with remembering the various events in my adolescence has helped with understanding the attitudes many teenagers exhibit. Despite not being a parent, I also understand the struggle to decide when to expose  teenagers to  sensitive topics. In the public system the state has taken on the responsibility of deciding when this should occur. Sensitive topics I should clarify in this use is  sex education, child-rearing and marriage. Many parents agree in the public education system these topics  should be left to them. I foresee future conflict in protecting the guardianship rights of the parents and following the state standards.

On a much lighter note I thought I would share with you a few Zits comics and refresh your memory on your adolescence and/ or your child’s. Enjoy!




Photo of the week 1/13

Today as I was looking out the window I saw this hawk on the ground consuming an unlucky American Robin. Recently there has been an influx of robins in the area that often cover the lawns in my neighborhood.  I was lucky to take this photo before this accipiter flew away.

Unknown Hawk (possible juvenile Cooper's hawk)

Unknown Hawk (possible juvenile Cooper’s hawk)



On December 30th my husband and I went to our first NFL game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My husband is a huge Packers fan and I am known to cheer for them as well. When we arrived at the stadium there were hundreds of people gathered outside  a band, merchants, ticket scalpers, people dressed in all sorts of green, gold and purple attire. We made our way to our gate, got through security and found ourselves in a wall to wall mosh pit of people. Luckily, we did not have far to go to our entrance. Once inside I was amazed by the crowd of people and the dome itself. At our seats we found a towel and a program with information on the teams.

The opening game festivities soon began a large air-filled Viking ship took up one entrance into the stadium. A large fabricated horn sat in the in zone and soon the Viking mascot and a man dressed in Norse- attire riding a Harley took the field. The Skol band began to play and soon the cheer-leaders began their routine. The Packers were the first to take the field a good number of the crowd arose and cheered as their team entered. Soon the stadium erupted into cheers as the Vikings took the field and starting players were announced. Soon the crowd was hushed and the National Anthem was performed by a boys choir. The coin was tossed and the game began!

I could hardly believe the energy of the crowd. The noise in the dome at times was deafening. The crowd overall was relatively well behaved there were a few instances were a few refreshment cans were thrown among rival fans.

I found our seats to be quite decent and I was able to take quite a few nice pictures. I found the experience very enjoyable and would likely go again – hopefully, next time the  Packers will win!

Killing Lincoln

"Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. (Henry Holt & Co./)

“Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard. (Henry Holt & Co./)

During my week and half long break and travels I got the opportunity to listen to Bill O’Reilly’s acclaimed novel, Killing Lincoln. This was the first book I had listened to on tape (so to speak) and it didn’t disappoint. It was actually read by O’Reilly himself and as the title suggests enumerates the events leading up to the assignation of President Abraham Lincoln. At first this might seem like it might be another boring re-enactment of John Wilkes Booths tragic taking of the president but in reality it reads like a 336 page thriller. There is more to this American tale that O’Reilly effortlessly and gruesomely shares. This novel details the struggle of the 1860s  soldier and President to end the war and  rebuild America. O’Reilly paints a clear picture of American life after hardship. Definitely a must read (or listen too)!