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The Teacher's Prayer

Originally posted by cereta at The Teacher's Prayer

May any meetings you have to get ready for the upcoming semester be interesting, productive, and short.

May printing services staple your packets on the right side.

May your students read the syllabus, buy/obtain the textbook, and stay awake for at least the first few classes.

May the textbooks be more up-to-date than your coffee maker.

That said, may your coffee maker make excellent coffee.

May everyone, from teachers to students to staff, have adequate food, clothing, shelter, and sleep time.

May federal and state money come in something resembling a reasonable time.

May your classroom be at least as well-equipped as the athletic facilities.

May the parents of your students be involved to whatever degree is appropriate to the students' age.

May administration have your back, but also have the backs of the students when appropriate.

May everyone be excellent to each other.

Happy fall!

This entry was originally posted at If you can, please speak there.

have spoken there.


Today's lyric

At Naite's - by Naite
Friendship battered down by
Useless history
Unexamined failure

What am I still to you
Some thief who stole from you?
Or some fool drama queen
Whose chances were few?

-Morning Thief, Jeff Buckley

Merry Xmas Everybody!

Tongues out - by Christie


Happy Christmas Eve...

Oona - by another
...from Santa and Bela Lugosi!

Santa and Bela Lugosi


Gifts done!

Oona - by another
Gifts done - 12-23-2013

As in past years, I made gifts this year. I'll post in a few days (after the gifts are given) to share what I made and how.

Happy holidays!


Oh, Twin Peaks...

Oona - by another I miss thee.

On Black Friday, consumerism, and privilege

At Naite's - by Naite
I've never been one of those people who shops on Black Friday. No sale has ever seemed worth it for me to deal with the huge crowds, lines, rude behavior, etc. And I've never wanted to support a system that makes retail workers get up before dawn on the day after a holiday and work a ridiculously long and hard day. And this year, many retailers are kind of throwing Black Friday out the window, starting their sales on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, or earlier. Which means, of course, that retail workers no longer get that relaxing day off before having to deal with the throngs of shoppers, and no longer get to celebrate Thanksgiving or just a day off with their loved ones. That sucks.

I understand the condemnation of the rampaging crowds of consumers. I understand the distaste that many have that a holiday that is supposed to be about being thankful for what we've got has turned into a holiday about getting more, more, more. After all, it's the people who go out and shop on Black Friday/Thursday that make it worthwhile for the stores to be open. If everyone just refused to shop, retailers would quickly realize that it's not worth it to be open.

But I also have to recognize that I am privileged enough not to have to go to these sales to get the things I need/want. There are families that simply can't afford things like computers and cell phones (which are pretty much necessities of modern living and working) any other time of year. Families that just want to get their kids that one awesome toy they want this year, and can only afford the Black Friday/Thursday sale prices. Who the hell am I to condemn them for that?

There's a lot to think about when it comes to Black Friday/Thursday. The fact that workers are taken advantage of in the pursuit of more profits for the stores. The fact that for many Americans, getting a deal on some gadget is more important than a holiday that's supposed to be about gratefulness. But let's not lose sight of the fact that for some, this is the only time they can get some of the things that the rest of us take for granted. Maybe that's part of the real problem, and we should look at solutions that might help people to not have to scramble for deals on a holiday. And in the meantime, maybe everyone who's out shopping on Black Friday/Thursday can make an effort to be kind to those working, and everyone else.

Will you still love me...

Smile - by Liz


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