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Industry Education
Occupation teacher
Location Wisconsin, United States
Introduction Proud to be a public school teacher for 26 years, I see teaching as a radical act. Practitioner of Neo-schoolmarmism. School Library Media Specialist. I am a convinced Quaker, born again agnostic, mother of 3 daughters, passionate about issues of peace and social justice. My mom was a "red diaper baby", my dad was a conscientious objector during WW2, and I grew up in the thick of anti-war protests in Madison, Wisconsin in the sixties. Not a Republican bone in my body and not many Democratic ones either.
Interests Progressive education, folk music, knitting & felting ("wool IS the miracle fiber"), making soap, reading, playing guitar & singing, cats & corgis
Favorite Movies A Hard Day's Night, Help!, King of Hearts, Big Bird in China (yes really), Marx Bros. comedies, Little Women, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The War At Home, To Be and To Have, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Dial "B" for Bonkers, Babe, 84 Charing Cross Road, Once, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Favorite Music Eliza Gilkyson, old Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg & Juluka/Savuka, Emma's Revolution, Kris Delmhorst, Dar Williams, David Mallett, Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, John Gorka, The Beatles, Emerson Elementary School Orchestra, East High School Orchestra, Reptile Palace Orchestra, Tongue 'N' Groove, Steve Earle, Townes VanZandt, Warren Zevon, The Pretenders, The Motor Primitives
Favorite Books To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Red Sky At Morning, The Wizard of Loneliness, Hannah Coulter, The Hundred Dresses, Dr. Goat, The Race To Save the Lord God Bird, The Botany of Desire, Storming Heaven, almost anything by Terry Pratchett, Isabelle Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, Richard Peck or Gary Paulsen, Support your local library & independent book store!

You're trapped in a well with a goat and a slinky. Describe how you will escape.

I will be resigned to my fate, which is to live out the rest of my life at the bottom of a well, subsisting on a diet of feta cheese. Thankfully I can recite the entire text of "Dr. Goat", so neither the goat nor I will be bored.