T.O.T.Week: creative outlets (cooking)

For so many years, I couldn’t justify the time that it took to make a simple egg sandwich at the expense of the ever-expanding urgency of my to-do list. All of the preparation, all of the clean up, all of the potential mishaps (NEVER put pita in the toaster), just for twenty minutes of myContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: creative outlets (cooking)”

T.O.T.Week: family vacations

Jewish folks love an exodus, and though the circumstances have shifted slightly from escaping biblical Egypt to a leisurely Florida sojourn, winter calls and we flock to the warmth. At least, that’s how it has always worked in my family. Yet much to my sister’s chagrin, we are not beach people. Cities work for TellsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: family vacations”

T.O.T.Week: short stories

I had dinner with a friend last night, and, as can be expected of two single thirty-somethings, the conversation naturally deviated to our dating adventures (trust me, if you heard her stories, you’d call them adventures too.) Our eyes were already teary with laughter, when she said, “Frankly, I’m throwing caution to the wind atContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: short stories”

T.O.T.Week: fresh starts

It’s not a unique take to find New Year’s Eve completely overrated. As someone who has experienced both the party-going glitterati and the hermit-in-pajamas retreat option, I am starkly in favor of the latter. I’m also a teacher, so for me, the new year starts when those little fourth grade feet enter my classroom forContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: fresh starts”

T.O.T.Week: sharing

I’m an “oldest sibling,” so the only time that I would have remembered not having to share would have been between birth and twenty-three months old…and that memory is shaky at best. However, this never bothered me. In fact, it made life a great deal more fun. My siblings and I have shared couch cushionsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: sharing”

T.O.T.Week: modern retellings

I’m back! Seventeen student narrative reports later, I am thrilled to shift my focus back to these blog posts. However, I will credit the old saying that you never know where inspiration will strike, because this T.O.T.Week is a direct result of the books some of my students have been reading! When it’s done well,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: modern retellings”

T.O.T.Week: the family you create

Minerva McGonagall put it simply when she said, “While you are here, your house will be something like your family within Hogwarts.” Besides the fact that I can’t believe it’s been two months of blogging and Harry Potter is only now making its samepage appearance, I also recall this sentiment each time I journey throughContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: the family you create”