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Rachel Nelli
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A guest serving of #breakfastcombo  (thanks for letting me step in!)



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Hey, Ohio Friends!  Did you know that if you have a college degree, you can be a substitute teacher in the great state of Ohio?  If you have a degree but are unemployed/underemployed then consider being a substitute teacher!

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I'm not entirely sure if this should should be in the "Science" section, but how cool would it be if it were possible?

Congrats to NASA and all the physicists and engineers and mathematicians and astronomers and mechanics and technicians and all other manner of dedicated minds (who ALL needed Algebra, btw) who landed that tank on Mars. Because it is there. Because we could. Because we Just Want to Know What is There. Well done.

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Heard this gentleman speak today.  He is adamant that the tests we are using to evaluate student progress a) do not measure student progress, b) do not indicate the effectiveness of teachers and c) have such a large error that the whole "Value Added" component is statistically meaningless.  Teacher, school and district evaluations are being based on these tests.  Students are being denied diplomas on the basis of these unproven, invalid testing measures.  Yes, we want to hold public schools accountable for use of public funds, but is using invalid, unreliable measures a good way to do that?  No.

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This is a friend of mine, and one of my belly dance instructors.  She is a marvelous dancer, in addition to being a whip-smart librarian!  (take THAT, Stereotypes!!)  If you'd take a moment to view and vote for her, and share it, (if you do like it, that is!) I'd be deeply appreciative.  :-)  

Dear Womenfriends,
I'd like to ask a favor of you. Pick a day, any day, and spend it without judging another woman for what she is wearing or how she looks in public. The woman flabby arms who shouldn't wear a sleeveless top. The woman with cellulite who shouldn't wear shorts. The old woman who shouldn't wear anything sheer. The woman with varicose veins who shouldn't wear a miniskirt. The woman with stretch marks who shouldn't show her belly. The fat woman who shouldn't wear that dress or the woman who isn't perfect because of that hair or those shoes, that makeup or those scars. 
Just try it. See how many times a day you pass judgement on one of your sisters for how she looks. Every time you are harsh, you diminish another woman's worth on the basis of her looks. You diminish yourself. And we do it ALL. THE. TIME.

Today's poem for National Poetry Month -- a poem for kids. 'Cause why not?

"Reader's Room"
A giant's in my bedroom
There are fairies in the hall.
Elves are dancin' on the shelves,
A hoofprint's on the wall
From a passing unicorn
Who thought he'd trot on through
Upon his back he's got a sack
Of stolen dwarven loot
Gnomes are counting money
In a corner by the door
All the gold that they can hold
And hide beneath the floor
The ogres all are wrestling
While the goblins throw some dice
A skinny cat in a stripy hat
Is chasing three blind mice
Mom's calling me to dinner
And the gnomes give me a look.
I heave a sigh, and wave good-bye
And put away my book.
by R. Nelli

Taking up Jan on her invitation to celebrate National Poetry Month with one of my favorite poems. I invite anyone else to post their favorites, too. :-)

Barter, by Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like the curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

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Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King....

I do wonder what he would think of our first black president signing the bill that make it legal for our government to hold American citizens indefinitely, without charge till the "end of hostilities" in the "War on Terror." Lose focus for a few minutes, and the civil rights he fought for will be taken away.
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