Category Archives: Musings

The Election, 2008

Yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Jonathan took Sophie with him to vote. When we arrived for dinner & election-watching, she exuberantly announced that she voted! “For whom,” I asked–”Obama,” she replied. In my classes at Queens College, CUNY, last night, I was delighted by … Continue reading

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Music, Art, Reading & Writing

Re my 10/16/08 post: The teacher, Marie Russell, who uses Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” in her classroom sent me this picture of the autumn results, “Turning Nature into Art: Inspired by Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’” (click on picture for larger image).

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Students and scientific reasoning and Sue Kirch

Here is a link to a short video in which Sue Kirch, a science educator at New York University, discusses the question: Can elementary school students engage in scientific reasoning?

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Music, Teaching, Writing

Last night in my Issues in Children’s Literature class at Queens College, a teacher described how she plays Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” throughout the school year & ties in lessons & activities. She said that her students love the whole experience. … Continue reading

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“You just can’t be afraid.”

What an intense time–I’m writing about the Civil War & I’m following the worldwide financial meltdown & I’m noting the ugly crowd reactions to inflammatory rhetoric by SP, J & CM.

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On Writing & Usefulness

After a break for my son Jon’s electrifying performance of his powerful songs Monday night (you can find him of FaceBook), I’ve been hunkered down in my basement office working on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. 

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Cross references

After giving two speeches yesterday, I hunkered down today to work on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World. In the process I read a comment about Susan B. Anthony by Charles Dudley Warner. … Continue reading

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Catskills, constellations, and women’s history

This weekend we gathered in the Catskill at a house Steve and Sarah are renting as a writing retreat to celebrate Steve’s & David’s birthday. So serene! Amazingly quiet. Pristine snow. Clear dark night sky perfect for identifying constellations– Sophie … Continue reading

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Snow

At about 6 a.m., I awoke to the sound of a neighbor’s snow shovel. The weather predictions were correct! About 6 inches of snow & still falling & the bird feeders were empty. I put on my boots, grabbed a … Continue reading

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Snowdrops

My mother and snowdrops are inextricably joined in my heart and mind because one of my earliest childhood memories is the arrival of February in our snowy part of the country and my mother digging in the snow–oftentimes with her … Continue reading

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