I am working on my summer project for work that I assigned myself.

I am organizing our Science standards, putting the examples for meeting the standards under the standards (our standards are online and you have to go to new windows to see the examples are really annoying), then pulling from the Galileo and Zula curriculum to match up what activities go with what plus finding/organizing extension/supplemental activities (or just activities that might be better than what we have).   All I can think of is, “I should have started this sooner!”


"Just because your pain is understandable, doesn’t mean your behavior is acceptable."

Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience (via derikisu)

Keep this one in your back pocket for the next time someone acts like a jerk and then tells you they’ve been through a lot of stuff. Respectful and yet still firmly keeping respect for yourself. 

(via emilyvgordon)


1. All of Me - John Legend

2. Babel - Mumford and Sons

3. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice

4. Try - Pink

5. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

6. Halo - Beyonce

7. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

8. Sugar We’re Going Down - Fall Out Boy

9. This Is Why We Fight - Decemberists

10. Piano Man - Billy Joel

11. Come a Little Closer - Cage the Elephant

12. Back to Her - Five Way Friday

13. This Magic Moment - The Drifters

14. Hey Brother - Avicii

15. Chasing the Light - Mat Kearney

16. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

17. Pack Up - Eliza Doolittle

18. Lego House - Ed Sheeran

19. Walking With a Ghost - Tegan and Sara

20. Best of Me - The Starting Line

Do it if you want!

"An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along."

Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island | Mother Jones

How To Beat Your Neighbors


You can pick your friends. You can pick your job. You can pick your religion.  But you can’t really pick your neighbors. 

Neighbors are a terrible thing from hell. 

This is a really negative way to think. You shouldn’t think of your neighbors as enemies or as bad people. You should think of them as what they really are:


And when an animal gets out of hand you don’t call the police. You just outsmart them.

My neighbor Gary is a real piece of shit. His favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings is to open his garage door at 7am, play some weird country music, and spend 2 hours dragging all of his used garbage out onto his lawn for an impromptu yard sale. Old sweatshirts, crappy vinyl records that nobody wants, and toys his three dumb-looking kids got tired of playing with.

Sure, everyone has a yard sale now and again. But every Saturday? Not cool, Gary. He rarely seems to sell anything, anyway. I think he’s just bored. But it’s tremendously annoying. People drive slowly on our street and he talks loudly with them on his lawn. It’s really unbearable.

I’ve asked Gary on 4 separate occasions to limit his yard sales to once a month. I’ve even offered to help him set up a table and put out signs. He told me he would consider it, but he hasn’t stopped. Last Saturday he told me to “put a sock in it.” 

Okay, Gary. I’ll put a sock in it.

On Tuesday I knocked on Gary’s door and told him I was sorry I had bothered him about the yard sales but in doing so I had noticed he was parking his car on the street instead of in his garage. I told Gary that I was buying a second car and I wanted a place to store it and asked if he would be willing to rent me his garage. I offered him $250 a month and I even offered to pay 6 months up front if he agreed to let me keep it for a year. He asked for $300 and we settled at $275. 

I had never seen Gary happier. Not only had I “put a sock in it” but I was even now paying him to rent his garage. What a loser I am!

This morning at 7am Gary started collecting all of his house garbage on the lawn to sell to passerby. Another yard sale? Oh, joy! 

Well, today, Gary had a very special customer: Me.

I asked Gary how much money he thought he would get if he sold all of the things he had out. He told me everything was worth about $75.

I offered him $100 for everything. It’s Gary’s lucky day! He gladly accepted my offer and asked me if I wanted help getting everything into my house.

What a kind offer. He helped me put everything in paper bags and then asked me if I needed help carrying them. It was like 20 bags! I politely declined and pulled his garage door clicker out of my pocket. I opened his garage door and, bag by bag, put all the things that used to clutter his garage back into his garage.

"Where are you going to put your car?" asked Gary.

"Oh, I decided not to get another car," I said. "I’m just going to use this place to store all the crap I don’t want. Have a nice day, Gary."

I closed the garage door and walked back to my house. 

Right now, Gary is probably still on his lawn, without anything to sell, and a garage full of trash. He won’t be alone for long though. I’m doing laundry now, so later today I’m going to go back over to my rented garage and “put a sock in it.”

Have a great day, Gary.

Is this real life? I want it to be real life.

Confession: I own a pretty decent grill.

But I never use it because I am afraid of blowing myself up or getting third degree burns.


“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.

She got no details from police until after she had gone to the hospital to identify his body, she said.


Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO - NY Daily News

And the thing is that if he were white, he’d still be alive.