Friday, August 31, 2007

Share Your Funny Stories For A Contest

A website called A Girls Treasure at
Here is the contest info as it appears on the website:

New Fall Contest

"Does Your "Pet" Get Along with the Doll in your Family"

It can be a love hate relationship for some, and for some they just don't care. We want to hear from those who have funny stories with the love hate relationships between their pets and dolls. Or if you don't have a pet maybe it's your brother/son or sister/daughter and your doll. Or maybe another pet or even a spouse!!! Whatever the case may be, they have to be FUNNY stories. (Go to my newsletter archives and see my cute story this month between my cat and my daughters doll clothes).

How to enter? Write or type your story out completely. Don't leave out any funny details, and send it or email us. If you would like, you can also send in a picture of your pet and your doll together and we will post it to the website. All entry pictures that are received will be posted on the website but that does not determine the final winner. The winners will be determined by the judges here at A Girls Treasure.

There will be 5 winners:
1-Grand Prize Winner - Funniest Overall Story
Prize Category A- Funniest Cat Story
Prize Category B- Funniest Dog Story
Prize Category C-Funniest Brother/Sister Story
Prize Category D-Funniest Spouse Story

So get those pens and pencils out and tell us your funny stories and take your best pictures. All entries must be received by October 31, 2007. Winners will be determined by November 10 and notified by email. Send all entries to A Girls Treasure 565 East Walnut St. Long Beach, NY 11561, or email to Make sure to include your name, address, and email address so that we can contact you. Have fun and GOOD LUCK!!!

A Girl's Treasure~~
18" Doll Clothes for American Girl Dolls

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Class went well

My students and I had our first class meeting. I would say about 22 students are freshmen and sophomores, while 8 students are juniors and seniors. I would say it is a somewhat diverse class. I explained to students my expectations and standards for this class. I was trying to get them to talk more. Because majority of these students freshmen and sophomores, they will need to become comfortable with my class, each other and me.

I will be sure to keep my readers posted throughout the semester. If you are a college student, how is your first couple of days?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My Fall Semester Begins

It is time for me again--to teach my kids. That is what I call my college students. I am probably only a few years older than some of them, some are even a few years older than me. But I affectionately call my students "my kids." I don't know why, maybe because I enjoy what I do?

I always try to start on a positive note because students are people. People have lives filled with problems, solutions, emotions, you name it. I don't believe my class should be a burden to their lives, but a benefit. That is why I base my class about them. So that they can think about themselves and everyone else. Reflection on one's life is extremely important to grow as a person.

Not all students welcome my theories or opinions because they feel it is not the traditional teaching in a university setting. However, by the end of the semester, those once reluctant students say my course has been one of the best courses they have taken.

Sometimes, people are afraid of something new, until they give it a try! I will keep you posted after Wednesday's night's class.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thinking on Sunday

I will be making you think today, or perhaps for the week, or even forever!

Questions this week:

1. What would you do, if you knew tomorrow as your last day?
2. Do you think before you speak?
3. Did you try something new today? Something out of your comfort zone?
4. What is a fear that you have? Confront it.
5. Have you told your loved ones how much you appreciate them? If not, do it.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Surprise: Kid Games

Who knew games for children can be sooooooooooooooo complicated to put together! I mean you nearly have to be a rocket scientist to figure some of the parts of the game out. I was putting the pieces of Mouse Trap together for my son. It took me more than 30 minutes to complete the game set, so my son and I could play. Turns out, we are not supposed to build the pieces because we are supposed to add building pieces during the game! Oh well, I thought. So, we ended up improvising Mouse Trap, as we played. My son was more interested in the traps than the board game itself.

I figure if Mouse Trap survives a few more years, then we can attempt to play this game correctly. If not, I will sure not miss it!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Summer Vacation

I have been on summer vacation from blogging because I was wrapping up a summer class I was teaching, and I also had family matters to take care of. I am happy to say that I am pleased with the way those matters ended.

Things I learned from my class: students DO listen, even if they appear like they are not. I had one student told me that he enjoyed my class, that he regretted not taking it in the fall or spring times. He sincerely meant it. Many students nodded in agreement. Some students stayed after on the last day of class to watch The Freedom Writers Diary film (a very good one by the way).

Things I learned from my family: is not to take anyone for granted. Enjoy what each family member has to offer, and not to nit pick on each other's qualities. Why should we? Enjoy them for who they are and what they have to offer. Family is a building block. We are all interdependent on each other.

Now, I am spending more time with my family, and loving it. I also will begin preparing for the fall semester. I will keep you updated. I am in the process of looking for interesting books for my students to read. I am going to have them read the Freedom Writers Diary again. If you have suggestions for what other books I shall use for my education course that focuses on today's issues, let me know. Post your comments, and I will consider them.

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