Friday, January 30, 2009

Robbie Erhart

A friend's son was killed last weekend in a car accident coming home from an outing with friends. He'd just graduated last year. I didn't teach Robbie but taught his older brother Chris and many of his friends. The Spirit Squad boys are one of Robbie's legacies--Collin called them "wild boys." Boys who ran half naked, bodies painted through many a University High Sporting event. Collin ran with them on occasion at football games and was 4 in this picture.

Tonight's service was tough and wonderful. Wonderful to see the lives Robbie touched and the love the community is showing for him and his family, but tough, very hard to see a mother lose her son. I don't have words for that; nothing can describe that kind of heart break.

A teacher friend of mine who's currently teaching in Fort Myers came up to give one of the eulogies. Lisa said that though we teachers wish we would make an impression on kids, so often it's the kids that really leave their mark on us. Indeed they do.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Last weekend we went camping with a group of friends: 8 adults and 8 kids under 10. We love camping at Tomoka State Park and visit there a couple of times a year. The park doesn't fill up like many in the vicinity, so reservations are usually available. There are plenty of very nice bath rooms and all of the sites are wooded. This time, our site had a trail through the woods that led right down to the water. On our way in, Rick talked to one of the rangers about the economy's affect on the parks system. Definitely taking a toll, we wondered why the state parks don't raise their rates. Tomoka used to have a funky museum featuring the work of Fred Marsh, who's "Chief Tomokie" graces the park by the river. Though the kids claim the museum bores them--we tour it everytime we campt at Tomoka. This visit, however, we were saddened to see it closed and cleaned out. What happened? We hope it's not a sign of the times.

Monday, January 5, 2009

To-Do List Takeover

Eeeck! I realized today that my to-do list is on the verge of taking over.I know, I'm catastrophizing, but today was our first day back to school after winter break, exams are looming and I have a lot to do! I decided to use My Listy gadget on my iGoogle page to get a little organized before getting back to work this evening.

What I did not realize about MyListy is that I can send MyListy to my phone via SMS text messages. How cool is that? It is a neat feature and one I can definitely see using with students. However when I called the number, 1-888-MY-LISTY, the message told me that Listy is adding new features and to call back later. In the meantime I reviewed my settings and sent myself a trial SMS. The list is run together but the items are numbered. How practical is it sms? I can see where a grocery list would be easy, but my lengthy to-dos may not be as practical. Will I review it with my phone? Do you think students would rather get homework information via SMS through something like this or access it themselves online? Just thinking here.