Parks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963 from Wikipedia
I had seen a photography exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts last year and had taken a few photos of Gordon Parks photos because they seemed really important somehow. I knew nothing about Gordon Parks then. In researching female pioneering musicians, I came across Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America and I remembered his photographs. What I didn’t realize at that time was that Gordon Parks’ exhibit was for a Life magazine story about segregation in the schools but it never ran in the magazine. He’s a fascinating person. I hope you enjoy learning about him if he’s new to you too. Read more…
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I’m not the mom who makes beautiful bento box lunches for her kids though I fantasize about that. I am usually the one scrambling in the morning to pack lunch for my son who is the last to go to school. My teen girls are up and out of the house before I am awake (thanks hubby!), and they pack their own lunch.
It’s not surprising then that Valentine’s Day has passed and even Chinese New Year and I didn’t do anything special for my kids. I’ve decided that 1) it’s never too late and 2) baby steps. Read more…
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I have to say that I got my money’s worth out of the pattern blocks toy manipulative that I’ve had for ages. All my kids loved playing with them. I kept them in an old diaper wipes box, decorated with stickers and I found that my son, now 11 years old, will still occasionally pull them out!
Pattern blocks are a great math toy; math is the science of finding patterns! There are also patterns in language too! You could say that finding and understanding patterns is the secret to unlocking the world around us. Read more…
My son’s 5th grade class has a class blog. It’s private but he showed me his posts and I copied and pasted his two book reviews here.
I love the idea of a classroom blog. His teacher says it’s a sneaky way to get kids writing. They love blogging, apparently, and don’t realize that they are writing!
These two books, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and Holes by Louis Sachar were assigned reading group books.
Soap, Vinegar, and Curry Powder
Freak the Mightyby Rodman Philbrick
“That’s when Freak squeezes the trigger and sprays him right in the eyes.”
In my book group we read Freak the Mightyby Rodman Philbrick. The book is about two friends with disabilities and their adventures. One is big and named Max and the other is short and named Kevin. Max has dyslexia and Kevin has Morquio Syndrome. It’s a disease when your organs grow but your body doesn’t. Max is mighty and Kevin is freak.
Two of my blogs got hacked recently. I think the hacker used the same means for illegal blog entry: an old theme that I had tried out years ago and rejected. That particular theme was probably not updated over time, and it became a Trojan Horse for hackers to enter my blog.
It turns out that WordPress users are more vulnerable to hackers since it’s a big community. Don’t worry! Here are some FREE tips and action items to lockdown your security.
How about you? Have your blogs ever been hacked? What else did you do? Thanks for sharing! Read more…