Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sneak Peak

As I go through the monster task of editing all of the wedding pictures I took at my niece's wedding this weekend, I thought I would give those that couldn't attend and those that did a sneak peak at some of the bridal pictures I took.  These are still in their "raw" state and I will add a little editing to them.  Taylor is so photogenic and it was a blast to photograph her wedding.




Saturday, May 7, 2011

Release

This morning I completed the assessment portion of my National Board Certification. The test lasted over three hours and required that I write six - thirty minute essays.  I feel really confident about five of the essays and now I must wait for the results.  The fascinating part came as I left the testing facility.  As I walked out the door something clicked inside and all of a sudden my creative juices started flowing again. 

For the last few months I have felt stiffled, exhaused and stressed.  I am excited that this mental weight has been lifted and I am optimistic that this release will allow me to move forward, catch up on some projects and set new goals.

In other non-related topics, I spent some time this afternoon watching the news footage and coverage of the Kentucky Derby.  I loved the way the networks crafted the stories about the horses/trainers/jockies. I felt like I was watching the Olympics and I couldn't help but cheer and root for the horses.  Animal Kingdom was the big winner and his last surge to win was exciting.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Anniversaries

Yesterday, my ex-roommate and friend, Tiffany and I celebrated Cinco de Mayo.  Even though we had met on the 4th for her birthday dinner, we decided we would keep with tradition and enjoy some Mexican food at our favorite Mexican restaurant Bonito Michoacan.  It wasn't until I left the restaurant that I realized that this was the fifth year we had celebrated this event.

The only hiccup in the last five years of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, occurred last year, when the restaurant was so busy we ate next door at Red Robin--I know, not a very good Mexican choice.

There is something comforting about celebrating an anniversary, even if it is for something as minor as eating at the same restaurant once a year.  I hope that it can continue next year as well...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Convergence

The last six days have been full of interesting historical events that have uniquely coincided with what the lessons in my class have been about.

Last Friday was the first interesting day, with the Royal Wedding.  The wedding also coincides with the date Hitler married his longtime girlfriend Eva Braun and is my birthday.  As far as birthdays are concerned it was an uneventful day, but I found the wedding quite lovely.

In class we have been discussing WWII and the holocaust.  The day of the wedding we were discussing the bombings of London and the students were moved by the heroics of the  Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain and when I mentioned that William is a member of the RAF they were intrigued by the timing of the class discussion.

My students were the ones who informed me about the US operation that led to the killing of Osama and his death coincided with the discussion of Hitler and Stalin (which the media were already making connections with OBL).  As I finally got around to discussing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor all the connections with 9/11 were easily made and the students and I had a great discussion on retaliation, foreign policy and war.

To top everything off, I am trainer in my district and I was leading a class on Wednesday for a literature group.  The book we were discussing was about a young man who was a medical student in Burundi when the genocide erupted and then he escaped to Rwanda only to get caught in the genocide there as well.  He eventually came to NYC where he was homeless before he found people able to help him.  Any discussion of genocides is an easy connection with the Holocaust.

Rarely does my curriculum so easily fit within the events of the day.  I love when I can make personal, relevant and current connections with the students.  My student Jonathyn came in on Tuesday and proudly announced that he had the most interesting conversation at home about WWII because of what we had been discussing the previous class.

Maybe I will be lucky and the rest of the month of May will offer even more relevant and convergent topics.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!