Tuesday, April 22, 2014


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That's the yolk.

I was working on the monologue for a while before I realized if anyone were willing to read more that two paragraphs of my prose, I could sell a few stories.

I couldn't tag this one "PI", because it's not "pi". And if I make a new "P.I." tag, I'd have to go back and tag most of the "Pi" comics.

Feel free to contribute your version (or continuation) of the monologue!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

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That's only for fresh eggs. It's okay to put hard-boiled eggs in one basket because you want them all to break so you have an excuse to throw them all out!

Seriously, I know some people who eat them, but I know few who enjoy them.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

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Or possibly labeled "Passion, Death, Resurrection"?

Good Friday is part of the Paschal Triduum, which can also be spelled "Pascal", but I wanted to avoid confusion and basically hang a lampshade on it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"If Tomorrow Starts Without Me"

My cousin Patricia (she'll always be "Patty" to me) read the following poem at her mother's funeral yesterday. (That would be my Aunt Pat.) There wasn't a dry eye in the place. And if that didn't get you, then her sister Debbie, in her eulogy, remembering those who have left us since last August did: my Mom, their sister Barbara, my niece Lisa and most recently, our cousin Mary Ann.

To that, I'll add a few more: my Uncle Eddie (on the other side of the family) last week, my colleague Ms. Judith Brown (a one-woman welcoming committee at my last job) at the same time as my cousin, the fathers of two friends and the grown son of a former coworker. And there have been so many that I'm sitting at my keyboard wondering if I forgot someone, and counting the list, thinking, "How could there be more?".

Here is the poem. From the Internet, I've discovered that it is attributed to David M. Romano, from 1993.

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me…

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did toda...y,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.
God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”
Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Funny How Things Work Out

It had been my intention, if I could muster the discipline and determination, to have a new comic each day this week because I'm off. Funny how things work out. It seems like every day is booked with something, the first three days being the worst. Sure, I might have something by Thursday, but that's hardly "every day" of the week. That's catch-up time.

There will be an update, and if I can spend Friday working on things, I'll plan out next week ahead of time. I hope. And next Monday and Tuesday are professional development conferences, meaning that I might be sketching little cartoons in the margins during the boring bits as topics present themselves.

And, of course, by "funny", I mean exactly the opposite.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Circular Logic

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Would triangular logic be a three-sided argument? On the one hand ... on the other hand ... on the gripping hand ...

And, on a side note, happy birthday to the author of this comic.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Texting Problems

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That's the trouble with texting problems. Or even probs.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Part of the Whole

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You can't be part of the class if you aren't given it your whole attention.
Or something like that.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Shape Up!

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Regular exercise with a regular polygon!
At least, she used to be regular, but now she's trimmed down a bit. Admit it, you like her better this way. Who wants to be regular anyway?

When Dinosaurs Roamed the Halls!

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History has been repeating itself for a very, very long time.

Except that I haven't done a silly April Fools comic in three years. Don't know why. I guess it just didn't work out.

What's Dinosaur for "LOL", anyway?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blog Bonus: Beverage of Choice

Just a passing thought after my first visit to a Sonic restaurant:

Obviously, a liquor license at a drive-in restaurant is probably not A Good Thing... except maybe for the date you took there.

The Sonic logo is a registered trademark of SONIC Corp.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Showing Up

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It's not about showing up. It's about what you do when you show up.

Warning: Mini-Rant: There is a odd philosophy that states that many students are failing the class because they don't show up. And logic dictates that if one shows up to class, one should do better than one who does not. And since the absentees are failing, then better than failing would be passing.

In the common parlance: "At least we're here! They don't even come!"

Which is why the space-takers get a 50 or 55 instead of a 45. However, this is anathema to their thinking. (Ubless I'm misusing the word "anathema", in which case, I'm still putting in more effort than the space-takers.)

A Corollary to this is the complaint by those who "take notes and do all my work". This, of course, is self-reported and doesn't seem to use the same metric I use. (Actually, I would use a yardstick -- called me "old-fashioned".) Their measurements are quite scientific as I've only encountered microns and angstroms in science classes. In the vernacular, they just don't measure up.

However, even granting their self-reported scores, it comes back down to testing. They consistently want to stress all the factors that make up 30% of their grade as if that can be stretched out to 65%. Sadly, 70% of their grades come from their test scores. This is a number that I was given when I arrived, that was already programmed into the online grading system. I've checked with other teachers and have found that the students' claims that "No other teacher in the school uses 70%" has fallen 9 times of of 10, the lone exception being an Honors class, which has its own grading structure. This essentially means that each test they took was 35% of their grade. They claimed I sprung this on them just a couple of weeks ago, even though they've known since September what the percentage was. I know I've mentioned it before.

I'm not a fan of high-stakes testing, and I will always try to squeeze in a third test just so I have one to drop. It isn't always possible, especially with breaks and snow days. Not to mention poor attendance surrounding breaks and snow days. And not wanting to give a test on the Monday after a break. Frankly, I've bent over backward to accommodate, and I think that's my problem. I put my foot down on the next test, and they whined and complained, but the test after that (the first one of the new marking period) went much better.

Thankfully, I have a long stretch with no breaks so we can get through the curriculum and not have to jump through hoops for assessments. And, yes, I just found myself being thankful for NOT having days off.

The life of a teacher.