Recently, I was in line at a grocery store reading my e-mail when another bored shopper, tired of looking at the tabloids for sale, looked over my shoulder and saw "Say Yes to Amendment 2" at the top of a letter on my iPhone.
I wholeheartedly agree with the legislators that are trying to create a Florida industry based on compassion. If this is to be Florida's industry, Floridians need to profit from it, not businesses from California, Colorado or Arizona.
In many of the recent comments from officials and candidates, the word 'compassion' has been thrown around a lot. In years past, compassion rarely came up in the discussion over medical cannabis. To be honest, very little conversation about it occurred 'in the sunshine.'
As a teacher in a private school I am not currently required to follow the Common Core State Standards. That said, because I am a teacher, I am following closely the discussion about them, their implementation, issues, and so forth.
Thanksgivukkah is one of the rarest events we'll ever experience. So get creative, dig deep and turn your celebration into eight days of gratitude and compassion. Honor the future -- of all peoples, animals and our Mother Earth -- by making your holiday food and activities vegan-inspired.
So, I eat crow on this one. I've been trumpeting the digital revolution for readers for years. But I miss my tattered pages, my rumpled book covers, my heavy backpack, my cherished, cherished book covers.
Charlotte was my first motivational guru. The words that Charlotte used to spin in her web to inspire Wilbur were moving to my eight-year-old mind. I loved how Charlotte knew just when Wilbur needed to look up in the corner and see a word like: T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C.
Whether you're blindsided because a movie's ads conveniently "forgot" to mention that there was sad stuff amid the kid-friendly comedy or because you just didn't know that a certain plot twist was coming, you still have to deal with the aftermath. These tips will help:
As E.B. White so beautifully says, Charlotte is indeed a true friend and a good writer. The beauty lies with that little spider who changed (and saved) lives through the power of her writing. I only hope I can live up to Charlotte and do the same with my words.