Friday, October 29, 2010

The True Meaning of Halloween

On paper, 'Glee' is precisely the type of program this musical theatre and classic rock lover should enjoy. Still, I have only sat through two full episodes in as many seasons. The last episode, featuring musical numbers from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' piqued my interest, and I watched the episode without commercials online a couple of days ago.

The show as a whole was just ok, but the following scene resonated with this jr./sr. high teacher. Sue Sylvester is a character that is so far from who I am, but who shares one thing with me: a desire to help kids succeed in life. Sure, her methods are a little odd and, often times, self-serving, but Sue cares and voices her care with no qualms.

Thank you, Jane Lynch, for preaching to the cynic in all of us.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Take Two

Life has a way of sneaking up on us, and I have definitely felt that over the past year.

Since my last post on my blog, I have lost my job due to budget cuts (thank you, state of Illinois), lost my brother, moved again, started a new job, and managed to somehow lock myself out of the old blog.  I am definitely in a better place (professionally and personally) now than I was then, and given that so many in my profession are without work, I know how fortunate I am to be teaching in a school I love, and making enough to pay for all of my needs and some of my wants.

Where my brother is concerned, that was a shock that I am not sure I have completely taken in yet...some days are harder than others, to be sure. Life will never be the same,  but it does go on. It has to.   

It is my hope, as I start this new blog, that you will embrace my "Take Two."  Some posts will be fun, some more serious.  Whatever the case, I welcome comments and suggestions for topics I might visit.

Oh, and since I took inspiration for the blog title from them, I have to give credit where credit is due.  Enjoy!