Having the ability to be poker-faced can be a blessing.

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I am not sure if I have the ability to have a pure poker face during stressful periods of the day… But I  am not as readable as some!

Black Heart Gold Pants

Some people are far more expressive then others?

Written for The Daily Post: October 27, 2016 Smoke


How to Make a Great Paper Airplane

Bet you are wondering what this blog entry is all about!

My class is celebrating RED RIBBON WEEK at our school. This is a week that is set aside for the purposeful discussion about the truths surrounding the use of drugs and alcohol.

One of the activities for the week is to sign a NO DRUGS pledge. We are trying to take our pledge papers and use them as part of a door decoration. One of our ideas was to make paper air[planes.

I needed a place to save the videos for paper airplane creating. My first thought was my blog. Hope you enjoy the videos as much as the students have enjoyed them in our creating great paper airplanes!


Video One

Video Two

Video Three

Video Four

Video Five

Written for Entertainment and Red Ribbon Week 2016.


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Every year another book-hits-the-fan for its over-the-top content. Something about the book suddenly offends someone and the world is then notified… therefore the “bad” book gets all kinds of press and is “banned” from public consumption.

I suspect that the more attention that is placed on a banned book, the more consumers step-up-to-the-plate to read the offence-to-the-masses.

Maybe there ought to be ratings placed on books as we have on movies? But to silence the voices that one does not approve of or happen to appreciate their point-of-view or content… this is not good for our society as a whole.

(I am now stepping down from my pulpit…) 

If you would like to see (or maybe even browse through) a book that has shaken the mores of our world, below are the two most current lists.

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990–1999

  1. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  7. Forever, by Judy Blume
  8. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  9. Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
  10. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  11. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
  14. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  15. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
  16. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
  17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  18. Sex, by Madonna
  19. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
  20. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
  21. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
  22. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
  23. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  24. The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
  25. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  26. The Goats, by Brock Cole
  27. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
  28. Anastasia Krupnik (series), by Lois Lowry
  29. Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
  30. Blubber, by Judy Blume
  31. Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
  32. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
  33. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
  34. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  35. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
  36. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  38. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  39. The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
  40. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  41. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
  42. Deenie, by Judy Blume
  43. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  44. Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
  45. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  46. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
  47. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
  48. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
  49. Cujo, by Stephen King
  50. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
  51. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
  52. Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
  53. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
  54. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  55. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  56. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
  57. Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
  58. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
  59. The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
  60. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
  61. Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
  62. Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
  63. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
  64. Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
  65. Fade, by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What?, by Mem Fox
  67. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  68. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  69. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  70. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
  71. Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
  72. On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
  73. The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
  74. Jack, by A.M. Homes
  75. Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
  76. Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
  77. Mommy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole
  78. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  79. Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
  80. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
  81. Carrie, by Stephen King
  82. The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
  83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  84. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  85. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
  86. Private Parts, by Howard Stern
  87. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
  88. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
  89. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
  90. Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education, by Jenny Davis
  94. Jumper, by Steven Gould
  95. Christine, by Stephen King
  96. The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene
  97. That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
  98. Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
  99. The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collie

Share Your World – 2016 Week 43


Share Your World – 2016

Week 43

  • What are you really glad you did yesterday?
  • Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?
  • Have you done something you truly want to do today?
  • What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?

What are you really glad you did yesterday?

Yesterday, I recreated a writing calendar to use so that I could pay more attention to my blog. I do not know if it will help, but at least today I am good for one-day-in-a-row!

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I enjoy one-floor houses… although, it would be awesome to have this one-floor cabin built in the woods with a patio/BBQ/ observatory for my telescope up on the roof!

Have you done something you truly want to do today?

I have written in my blog today!

What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?

Strange, that question on today. I realized yesterday, that everything that I had ever wanted to ‘seriously’ do with my life… I have already done.

Life has been excellent.

Life has been full.

Maybe it is time for a new list of things to accomplish for life after 60?

Written for Share Your World – 2016 Week 43. Requirements: Answer the questions.