Category Archives: SOCIAL CONCERNS

Have Courage & Be KIND

This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point. One of my favorite movie quotes is actually from the 2015 Cinderella movie, as cheesy as that sounds. I love its goodness and its positivity. I love its message in a world of negativity. The world needs more kindness and less debate and division.

We all have different opinions. We all have different beliefs. But at the end of the day, we are all human beings.

Right now it seems like many people have courage, but are leaving kindness by the wayside.

So take a cheesy Disney character’s advice:

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May we have the courage to be kind in spite of our differences.

 

 

 

Why I Haven’t Seen The Oscar Winners Yet

Right now, I am watching the 87th Academy Awards and as usual, I struggle while watching because unfortunately, I haven’t seen so many of the films that are being announced, and I’m a Film Studies teacher!   There are various reasons for this, and it’s very frustrating.  4764440136_3f75b62db4_b WHY I HAVEN’T SEEN THE OSCAR WINNERS/NOMINEES YET 

  • The money! Now I know it’s a well kept secret, but we teachers make A LOT of money. Right.  Hopefully, you’re saying it with me.  Back to the reasons though! I have such a hard time coughing up the money to pay for the movie theater tickets, and I know I’m notdollar-499481_640 alone. Back in my single days, I only had to buy one ticket, so it didn’t matter as much (my expenses were also not as substantial at that time either for various reasons; however, now being a young married couple with Parker in medical school, suddenly that makes two tickets at $10 a piece a little hard to justify in our budget.  In college, I frequented the dollar theater just on principle, but I remember knowing many families who were there out of necessity.  Now, I’m with them.  I get it.  $20 for two seems huge! I can only imagine families trying to have a night out with four and five tickets to buy.  One of my students last semester wrote an excellent open letter to movie theaters about their prices and why they should consider changing them.  While I’m sure that there are many reasons for the continual raise in their prices, such as instant streaming cutting back their revenue and the rise in costs to show them and run the business, I can’t help the fact that $20 right now with a medical school budget seems like a lot.
  • Their release dates.  Having read The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the unnamedChanging Hollywood System, written by film critic Anne Thompson who writes at Thompson On Hollywood, I understand the process of the Oscar process more. Typically, films that want to win an Oscar are released later in the calendar year at the most prestigious film festivals, which if I’m not mistaken are mostly towards the end of the year.  This is sometimes because of the festivals themselves or an easier reason to comprehend: a later release means that they are fresh on Academy members’ minds when it comes to being nominated and/or voted for.  Thus when films like The Imitation Game are released on Christmas Day at the same time as Unbroken and Into the Woods, how can I possibly see them all? I know, I know.  It’s February; I’ve had two months, but then we loop back to my first excuse: the $$$ & the dreaded budget.  (I’m also waiting to see Unbroken until I have read the book, which my book club is reading in April.)  I HAVE to see Still Alice and The Theory of Everything too! Still Alice is on hold for the book too.
  • Lastly, I struggle with the strong language in so many of the nominees and winners. I LOVE history films and other dramas.  Though I probably shouldn’t rationalize that viewing extreme violence doesn’t bother me as much as other content, profanity really does bother me and most of the films that are nominated and currently being awarded have so much profanity.  Not just the “small” swearwords as I like to call them, but the strong ones for me personally.  I talked about the dreaded F-bomb in my post 50 Shades of Crap when I mentioned the film The Wolf of Wall Street.  I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that word.  I really don’t.  As a teacher, it’s not like I don’t hear it.  Students drop it in the hallways and out in the lunch areas; sometimes you can tell that the younger ones are simply trying to sound cool.  Of course in the school setting, they obviously get in trouble for such language, but they still try to sneak it in when they can.  While I can understand that in some films, the use of strong language is accurate to the film’s setting, story, and content, I still struggle with wanting to hear that much language.  I also think that sometimes filmmakers include language unnecessarily and too gratuitously. I own my conservatism in this area, but I still hold onto it and embrace it.  Parker and I value clean language, and we want to practice what we preach in that sense.

Well, I’ve said it!  I have decided the only way to satisfy my frustrations in my current circumstances is to view the Oscars as the Academy’s endorsement for what to see now!  I’ve taught Film Studies twice before and am teaching it for the third time right now.  This is the first time I’ve been able to teach it during the winter semester so that I can teach it in conjunction with the Oscars ceremony.

 I love the art of film, I love the entertainment of film, and I love studying and learning more about it every day.  It’s such a triple threat! Great stories, great sights, and great sounds.   As a human being, I read and write because I can’t imagine life without connecting with humanity and other people.  They allow empathy, growth, and learning. They inspire imagination, opportunities, and possibilities.  


(Nice! The Imitation Game just won Best Adapted Screenplay! Can’t wait to see it! Also I’m excited to see The Theory of Everything from the preview alone, I love Eddie Redmayne and would love to see him win Best Actor!  The Academy usually doesn’t pick my favorites though.) (YES!!!  HE JUST GOT IT!  I really didn’t think he’d get it! “I’m a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar, wow!…This belongs to the people with ALS…I’m its custodian.”) (One of my students is going to be thrilled! She loves Julianne Moore!) NOTE: Two wins for acting involve illnesses.  The Academy is consistent. 


I’m really curious what other teachers, parents, and anyone thinks about the Oscar winners and nominations. There’s such a debate between freedom of expression and censorship and over-protecting children and exposing them too early.  How does your family decide about media in your home?  What are favorite films? I would love hearing other people’s thoughts.  I hope I didn’t wait too long to ask these questions, seeing as how the Oscars are playing as I write!  OScars P.S. Most of the films that I am so excited to see are at our $2 theater now! SWEET!

50 Shades Followup & Seeing People

Dear Readers, Film Goers, Teachers, and Parents,

Part One: The Followup to “50 Shades of Crap: a Feminist’s View.”

Where to begin? I’ll start by saying that I did not realize that so many people would be reading last week’s post.  I typically post at least once a week; sometimes it’s about a recent trip, sometimes about teaching, and sometimes an opinion piece like last week.  In my open letter, “50 Shades of Crap: a Feminist’s View,” I was direct with my opinion and still maintain that opinion, despite the mixed reception.  Whenever you post an opinion, solicited or unsolicited, there’s bound to be varied responses and reactions because people have so many different views; also, we tend to feel strongly about our own opinions, myself included.

Today, I’ll simply offer a few clarifications on last week’s post, knowing that there will still be some who disagree and that not every comment will be addressed; then, I will move forward with the rest of today’s post, which I’m excited about!

  • “50 Shades of Crap” was not an actual book or film review, rather a commentary on the shift in values and the specific reception and release of the film in mainstream American Cinema; it is also not the only film with explicit content to be released in theaters.
  • Consensual, private relationships were not the intended subject of the post; my comments were directed towards the public release of a film that I consider to be pornographic, again, in what I consider a public point of access.
  • Pornography has a negative impact on people and on families.
  • The intent of the post was to judge a film and its release, not individual people.

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Whether or not you agreed with my observations and feelings about 50 Shades is your choice and freedom, but I do want to thank everyone for visiting and commenting.  I do think it’s a discussion worth having, even if many of us disagree strongly.


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Part Two: “How’s Home?”– A Simple Question.

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Let’s start with some stories. These experiences really reminded me of what matters most as a teacher and human being in my community: seeing people as people.

First occurrence.  On Monday afternoon, I said “Happy Monday!” to Jose, a 4th Block student. This time he didn’t even grumble as he usually would on a Monday afternoon in reaction; he simply shrugged, and I barely caught it.  Just as I normally do, I asked “how he was,” to which he replied he was really tired.  Normally, that’s where the interaction would have ended.  But this time, “how’s home?” popped into my head and I asked him.   I probably thought to ask him because he had previously written a “This I Believe” essay on avoiding addictions because of his older brother, who was constantly in trouble and causing his mother grief and anxiety; his brother would come in late at night and he would have to deal with it since they share a bedroom.  This time, Jose told me that he didn’t sleep but two hours that night because of his brother.  He was arrested for possession “again” and his mother was distraught; I could tell that he was as well; it was written on his face.  Though English is his least favorite subject on any regular day, my class was definitely the least of his concerns that day.

students-250164_640The following day, recalling that experience with Jose, a female student approached me outside while I was on lunch duty and I repeated my question, “how’s home?” Brittany is one who often comes to see me in between classes, during lunch, after school, and so on.  Usually it’s just a quick check-in, but this time she was obviously melancholy.  As soon as I asked her about home, she immediately teared up and started telling me about how hard things were with her mom.  I hugged her, and we talked for the second half of her lunch.  While I realize I am only listening to one side of the argument, she did say that when her mom said “she’s looking forward to her being out of the house,” it hurt her feelings; it obviously stuck with her.   She was listening. Sticks and stones can break bones, but words my friends can crush.  People remember them, or the lack thereof in some cases.

imagesRepeat again on Wednesday: Lela had been somber for two days.  She normally walks in the room with her bright workout gear on, dancing with her headphones  with what I would assume is upbeat music based on her stride.  She answers questions cheerfully and definitely exhibits pride in her work and learning; her face expresses her thinking and analyzing.  But not on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Both days, she came in expressionless, propped her head on her hand, and was silent as can be.  Her face was gray and flat.  “Hey Lela, how are you?” She admitted not great.  She was struggling with stuff at home.  This time it turned out to be her mother as well.  Both girls expressed that they feel like they can never do anything right.

So many times when students walk into my room, they are dealing with so much outside of this little hour and a half class. Some of it is exciting, some of it is not.  They are figuring out life and their individual circumstances just like the rest of us.  A lot of teachers laugh when students make it obvious that they think we don’t have lives outside of our classrooms, but I think that we as teachers or adults make the same mistake.  We forget sometimes that our students and children have their own lives outside of school and home, which can be overwhelming.  Friend problems are real.  Home problems are real. Work problems are real.  They are easy to overlook.

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Life gets busy with the projects we’re working on or the standardized tests we’re preparing for (which is another issue for another day), but really, Jose’s brother is of course more important to him than reading Night or writing about injustice that day.  Brittany cares more about the fight she had with her mom than her vocabulary quiz on Friday.  And Lela has been sad for several days; why would she be concerned about writing the perfect journal when she was worried about something big or small that happened at home?

The worst case this week was when a girl showed me a note shoved in her locker.  In it, it made fun of her and then said at the bottom really small: “go die.”  It may have been written small but the message was big.  (After talking with her, I referred her to guidance and administration where they are working on handling the situation more thoroughly.)  These might sound like stories aimed at pulling the heartstrings, but they were true and they all happened just this week.

e1721d7b-6efe-4ec7-92d4-bf48991d3996_dThe same thing happens all around us; so many people are just barely holding it together. The waitress at dinner last night admitted it had been a long night.  I bet when I go grocery shopping this afternoon, the grocer will be much more concerned with his personal problems than with superb customer service.  And in my case, I know that sometimes I don’t have on my best face on because I’m more concerned with some personal struggles or feeling overwhelmed.  I even think that when people are posting on their social media sites, they are hiding a part of their real concerns.

We have to see people. Really see them.  In person, online, everywhere we go.  You never know what’s really going on in a person’s life.  In a student’s life.  In a child’s life. What I learned this week is to simply notice and ask. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to answer and maybe even hoping you’ll ask.

“How’s home?”

“How’s it going?”

“You don’t seem yourself. What’s up?”

Maybe one of those questions to your own child can reveal a lot.  Maybe to the random waitress, just the acknowledgement will lighten her night.  It’s definitely something that I learned this week.  My goal is to make it something I remember, especially on days when I’m feeling impatient.

Sincerely,

Sarah (& Parker)

*Note: all student names have been changed.

50 Shades of Crap: a Feminist’s View

Dear Film Goers and Readers Everywhere,

February 13, 2015 will mark an important moment in American cinema, one which is a deplorable moment for our country and our world.  In 1939, Gone with the Wind used the first swear word in a film, when Rhett Butler stuck it to Scarlett O’Hara, saying a well-deserved though sad “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”  While some might say that opened a door to the onslaught of immorality in films, I maintain that there’s a difference between that one word and the 554 times The Wolf of Wall Street f-bombed the world.  But back to the point, there’s something that’s even worse happening on Valentine’s Day this year.

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50 Shades of Crap

Opening in theaters that day is 50 Shades of Grey, an erotic, pornographic film that has a disturbing story line accompanied by overt sexual exploitation. And no.  It’s not okay.

What’s additionally frustrating is that the people who are speaking against this, which was mostly done back in July when the film’s trailer debuted, are often labeled as “Christian” women, as if somehow being Christian invalidates their opinions; heaven forbid.  I suppose only “Christian” women would be against such a book or movie; at least that’s what the label implies if not openly states. Well, as a feminist, Christian or not (which if you know me, you know which), I am wholeheartedly appalled that our country is diving to such frightening insensitivity.

Two years ago, I asked a 16 year old student to stop reading that particular book in my classroom because “erotica is not a school appropriate genre” (I wanted to say that it wasn’t life appropriate if you want a long-lasting fulfilled life, but decided that would be going too far; and I better watch out! I’m probably about to be accused of censorship!)

Fast-forward two years to yesterday, when two 17 year old female students asked me excitedly, “are you going to go see 50 Shades of Grey?!” I assume they were disappointed with my resounding “no.”  Well, today was the last straw, when my YouTube advertisements accosted me; I had had it.  Marketers are talented, don’t get me wrong.  When The Theory of Everything took over all my ads, I definitely wanted to see the film more than ever, but I am angry that for the next two weeks, whenever I access YouTube, which I use frequently for movie clips for my Film Studies class, I will have to sit through the mini-trailer of 50 Shades of Crap before I can access my teaching materials.  That world, is not my choice.

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The book.

I expect better of our country and of our people here and throughout the world.  Since when is pornography not labeled correctly?  Since when is it considered merely a “drama” and “romance” IMDB.com?  Since when do we condone it publicly as well as privately?  Pornography has gone from strip clubs to Playboy Magazine to Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition to Cosmopolitan’s sex advice articles to trashy fiction novels to HBO specials to online access.  Where does it end? I guess it doesn’t anymore.

Women–though I realize not everyone is against pornography, I would hope that you aren’t pleased that your significant others are accessing it (if they are)?  And I hope you aren’t either, whether visually or in book form. I can’t think of an addiction that destroys self-esteem, confidence, meaningful sex, and all relationships more.  Not that I’m undermining other addictions or downplaying them, but for my personal understanding of marital happiness, centered on mutual respect, trust, and fidelity, pornography has no place.  And that is all 50 Shades of Crap is: sheer pornography exacerbated by sadism and dominance.  It makes me sick.

People have complained about the Twilight series praising a weak female in an abusive relationship.  Well let the sirens loose because apparently the pornographic version (50 Shades) is about to take in tons of money at the Box Office.  And at what cost? Human dignity?

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We are worth more.

Men are worth so much more.  Women, we are worth so much more.  Marriage is worth so much more.  We have a divine destiny and heritage, and yes, God wants us to be happy.  That’s not to say that we can’t enjoy intimate relationships in our marriage, but that these relationships should build us up and increase our self-concept of worth and happiness.  They should empower us not break us down.

We buy the products and that’s why they keep being offered and pushed farther.  We watch the Carls Junior commercials, we buy the magazines, we click the ads, and we pay for the movie tickets; that’s what fuels the blockbuster business.  They give us what we’ve shown we want to see.  From a business standpoint, that makes sense, but make no mistake: they are buying us, and we are paying them: willingly.

Condemn the football players.  Condemn fraternities parties gone wrong, but praise dominance and submission in films like this one.  That makes total sense. (I want to clarify that I in no means agree with rape or domestic violence in any way, just in case you didn’t catch the sarcasm).  Why would we claim sexual violence and dominance in a film as acceptable and desirable?  It’s not.

In case my frustrations weren’t convincing enough, here are some other voices to add to mine; I think they speak for themselves.

  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB): “Plot Keywords: bdsm, perversion, bondage, sex scene, sexual awakening”
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB): “Parents Guide: Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.”
  • Goodreads Book Review: ” Introducing an even more abusive and disturbing TWILIGHT! Now with whips and chains!”
  • Wikipedia: “It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM).”
  • The Matt Walsh Blog: “If you are a feminist, I can’t possibly understand how a disturbing fantasy about a wealthy man physically dominating a woman could ever be considered acceptable in your circle.”

My only consolation is that some people have recognized this film for what it is: filth.  On Goodreads, a Facebook for booknerds, the top comments bash 50 Shades, and I love it.  My husband is disheartened and disgusted by the degradation of the nation as well.  And I am hoping that maybe just some men and women with self-respect and concern for where it would go from here, might think twice before investing in this sad Valentine’s Day event.  While we all are free to choose, I hope some people will choose to pull back their support and money from this film and others like it.  Until we stop paying for crap, it’s only going to get worse.

Sincerely, Sarah (& Parker)

P.S. Please comment and share if you agree with this sentiment.  Maybe a few of us can at least increase the resistance out there in the hopes that someone needs to hear it and that film companies can at least be called out on it.

Dear Black Thursday Sales,

(This week I had my students write open letters about something they wanted to see changed in our world! They did a great job! This was my example one.)

Dear Black Thursday Sales,

I’ll start by assuring you that I love a good deal.  I am the type of person who goes to multiple grocery stores for the best prices and shops at Dollar Tree instead of Dollar General because unlike the General, the Tree’s prices actually are a dollar.  In fact, I even ordered toilet paper from Amazon last month because I priced it out and realized it was slightly cheaper than Costco or Walmart.   So trust me: I care about the right price.

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However, the Black Friday tradition is now a Thursday night tradition; and I have a big problem with that.

For years and years, the last Thursday of the month has been reserved for Thanksgiving, a day of family, friends, and food, a day of hay rides, baked and fried turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole.  Most families have a special feast that evening, often gathering relatives far and wide to come to the table.  Not even Christmas is centered on a central meal in the same way.  The dinner is the main event of Thanksgiving, and you my Thursday Sales Openers are dragging shoppers and employees away from one of the few family oriented holidays left in our fragmented America.

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Walmart for example, you opened your sales at 6:00 pm in stores this year, the traditional square_400_cf91aa6e5bd31cb78d86a518dinner hour for most people in this country.  What happened to at least waiting until 10:00 or 12:00? Heaven forbid Friday morning. Even if people eat earlier in the day, most families still spend the day together, visiting throughout the evening as well.  And that doesn’t include couples who need to visit more than one side of the family.  This is the problem you pose: because of your commercialization, people can’t fully participate in the family holiday.

A friend of mine named Robin, a mother of four, said that she would have to cook all day, fttargetthset dinner on the table, and then head out the door because she needed to get certain Christmas items that would only be available until they ran out at Walmart.  Complicating this problem, she needed things from multiple stores like Target, who also opened at 6:00pm, but couldn’t bring her husband because someone needed to watch their children during the Thanksgiving Dinner hours! Who can get a babysitter on Thanksgiving? And who should need to?  Congratulations Walmart, Target, Best Buy, JCPennys, Sears, Belk, Macy’s, and so many more.  You have added to this problem. And you have taken what should have been a family night and turned it into a choice between a family dinner and a way to provide Christmas for a struggling family.  Talk about skipping straight to Christmas; we’re so grateful.

Some might argue that no one forces Robin or other shoppers to go, but trying to provide four children with a Christmas present is difficult in certain financial circumstances, so it’s the Black Friday price or a no-go at all.  It’s sad that Thanksgiving traditions might have to be sacrificed in this scenario.  She is definitely not alone. It’s the same conversation I had with a mother in Walmart last year; she was in line for a gift only possible to buy during this sale.

Aside from the hassle for customers, the largest travesty is requiring employees to miss Thanksgiving with their families.  It’s one thing for a doctor or nursing home caretaker to have to work Thanksgiving, but a store employee? Staffing the Thursday sales requires more employees than normal to work, pulling more away from home. It’s not like you can say to most of them to just find a new job if they don’t like it.  Few people who are working these sales have loads of job opportunities knocking on their doors.  People work because they need the money, and the least you can do, is give them the simple pleasure of spending time with their families on a day that the rest of the world should be calm.  Because of you though, instead of dead streets and full houses, we have disheartened employees and disgruntled customers.

Would it be so difficult to push back the sale openings to Friday again? If each business were willing to do so, then we could have a happy medium, where the holiday is enjoyed, and business can go crazy the next day.  As one of my students pointed out, you’d still receive customer money.  How about setting the example for other businesses? People might actually choose you for your integrity because of it.  Not to mention that if you advertise what you’re selling and when, people will wait for your sale before spending all their money, just like they wait for Cyber Monday for the online sales. People who shop on Black Friday usually know what will be on sale ahead of time and have made plans, not arbitrary purchases.

The only other solution to the way things currently are is to ask people to forgo the sales altogether.  And maybe they should, but it does seem like a lot to ask of a parent knowing most other children will receive the benefits of Black Friday/Thursday deals on Christmas morning.  That may be what I end up having to do.  If you’re going to intentionally harvest Thanksgiving from many constituents in this country, then I will intentionally refrain from adding to your revenue in this “Our Sales Are Bigger, Better, and Earlier Than Yours” contest.

Again thank you for your superb treatment of your staff.  That really makes me want to fund your enterprise. Thus, I will abstain, and I hope many people will join with me.

Sincerely,

Sarah Plant

A wife, teacher, future mother, and concerned citizen.

Not Just A Football School

New experiences: a Byrnes football game.

Our First Byrnes Football Game
Our First Byrnes Football Game

To many people, the name Byrnes doesn’t mean much, but in the small town of Duncan, they are the big dogs in town, a clever dig at their opponent, the Boiling Springs’ Bulldogs.  I was in an interesting situation; I live in Boiling Springs and teach at Byrnes, but I mostly just wanted to experience the “craziness” I had heard so much about.  It was like Friday Night Lights a little, but not overly so.  I was expecting a ten on the crazy scale, but probably only witnessed a six or so; maybe other games are different. Sure the crowd was big, but that was to be expected.  The parents on both sides were passionate, but not overly dramatic. And the students were having a blast, which is part of the fun in small town football.  And there’s nothing wrong or new about that.  My high school football games were a big part of our school and community culture, and that was with a 500 student population and a medium football team; our rivalries mattered to us, and even though my parents don’t have any kids at the school this year, my mom still called me on Friday night coming home from the game.

Taking the Field
Taking the Field

When I first began the process of transferring to Byrnes, many people asked, “you know that’s a big football school right?” Or, “that’s a big football school. Just so you know.” The way they said it made me feel like it would be a “football” school where academics weren’t a priority.  In my experiences there so far, that sentiment is far from true.  I have been so impressed by how much academics are pressed there.  While I realize I don’t have access to all the information nor the history, I must say

The Band
The Band

that I love this school and my little, windowless classroom.  (The lack of window was almost a dealbreaker as my friends know and the principal introduced me to the faculty as the one they had to convince to come.)  It’s not just a football school; there is success on so many levels; just look at the size of the band! (Also, it’s ironic that the referendum for school improvement was voted down [and I’m not looking to stir the pot], but apparently the stadium where I was sitting for the game is in such bad shape that the fans are not allowed to do a cheer where fans stop their feet; it’s structurally unsound.)  Anyways, it might not be perfect, but it’s definitely not just a football school.  Yes, they traveled to California (my students had to raise money to go) and yes, while watching the game, it was easy to forget it was just a high school team, but I still maintain that it’s not just a football school.

More of the Band
More of the Band

I love my students right now.  I love the emphasis on new methods and dedication to student success.  In a world where public school is barraged on a regular basis and headlines show teachers in trouble for bad behavior and the so called “evil” Common Core, there are good things happening in the classrooms; there are good teachers in our hallways; and there are teachers and administration who are doing their best to reach the children in this system.

Story time! A friend of mine who teaches across the hall from me came back from our pep rally to a sweet note on her board saying “Jenny and Stephanie was here.” She was so excited until the English teacher in her noticed the verb choice. Such bittersweet moments–an undercut victory. Fighting the colloquial, home town grammar patterns is so tricky when just about anything “sounds right.”  At this point it even “looks right” since the texting lingo has affected our young writers to extreme degrees as well.

Fellow Math Teacher & Husband (Also a VCOM student with Parker)
Fellow Math Teacher & Husband (Also a VCOM student with Parker)

An even funnier story to me personally! When I got home last night from a church broadcast, Parker said, I’ve got some bad news.  I’ll let the pictures below tell the story:

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Just what he needed: a split screen to accompany his studying.
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FYI, lest you worry Parker’s really good about studying.  At least he called it bad news!

Multi-tasking?

The Airport of Lit-up Screens

Dear Travelers,

These are some shots from the New York Laguardia Airport.

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Not to be too anti-technology, but really New York? I love my iPhone; don’t get me wrong, but what happened to waiting at the airport gate with a book?

Since when did restaurant dinner tables need tablets? Even of you’re traveling alone, meet someone new!

This City of Lights has an Airport of Lit-up Screens.

Regardless, I would love to visit NYC again; this isn’t our final destination–just a pit stop. 🙂

Bring on Broadway, Times Square, Ellis Island, and museums galore! I’d love it.

We got to fly over the city during our descent. You can even see the giant advertising screens of Times Square from the sky.

I heart NY–just for an hour.

Love,
Sarah