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Thought I was finally gone, didn’t you?

Well, I’m not gone yet, just very very busy.

I also think I’ll start adding new things, especially during the school year.  For example, here’s something I would like to do more of . . . Scenes from the School. 

Scene from last night’s school dance.

Mr. Cates, our music teacher on the mic: Okay, here’s a classic to dance to!

(Starts playing “Eye of the Tiger)

(My 5th grade Students start running over to me)

Students: You need to dance to this, it’s a classic!!!

Me: Wait, I have to dance to this because “it’s a classic?” So when you think “classic” you immediately think of me?!

Students: Yes!

Me: Is this because I’m old?

(Students start laughing)

End scene.

 

I’ll exit stage left now.

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January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

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Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

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A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

Summer is Fading

With the new “balanced-calendar” scheduling, teachers report back during the first full week of August, which leaves me with little over two weeks left before going back to work.

While it’s a bit disappointing, I’m fine with coming back to work.  Well, for the most part.  I’ll miss the idea of being able to sleep in (honestly, even during the summer, I still manage to wake up at around 6 o’clock or even 5 a.m.!) but I’m also looking forward to helping out with another class.  Last year’s class manage to come together for the most part and I was extremely proud of how they managed their growth during the course of the school year, both academically and as citizens of our community.  It was absolutely fantastic to see.  The challenge, of course, is to see if you can do it again.  That’s always a great motivator for me.

Anyway, to continue with the summer!

But first, another disappointment.

I was planning a little trip to Los Angeles to visit friends.  I was going to leave this week in fact.  I was excited by the opportunity to hang out with some of my oldest friends, taking in the sights and sounds of Southern California.  But sometimes, the best laid plans of mice and men . . . often get small chunks of rock thrown violently against the windshield of your car, enough to where is breaks the first layer of your windshield to cause a splinter pattern of cracked glass that’s beyond repair.  The only option is to replace the windshield and the replacement windshield isn’t coming to the glass installation company until later this week.

So much for the trip.

Anyway, on to some other, more positive things!

For this entire year, starting on January 1st, I’ve made it a goal of mine to take a picture for each day of 2014.  In retrospect, I should’ve been writing on this blog the entire time I was doing it, just to explain some of the things that happened to me as I was exploring Reno, Sparks, and both Nevada and California.  So I think I’ll do that.  Maybe not everyday, but on a day where there’s more to the picture, where the story behind it needs to be told.

For now, I’ll leave you with some favorites of the past week.  Hope you enjoy!  In case you’re wondering, I do have an Instagram as well as an account with 500px if you’d like to follow along.

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From a scenic viewpoint at Lake Tahoe

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Rose Garden at Idlewild Park in Reno

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More from the viewpoint at Lake Tahoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More from the scenic viewpoint at Tahoe

Summering. That’s a Verb, Right?

Last weekend was the annual Art Club Field Trip to the Nevada Museum of Art.  It was also the first time Room 55 Students had a lesson taught to them by one of the docents of the Art Museum.  Normally, I’d take the students through the museum itself and then have lunch at a local restaurant.  This time, however, the Nevada Museum of Art was kind enough to let us participate with the guided tour and time within their studio.  A big shout-out to the Nevada Museum of Art.

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At the entrance of the Museum

 

If you’re a local or just a resident of Washoe County or the surrounding areas (Carson/Douglas . . . where you at!), I definitely recommend visiting the Museum.

Currently, the museum is showcasing two things:

  1. There is a collection on loan from the Haukohl Family who apparently own the largest collection of Baroque Pieces in the United States.  Very impressive collection.
  2. There was also a collection from Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii.  Now known as Shangri-La, it is a center for the study of Islamic Art and Culture.

Funny thing about that .  .  .

. . . I used to live in Hawaii and had no freakin’ clue this was there!  Of course, I was probably occupied with doing 10-Year-Old Boy stuff when I lived in Hawaii, but still!  Definitely a place I want to see if I manage to make it back to Hawaii 🙂

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New Installation!

Anyway, I thought the visit went great.  It was awesome to see as many students come to the field trip during the summer, especially some of the students who haven’t been in my class for a few years!  However, once they’ve gone through the class, they do have that privilege of coming back on the trip, if I manage to stay in touch with them!

 

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Some of the kids in front of the Blossom

 

Anyway, we finished our trip with the Art Lesson, which centered around creating mandalas using a heavier weighted foil paper.  There was also talk of geometry, especially defining asymmetrical design.  I was happy the students could define “symmetrical” and sort of arrive at the conclusion that “asymmetrical” mean it wasn’t.  As far as the embossing lesson itself, I’ve seen done before with embossing dragons (which I think I’ll do as a lesson next year) but this was a great application as well!

Naturally . . . I took some pics of the Art Project as well 🙂

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For a simple project, there were some very intricate designs by the students 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lots of hard work went into this one 🙂

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This one was creative, I thought 🙂

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This was beautifully executed!

We finished the day at My Favorite Muffin and Bagel 🙂  In all, a very fun little excursion into the city.  I just hope the kiddos had some fun with it as well.

Now . . . it’s time to travel.  And I think I’ll write more on my “Photo a Day” deal 😉

 

Reno

Recently, I read a few things about the town/city I live in, good ole’ Reno, Nevada.  These two articles were interesting from the standpoint of “why are they writing about Reno?”

Honestly speaking, there are a number of very good reasons to write about Reno (and a few “interesting” ones as well).  First of all, here’s the link about Reno from the New York Times

And this from the Los Angeles Times (though the context within the article refers to the “battleground states” for the election.

One of the main issues surrounding Reno/Sparks is the fact that almost *everyone* knows we’re trying to diversify the economy after decades of gaming that filled the coffers.  What I don’t think everyone is realizing is that this will take decades to create, especially in light of the recession and the ever so paltry job market in Nevada.

Downtown Reno and the Baseball Stadium. From visitrenotahoe.com

I do want to say that Reno is slowly pulling itself up by it’s metaphorical bootstraps, it’s just not as fast as some would like it.  Now this is coming from the perspective of an average citizen who really doesn’t keep up too much with city planning and the economy, but I can offer up a visual observation.  Just yesterday, I actually took a detour to drive through downtown Reno and honestly, it’s a changed landscape for sure and for the better I hope.  The Aces Baseball Stadium is a fantastic venue and the Riverwalk District is shaping up to be a nice little area for restaurants and bars.  Downtown was lively, though it was mainly due to the annual Artown Festival in July.

Reno Riverwalk. From About.com

High-rise condos are finally getting tenants.  Mid-Town Reno is also improving with new restaurants and venues to check out.  If Apple carries through with their new Data Center and Downtown Office, that could definitely help take out some of the “rougher” areas of Downtown.

Photo of Wingfield Park on the Truckee River Trail in Reno, Nevada

Wingfield Park and the Truckee River. Really busy in the summer 🙂 From About.com

Yes, this is my “we’re Reno and we’re not at all that bad” platform.  I just wanted to make sure that people understood that.

We also have Lake Tahoe, which is a mere 40 – 45 minute drive from the city.

There are still areas of concern (ask any Northern Nevadan living in Reno about the Kings Inn, and they’ll probably gag and the tax breaks given to certain companies along with the controversies of the STAR Bonds to name a few) but at a tortoise-like pace, Reno is improving.

So, in short, Reno is progressing and yes, it’s definitely (and smartly) finding new streams of revenue to keep the city going.

There was also this article which also summed up Reno’s Evolution as well.

In case you’d like more information, the blog I usually check out is Downtown Makeover.

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