Category Archives: Monday Musings

A Lost Trinity? – The Journey, The Test, The Celebration

It’s May.  So it’s spring.  Thus we’re nearing the end of the school year.  And this year, the end of the school year in this house promises to be more chaotic than most years.  With an 8th grader and a 12th grader, it’s going to double the extra chaos.  Plans are being worked out and finalized, calendar slots filled in,… Read more »

Why We Do Swim Team

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Another summer swim team season has just come to an end.  Here in Montgomery County Maryland, summer swim team season is a BIG thing.  The big summer league has 91 teams, plus there are smaller leagues and country club leagues.  Teams are from private HOA pools, county pools or open membership private pools.  Swimmers range in age from 4-18, though… Read more »

Math, the Finals and the Data

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Our school district, MCPS, is in the middle of a “scandal”.  I put scandal in quotes not because something illegal took place, nothing did…but because the administrators, teachers and parents are all fuming, in shock, not surprised, angry, shaking their heads, etc. over information that for years has been quietly filed away by the central office. Until a parent asked… Read more »

Monday Musings: Appreciation

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Today our middle school PTSA hosted an appreciation event for the staff, something we’ve been doing once a quarter.  This time it was an afternoon tea to accompany an after school staff meeting.  Our events aren’t catered, they’re not fancy but there’s lots of homemade goodies.  This fall we hosted a taco bar for dinner on back to school night… Read more »

Monday Musings: 40 Photos

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Half way there.  I’m at day 20 today.  So via our church’s Pinterest board I found this Lenten photo a day challenge.  Except for Day 1, every day of Lent you are given a single word.  Sometimes it’s a verb, sometimes a noun.  Sometimes there’s an obvious image that comes to mind, sometimes I have to ponder the word almost… Read more »

Monday Musings: Getting the Horse to Drink

So you probably know of or have a horse that you can get to the water…either willingly or kicking and screaming.  But once there, the horse refuses to drink.  Maybe the horse isn’t thirsty yet…so time goes by…maybe it should be thirsty now, but still refuses to drink.  So more time goes by…the horse has to get thirsty at some point… Read more »

Monday Musings: Team

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Team…a group of people working together towards a common goal.  Typically the image of a sports team comes to mind.  But words like group, committee, task force, etc can be substituted for the word team.  Team goals may vary from winning a contest of some type, doing research and presenting the findings, developing something, or simply supporting each other.  Sports… Read more »

Monday Musings: Volunteering

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Volunteering…generally a good thing, generally a fun and fulfilling activity…sometimes absolutely thankless, sometimes demoralizing. I started doing a bit of volunteering back in college.  I joined Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity.  We were the Alpha Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois.  I’m thinking we had on average 30-40 new members join each semester, maybe we had… Read more »