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sweet by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On this Valentine's Day, I was surprised by gifts from three different students, I'm relieved that my Mom is home, and I'm glad my MRI is over.  We had a ... Read on »
stories we tell ourselves by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last post I laid out a scenario just to give myself something to measure reality against.  Now it's Tuesday more than a week later.  I'm having my MRI tomorrow ... Read on »
this is what's going to happen by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Some day this week, I'll get a call saying that my insurance company has authorized the MRI.  I will call and schedule the MRI for later this week or early nex ... Read on »
OK by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, at least the weirdness at work has settled.  There's no way to go into any kind of detail without stepping on someone's privacy, so I won't.  I ... Read on »
buffeted by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Not a good day.  I was about to say "at all", but the class-giving part of the day actually went fine. We did the Cat's Meow lab with the eighth graders, and ... Read on »
missed opportunities by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Saw a beautiful sunrise this morning, but had no opportunity to take a photo, since I was running late as usual.  Not terribly late, just my usual 5 minutes, b ... Read on »
closing the gap by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When something's bothering me, I obsess about it until I can find some resolution.  So sticking with the theme of how to deal with my attention-seeking student ... Read on »
Jones v Flippen by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My thoughts keep returning to my classroom issues, and what I can do to diffuse them.  The number one issue, whenever a class goes all to pieces, is an attenti ... Read on »
holidays 2012 by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan & Cranberry Ginger Pear  Thanksgiving 2012 We had a great feast  On Wednesday (blessedly a half-day of school), I preppe ... Read on »
change is hard by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Monday is MLK day, and I have utterly squandered this first day of the long weekend by getting up early and reading all 500+ comments on the Project Runway All ... Read on »
discernment by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I've applied for a job at a school that values its teachers very highly.  I wonder what it would be like to work in a place like that?  I applied not s ... Read on »
I want to say something about today by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I started the day running late because I couldn't decide what to wear because that new teal shirt I just bought has a grease stain on it already.  And it's coo ... Read on »
home alone in "winter" by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My kids have school today, and I do not.   It's weird to be home by myself, and even weirder to think that just a few years ago, this was my default existence. ... Read on »
digging out by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer All apologies to East Coasters who are literally digging out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  I'm just digging out from the pile of grading that I managed ... Read on »
slipping away by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer One more day of fall break left.  Where did it go?  What did we do? Nothing major.  Lots of little things... I have this sense of being "nibbled to death by du ... Read on »
I'll get over it by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Periodically -- not often -- I have a conversation with someone I know, and that person says something that makes me reevaluate the entire relationship.  Our p ... Read on »
in that groove by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It seems every week when I speak to my Mom, there's really nothing new to talk about.  Nothing major, anyway -- we are in the groove.  Sure, RE started last we ... Read on »
...and it's back! by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Even after buying a new Toshiba laptop last Saturday, I still kept trying to get the old laptop back online.  I limited my efforts to one-thing-per-day, and mu ... Read on »
spanner in the works by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My laptop somehow forgot how to access the internet in the time between 11:30PM last night and 10AM this morning.  I've spent the majority of the last 4 hours ... Read on »
well, that didn't work very well by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It was one of those days.  Nothing went spectacularly wrong, just a series of little "off" things that stack up into a general feeling of psychological disloca ... Read on »