Category Archives: Random Thoughts

My COVID-19 Diary: Adversity reveals character?

Much as we hate to admit it, this quarantine is highlighting some of our most annoying character traits.  What are you doing to drive your quarantine friends and family a little bit kooky during this challenging time? Here’s some of mine*:  Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Grandpa, why don’t you shake hands

My grandmother saved the string that you get on a cake box from the bakery. You know, the really thin red and white striped string. I never once in my life saw that string get used but she had it.  She also re-used tissues.  They were hidden in her sleeve (you never sneezed in from of Nanny). Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Who’s in your PLN?

If we do not create a network using the tools that technology makes available, then our PLN will be confined only to those individuals who we interact with face-to-face.  Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Were you ready for this?

I appreciate the opportunity to applaud my amazing teachers for all that they’ve done to give us a huge head start and I encourage all of us to see our present reality as part of a dynamic approach to learning that can continue even when we go back to a face-to-face environment (please tell me this will be soon!)  Continue reading

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My COVID Diary: Friday un-Focused

78 returned emails, a bike ride to the grocery store, an Andrew Cuomo press conference, dinner and it’s time for bed. And I’ve never been so exhausted in my life.   Repeat again tomorrow. Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: The “soft launch”

Harry Houdini once escaped from a straitjacket and chains while suspended by a wire 60 feet over Times Square.   Do you think this was the first time he ever wriggled out of a straitjacket while hanging upside down?  Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Is there cheese?

How are you doing with your routine as you work from home? The other day I paused and found myself doing all of the following things at the same time: Checking emails Slicing vegetables for dinner Responding to an email … Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: It’s about the bike

I was getting “cease and desist”  letters from the legal firm associated with my hips, and love letters from my orthopedist,  so I basically had to stop. The Peloton is definitely an answer, I’m not exactly sure what the question is… Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: On the boardwalk

Even though you’re quarantined, you can leave your house, go outside to get some air and exercise, as long as you remain about 6 feet away from other people. We are fortunate to live about a mile and a half … Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Perspective

Because I’m moderately overwhelmed by the level of virtue that I see on social media amongst, well, everybody, especially educators, I’m hard-pressed to find something original I can contribute during this crisis.  I’m reminded of what my mentor told me, … Continue reading

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