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Psychoanalysis

My AP students love to doodle on the back of their vocab quizzes. I told them that I actually perform psychoanalysis on them by examining their drawings. I received a smiley face and a challenge to "analyze this!" yesterday. I did.

Psychoanalysis


Livin' that Theatre Life

Some people think that you have to give up being creative and "busy" when you have kids. I can tell you from experience: kids are portable. They learn a lot from being around talented older students, and those talented older students learn a lot from being around little kids. Our children are growing up around creativity and self-expression and art and music. And they love every minute of it.

Even little Liam told Mike tonight after his musical: "I like that singing." So maybe he is a Connor after all!

Livin' that Theatre Life

Livin' that Theatre Life

Livin' that Theatre Life

Livin' that Theatre Life


Calm Before the Storm

It's 20 til places at Annie, Jr. at my husband's middle school. Michael has nearly 200 kids in 6-8th grade chorus. He has a small cast of named characters and the rest of the chorus kids are supposed to come to sing the ensemble numbers. He puts an incredible amount of time, effort, energy, and money into this endeavor.

Unfortunately, some of the kids in the chorus do not take it seriously and some don't even show up for performances. When I arrived, I heard a small gaggle of mothers (like 3) complaining that this musical didn't seem as organized as in previous years. I am only sharing this because it couldn't be farther from the truth. I have personally witnessed my husband calling every kid in the larger cast (maids, etc.) to remind them of practices. I have seen him type handouts and update his website endlessly. He definitely keeps lines of communication open--I've often chastised him for feeling compelled to answer parent emails within 30 seconds of reading them.

Because I didn't want to give my husband a bad reputation for having a bat-crap crazy wife, I held my tongue and kept on walking. What I wanted to do was ask if it ever occurred to them to extend a helping hand to the man putting on a musical with over 100 kids essentially on his own. I mean really. How many people just love to sit back and complain instead of doing something to help?

It sure does take a village -- without the lazy complainers!