Collaboration?

I thought I might step out from behind the poetry for a moment to share something with you. This is a quote from one of my physics students. She thought that it would be a good idea for the class to collaborate on the final exam. Needless to say, they had to complete their own […]

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Surrectus

birthed  from the belly of a star, form wittled  by defiance of entropy, i am captured  in curved crystals  cascading to the abyss. . sculpted  by compression and time, drawn taunt by the tide, i am released  by the surging waves. . integrity sustained  through attraction, lifted by atmosphere,  descending in storm, my subtle kisses  […]

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In My Other Life…

I am one of the mentors for an all girl robotics team. The students build, market, and compete on a robotics team. The Mercy Tech Tigers robotics team won their first competition and are currently competing at the regionals at the University of New Hampshire with FIRST robotics. The robot shoots balls, delivers gears, and […]

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Feast of the Epiphany

This year on the Feast of the Epiphany my Medical Botany class made Myrrh oil and salve. They used the oil to make a salve to be used on cuts and scrapes. We also made lip balm with bees wax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and grape seed oil.     For more information and recipes […]

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Wild and Handwoven

I have been writing a good deal of poetry lately, so I wanted to take a slight break and share with you a bit of what I have been doing with my students. This semester I am teaching Medical Botany, a course that I have written for the 12th grade level. The course covers the […]

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Beauty Under Pressure

Beautiful things are formed under pressure. Heat and depth forge crystal structures. Creative energy bursts forth from places of tension. When the crystal finally rises to the surface, its brilliance is dazzling. Even the darkest of gems becomes lustrous, Like love makes you radiant.   Photo: Azurite (copper carbonate hydroxide)

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Talking with Bees

When I studied animal behavior and neuroethology, one of the scientists who sparked my interest was Karl Von Frisch. His research involved the honey bee, Apis melifera. I read through his papers and did some experimenting of my own, and in doing so I gained a great respect for bees. Bees are social, they have intricate […]

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Gratitude and Attitude

  As a caregiver, a teacher and a parent, I often use the concept of a “needs inventory” to determine what my children and students need. Should I review the major points of the lesson? Is it appropriate for them to revise their work? Do they need someone to listen to them, bolster their confidence, […]

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