Welcome to Friday Fragments, where we unload the mental miscellany from our minds to relax for the weekend. First time here? You're more than welcome to link up your own fragments! (FF specifics can be found by clicking the tab above.)
*I am so, so sorry for the mess-ups with the linky last night and with the funky order of posting. I was very distracted by some terrible news about my student (who got hit by a car on the 29th and is now not expected to recover), as well as by a couple of other things, and I goofed it up). Thanks for understanding.
*If you're wondering where I've been lately, I've been getting ready for school. As I type this, I reek of kittens, puppies, cigarettes, and filth. Can you guess why?
*I received an email this week from a young, teacher-guy who is trying to get a game off the ground and looking for exposure. I watched Joe's promotional video out of curiosity and agree to help him get the word out, because it looks like fun to me. I also read his bio, and it turns out he is not just some clown (no offense, Lisleman) who sits around playing games (or giving the Jersey shore a bad name)--He is a teacher with an award-winning, educational game called The Merbs, which helps kids get motivated about school work. Please consider supporting Joe's project, either PR-wise or financially.
*A home visit--That's why I reek of poverty right now. The sad part is that it was all at one house (four hours ago), and I never even went inside.
*This photographic essay, Where Children Sleep, by James Mollison came to me by way of Jene's Google+ post. The photographer took snaps of children and their bedrooms, all over the world. It's very powerful and well-done. (Thanks, Jene.)
*I read an article this week about how flashmobs are evolving (in some cities) away from just-for-fun entertainment to "Let's-cause-some-trouble" (as in the riots in Tottingham, England). At the end of the article, a police chief suggested that instead of for trouble, kids might organize to do a flashmob of something positive, such as cleaning up a park. Isn't that a great idea?! I can also see a flashmob at a nursing home or something like that; where a mass of kids come and sing some old-time melody that fills the old folks's heart up with love and nostalgia. I would love to be a part of something like that.
*If you haven't been here lately (I understand). Here's what you missed this week and might want to check out: Videos of Kendall's "special" trick or Cooper, in What Dogs Do When They Retire. I also posted a cute story about my mom, so if you haven't had your Elsie-fix in a while, you can check out Elsie Mae, the ARP?!
*I met Kris Schirmer this week, when he shared my Colorful Massage audio post on Google+. (How nice was that?!) I haven't listened to it in about two years, so I tuned in again and LMAO. The story was written by my sister, Michelle (when she had a blog), and she graciously allowed me to record it. If you've never heard the story, I highly recommend listening, or heck--downloading it to your mp3 player! Be careful, though, you might fall off your bike/elliptical machine. [Write/reader not responsible for accidents that may occur.]
*I just received a message from a co-worker about our student who was hit by a car on July 29th. The news is not good. Only a miracle will help now. If you're the praying type, please pray for Brennan's family.
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