Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday Fragments, Episode #159

Did you know that too much brain clutter causes irritability and incontinence? LOL, not really on the incontinence thing, but that was fun to write.haha  Welcome to Friday Fragments! (Not sure what you're doing here? Click on the Friday Fragments tab above to learn more.)

***You may have noticed that I didn't post a lot this week. Don't read anything into that; I just didn't have much to say. (You're welcome.haha) I've also met 10 of the 11 students on my caseload for this year and started getting my classroom ready, so that has kept me busy!

***Kendall shared Dear Photograph with me this week. It's a website on which people share old snapshots combined with their current-day settings and a little quote to go with the photo. It's hard to explain, so here's an example.

Dear Photograph:  Did they lock us in, or did we just lock everybody out?

The site is really compelling.(Just a warning--Many people find it sad to stay a long time.)

***My sister Geri is 60-ish. Recently, her six-year-old granddaughter made this observation:

"Grandma, you don't look old at all. Well, you look a little old, but not very old".

Pretty cute.

***I have met so many inspiring, interesting people on Google+. It's really opened up my view of the world. Still almost no IRL friends or family over there, but it's a very rich environment for me, in terms of intellectual stuff (culture, art, photography, politics, education, tech). I think the comparison to Facebook, at this point, is akin to comparing apples and peanut butter; they're both delicious but really couldn't replace each other.

***If you're following the story of my former student who was hit by the car, you can see the very interesting (miraculous, depending on your faith), rollercoaster-like updates on his (public) CaringBridge site, here.

***The 4444 family is going tent camping, and I am excited. Mr.4444 said, "You know, I think it's remarkable that our kids have never once asked if they could bring friends camping with us." Come to think of it, I agree; that's pretty cool.

***I went to the pre-reunion party for my 30th (class reunion), last weekend. It was so great to see my friends, Dorothy and Ellen for the first time in that many years. (We had previously only visited via Facebook.) Other than that, I could really care less if I never went to another class reunion.  As I see it, if our relationships are worth keeping up, we won't wait five years to do it.  I hesitate to say that "out loud." I can't be the only person who feels this way, though.

That's it for me. How 'bout you? Friday Fragments link-ups welcome!


  1. I noticed you changed from Mrs. Fours on google+ to your real name. What prompted the change?

  2. Okay, I just went to the Dear Photograph site and I love it. I have a lump in my throat.

  3. The Dear photo is so cool, I can't wait to try it.

    I know what you mean about not having much to say. Sometimes I feel that way, or I feel like I have too much to say and can't rein it in.

    camping with the family sounds like lots of fun, can't wait to hear how it went.

  4. Original and beautiful composition, lovely set of lines with the fence in this pretty picture.

  5. I'm now craving apples & peanut butter. =)
    Did Google+ give you a hard time about being Mrs 4444s? I haven't even signed on there in forever....
    Have fun camping! I love camping, but we haven't gone this year. Now that it's cooling off I'm looking forward to getting some camping in.
    Has school officially started for you yet?

  6. That's is such an encouraging report on your former student. Sure will continue praying for his recovery!

    That is pretty nice that your kids never asked to bring friends along on your family camping trips--what special family time memories you have created for them!

  7. With school resuming I will definitely avoid that site for a while. Will you please remind us again?

  8. I used to go camping a lot in college. Haven't been in a LONG time...that may be because of mosquitos. :) I hate mosquitos. Have fun!

  9. I'm with you on reunions and relationships. And I'm impressed that your clan wants to camp alone. Very cool.

  10. hahahaha, apples and peanut butter... that's my daughter!!

    i have been reading the updates on your student, i have hope and am praying for him.

    i will check the dear photo space out on more sleep. lack of sleep lends to weepy reading ;-)

    what is this google+??? i am not on facebook because i really don't need to reconnect with high school folks. not a positive time in my history. is it anonymous-able?? is that a real word??

  11. I love camping! Even though it's been a couple of years. I do miss it. Have a great time!

  12. Have a great time camping!! It is so true - were either friends or reunion will change that!
    I linked up :0) Have a good day! i think I may find you on google+

  13. I have been to Dear Photograph many times. The concept is good but lacks the blending of the modern image with the old. DP merely ties to stick an old scene on the modern version of the same scene without the attention to detail to see the passage of time. For a journey into this same concept I suggest visiting Look at the WWII scene comparisons. They are awesome.

  14. "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!"

    Seems I'm always letting the door slap my behind as I drag into your party at the last - - - or ever later - - - moment.

    Love what your sister's gran said to her. LOVE IT.

    My 40th HS reunion is next summer - - - I have very mixed feelings about going, glad to hear you sorta kinda felt the same.

    My word very for this comment is porsh, phonetically I believe that is a car I could never afford.

  15. I've been keeping up with the student hit by the car - thanks for the reminders to keep going back. It's truly a miracle.

    About reunions. I love them! I love seeing all the people, talking with them, seeing them now - I started our highschool facebook page and I'm enjoying the chats we get started there. The next time I get to Atlanta, I've got half a dozen friends I can stay with or have dinner with - I think it's a ton of fun. Then again, I infinitely interested in people and would meet everyone in the world if I could.


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