Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
However, it wasn't only his wing that broke. His heart broke too as God cried.
Mistakes are hard lessons. They are even harder for the righteous, especially when they don't know when to throw in the towel.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here are the rules, and these come straight from her blog. So make sure that you do your commenting on her blog.
"the contest is going to run for one week from 12:01am wednesday the 18th, to 11:59pm wednesday the 25th. i'm going to choose the lucky winner of the laptop on thanksgiving, and announce the winner in a post on black friday. to enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me something you are thankful for - ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT. but there's a twist - you see this isn't only a contest for you guys, it's a contest for me. there are 8 other bloggers who are also giving away the HP dm3 and whatever blogger generates the most interaction with their contest wins their own laptop. AND MAMMA NEEDS A NEW LAPTOP!"
Help Mamma and The Chez or possibly yourself get a new spiffy lap top!!!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
David W. McChesney
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By any other name would smell as sweet..."
-Juliet, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
McClafferty's Irish Pub in Morgantown is a home away from home. It is a Cheers of Motown. Some of my most favorite people patronize McClafferty's. It was here that the owner decided that his Scotch-Irish bartender would become Heather Mac. It caught on. Even today when visiting my former watering hole, I'm still referred to as Heather Mac. It's like your favorite sweatshirt, you can't wear it all of the time, but it sure does feel good to wear every once in a while.
With all of this said, I must tell you that I prefer not to be introduced to new people using any other name but Heather. Having just met, I prefer not to instantly assume that we will have that much familiarity from the get go. This is something that I have had to stress with friends when they are providing new introductions to acquaintances. However, with time, when it becomes natural, Chez is exceptionally appropriate and normally preferred. I handle my students in the same way. I introduce myself as Ms. McChesney; eventually current students mimic the familiarity of former students. They are also my *Macaronis. My friends are definitely my Macaronis.
Though I identify with my name and my nicknames, I believe that Juliet was maybe on to something. It's not necessarily what you call someone or something; it's more about who or what that person or thing REALLY is. To me, each name represents a specific time and location in my life. However, Mick knows a little bit about the human ego. My ego might be more than my sense of humanity at times. Either way, I am more than a name; I'm The Chez and YOU, You're The Macaronis.
*Wondering how I developed the idea of I'm The Chez and You're The Macaroni? Perhaps you need to listen to some more of the Beastie Boys.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
PS: Spread The Word!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As of 2006 The American Book Review had compiled a list of already published best first lines. You will see many of your favorites on this list. However, I believe that creating original lines could be a bit more of a challenge and I think this sounds like more fun. In fact, I'm going to use it as an activity for my AP Literature students this week. With that said, I'm curious as to the level of creativity some of you all possess.
Submit your best original first line to a novel in the comment section of the blog. Show off a little bit! Shows us all what you're made of.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
After school last week, I was perusing the blog subscriptions and came to newmoonmovie.org. I'm slightly addicted to the Twilight phenomenon, duh. I stopped dead in my tracks when this particular picture of Kellan Lutz, aka Emmett, appeared on my screen. Oh where oh where have you been, Mr. Lutz?! I'm embarrassed to admit that I enlarged the photo on my computer and continued to gawk at it for a while. I didn't realize that a male student had walked into the room asking for help on an assignment until he tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around. He gave me a high five and said, "Giiiiiirl, looks like someone needs to go to church and PRAY! Damn!" He giggled and sauntered out of the room.
I'm over the embarrassment and ready to take another gander.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Twitter Post: CoachStewart Driving in this morning at 6:30 a.m., I was listening to "Halo" by Beyonce ... I absolutely love her!!!!
Mental Image: StewBear in the locker room shaking his Beyonce Booty singing, "All the honeys who making money, throw your hands up at me!"
Or adapting the chorus; Can't you just hear the Defensive line singing:
Stew, I didn't know you could get down like that!
Coach, how your playas get down like that?
Stew, I didn't know you could get down like that!
Coach, how your playas get down like that?
Enjoy your hump day, folks!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I look forward to the dialog that will hopefully take place afterward.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The story is this: a girl was out with friends having drinks on King St (in Toronto). This guy (Al (we changed his name to Dimitri to protect his identity)) approaches her and won't leave her alone -saying how cute she is. She finally gives in and hands the guy her business card to get rid of him.
The attached is an MP3 file of not one, but TWO voicemails this guy left. This goes down in the history books - especially the second voice mail. After hearing them you can clearly see why she didn't call him back - instead she called in to the Z103.5 morning show & had them play this on the air.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The only major problem with this practice is that kids are loud! They are noisy. They have no interest in considering their environment and who and what is around them. They will talk about anything, anywhere. I have to remind them, often, that I am, indeed, still in the room; just because they aren't talking directly with me, doesn't mean that I can't hear their conversations.
I was walking through the hall on the way to the office when today's overheard hallway conversation occurred. It gave me a chuckle. I laughed not because of a child's ailment, but rather how the student was able to show mastery of a learned Mathematics skill. It was a whole new type of assessment of a learned skill.
Student 1: "Hey, ######, did you see ******'s four nipples today in the locker room? Yeah, you heard me, he has four."
Student 2: "Four! No way, dude! Where are they?"
Student 1: "Two where they should be, and two more about 6 inches away. If you drew vertical or horizontal lines through them, they would be parallel. Either way both sides of his body are symmetrical."
Student: 2: "Parallel and symmetrical?"
Student 1: "Yeah, I learned about those words in Geometry class."
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've been busy. I've been stressed. I've been busy and stressed!
Working with children, regardless of academic ability or SES, is hard work. Keeping kids in school who do not have guidance at home is even harder. Anyone in the business of education or child development has one of the hardest jobs in the world. Those that refuse to recognize it need to reflect back on who helped them get to where they are. I'm off of my soap box now.
I received my upcoming year's schedule in the mail this past July. It stated that I would be doing much of what I had been doing in the past. Until I came to school last Friday. Due to a tenured teacher leaving, I am now the Senior English and Advanced Placement Literature and Writing teacher. I've taught seniors before. No sweat. I have not taught AP Lit before and I have my hands full to say the least.
I'm excited and looking forward to it, but will be required to put in much more time to prepare for this class. If my blog is sporadic, please forgive! I'm creating life long learners and independent thinkers over here! I'm keeping kids from dropping out! I'm helping kids better their lives! I have a big job a head of me.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Mr./Ms. Anonymous is most likely someone who knows me in real life and sincerely believes that they don't like me for whatever reason. Therefore writing a comment on my blog that is personally attacking rather than constructively critical was supposed to devastate me and send me into fits of emotional outrage. In truth, I've found it to be quite amusing. Because of the comment left by Mr./Ms. Anonymous, my readership has sky rocketed in the last 12 hours. I woke this morning to find that close to 150 people had read my blog and specifically had read the post on which Mr./Ms Anonymous felt the overwhelming urge to leave the personally attacking comment. Word travels fast, doesn't it?
I have decided to acknowledge the post at the encouragement of both private and public communications from others. I wanted to bring this situation to light in order to thank Mr./Ms. Anonymous for the free publicity. His or her scathing remarks not only paint a colorful picture of him or her, but more importantly they paint a much more honest and sincere depiction of me. A depiction that apparently more people want to read about. Whether my posts are "lame" or not, someone is out there reading, so I'll keep on writing.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Live your life loudly, ladies!
Friday, August 7, 2009
I watch you sleep in my bed tonight and wonder,
What am I going to do with you?
I could put you on the shelf
where I have put the ones before you.
No, dust does not suit you.
I could place you under the glass with Mother's thimbles.
No, there are no pricking needles.
Maybe in the book with Daddy's stamps.
No, age won't turn your corners up.
I remind myself that you are a man, not a neglected doll.
Why didn't I think that with the others?
I left them to rest there.
One day they were just gone.
I never thought much about it.
I think you might be different.
I wrote this poem almost a decade ago in a Creative Writing class at West Virginia University. I clearly remember the day I sat down to write it. The sun was shining like it is in Charleston today. Perhaps that is what sparked the memory.
It was a rare sunny day, mid semester in Morgantown. I had evaded the cluster of students congregating outside of the Mountain Lair and went to the one place where I would hide out when I needed some quiet or reflective time. On the far side of Woodburn Hall is a very peaceful view of the Mon River and what lies below the campus on the hill. I would frequent this place every once in a while to gain a bit of perspective on the world and where I fit in it at that particular moment.
I also remember how I was feeling on that particular day. I was ecstatically, euphorically in love. I truly knew it was love on my part and believed that it was on his part as well. I would like to think that with our remembrance of that time this statement is true. Granted much has happened in the decade since this poem was written. Lies have been told, hearts have been broken, healed, and re-broken. Lives have continued. Friends have been made and lost. Worlds no longer orbit together. Nonetheless, on that particular day I was unabashedly in love.
There is a picture in my mind of a fragment of a moment in a day when a girl wrote a modern day love poem for a boy she adored. I share it with you and hope it brings smiles and fond memories of a singular moment in your own lives.
I'm currently at work. Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that I'm blogging. Anyway, I'm at work and I was staring out the window daydreaming a little while ago when a question popped into my noggin.
Fictional is defined as a make believe person that appears on television, in a movie, in a book, etc.
I'm going to have to sit and think on this one for a while. However, I'll be sure to update with an answer soon.
Monday, July 20, 2009
This story had me thinking. I can't remember the last time when walking The Boulevard, around The East End, or Downtown or when window shopping or out to dinner with friends when a complete stranger hadn't say hello or wish me a great day and I the same in return. Aren't we lucky to live in a town that for the most part is consider to be very courteous, helpful, and thankfully safe! In most places around the United States and the world, a person would look at you like you were a cross eyed frog if you dared talk to someone that you didn't know personally. I'm grateful that I don't live in one of those places. I'm grateful that I do live in a place that is safe enough for me to also continue saying hello to strangers in passing.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
With that said, I would like to give some shout outs to a few individuals.
Ian Bode and Chet Lowther will be showing at Chet's studio on Hale Street tonight during The Art Walk. Check out what they have been up to.
Steph Andrews and Brent share an art space at 1033 Quarrier St. They are also participating in The Art Walk. See what they have in store.
Support all of the local artisans in the area! Get out there and do The Art Walk.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
-1 drink whenever Bill says, "Sooookie."
-1 drink when any 'bubbies' are displayed.
- 2 drinks when Sookie's 'bubbies' are displayed.
-3 drinks when witness to vampires biting.
-1 drink whenever Sam's shifts, either from human to dog or dog to human.
-1 drink for every Pam eye roll.
-1 drink every time Tara's mom mentions Jesus.
-drink for the duration of Mary Anne's quiver.
-1 drink when Jason prays.
-4 drinks when Jason 'bones' a chick.
-Finish the rest of your beverage every time Sookie gets pissed at Bill.
-2 drinks when Erik hits on Sookie.
Have fun. Thank goodness True Blood is only an hour long!
1 12oz can of Frozen Limeaid
12 oz of tequila (use the now empty limeaid can)
1 12 oz bottle of corona
1 12oz can of Sprite
Pour over ice and enjoy!
"I wanna do bad things to you...."
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My question, True Blood fans, is who is your favorite? With who would you chose to spend an eternity? I have my own ideas...
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Watch it. Rewind. Watch it. Rewind.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Now it is my privilege to announce the next recipients of The Bella!
Work that red carpet because you've been working it in the blog-o-sphere and someone is taking notice.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Bella Awards. Today we would like to honor....
1. Greg Bolt, a youth minister, writes The Oregon Mountaineer. This former West Virginia resident has been transplanted into the world of Oregon where he is currently working on growing solid roots with his wife, his church community, the youth of Bend, Oregon, and praying that the WVU Mountaineers can do it this year! The Oregon Mountaineer's blog covers the vast spectrum of thought and questioning to laughter and love and all of those quirky moments in between.
2. Tina, the voice behind Scrabble Crush, is a mother of many, wife, daughter, sister, student, teacher, cook, artist, soon to be licenced counselor, listener, and self proclaimed Scrabble addict. In between doing all of these numerous activities she blogs. Her blog consists of heartwarming moments with her family and friends, pee your pants in laughter adventures, political and environmental advocacy and awareness education posts, oh yeah, and SCRABBLE!
3. The folks over at Fork You, a Charleston, WV foodie and restaurant critique blog, have provided more entertainment and opportunity for Jerry Springer-esque comments from their readers than even Body Guard Steve could hold back! There are times that the comment section of their posts take on a life of their own outside of the original post. Some may love the Fork You Kids, some may hate them, but one thing is for sure...people are reading them!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
4. I love Casa Garcia's. A margarita, chips, and salsa will make any day just a little bit brighter.
5. A Yuengling and a Sam's Cheeseburger won't create world peace, but they sure do create inner peace.
8. The Whack Job Customer is always right.
9. In order to ever see a rainbow, you have to weather the storm.
10. Oprah was right. "What you give comes back to you." This applies to both the good and the bad. Karma.
11. Women are given a 6th sense at birth for a reason. Don't ignore it; listen to it.
12. They call it the end for a reason...because it's over. However, with every ending starts a new beginning and that's exciting. Morrie Schwartz said it best. "Don't let go too soon but, but don't hang on too long."
13. "All God's critters have a place in the choir. Some sing low. Some sing higher. Some sing outside on the telephone wire. And some just clap their hands, or paws, or fins, or claws, or anything they got now." It takes all kinds to make this world go 'round.
14. Diet Coke is indeed much better than Diet Pepsi.
15. REV RUN says, "You can't change what you won't confront." Amen.
16. The perfectly cooked steak should never been insulted with the addition of steak sauce.
17. Someone always has it worse than you. I was recently watching "Inside The Actor's Studio". Michael J. Fox was on. He was talking about having Parkinson's Disease and why he has an optimistic attitude. He relayed a story that someone in his life had told him in the early days of being diagnosed. This is paraphrased.
A group of individuals are sitting around in a circle, and Jesus or some other spiritual leader asked everyone to one at a time, tell the group their problem and then throw it into the middle of the circle. Everyone told their story and tossed their problem into the middle. At the end, the leader told them, "Now you have to take any one of the problems back. It doesn't have to be yours; it can be another's." Immediately, everyone took their own problem back. Someone always has it worse than you.
18. "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better I do better." -Maya Angelou
19. Timshel. "Thou mayest." The gift of choice.
What do you know for sure?