At the last minute I was asked to chaperone going to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Fox Theatre downtown Riverside. I thought it was fabulous.
Then I came home and did my taxes, filed online. That wasn’t too hard and I will be getting a refund from both state and federal.
Then I talked with almost every member of my family. With Danielle it was about my surgery in June, getting me up the stairs to my apartment afterwards. Then we talked about plans with Junyor to spend time with each other. He and I might drive up to see Jay and make some side trips on the way. This will be in July.
I also talked and joked with Keith by text–boy is he up with the times now. Later last night I talked metaphysics with Jay.
It turned out to be a rather full day.
I have been attending a night for poetry critiques for a while now. I shared some of my old poems from the early ’90s and The Concrete Porch, which I may not change much based on the feedback.
I have learned so much. I started writing many new poems to submit, with the last one, the group didn’t have too many problems with the way it was written.
I have yet to write the poem about Nashville and hearing all that Country music from my childhood, causing me to cry,
I don’t want to cry in my beer…
It’s a start.
This is more like a recap for several months. The school year has been frantically busy. Every year seems worse than the one before.
We have a new principal, as of this last week. Along with all the new staff members in the CTE department we have many new opportunities to build a fantastic program for out students.
I was able to go to the National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, March 30th through April 3rd. I learned much. I also had a chance to get out a see the Country Music Hall of Fame and a dinner theater called Nashville Night Life. It was very nostalgic for me hearing so much of the old Country and Western songs my Dad was always listening to especially on our cross-country trips as a kid.
I chaired a WASC visit. Chairing a visit is the hardest volunteer work I have ever done, I and the team work harder than we often do at our school sites at least in terms of the intensity of the work, there is no real down time. Nevertheless, I learn so much on each and every visit.
I have much to do over the next few weeks before school is out on the 5th of May. We have the Showcase on the 15th of April and the Powwow the next day. It’s a hurry up and get things done time of year.
The picture is with Mark Powelson at Nashville Night Life!