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May 2008 Blog Posts (19)

JoT & PoT #5: Psycho Principal Number One

This entry takes us back to School #2 which is headed by Psycho Principal Number One - there is so much PoT about her.

When I was hired for the Jr. High English position, there was only one returning Jr. High teacher. If only I had known that everyone was bailing from this school, I wouldn't have applied. But that's nature of selling your soul, eh?

One of the new teachers quit just before Thanksgiving. After scrambling to find a replacement and coming up… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 28, 2008 at 10:48am — No Comments

JoT & PoT - #4

I got over being worried that my hair needed to look "just so" back in high school. My hair is naturally curly/frizzy and will do what ever it wants. I have little control. When my hair is long, I usually pull the front to the back and clasp it with a barrette. Thus so was my hair on this particular day.

I was sitting at my desk when I leaned over to dig something out of a box. Nine-year old Brennan comes to my desk to ask me a question. When I sit up to look at him the front part of… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 25, 2008 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

Congratulations Bryant "Celebs" (aka: Sleep Deprived Ramblings)

Congratulations to Bryant - they played a great game and brought home the bacon to their end of Saline County. There is a huge crowd at Bernard Holland Park - not sure what the head count will be. Everyone seems to be on their best behavior.

I hope the ISA officials were impressed with the City of Benton - they have a great product and will be a valuable partner with us for the annual Wally Hall Tournament of Champions.

Great job to everyone involved.

Thank you… Continue

Added by Brad Moore on May 24, 2008 at 12:12am — 5 Comments

Jot & PoT - #3

I posted this in the teachers' group but thought everyone with school-age children could learn something from it.

I wish I would have known...

that dehydration and constipation go along with teaching.

This is really true. During my first year teaching I had to stop wearing my contacts. My eyes were so dry and irritated. I though it was chalk dust. I still had the problem when I changes classrooms and had a whiteboard. I also started having these horrible stomach… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 22, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments

JoT & PoT - #2

After three years I found that I had to leave IHM. The money just wasn't enough. Let me remind you my salary was only $12,500. There was an opening at a school in a nearby town. It was also a fourth grade position and was only a one year position. There were two homerooms for each grade except for this particularly large group of kids. I applied and was hired, but not for fourth grade. I became the new junior high English teacher for a whopping $17,500.

On the first day of school I… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 22, 2008 at 8:57am — 9 Comments

Where I get to eat.

I am blessed with a job that lets me travel the US and consequently I get to go to the "good" places to eat. In my travels, I used to go see my accounts, go to a Chili's or Applebees and then to a hotel room. About 5 years ago I realized I was missing out on some fantastic opportunities so I made a resolution to visit the "hot" spots I see on the travel channel or food network. I have been blessed with meals in some of the most famous restaurants in the good ole USofA (and it shows). I am on my… Continue

Added by Bud Lidzy on May 21, 2008 at 9:01pm — 7 Comments

JoT & PoT - Preface

Joys of Teaching and Pains of Teaching - Preface

I have a degree in Elementary Education from UALR. Unfortunately, all my teaching experience was in Louisiana. At the time I went to UALR, it had a stellar Teacher Education program. There was a 100% pass rate , the first time out, for all students taking the National Teachers' Exam. That's really saying something, considering I worked with folks down here who took it 4 or more times before they passed and could get… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 20, 2008 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Jot & PoT - #1

For my first JoT & PoT, I will start with a JoT.

One thing that I really enjoyed about my first year teaching was that my son got to go to my school. He was in Pre-K that first year. I don't know how parents can ship their kids off to strangers. I'm so glad that I could look in on him throughout the day.

My students, the fourth-graders, were that last to go to first lunch. Everyday I got to see my little boy at lunch. I would give him a big and kiss. He would even give me a… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 20, 2008 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

My math is terrible!

I was just thinking, when oil was at $55 a barrel, gas prices were about $1.50 a gallon. Now that gas has reached $100 a barrel, gas has gone up to $4.00 a gallon. My algebra skills are kinda rusty, but I think that old formula to solve for X would be like this:

Old gas price = New gas price

Old barrel price New barrel price


$1.50 = X

$55 $100

Wouldn't X = I don't know.... less than… Continue

Added by Bud Lidzy on May 19, 2008 at 9:39pm — 21 Comments


We've all seen them, people who live on the street. Well, I say we have seen them. Actually we have all tried to avoid them at any cost. They look dirty and some beg for money or food. All look as though they could use a good bath, and truth be know, they probably smell like it as well.

I have seen news broadcast and articles in the paper about them and I have seen them ....really seen them.

Have you ever thought about the fact that someone somewhere may care for that… Continue

Added by Martha L. Wilson on May 16, 2008 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

How to clean a toilet

Subject: Bathroom Cleaning Aid!

This was simply too much of a time saver not to share it with you.

1. Put both lids of the toilet up

And add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid.

You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make… Continue

Added by Bud Lidzy on May 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

SmartCar to Stupid Dog

I'm still on a waiting list for my SmartCar. This long wait may be a blessing in disguise.

The Smart is a great car and totally adorable! But ... it's not meant as a highway car. I put at least 100 miles a day on my car. The standard warranty for the Smart is 24,000 miles. That's only 9 months for me.

We really need another vehicle. Next year, the boy will be a senior and will leave school early to take some classes at the university. He will need transportation. I could let him drive… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lewallen on May 13, 2008 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

Words to Live By

I received this in an email. You know, one of those you get and feel compelled to pass along? I don't know who authored this, but I wanted to share it. My favorite is the next to last.


Words to Live By

Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Drive carefully. It's not just cars that can be recalled by their… Continue

Added by Jan B. on May 13, 2008 at 9:37am — 5 Comments

Funeral For a Friend

I can't take credit for writing this obituary. I received it in an email a few years ago and don't know where it originated. I do think it bears repeating.


Funeral For a Friend

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered… Continue

Added by Jan B. on May 13, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Lesson in Responsibility

I found this hanging in the office at work a few years ago. I have it posted on the fridge as a reminder to my kids about responsibilty.


A Lesson in Responsibility

This is a story about four people.

Their names were Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry… Continue

Added by Jan B. on May 13, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

New Comic Book Store! Wheee!

We just saw the sign a couple of days ago, but the owner says they have been there for like a month. Not noticing the new comic book store, Autobot City, would have been difficult today, considering there was a giant blowup moon bounce in the parking lot to serve as backdrop for Darth Vader and his minions. Well, just the one minion. A stormtrooper. Y'know they look a lot taller in person than they did in the movies.

Next up,… Continue

Added by Shelli Poole on May 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Saline River Canoe location?

Well after a year of slangin canoes out of a van I finally found a place to put an office on the river. Riverside Gro will be the location probably on the left side of the store, I am stoked about it, be on the look out you will know it when you see it .

Michael Sacomani
Saline River Canoe Rental

Added by Michael Sacomani on May 2, 2008 at 1:52pm — 20 Comments

Shannon Hills City Wide Yard Sale!!!

Just wanted to let all the yard sale addicts know that Shannon Hills is having their annual city wide yard sale tomorrow - Saturday May 3rd.

Come on out and take advantage of this huge yard sale!!

Added by Renee Taggart on May 2, 2008 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Early Voting begins Monday, May 5!

Check with the Saline County Clerk for the early voting locations, and take advantage of the early voting conveniences. I hope you will take someone with you to vote to reeelect me to the Arkansas Court of Appeals, where I have served Arkansas for the past 12 years. My opponent has no experience deciding appeals, while I have decided more than 2600! Stay strong!!!

Added by Judge Wendell Griffen on May 2, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

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