Hallmark has long has a relationship with DC Comics for merchandise such as Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. But now they have expanded their merchandise to include some other items.

Earlier this summer the company launched a set of “Itty bitty” toys featuring…

I just created a request for my classroom at
“Musical Links to History” (just do a search for it on the site), and when funded, it will bring AZA, a local North African/Moroccan music group to my school for a live performance to go with our seventh grade history curriculum!

Give to my classroom by September 4, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).  Even a little bit helps when it is doubled!  Please don’t feel obligated but please boost the signal if you can.  Donating gets you awesome photos (and letters from the kids if you ask) and our heartfelt thanks for opening up some new musical horizons for an enthusiastic group of learners.

Thanks so much,

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass email this along!

Hey, Carol Corps folks!
If you’re going to Dragon Con and are going to be attending the panel about Comics in the Composition Classroom, would you consider posting some of the ideas shared? Some of us are teachers and are stuck at home grading compositions and would love new ways to getting our students excited! I use one comic for a lesson but would love to do more…

15 Happy Things that make me Happy, in no particular order…
(Tagged by Ralkana). - Because it has been a month from beyond.

1. Being tackle-hugged around the knees by my little niece or my friend’s little girl

2. Walking by the ocean with my toes in the sand

3. Being curled up inside reading while my daughter in a few feet away doing the same

4. Singing in rehearsal and performance for the last 18 years with my “big sisters” in any of the 16 languages we’ve sung in

5. Watching and listening to my students get excited about history or books

6. Visits to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium

7. Heckling bad movies on Syfy with my husband

8. Comic book pull Wednesdays when all three of us in our house have a book waiting…

9. Drumming (bodhran) at a jam session

10. Learning new music from an awesome teacher (in Arabic right now)

11. Gardening, when my body lets me

12. Tidepooling with my daughter

13. Genmai-cha tea

14. DeFraction-written comics

15. Tasting things at our local Farmers’ Market



I proudly identify as a multi-racial/multi-culturual woman. However, I’m not naive in the sense that I know the majority of people I pass by on a day to day basis would identify me as an african american woman. I take such pride in my black culture and history, so much so that I minored in it in…

Yeah, not a good night for diversity. Season finale of So You Think You Can Dance, and a dance number with a character who uses a cane for a visually impaired person (for all of ten seconds and then tosses it offstage?!) and way too many hints of stereotype like putting her hands all over her partner to “see” him. So I said from the kitchen, “Marc, I bet you someone will say the word inspirational three minutes into the judge’scomments” and he yelled back ” Too late already!” UGH.


stereotypes against white people are not dangerous at all. no one is out here stopping and frisking you guys for liking starbucks and chipotle. meanwhile, black teenagers suspected of being “thugs” and “threats” are slain on sight so please calm the fuck down and learn how to take a joke

I get that I have privileges of safety some others don’t because my skin is not darker. However, hate and negative stereotypes are ALL dangerous. They’re not, you say? Except for those of us who have a disability. Yeah, people who tell us that we are useless and scary and not intelligent enough to matter, turn us into the butt of jokes and use our disabilities as insults, and continually say that we do not deserve equal chances or respect - that’s not harmful, huh? Our own US government until pretty recently had policies in many states to sterilize women with disabilities, even white ones, without consent because they were “unwanted”. Or are you saying that if we are white, it doesn’t matter? Except for those of us who are white and Jewish. “You don’t look Jewish.” A very popular church in my town still teaches that my community kills babies and that that I have hidden horns and hoofs. My ancestors were hunted (literally in some cases), raped, murdered, and beaten due to their religion, and I have had two hate crimes against me and dealt with countless moments of hate speech and microagressions. But that isn’t a problem, right? The death threats to me or my family members weren’t real at all, I guess. My student has dark skin and her mother has light skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair. The hundreds of adults who have asked them if the mom is the babysitter or the nanny? The several times people have spat at them on the street or been threatened? I am sure that didn’t make them feel stressed or upset at all. Are you suggesting that she should be okay with people making derogatory comments about her own mother? If my middle school students can learn to speak kindly to others and not judge them by their outsides, so can adults. Negative stereotypes are NOT funny just because the person doesn’t look like you. Grow up. Noticing hate and trying to make things better for everyone does NOT make someone too senstive - it makes them a decent person no matter what the color of their skin.

One of my car’s lights wasn’t working today and I discovered that if I whap it with one hand, it goes back on. And all I can think is “percussive maintainance” like the TARDIS! Very Doctor Who. Too bad my car isn’t bigger on the inside…that would be handy for the times I haul boxes of donated books…