Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Crucible

It's the third time I've taught The Crucible in three years. I like the story, especially when the students pick up on the parallels between Salem in 1692 and today's society. We've talked about how a "witch hunt" is not about witches at all, but rather the idea of seeking a scapegoat for the frustrations of a community. We're just on Act Two now, which is when John and Elizabeth Proctor's rocky relationship is tested by the accusation and arrest of Elizabeth on charges of witchcraft. The students are shouting out the unfairness of the situation, claiming it's "stupid" to think such things; I love it when they get that involved, but also question why they have trouble digging  below the surface. Yes, it's "stupid," but why did they behave that way? What's motivating them? We'll work on that this week...

Sparknotes Summary of The Crucible (video)

In other news, I like this picture that I took at the Border's Bookstore at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers.  John took me to Kennedy Coffee in Bentonville, where I had my very first Velvet Elvis - a white chocolate caramel latte. Needless to say, it was amazing. AH-mazing.

I also like this picture of John, staring at the precarious display of "religion" books at the Border's we visited. We found two self-help books, two books on female entrepreneurship, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and John's favorite, Fast Food Nation. Now, I understand that American culture worships food, but I assumed it was on a metaphorical level....

Saturday, September 18, 2010



It's been four weeks since I started working at the high school. I'm slowly learning the ropes, and I'm looking forward to the next few months of learning.

It's been almost three months since the wedding. Even in all the chaos of school starting, we've been able to enjoy quite a few of Fayetteville's local hot spots.
Cave Springs Corn Maze - Sept. 18th.
Cave Springs Corn Maze, September 18th


Blue Man Group at the Walton Arts Center, Sept. 5th

Blue Man Group "Dance Party", Sept. 5th
Mom, Dad, and Blue Man 

Barnes and Noble is a frequent stop...it's a short walk from the apartment!

John and his caramel frappuccino (w/ whip)

Bret Schulte at Ozark Writers Live, Sept. 11 at the Fayetteville Public Library

John reading a Peter Block book at the Fayetteville Public Library. We like the library.