Summer Projects 2012

Summer is the time when I accomplish all of those projects I put off during the 10 months of the school year, things like vacuumming.  Actually, I do a bit more than just catch up on regular chores.

At the beginning of the summer, I cut the flowers off my remaining basil plant, the one near my husband’s vegetable garden I planted to attract bees to pollinate his crops.  I then went through the arduous task of harvesting the seeds.  The problem previously, I discovered, was that one simply cannot toss the flowers into the ground.  The seeds are WITHIN the flowers and must be picked out (about 4 seeds per bud).

using a small sifter to get the basil seeds out of the flowers

In the phote, you can see a bowl below the sifter.  That has the seeds from a 6 inch flower stem (lots of really small flowers).  I ended up using the sifter because I could smash the flowers against the mesh and the seeds would fall through but not the dried part of the flowers.

I then planted the seeds, and they had sprouted.  However. . .

Tropical Storm Debby came and drowned the sprouts.  No more basil.

The basil plant next to my husband’s garden had died (he showed me that yesterday), but there is a new basil sprout there, so I am waiting for it to bloom  I’ll then plant it and have more basil!  Basil is pretty much the only thing I am really good at growing (unless it rains too much).



Florida Teens Read 2012-2013, Part 3

So, I’ve already read the following books from the 2012-2013 Florida Teens Read book list (*books chosen for book club):

  • Across the Universe*
  • Divergent*
  • I Will Save You
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz
  • Flip
  • Little Princes (nonfiction)
  • Blank Confession
  • Rot & Ruin (another series)
  • Recovery Road

Since my last post, I’ve also read:

  • Cloaked
  • Stupid Fast
  • The Name of the Star

I am currently reading:  The Queen of Water.

I am down to ONE more book after this one.

Florida Teens Read 2012-2013, Part 2

I have continued reading from the FTR list this summer since we are bringing the book club back from a one year hiatus, caused by all of the teacher-sponsors having way too much to do.

In my last post on the subject, I had read 4 of the 15 titles and I’d selected 2 (*) for this coming school year’s book club readings:

  • Across the Universe*
  • Divergent*
  • I Will Save You
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Since that post, I’ve read:

  • Flip
  • Little Princes (nonfiction)
  • Blank Confession
  • Rot & Ruin (another series)
  • Recovery Road

I am currently reading:  Matched.

Descriptions can be found at the Florida Association of Media Educators website.

This year’s texts deal with dystopic societies.  I’ve noticed from my own experience that teens are working through becoming independent of their parents.  What teen does not want to be a hero?  I’m quite curious, though about the NUMBER of dystopic novels.  I wonder if this represents a change in how we view our own society.  The author’s are not teens themselves, but what happens when teens read novels where society is corrupt?

My hope is that teens will learn to question society and learn when to be obedient and when to be revolutionary.  Questioning all sides of an issue is an important skill, and while questioning an opponent’s views, e.g. in politics or religion, is important,  it’s also important to question the viewpoints we hold.  This is what I hope teens learn from these texts.

FS Ripcord the Movie Update

Here is more information on the upcoming independent film about the battle for FSB Ripcord in July 1970.

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Network Handlers LLC

So, this summer has been much unlike other summers.  For the first time in my 15 year teaching career, I am working during the summer.

My job title is content writer / website tester for Network Handlers LLC in downtown Lakeland, FL.  Let me just say that I forgot how much more R E L A X E D the business world is in comparison to the public teaching world.  While there is plenty of work to do and lots of deadlines to meet (deadlines that come up suddenly and quickly), there is much more an atmosphere of “have fun while working.”  Let’s just say that last Friday, I clocked out along with our intern to go to 7-11 to purchase an RC helicopter.  That was nifty fun.

And then there is the whole bathroom issue.  As a teacher, I am in loco parentis and should not ever leave the classroom since I am legally responsibile for what occurs.  Of course, I can’t stay in my room for 7.75 hours straight, so sometimes I have to make a run for it (especially if I’m juicing beets!).  It is so refreshing to be able to leave my area and go take care of business.

There’s also that 1 hour lunch break and having people who seem to truly appreciate my being here.  While I’m not getting as much done at home, I am certainly learning new things:  how to Skype (to India and Egypt!) and how to manage website content.  I’m also keeping my writing skills sharp.

Thanks, [name withheld], for hiring me for the summer, and thanks to all the guys at NH for accepting me.

Ripcord News Story

Fox News in Baltimore is exclusively covering the Ripcord Veterans and the making of the Ripcord movie.  Dad sent me this link:

Ripcord The Movie

Dad sent me the following information last week about an upcoming movie about the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley in 1970.

Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:19 AM

Subject:Ripcord Movie


Everything is moving along smoothly with plans for the movie The Battle of Ripcord. The producer still has a lot of work to do and is in the process of getting the storyline together for the June 30th press conference. He is now in the process of speaking with some of the Ripcord veterans. It is impossible for him to talk to everyone, but we are comfortable that he is taking a broad view to accurately describe the battle rather than just one or two individual stories.

Ripcord Movie Press Conference 

Everyone is Invited

On Sat June 30th, 7pm there is going to be a Press conference at Prospector’s Steakhouse and Saloon 3050 Route 38 Mount Laurel , NJ  08054

Phone: (856) 235-1121

Complete with special guest, media coverage, local news, special celebrity guest in both film and music and many others to kick-off pre-production for The Battle  of Ripcord movie that will begin in early 2013. We will be premiering a teaser promotion trailer and other information about the film at the press conference.

To all Ripcord Veterans  If you plan to Attend

All Ripcord veterans are to meet at the Marriot Residence Inn Hotel Lobby at 6:15.

Marriott Residence Inn

1000 Bishops Gate  Boulevard Mount Laurel , NJ 08054 (856) 234-1025

We will then caravan by Car Service to Prospectors. We are all to walk into the press Conference together.

There are still a few rooms left if you plan to make reservations for that night to stay at the hotel. mention “Ripcord” when making reservations.

Frank Marshall


Newsletter Editor  and Webmaster

Please check our website for future updates


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Operation Ripcord

My father fought in Vietnam from 1969-1970 as part of the 101st Airborne (of Band of Brothers fame).  This past weekend, my parents joined a group of men who were in that battle as they visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.  A filmmaker joined them on their trip.  My dad was part of D 2-506.

For more information about Operation Ripcord:

A Contest

I pretty much believe that I have no chance of winning contests such as this, but an author of a blog I read posted the link, and I thought, “Hey, why not.  I wouldn’t mind having the new iPad.”  Of course my next question is, “How many junk emails will I get?”

Julep contest to win a new iPad and nail colors: