Today’s Education and Yesterday’s Television

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hey Everyone,

How is everyone today? March is almost over; I am almost done with day 22 of Lent; and I’ve been doing nothing but watching T.V. all day. Yes, you heard correctly. I actually turned on the television, turned on my PS3, and I tuned in to Netflix. I watched Rockula. It’s a movie I haven’t seen since I was about 13 or so. Then I started watching the first season of the Munsters. I still prefer the 1960’s version of the Addams Family better. Charles Addams created the Addams Family as early as the 1930’s. You gotta admit that’s pretty genius for those days. That’s all I’m saying about that.

So anyway, I had no homework that was due today, so I just spent it relaxing a bit. I put on some music, and started cleaning the house. I know that sounds weird, but cleaning is my relaxation. I am cleaning and organizing at the same time. When things are organized, I feel like my mind isn’t so cluttered. Well, that is, until I need something and make a mess looking for it again.

Home schooling is going well, but it gets hard to teach some things to someone that loses interest easily. Today, I taught him how to read Roman Numerals. He learned that MCMXCVI is the year he was born. I find it shocking that they stopped teaching cursive and Roman Numerals in school. Times sure have changed since I went to school, and the sad thing is I’m not much older than my kid. There is only an 18 year gap between us. Technology has really changed and I guess educators feel students don’t need to know such things because it’s automatically built into computers. They decide to let the computer be your brain. I wonder if everything will be like that movie Idiocracy with Luke Wilson. Well, if you like stupid comedies, you will like that. Moving on now.

So, I’m teaching him things that will interest him. Today, we discussed the history of American football. We even found some vintage football clips from 1904 on YouTube. I swear that site has every possible video footage out there. After that, I had him read, and we are going to be working on a short film.

I keep making my kid work by writing and doing this kind of math, and taking some kind of test, but I always forget that not every day in school is a work day. My son was in a Montessori school, and that meant that every other day, he had what was called Specials. One day would be art, the next music, and so forth. I have to learn how to keep the curriculum a balance of everything so he doesn’t lose interest completely. Hence the short film.

Casey and I decided to make a zombie film. This should be an interesting twist on things. When we get everything prepped and ready, you will be the first to see it. I can honestly say my life is anything but dull. LOL.
This is all that’s been going on today; nothing more to report.

~~DJ

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How Far is TOO Far???

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hello everyone,

I cannot believe this month is nearing the end. I made it past the halfway mark, and I have 19 days more to go. I must say that I’ve been spending my time wisely.

Nothing special to report. I will say this much: There is a lot of crazy stuff going on around the world. Out of all the things that caught my attention, the one thing that has been happening for quite some time now are small kids wanting to be a grown-up.

I was hearing about a retail store that’s selling a bikini with a padded top. This bikini was designed for tweens, ages 7-12. Some parents are appalled by it, and others say that the only controversy is by drawing attention to it. I think we are trying to make young kids grow up quickly.

I feel something like that is sending the wrong message. Throughout my baby-sitting and preschool teaching years, I have seen some crazy things these young girls come in wearing.

One girl I baby-sat for wore high heels. She was 4 at the time, and I always thought that was inappropriate. I once taught at a preschool where this one girl had acrylic nails on, hair with blonde streaks, and wore heels in a classroom. Perhaps the parents should explain to their 5 year old that she has plenty of time to do all that stuff when she’s older; much, MUCH older.

Just how far is too far these days? The movie Little Miss Sunshine might have been a fun movie to watch, but what those mothers do to their daughters is unbelievable, and that is a real situation that they turned into a comedy. The movie Bruno showed him interviewing parents of babies asking them all kinds of absurd questions. He asked one mom if it was alright to place her baby on a cross with fire circling all around her. The mom agreed to this! The sad thing is, they didn’t realize that Bruno was in fact Sasha Baron Cohen in disguise. I don’t know anymore.

I do know that if I had a daughter, I wouldn’t do that to them. I have a gorgeous son that I think would be perfect for modeling and acting. He doesn’t like doing those things. He likes riding dirt bikes and fixing up things. I let him do what makes him happy and not what is going to make me money. After all, don’t we want what’s best for our children including happiness?

Having children is all about placing your needs aside so your child can have the best. Some parents (I’m ashamed to admit this) still haven’t learned that it’s not about them anymore. But that’s another story for another time. I tell my kid to enjoy being a kid because one day he will be an adult wishing he were a kid again.

Then again, this is just one person’s opinion.

~~DJ

Buy My Love

Monday, March 28, 2011

 

Buy My Love
Mon., 3/28/11
Written by ©Diana Jillian

Tokens of affection
Showered with gifts
Just a reflection
Straight mouth lifts

You can pay
Make me feel elite
And for awhile
Lift me off my feet

But just how much is it worth in the end?

Remnants of nothing
But material things
Can’t compare to
When your heart sings

In form our shells
Our souls we lend
What can we truly take
With us in the end?

The familiar destiny in rebirth form

From down below
And up above
Do you really think
You can buy my love?

Unmentionable

Unmentionable

 

11/24/10

Written by ©Diana Jillian

 

 

No more wallowing in self-pity
I will take these beatings silently
I will be the deaf ears
That life has fallen upon
Pretend I’m happy
The grand façade

I’ll be the star
That never goes out
I’ll be the brightest
In the darkest sky

No one will see my pain
As it’s too humiliating
And they will laugh
By showing their pity

So I shall sit in silence
Not say a word
And become the deaf ears
Life has fallen upon

Acceptance

Acceptance

Because I become fed up
Unsympathetic, and unapologetic
Then it’s me that needs help
I’m “depressed” and “need meds”

No I will not apologize
For what statements arise
Just for your pleasure

How is it okay for you
To express feelings of blue
But it’s not alright for me?

I thought I was like you
A human with built-in feelings
Not some operated robot
For you to swing your punches at

If you can’t accept who I am
Then I can’t accept you in my life

3/8/11

Written by ©Diana Jillian

Against Odds

A day gone wrong
I remained strong
Against all odds

 

I wanted to cry
To just fly
Out of my mind

 

But I remained firm in my shell

 

Not the best
I was put to test
The day after also

 

But I proved wrong
And remained strong
Against all odds

 

I’m not who I once was

After all the sadness
Cluttered madness

I need a break from it all

 

Won’t you take a break with me?
Follow me down to the sea
The sea of hope and love

 

3/24/11
Written by ©Diana Jillian

Broken

Hi everyone!

Are you familiar with the term to kill it with kindness? I have been trying to do that lately. I cannot get into details, but I am not in a good position today, and therefore, going to cut this blog short.

I had an incident happen today (you can email me for details), that made me a bit upset. I have anxiety issues, and am having a series of anxiety attacks as we speak.

Nonetheless, I will turn this funk around. Turn the frown upside down. I will overcome! I will rise above the childish, jealous, petty games.

In a non-conceited way, have you ever felt that others were jealous of you?

How do you get yourself out of a funk?

~~DJ