Yesterday I had the worst Friday I think maybe I’ve ever had (and it wasn’t even school related).

Today I went to a baby shower and cried in the bathroom because for some reason I just realized my dead grandmothers will never meet my children and somehow today that’s the most tragic thing in the world.

My best friend is getting married and I’m a bridesmaid (yay!) but she refused to name a maid of honor for reasons I completely understand but the girl who is rising to the leadership position somehow through our bridesmaids email chains is obnoxious and wants to do things I’m not on board with. But they might be things my friend is okay with? But I don’t know because she’s one of those people who becomes a different person when she’s around different groups of friends. So who the hell knows really.

…so now I’m having all the wine and warming up the ridiculously overpriced mac and cheese I bought from the fancy organic grocery store down the street. Good choice.

theonlyonlytessie

The message I hope any new entrant to the profession gains from reading this piece is this: it’s not unprofessional to have a life. It’s not cutting corners to go out for dinner midweek with a friend instead of planning everything to the last T.

It’s not irresponsible to look after your own health. As a teacher, you are the most important person in the room and resource in the school. You cannot perform optimally if you are ill, stressed or unhappy.

flannery-culp

wandaventham:

i just realized that fucking ross geller got tenure in the field of paleontology at, like, age 30? and must’ve been hired at that tenure track position in his mid-20s? how was he so young? how old was he when he got his PhD? did he just… get a job after graduating without even doing a postdoc? is this what the 90s were like? fuck the 90s. fuck ross geller. fuck the way rachel got that coffee shop job with no experience

gjmueller
The best thing — maybe the only thing — is to tell the student that telling the truth is the most important thing, much more important than the grammar.

Stephen King on teaching kids to write

Also see King on writing and creative sleep – doubly poignant in the context of high school students, given how cognitively crippling current school schedules are in working against adolescents’ internal clocks

(via explore-blog)

hagofhags
What was done to Toby [in the final season] was wrong. I was deeply, deeply hurt by that. They gave me this scene where I reveal myself as the White House leak and I thought, “Oh, maybe I’m taking the fall for somebody.” So I played that out kind of heroically, like maybe I’m falling on my sword. I did not know that they wanted to shorten the number of my episodes! I hope it was just a bad idea that they thought was great and that there was nothing beyond that – but it was a really bad idea and very insulting to me.

Richard Schiff in The Definitive History of The West Wing

I haven’t finished this yet (it’s really long) but it’s a pretty immense oral history of how the show was made. If you’re a fan you have to read it.

(via paulliveshere)

I’m generally on board with a lot of what happened after Sorkin left TWW — like, season 5 was kind of a hot mess but they got back on track for seasons 6 and 7. All except for Toby. I hate what the new writers did to Toby. I’m convinced that Aaron Sorkin was the only person who could capture Toby’s voice, his righteousness, his rigid sense of morality, his humor. And it makes me mad every time I watch it. The fact that Richard Schiff thought it was insulting just makes it worse. 

kicksandgiggles
amospoe:

 “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
—- David Foster Wallace —-
(painting: tommasso pincio)

amospoe:

 “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

—- David Foster Wallace —-

(painting: tommasso pincio)