Thursday, December 28, 2006

Home Again

After a brief trip to the land of the Big Apple, I have returned once again to Maine. It is still green here, but at least it has cooled down and feels more like December.

I posted the Christmas Eve at the Smith's place on the website. Enjoy.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

I know I showed you those nice snowy pictures of my backyard a few weeks ago, but the summer weather has returned and we are now "enjoying" temperatures that would remind you of April rather than December. No one is dreaming of a White Christmas this year as that is clearly not a possibility unless you are in Denver or Minnesota.

I'm in New Jersey with the relatives and the temperature in Morristown was a balmy 62 yesterday. Lawns are green, golf courses are open (well they're open here year-round anyway) and my sister tells me there are cherry blossoms blooming at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens!

So here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas from the tropics of the north east US where global warming is making us the sun and fun Christmas capital of the world. Ho-ho-ho?

Check out that link to the right about "An Inconvenient Truth." The perpetual "summer" is not a good thing.


Sunday, December 17, 2006

21st Century Schools

I will comment on this topic on the Maine ASCD Blog after the holidays. Just looking for a place to keep the link for now.

21st Century Schools - QuickTime Movie [requires plug-in]


Time Magazine's Person of the Year is Me

Yes, it's true.
I have been named Person of the Year by Time Magazine. Rather, it's not I, it's actually you. Uh, I mean, not You - you, I mean ME - you. Got it.


Friday, December 08, 2006

Wait a Minute...

We have an old expression in New England that, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."

People I have met from the mid-west claim the adage as their own stating that it is an "old farmer's expression."

Well it might be true in Illinois, but it was definitely true here in the Maine over the past week or so. Our thermometers have been getting a real work out with ranges from the teens to 50 degrees (F) up and down within 4-5 days. Yesterday it was 50 and I was walking around in a light jacket. I drove home from Portland in a rain storm that seemed to be growing in intensity, despite predictions of a "chance of a passing shower." I watched the temperature gauge on my car drop from 43 to 35 and about fifteen minutes after I got home, it was snowing.

And this morning, it looked like this.

And if you need to see this in moving images, you can download this 9MB Quicktime movie.