A New Chapter

The school year is over, and every end is the start of many new beginnings.  There is no way to express in words the gratitude I feel for the students and staff of Maureen Joy Charter.  But this video can go a long way in showing you the many things I love about the work they’re doing.

Here’s to making the new ones as wonderful as the past couple chapters.




Okay, that last video got me addicted.  I am now sitting at the Subaru dealer watching music video after music video.  Why is this so addicting???

This one is my favorite song of all time, even after waking up to it every single morning for the last year.  In fact, I love it so much it makes me want to take voice lessons to teach my tone-deaf self how to sing it.  I feel sorry for whichever vocal instructor gets stuck with me…

The Next Susan Boyle

Some of you may remember my obsession with Susan Boyle from a couple years back (if not, check it out here).  There’s something about underdog stories that do me in, and she was the best I’d seen in a while.  Today while I was stuck waiting for my car to get repaired I stumbled upon this one.

Similar to Susan, it’s a total underdog in ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ competition.  Unlike Susan Boyle, he’s 15 and homeless.  And somehow taught himself to sing like this while working on the street selling gum and candy.  I don’t know what else to say except watch it.

The biggest 10 of the day 🙂

MHT: Students are the Stars

When I worked at the LA Institute two years ago the motto we always used was “The Students are the Stars”.  Seems like an appropriate title for this post, rating Episode 5 of the Magical History Tour!

The first four tours were hosted by yours truly, as I tended to record them when already traveling, making it difficult to bring along students.  However, one of the prizes in my incentive bag this year was earning a guest-host spot on the next episode of the Magical History Tour.  Thanks to Reuben for his lucky draw, off we went to Washington DC this February, along with Paris, Faiz and Evander.  Before we even left Gaston I knew that combo was going to make for a pretty fabulous show.

Overall I rate the episode a 9, with many of the reasons coming from students this week as we watched a Magical History Tour marathon in preparation for their final exam, where they will be designing their own episode.

  • Students are significantly more entertaining as hosts then I will ever be.
  • Evander’s ridiculous antics and facial expressions.
  • Transitions between events and slides.
  • Editing of the FDR Memorial tour guide- past episodes involved a lot of talking, but this one cuts them down into easy to digest segments.
  • Music variety and choices.  Especially “Over There” which never grows old.
  • The amazing dance moves at the end.  Although today they informed me I should never, ever do them again in public.  It’s okay if I choose to do it in the privacy of my own home.  Thanks guys…

-1 because I’m confident it can get better than this.  The challenge on their final is to create the best plan, and the winner will earn the trip and filming this summer.  The opportunity to top this one is exciting 🙂  Until then, enjoy Episode 5…

Ballin’ for JB

How have I not rated this yet?!?  I have no idea, but I’m excited to kick off the return of Rate Your World with one of the best events from the past few months.  I’ve updated very little since Javaris’s death, and I hope this follow up is proof of the impact he had on the community, as well as what his memory has done for the strength of the Pride.  Not only the Pride of 2012, but the entire school, 5-12.

Our Women’s Empowerment club on campus (which I am privileged to advise) made the decision shortly after Javaris’s death to host a Student vs. Teacher basketball game fundraiser in his memory.  I was immediately on board as I love anything that involves competition, beating students, and any excuse to talk trash to my kids.  In a loving way, of course.  The idea was to raise enough money to help cover costs of the funeral, as well as the sign that will soon be hung on the gym dedicating it in his name.  Boy did they ever do a great job.

The result= over $1,000 raised, an amazing evening of basketball, and an opportunity for everyone to remember Javaris and his love of the sport.

While I got to play (as is about to be shown), I also got to play with my new camera and editing equipment… hopefully this video will show you the many reasons I rate this event a 10.

Pink Glove Dance


Okay, so I feel a bit bad going to bed on such a negative note with the last post.  Luckily someone awesome sent this video my way tonight…

Several things I LOVED:

  • The old janitor in the hallway.  Especially at the end when you can only see him from the back.
  • The sequence of pairs of dancers in the hospital waiting room about halfway.  Especially the people watching in the background.
  • The cause, clearly.
  • The other janitor with the sunglasses.
  • The incredible variety in dance moves.  I’ve got a couple new ones to try out the next time I go dancing…
  • The choreographed group dances.  I can just picture the many practices that went into making that happen.

A much better way to sign off for the evening 🙂