" I implore you, my child; observe heaven and earth, consider all that is in them, and acknowledge that God made them out of nothing (ex nihilo), and that mankind comes into being in the same way..." 2 Maccabees 7:28

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


One of my students likes to lock himself into the toilet stalls so that he can splash in the toilet water uninterrupted. He did this today and would not come out, so I made the difficult decision that I would make the sacrifice to crawl under the door (the decision to let your skin touch the floor of the kindergarden special ed boys bathroom is never one to be taken lightly) and unlock it from the inside. My student, watching me worm my way into his stall just looked at me with a grin spreading across his face. Then, dripping in toilet water and with his pants down around his knees, asks "big hug?"

I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned somewhere in this story.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere is a group that started in New York (and has now started in many other countries as well) where hundreds of people come together for elaborate improvisational acts in public places. Some of my favorites are the ones where 177 people all freeze at the exact same moment in Grand Central Station for 5 minutes,"Food Court Musical (where several food court employees hijack the sound system and perform a misical number) or the one embedded here. They have a group in San Francisco, but as far as I could tell most of the SF pranks just involve dressing up in costumes and blocking points of egress.