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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Bushkill Falls…..

fall

Nothing Gold Can Stay

 

Just some beautiful pictures I took by the lake near my house…

Flower Photos By: Me

Some pictures I took at Deep Cut Gardens… So beautiful!

Facebook: Ruining Careers one Post at a Time…..

I am sure everyone who is reading this post agrees that Social Media and being a teacher can ruin your career if you do not use your head and post something ridiculously absurd about your students. When you do such an idiotic thing, not only are you totally embarrassing yourself and ridiculing others, you are most likely sabotaging your career. However, in my district, it seems like teachers get away with this. Especially since they are tenured and our school district cannot afford the funds to fire a tenured teacher.

Being a teacher, I refuse to have a Facebook Page, Twitter or anything of the sort. Not only because I want to avoid making impulsive posts, but because I love my job so much that it is not worth the risk.All that it takes is one idiotic post and you are toast. Say goodbye to your career.I understand that people use Facebook as a place to vent their frustrations, but if you are a teacher, you should find a different outlet to vent.

What I do not understand is why some teachers who post these statuses think that just because they have marked their profile private, that it is actually private. Well, think again! You have about 500 “friends” on your friends list, who have access to everything, good or bad, that you post. And just because people are on your friends list, does not actually mean that they are your friends!! A friends list does not solidify that they are your “true” friends and that they can be trusted. Yes, to some people, being on people’s friends list is like a badge of honor, but in reality, it is only a popularity contest.Kinda like being in high school all over again.

I definitely agree with fact that when you are a teacher, you are held to a much more higher standard. Teachers are supposed to be role models, and we teach our students not to post negative comments on their Facebook profiles.In my school, cyberbullying is like an epidemic which is spreading like wild fire. This seems to be a trend with high school students who use Facebook to cyberbully. How can students refrain from/ be expected to stop posting about others when there are teachers who post about students!I know a teacher who has posted some pretty mean comments on her Facebook page about teaching and students and is currently being held under hot water.

Now, she is trying to get herself  out of trouble by saying that it was me  who gave a parent a printed out version of the posts to turn into administration. She is claiming that her profile was private and that it was done maliciously.I think this teacher is looking for a scapegoat to avoid getting into trouble. I mean really, why can’t you just accept that you made a mistake and take responsibility for your actions and face the consequences? It does not matter who handed in your posts, you posted the comments and there is no way of avoiding it. What is pointing fingers at other people going to achieve? I would not waste my time looking at her Facebook page, nor waste my time turning in her idiotic posts.

This teacher should not be posting bad comments about her students in the first place. If you hate teaching kids so much, well, then maybe you try a totally different career. I know that teachers, like any other person, have a right to freedom of speech, but I think that since teachers are viewed upon by society as role models, then they should think again before they post about their students. They should seek alternatives to venting about their students elsewhere. Perhaps writing in a journal is a much better alternative to writing about your students.

What do you guys think…..

Do teachers have a right to posting negative comments on Facebook about their students?

Should they be able to get away with posting about their students?

A Serious Case of Writer’s Block

I am unsure of the fact of whether or not many of you bloggers out there have ever suffered from a bad case of Writer’s Block,but, if you have, then you will be able to relate to my frustrations. If any of you currently have it, well, then, I must have caught it! And I just want it to go away!

Not being able to write is highly unlike me because I constantly have thoughts runnning through my mind! I have kept a journal throughout my entire life, and have never experienced being  unable to write. Recently, I have been really trying, or shall I  say attempting,  to write new post. I can’t tell you how many times I have opened a blank post with the hopes of something, ANYTHING coming to my mind.

Unfortunately, no ideas have come to my mind!! It is sooo frustrating. Usually, something inspires or motivates me to write. Whether it be my feelings, an object, the mood or a person. Once the inspiration strikes me, it just flows. Lately, it has been a whole bunch of nothing. Hopefully some ideas will start to come to mind.

What do some of you bloggers do to get over a bad case of Writer’s Block?

What is your muse? What inspires you to write?

Are there any topics that you would like to read about?

Let me know, so that this bad case of Writer’s Block eventually subsides!

Why I left Facebook….

If I were to write a letter to Facebook (lets pretend it is an actual person) explaining why I no longer have it in my life, this is what the letter would look like: (lol)

Dear Facebook,

I am deeply sorry for not returning, however, my life without you has been much better. I had originally  left Myspace for you because you had made my life much more easier and convenient. There were some good reasons for having you in my life. You encouraged me to keep in contact with family and reunite with old friends. I was able to save money on stamps and envelopes since I had the luxury of being able to send out group invitations for events. If I did not feel up to speaking with anyone, I could post a status so that people would know that I was still alive. I could show off my photography and keep people ” in the know” as to my every single move. Life was good.

Then, just like with any other relationship, things went sour.

You made me realize just  how much I was missing out on in life by simply reading other peoples’ statuses. You start to feel depressed when you see that your friends went to the Dominican Republic without you. Which makes you realize just how truly lame your life actually is because you are currently on Facebook (no offense) reading other people’s statuses while they are meeting hot Dominicans.

You were way too demanding. Too much of my time was spent being dedicated to you when I could have been doing other things. I was scared that it was turning into an addiction. You know you have a problem when you start Facebooking Stalking. (if anyone is reading this– you know you did it! you were a victim of Facebook stalking!! lol)

You also made me realize how many friends I did not have. After a little comparing and contrasting, you start to notice other people with 500 friends, and then you realize you only have 100, which starts to make you feel like a loser. But, hey, you reminded me of this everyday.

You were high maintenance. I could not understand why I had to keep you posted of my every move via status postings. Can we say demanding? This only encouraged stalkers to enter into my life. I mean, do people really need to know when I take a shower or walk my dog? Keeping up with the statuses were time consuming. Then you wanted me to “check in?” Wayyyyyy to take away all of my freedom.

I need consistency in my life, and you are not consistent. Trying to keep up with your new appearance was difficult to adjust to. Why couldn’t you just remain the same? Now my life had to be broken down into a timeline for you! Really? A timeline? no comment.

I think what made me truly end it with you, Facebook, was when you constantly threw it in my face when my friends were mad at me.  Once I logged on and saw that I was unfriended, it always made me furious.Especially when they got to do the unfriending first! Oh, the agony!  It seemed as though you took pride in that. I also could never understand why you always encouraged me to befriend every person who I have met throughout my entire life. I mean, really. Do I really need to become friends with my hairdresser? the mailman? I felt like I was constantly competing with other people as to who had more friends. So befriending anyone and everyone seemed like the cool way to make my friend circle bigger.

This pretty much sums up why I  can no longer have you in my life, my dearest Facebook. It was nice having you in my life while it lasted, but I am happy to have my privacy and freedom back. I am sure you will be fine since you have a million admirers. Maybe one day I will find it in my heart to reactivate.

Sincerely,

Jess

Dragonflies!

I live near two lakes by my house, and I always see dragonflies flying all over the place. When I first bought myself a Canon, I decided to take a ride over to the lake. I told my husband that I would not leave until I took two photos of the dragonflies. This was quite difficult since dragonflies fly around so rapidly. I managed to take two good photos and I wanted to share! Enjoy!

 

 

How Molly became Moe, a little bit about my crazy cat!

 

 

moe12I know that readers are not mainly interested in reading posts about my pets, but I had to share some photos of my cat, Moe, whom I might add is very photogenic and who loves to get his photo taken. I swear, when I take his photograph, it’s like being at a photo shoot. Moe is an indoor, outside cat and comes and goes as he pleases. Therefore, when it is nice and sunny outside, I love to take pictures of him lounging around  in the sun.I know what some of you may be thinking, “Who the heck names their cat, Moe?” (unless of course you are a fan of the three stooges). In my eyes, it is not much of a cat name. To make a long story short, when I first adopted Moe, we thought he was a she. I know. I know. How do you not know whether or not your cat is a girl or a boy? I mean, come on, it is obvious! right? wrong!! The people who we adopted him from said he was a girl, and from what we saw, he definitely was a girl! So, at that time,  I decided to name her Molly.

A month had passed, and  we noticed that Molly’s demeanor was much more masculine and it was clearly apparent that she was a boy. I know that  this whole story may sound a bit stupid or unbelievable, but I guess Moe (Molly at the time) did not start “developing” until he was a month or so older.  I then decided to name him Moe, so I was not fully changing his identity too much.lol. Usually, you can tell the sex of your pet right off of the bat, but this was not in Moe’s case. Either way, I love Moe just the same. Girl or boy.

What I have found and learned from being a cat owner is that taking care of a cat is much more easier than taking care of a dog. Moe is a very independent and self- sufficient cat. He pretty much takes care of himself and comes and goes as he pleases. Dogs cannot leave the house without getting hit by a car (this happened to my dog–unfortunately).

I know that cats usually stay either indoors or outdoors, however, Moe chose to have the best of both worlds. When he wants to come in, he meows by the front door. The best is that he does not require a litter box, (because his bathroom is in the woods) and he takes very good care of himself. Now this is all his choice. He is also kind of OCD when it comes to cleaning his coat. Moe’s fur is the cleanest and softest coat you will ever feel! He likes things so clean, that you can find him cleaning our dog’s ears. It is too funny!

On another note, my husband and I have nicknamed, Moe, the “litter police”  because he likes to collect litter from around our house and he places it in a neat pile on our stoop. Then he sits on the stoop and stares at you until you pick it up and throw it away.I give the little guy a lot of credit for caring about the environment. The only unfortunate thing about Moe is that, occassionally, he can be found hunting baby animals in which he proudly drops off on our front stoop as a “gift.” I mean, I appreciate his thoughtfulness and all, but really, who wants to see a dead baby rabbit, possum, bird or chipmunk on their front stoop? It totally grosses me out.

One time, Moe exhibited what I would like to call non-cat-like-behavior when he decided to be “giving” with his food that day. It was about 5 in the morning and he had actually brought a “friend” home. Since my cat is what I would like to consider very high-maintenance, he only associates himself with other good looking cats. Oddly, Moe enjoys sharing his food with this stray cat ,which is a very rare breed, and very clean and goodlooking. You never find Moe hanging around with the grungy looking stray cats, only the good looking cats such as himself. I just found it to be quite odd that he shared his food so willingly.Maybe he feels that it was the closest thing he will ever be to a father? Who knows.

During the winter, Moe still wants to go outside. You would think that even on the exceptionally cold days he would want to come inside. No, not him, he is too independent. He chooses to stay warm by sitting directly on the top of the hood of my car. I mean, how strange is that?? How often do you see a cat sitting on the top of the hood of your car?

Sometimes I wonder how he survives outside because he lacks common sense. Recently, it was much more colder than usual and he decided to hide under my car to get more heat, and, as a result, he received an extremely bad burn directly  on the top of his head from my exhaust pipe. The poor little guy came running in, whimpering with steam coming directly off the top of his head!He was walking around with a little bald spot, which was both sad and cute at the same time. But this is the life that he wants to live. lol.

Anyway, enough of my rambling on about Moe, I hope you enjoy his pics. Just wanted to show you how beautiful he truly is! (: (they are under photography section)

My Chocolate Lab, Brandy

My Chocolate Lab, Brandy, is by far the best pet that I have ever owned my entire life. My husband and I bought her 9 years ago, and she is the best purchase we have ever made. Brandy has a very kind, loyal and innocent disposition. Even at 9 years old, she is still as playful and energetic as she was when she was a puppy. When I walk through the door after a long day at work, Brandy makes all of my problems from the day go away. I look forward to my husband saying “Brandy, give mommy kisses.” Brandy then proceeds to jump up to give me kisses. I think it is so cute how she associates me with “mommy.” I wanted to share some photos of Brandy that I took of her at home while playing catch. She absolutely loves catch and, of course, getting her picture taken.

 

 

 

Deep Cut Gardens

Last summer, my friend (who is also into photography) asked me to accompany her to a park in New Jersey called “Deep Cut Gardens” to take some photos. At first, I was a little hesitant to go because I didn’t think that I could get any great photos.

When I think of parks, I think of little kids running around screaming, a germ infested playground, a sandbox filled with children, gossiping mothers,miserable babysitters, proud parents, soccer moms, soccer games, ice-cream trucks and ice cream wrappers etc. etc. Oh, and lets not forget that this was in the middle of August and it was nearly 93 degrees outside. So, this was not very tempting at the time!

Then I thought, heck, why not, I could add some photos of families to the good ole portfolio. When we arrived there, I was in awe. It was not like any other typical park, nor was it like any other park that I had ever been to previously.

This park was amazingly beautiful. I mean STUNNING! If you ever have a chance to visit NJ, you must visit Deep Cut Gardens. It is 54 acres of beautiful trees, flowers and green houses. A photographer’s dream! I could not stop snapping photos!

I have attached the link, so check out the photos on the website. I am also attaching two photos of mine that I had taken when I was there.

Enjoy! I hope you embark on the journey to Deep Cut Gardens! It is absolutely gorgeous!

http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2518

 

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