First Year Teacher Sprint

Well, this is the longest I’ve gone without posting here since starting the blog in April 2010. I ask for your understanding. I’m in the midst of a first-year-teacher sprint.

As many of you know, I started teaching English at The Hill School this past September. Well, actually, the training began in August, and I’ve been going non-stop ever since, figuring out how to fit in all the activities in the life of a boarding school teacher:  lesson plans, reading papers, grading and comments, seated meals, parents’ weekend, dorm duty, professional development, and, now, assisting with girls’ basketball.  Somehow I moved on-campus 5 weeks ago with all this swirling about; I’m not sure how that even happened, but it did!

I did manage to squeeze in a few book events for the Legendary Locals of Pottstown. Laura Catalano wrote a wonderful article for The Mercury last week – Thank you to The Mercury and Laura! I also had the chance to attend a ceremony for the MOSAIC Community Garden, which was recognized with a Montgomery County Planning Award.  Here’s another nice Mercury article about the garden and the award. I do miss my Pottstown people and being in the midst of Pottstown’s happenings, but I also love being in the classroom, working with young people, talking about stories, teaching writing, and wrestling with ideas and the big questions about life that good literature raises.

I have not, however, given up on posting events here and on Facebook! It will likely come in spurts, though, whenever I can briefly switch gears.

Hope all is well with you, my dear readers and friends. I’m wishing you a joyous holiday season!






VOTE! Then eat at Juan Carlos!

… have a margarita and be glad, at least, that the attack ads will stop for a while…

All Montgomery County polling locations are open from 7 am – 8 pm today, Tuesday, November 6th. Use this link to find your polling location, if you’re unsure.

So, when you’re done doing your civic duty, why not head to Pottstown’s premier restaurant for Mexican and Latin-influenced cuisine, Juan Carlos? Juan Carlos is located at 235 East High Street, Pottstown PA.    Phone :484/624-4931 Fax:484/624-4932 They are a BYOB/Cash only restaurant.

Here are their specials for the week.

Tuesday 11/6

Entree-Mexican style stuffed cabbage with lemon sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $12.00

Soup- Sopa de Carne y arroz. Ground sirloin and rice formed to a ball and simmered in a delicate creamy beef broth. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

 Wednesday 11/7

Soup -South-Western vegetable soup. My abuelita’s favorite for a cold day. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

Entree-Spanish style stuffed peppers and tomatoes (vegetarian) with Ranchero sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $11.00

Thursday  11/8

Soup-Sopa de papa. South American style creamy potatoe soup. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

Entree-Gallina con limon y papa. 1/2 baked hen with herbs and potatoes. Topped with our delicate lemon sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $12.99

 Friday 11/9

Soup – Sopa de pescado. Our delicate fish soup. (flounder) $5.00 cup $ 7.00 bowl

Entree-Cancun style crabcakes (2). Our specialty; served with spanish rice, frijoles, and chipotle tartar sauce. $17.00

Saturday 11/10

Soup -Caldo de camaron. Our shrimp bisque topped with one jumbo grilled shrimp. $5.00 cup $7.00 bowl (2) shrimp.

Entree-Veracruz style stuffed flounder. Delicate flounder stuffed with our lightly spiced lump crabmeat mixture. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $18.00

 We would love to know if you are celebrating a special moment.

Hope to see you soon…. and as always, complimentary margaritas Tues, Weds, and Thurs.


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