I feel if we integrate simplicity with modern technology LAUSD would save lots of money.

 California Schools’ Reliance on State Dollars Contributed to the Spending Gap

California schools, on the whole, rely on the state budget for a majority of their dollars. Moreover, the largest share of state General Fund spending supports K-12 education. The Legislature reduced overall General Fund spending from $103.0 billion in 2007-08 to $87.3 billion in 2009-10 – a drop of 15.3 percent – as policymakers responded to the dramatic decline in revenues caused by the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s.[1]

 

As a parent I am tongue-tied that the LAUSD would ask us to find ways to save money. As my son is entering Middle School next year the need to find a good school is difficult.  We looked at private schools costing in the thousands in contrast to those schools in very bad gang districts. This is the truth and the reality we face right now. We also looked at charter schools and magnet programs. This is what middle to low-income families are faced with. I was thrilled to find Enadia Way Elementary School two years ago.  I think that Enadia Way Elementary School is a well-run and thrifty school as it is. I cannot image ways that they have not already thought of when achieving the goal of saving money.

After some reflection and with what I feel is thinking outside the box I have come up with one solution to save some money. I think if we integrate simplicity with modern technology LAUSD would shave lots of money.

If one goes back to the stories of Little House on the Prairie one can see that life was not easy then either. Money was tight. Items for school were simple yet effective. Here one would see baskets, mini-chalk boards and journals being used in the classroom.

Now we have the help of modern technology as a great source for learning in the classroom. What we have now is the internet and there are many wonderful learning sources that can be applied in the students’ curriculum to save money. If families cannot afford computers at home, all libraries have computers now and in most classrooms.

Using simplicity and modern technology is a great place to start the process of saving money for LAUSD.

1. Instead of using so much paper in the classroom. Have children purchase small usable chalk boards and chalk for math and writing when learning the basics. Thus replacing work books and the endless trail of paper worksheets. I know for a fact the books are a lot of money as well as the workbooks.  That would save LAUSD lots of money.

2. A writing journal for students to use throughout the year. Students would use their journals for writing down their spelling, grammar and essays. A student then could process the things learned over the year.

4. Teachers could have the main lesson book. From Here all lessons could be copied on the board, on a mini-chalk board and/ or shared on the internet and printed out at home or at the library.

5. Recycle all used homework and or excess paper through a shredder for art projects. Paper Mache projects are creative and fun.

6. Help schools to become network savvy for teachers and the students to communicate. This includes lessons, emails and blogging.

These are just some ideas of simplicity with modern technology that can be applied for the time is now!!

Children! Can any of you spell “compassion”? Can any of you spell “understanding”? Will any of you tell us the meaning of these words? –Caroline, Little House on the Prairie

1950- 2012 on the Snake

Five Generations of the snake

That leads to the sea

Today I took that snake

To the sea

The smell of the salt

To grandmother’s house

The Hippies, incense and candles

As they hitchhiked to their utopia

Near Mulholland

The lonelier days of hitching rides

High as a kite on the road

The old VW bug

Where I nearly died after

Coming home from the snake

Body separating from its chasey

On Dumetz and Canoga

Hey ho with the Red Hot Chili Peppers

As we drive the

Labyrinth of pacific coast highway

Side streets viewing the vast pacific ocean

Listening to 1979[i] form the 1990’s

On the CD

But now making

Memories with my son

Cause we like to party[ii]

On the long snake

Garage sales and antiques

And our first sporting view of

The wild purple lupine of spring.


[i] The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

[ii] Bas Ass Mother Fuckers Band

The Snake is the wild Topanga Canyon BLVD CA.

 by Hudley

My kids like the Smashing Pumpkins… I use to throw pumpkins at the the band… yet it is a strange truth to this story… that does describe that early time… 1979… to the young nobody punks that no one fucking cared about… !! I  remember you all…

This Is who I am, our beauty in all shapes and sizes by Rosanne Olson

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This is an honest and open book about all women’s unique bodies. Photographer Rosanne Olson brings a collection of images of women and their bodies. Her books includes women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Each image takes on the personality of what one woman has to express about her life and unique body. The most inspirational quotes strike a chord of familiarity.

 As 38-year-old Faye reflects, “A favorite uncle of mine who disagrees with my tattoos likes to say that the body is a temple. I reply that my tattoos are the stained glass of my temple.”

 Another woman Silja who is 35 says, “I believe the advertising industry has done more to damage women’s self-concepts, happiness, and body image than almost anything else, including pornography and parental and peer influence. Music videos seem to run a close second.” 

The point being, you will find a woman to identify with in Olson’s graceful and revealing masterwork.

http://www.rosanneolson.com/blog/

The baby Mantis are back!!!

In the continuity of Praying Mantis the little ones have returned.  Every year now, for over 10 years, I have witnessed the many tiny mantis on my fence in the back yard. This tells me that Big Mama mantis laid her egg sac successfully last Autumn . Her death is renewed. For me the praying mantis represents the process life, death and rebirth. A continues process of being.  This is my connection to life and nature. I apply this to all aspects of myself and the world around me.

Mount Wilson Observatory

We took a guided tour of the Mount Wilson Observatory last weekend. If you have nothing to do, I recommend it. Here is a map that will take you there. http://www.mtwilson.edu/vis/map.pdf.

You will learn a great deal through the art of oral tradition as you listen to the tour guide and walk a bit. I  myself study both Astrology and Astronomy. The history of discoveries made here is interesting., such as the Andromeda galaxy. I was amazed at the politics that went into the process of creating this Observatory. George Ellery Hale is the individual that birthed this place into existence. One person can really make a big difference.

White Flag Down at The Scotland Yard In Canoga Park

Tuesday at The Scotland Yard Pub there are records turning,  live bands,  great beer and friends…. just look them up on Facebook and have some fun! Everything is free except the beer and wine but that is nicely priced!!

Krater

Krater (mixing Vessel)

The vessel of spiritual transformation

In the writing of Poimandres (a pagan gnostic) the Krater was a vessel filled with the spirit, which the creator-god sent down to earth so that those who strove for higher  consciousness might be baptized in it. It was a kind of uterus of spiritual renewal and rebirth and corresponded to the alchemical vase in which transformation of substances took place. The parallel to this in Carl Jung’s psychology is the inner transformation process known as individuation.

I have a little book that I wrote the above quote in some thirty years ago. This quote came to mind upon seeing  this Krater at the Getty Museum. Funny after all these years that this quote and this vase or vessel come together. It is something that I have consciously been alerted too. This is synchronicity learning that has a life of its own. In all I feel quite happy.

“Ho-hum” a day at the J. Paul Getty…not so!

The J. Paul Getty Museum is a few miles from where I live. We decided to take our 11-year-old to the museum.  My husband asked me, “How about going to the orientation offered at the museum, or how about a tour?” Then my son said, “I just want to explore!” This is what we did, we explored the museum.  The first room soon made my son aware of nudity. A change has happened , he now was aware of the penis on a statue. He laughed and giggled at first. I then quick and calmly  added with motherly wisdom, “Shyane this is art get use  to it!” As the day evolved he became quite agreeable with the nude figures and all was well. I knew in my heart he reached a cross over from young child to a place of maturity. He no longer  lets me see him naked. With the loss of innocence comes an awareness of the mind.  We were soon greeted by a statue of Mercury. Caduceus in hand we refer to him as Hermes Trismegistus and  he welcomes us to the exploration of the museum.  We walked throughout the museum.

we filled our intellects as well as our souls.