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January 2012 Departmental Mash-Up of Awesomeness

Still no snow in Rochester, New York; nevertheless, it’s still pretty cool.

Wanna know what else is cool? The bloggers listed in my January 2012 Mash-Up. They are new. They are now. They are what’s goin’ on.

From the English Department

Julie Gardner gets the Best Blog of the Month Award because she discusses getting laid. It’s not what you think. It’s about grammar, you pervs.

KD Sullivan remembers her beloved teacher in “Dear Mr. Reichhert”

Deb Bryan recalls a teacher who believed in her before she knew to believe in herself in “Lessons from a Tiger Teacher”

Transitioning Mom‘s beautiful piece “Out of the Ashes, Beauty” applies mythology to every day life.

Trish Loye Elliott reminds aspiring writers to “Take Your Writing Seriously.”

From the Philosophy Department

Dances With Chaos wonders: “Do You Need a Degree to be a Good Teacher?”

Kristen Lamb asks “Can Critique Groups Cause More Harm Than Good?”

From the Math Department

The always hot hilarious Tyler Tarver answers the burning question: “When Will I ever Use Math in Real Life?” and takes on “President Obama’s Changes in Education.”

From the Home Economics Department

Frume Sarah gives us her Grandma Selma’s Crummy Chicken recipe. Made it. Loved it.

From the History Department

Gene Lempp weighs in with a Legend of The Stone Giant.

K.B.Owen writes about 19th Century Personal Enhancement Products. Can you say bust cream?

From the Art Department

The Cool Hunter introduced me to water-colorist Cate Parr – Fashion Illustrator. Oooh, pretty.

Love her watercolors!

From the Politial Science Department

In an interview at EduClaytion with ClayMorgan, Piper Bayard explains “How Latinas Can End Jihad.”

From the Science Department

Zach Sparer makes me consider the dismal state of our NASA program in “Rocket Pact.”

From the Technology Department

EllieAnn Soderstrom wrote about Trans Media and iBooks and so did Clay Morgan with his article The Five Year Engagement. It looks like books are really about to change.

From the Physical Education Department

Nina Badzin wonders How to Focus on Fitness Without Making our Kids Crazy.

El Farris discusses “Sandusky’s Effect on Coaches and Teachers.”

From the Music Department

Indie pop princess Ingrid Michaelson announced her upcoming tour. I’d love to see her in Toronto! Here is what Ingrid looks like these days:

Ingrid Michaelson

I heart Ingrid. What do you think? Can I pass for her?

Maybe I look more like Ingrid Michaelson's mother?

FYI: She totally does NOT have lenses in her glasses. So not fair.

From the Health Department

David N. Walker tells us to not to be afraid to ask for the neck protector the next time we find ourselves getting x-rays at the dentist in “Silent Enemy.”

From the Driver’s Education Department

Abby Has Issues swears: “I Can Drive 55.”

From the Teacher’s Lounge

Leanne Shirtliffe explains “Why Teachers Need to Laugh.” It is required reading. So.

From the Awesome-Sauce Department

Tamara Out Loud’s “Pickle Kiss” is innocent. And yet so very naughty. Go and see. You know you want to. IYKWIM.

What awesome stuff has happened to you recently?

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40 thoughts on “January 2012 Departmental Mash-Up of Awesomeness

  1. Cool stuff, Renee. Quite a few here I hadn’t seen yet, there will be a bit of blog reading today. Thanks for the linkage 🙂

    1. You know I love all your pieces, but that one on the Cardiff Giant felt like home. 😉

  2. Thank you for the introduction to Transitioning Mom. Beautiful writing. Just subscribed! Yes, you look like Ingrid AND crack me up!! Happy Day!

    1. Hi Kasey! That piece was beyond stunning! Plus, I know you guys are always mythology. So… no pressure. 😉

  3. I love these recaps and am honored to be included! When I get home from this work trip, I plan on going back and checking out some posts from the departments I would actually have a chance at passing a course in 😉

    1. Abby, you never fail to make me laugh. I wish I could find a way to integrate some of those “Senior Moments” in here. Can you get them to talk about school memories! 😉

  4. What a clever way to do your mashup, and what a great mashup it is. I’m honored, Renee. And those pictures of Ingrid and her mother are a hoot. 🙂

    1. Piper, I could dedicate an entire page to you. Honestly ,I have to decide which one piece did I love the lost. Any time a person asks me who he or she should follow, I say Piper Bayard. You are the best tweep and the material that you churn out is just so consistently excellent. I am starting to think you, too, are a cyborg!

      You know I mean that as the highest compliment, right? 😉

      1. Thank you, Renee. I very much appreciate that. In a non-eating, non-sleeping kind of way, that is. 🙂

  5. What an excellent line-up, girl! I’m totally excited that I’m in the technology department. There’s lots of goofing off and playing video games in the department.

    1. Ellie: I feel completely stupid, but until you and Clay talked about that whole Trans Media thing, I had never even heard of it. I am trying to be cool about it. Trying not to make judgments about it until I see it with my own eyes. And ears.

      And can they really make us taste chocolate? If so, I’m in. 😉

  6. Cate Parr water color – soooo Miami !

    1. Carl! Cate Parr totally makes me think of Miami. Those colors are amazing. Anyone you would recommend that I should be looking at for up and coming artists? I assume you know much more about art than I do! 😉

  7. Great mash up Renee!

    1. Thanks Susie! So many good posts this month.

  8. I totally think you look like Ingrid (so not her mom!) Thanks for including me in this fantastic mash up. Very honoured. I’m off to check out the other links.

    1. Trish! You have been such an inspiration as far as reminding me to take my shizz seriously. Also, I liked forwarding that post to my husband. Made for a nice little chat. 😉

  9. OHMYGOSH I haven’t even had my coffee yet and I’m already jumping up and down…

    What a fabulous way to wake up on a Sunday…

    Thank you my friend.
    As soon as I’ve sucked down some caffeine, I’ll be back to check out the rest of your suggestions.

    Have I told you you’re wonderful lately?
    Well. You are.


    1. Sweetie, I told you… you give good blog.

      That one is THE BEST.

      Every teacher should get a little of that action.


  10. p.s. You absolutely look like Ingrid. That is hair to get a girl laid…(So to speak.)

    1. I love the way you lie.

      Did you see what I did there? 😉

  11. Thanks for the shout. 🙂

    You give Ingrid a run for her money for sure!

    1. I’m Ingrid’s slouchy, older sister. How’s that?

      I have the best graphic that I have been meaning to send to you!

      It requires a scan.

      Which requires time.

      Le sigh.

  12. Excellent list!! Love that Trish stars prominently!
    Off to do some reading.
    AND….you totally look like Ingrid. 🙂

    1. I’ve got my eye on you, you little Wordbitch. 😉

      Gimmee something good.


  13. I love your departmental mashups, Renee! Thanks for including me in this one! Lots of great prospects for browsing…

    1. Kathy! I know you have had a lot on your plate this week. Let’s just say so glad to know all is well. And so glad that you are always someone I can rely on for great historical pieces! I love every single one.

  14. Great mashup, Renee. I’m honored to be with these writers.

    1. David, you know that piece on thyroid cancer really got my attention. It was only one of many other pieces I could have selected. I loved Economics Part 1 and Part 2. And I, of course, loved your piece on Education. But then it would have been the Piper and David show. I think there was a lot of good stuff to share the love.

      1. Being mentioned in the same breath with Piper is quite an honor. And thanks for you kind words, Renee. I’m glad I struck a chord for you.

  15. Love the pic, you gorgeous woman, you. Thanks for the shout.

    1. Backatcha Shirtsleeves! Hope you had a great weekend of wining…I mean writing with the Wordbitches.

      Someday, I will get Leanne time.

      We might need to be with Julie Gardner, too? Is that okay? I’ll still play with your hair. 😉

  16. Thanks for the shout out!

    1. That was a good one! I always look forward to your stuff. Hopefully, you’ll get a few more followers.

  17. Good gravy! I take the weekend off, and I come back to this awesomeness?! Thank you so much–and I can’t wait to read all the other blogs you have linked here. You are amazing! ♥

    1. I’m so glad that you made it back in time to find yourself! 😉 And your piece was amazing.

  18. This is a great list and a great way to find everyone! And bravo for having those eye glass frames! I love them!

    1. I really wear those. I love them. Hubby calls them my Drew Carey’s. Before Drew Carey got new glasses.

  19. This is pure awesomeness and I can’t wait to check out the bloggers above (the ones I haven’t already found and adored). Thank you for the mention my friend.

    1. El: My sweet writing partner and friend. I’ll let you know when you’ve hit it on the head. (And when you are doing too much smirking and shrugging.) This was really good. 😉

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