Tag Archives: DesertGirl Media

Finally Good News About Rochester City Schools

The Rochester (New York) City School District has had its share of bad news recently, mainly highlighting poor student performance. I won’t sugar coat the fact that Rochester has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the nation, … Continue reading

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Read to your Children!

I love reading aloud to my young granddaughters. It’s an opportunity to ham things up a bit and practice my presentation skills in case I’m ever called upon to do a book reading. It’s also something a whole lot more: … Continue reading

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Kids will lose more than Handwriting Skills when Cursive goes away

I am not surprised that Common Core standards consider handwriting proficiency an unnecessary component of elementary school education beyond the first grade. Keyboarding instruction takes precedence over handwriting now, but ours is a computer-driven society, is it not? I certainly … Continue reading

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Microbeads — At What Cost Beauty?

An article in yesterday’s edition of The Buffalo News caught my attention. Living near the Lake Ontario shore as I have for going on 60 years, I am especially concerned about the health of the Great Lakes. You don’t have … Continue reading

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Why Contribute to Food Banks?

My husband and I contribute to a diverse group of charitable organizations, such as animal welfare groups and those that care for the homeless. From time to time we also contribute to grocery store food bank campaigns, but not too … Continue reading

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Spring is in the Air. Really.

The temperature hovered around zero this morning. Cold air seared at my lungs when I opened the door to admit my daughter and granddaughter just before dawn. But you know what? The other day I heard birds. Birds! And they … Continue reading

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Reacquainting Myself with an Old Friend

I took violin lessons at the Eastman School of Music Community Music School in the late 1990s. I still have my violin but laid it aside for several years when life interfered with my musical pursuits. Until this past fall, … Continue reading

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Winter Has Its Subtle Graces

The view outside my window this morning has a very New York feel to it. Even though we don’t live in a neighborhood of brownstones, I can imagine I do, looking out at the snow-covered trees and yards dominated by … Continue reading

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Childhood Poverty & Hunger = Low Standardized Test Scores

To my memory, when I was in school (granted, almost 50 years ago) educators never emphasized standardized tests so much as they do now. At least at the elementary/middle school level. In high school, we had the SATs and ACTs; … Continue reading

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New Curbside Produce Program for Rochester’s Food Deserts

The popularity of food trucks in our urban centers is no secret. Foodlink, which operates a large food bank and several food programs in Rochester, New York, has taken the food truck concept one step further with its Curbside Market … Continue reading

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