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Our GOTV is in full swing!

And this little one is helping!

Posted by Heartstrings | Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:59 PM (0 replies)

Latest sign on Hwy 19, Token Creek, WI....just East of Madison

Havenít been out that way for awhile so no idea what good ones Iíve missed. My SO lives 4 miles North of me and he usually keeps me apprised of new signs but since quarantine we havenít seen much of each other, in person at least.
Posted by Heartstrings | Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:49 PM (2 replies)

It is staggering to me that....

not a single pro sport in the US has been able to successfully keep Covid out with all their resources and desire to protect the investment made in their players and yet we're talking about in-person school like somehow that will magically fare better.

In November, we have one last shot to save America. #VoteForOurLives

Posted by Heartstrings | Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:20 AM (0 replies)

Dane County issues mandatory mask requirements!

Posted by Heartstrings | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 02:07 PM (6 replies)

From a teacher friend....the last paragraph nails it!

I get it. I do. You need schools to open because...holy crap youíre not getting anything done, your kids need to see other kids, you have a job to do, and you just plain need a break. I get it. I do.

Iíve seen the research. Kids are, as much as we can determine barely six months into a pandemic, less likely to get it. Theyíre less likely to suffer from a severe form of the disease, possibly less likely to transmit it. The calls for opening schools with this data make total sense. Are you going to send your kids into a building with no adults? No. So when youíre out there demanding that schools open and all of your arguments are about you, about what you need, about what your kids need, but NEVER ONCE mention the dangers to the staff and faculty who will necessarily need to be in those schools, you can see where Iím a little concerned.

Iíve accepted that I ask my friends two or three times a year to donate food to our ďsnack closetĒ because ending poverty, let alone childhood poverty and all the many things that encompasses it, seems to be beyond us. Iíve accepted that I spend hundreds of dollars of my own money every year to buy things my students need because adequately funding schools seems to be beyond us. Iíve accepted that there might come a time I have to lock my students in the closet in my classroom - and let me tell you how blessed I feel that I have a closet big enough to fit all of my kids - because reasonable gun control seems to be beyond us.

Now youíre asking us to accept going back into classrooms in the middle of a pandemic. Classrooms that are located in buildings that have been neglected for decades (please see: adequate funding), that in some cases have no windows that open, where our support people - occupational therapists, speech therapists are working in closets (please see: adequate funding), and buildings that have sketchy HVAC on a good day.

Youíll forgive us if weíre not quite onboard with this idea yet. You see, if we want hand sanitizer in our classrooms, we have to ask parents to donate it. If we want Lysol wipes for our classrooms, we have to ask our parents to donate it. If we want tissues for snotty noses, we have to ask our parents to donate it. They do. Every year they do and many of them donate these things despite their precarious financial situations. I have no doubt that those parents would make these donations again - despite their much more precarious financial situation - if those things were available for purchase.

Since, for the entire two decades Iíve been teaching, weíve been asking parents to donate basic school supplies because we canít or wonít adequately fund education, you might see where weíre a little hesitant to go back into those classrooms without masks, without face shields, because masks donít work with the littlest kids (though face shields really arenít nearly as effective as masks, butÖ), without any promise of reliable, regular testing with a quick turnaround of results, without any plan for what happens when someone gets sick, without any plan for what staff and faculty do when someone in their family is sick, without any plan on how we help parents who need the childcare, so theyíre forced to give kids Tylenol in order to get through the temperature screening so they donít lose their job, without any promise of additional money to hire more teachers, to lease more space, to scale up what distance learning will or could look like. (Does anyone really think weíre going to make it through flu season without ending up right where we were in March?)

Do you know what schools look like once school starts? We are a snotty, sneezing, sniffly, coughing mess and that's without spike proteins invading our beings.

Iím worried for me. I have parents who are considered elderly (sorry about that, but you are). Parents I have only seen from a distance since early March, except for that super socially-distanced Fatherís Day. Iím worried for teachers who are parents - what will they do with their kids whose school schedules might be wildly different than that of their parents. Iím worried for the teachers who are older (and Iím REALLY sorry Iím considered one of them). But Iím more worried about our custodial staff, bus drivers, our cafeteria workers, our instructional assistants who are far more likely to be BIPOC, people who are far less likely to have the resources needed to survive an extended illness (again, not funding what matters), whose family members are more likely to be considered an essential worker in some other field.I donít see anyone having these conversations.

I donít see ANY consideration for the adults in school buildings in all the articles calling for schools to open. AAP is telling schools to open, but not giving any guidance on how to do so safely for students AND staff alike. That must be nice. You have to open and good luck on figuring out how to make that work. Weíre used to flying by the seat of our pants and making it work. This is a piss-poor solution most of the time and it is a completely untenable one in the middle of a pandemic, one that has been managed in the worst possible way at the federal level.

Iím worried for my kids. I know they need to be back at school. I saw how distance learning went this spring. It wasnít pretty. I know that our kids need teachers who arenít terrified to be at work because thereís nothing in place that would suggest society values teachers as more than cheap childcare, despite the fact that this spring and summer should have sounded that message loud and clear. I know our kids need to be around each other.

Iím worried that people are going to start calling for ďnormalĒ school. Nothing about this is normal. Even if kids are in school full time, nothing about this is going to be normal. Weíre going to be facing kids who are dealing with layer upon layer of trauma, we need to make time and space for that, so stop telling me kids are behind. Theyíre not any further behind than anyone else. Theyíre behind some arbitrary lines we drew in the sand so long ago weíre not sure we remember why we drew them. We need to meet our kids where they are. I don't want to hear one word about testing, unless it involves a nasal or throat swab. Not. One. Word.

The worst part about this is the completely cavalier attitude I see from far too many about doing what needs to be done if you have even half a prayer of opening schools this fall. Wear a mask. Stay home. No, you donít need to eat in that restaurant. No, you donít need to go visit your parents or friends 5 states away. No, you donít need to go hang out with your friends because youíll really stay 6 feet away - let me assure you that the pictures youíve posted show me that is almost never true. Yes. You need to wear a mask. Yes. You need to stay home unless itís really important. If you canít do any of those things, but want me to go back to school in August with a smile on my face, youíre asking me to make far bigger sacrifices than the ones youíve been willing to make so far.

The 4th of July Ball at the Overlook Hotel, 1921

You know what film this is from, right? Ok, without giving it away...leave a favorite moment or a bit of trivia about the film...remember donít give the title away!

Posted by Heartstrings | Sun Jul 5, 2020, 02:58 AM (8 replies)

I cannot watch this without tapping my foot...check it out!

Posted by Heartstrings | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 08:05 PM (4 replies)

Best damn synopsis of 2020 EVER (or at least for now...we still have 6 months left 😬😩🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️)!

Dear Diary 2020 Edition,

In January, Australia caught on fire. I donít even know if that fire was put out, because we straight up almost went to war with Iran. We might actually still be almost at war with them. I donít know, because Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt spoke to one another at an awards show and everyone flipped the f--- out, but then there was thing happening in China, then Prince Harry and Megan peaced out of the Royal family, and there was the whole impeachment trial, and then corona virus showed up in the US ďofficially,Ē but then Kobe died and UK peaced out of the European Union.

In February, Iowa crapped itself with the caucus results and the president was acquitted and the Speaker of the House took ten years to rip up a speech, but then WHO decided to give this virus a name COVID-19, which confused some really important people in charge of, like, our lives, into thinking there were 18 other versions before it, but then Harvey Weinstein was found guilty, and Americans started asking if Corona beer was safe to drink, and everyone on Facebook became a doctor who just knew the flu like killed way more people than COVID 1 through 18.

In March, shit hit the fan. Warren dropped out of the presidential race and Sanders was like Bernie or bust, but then Italy shut its whole ass down, and then COVID Not 1 through 18 officially become what everyone already realized, a pandemic and then a nationwide state of emergency was declared in US, but it didnít really change anything, so everyone was confused or thought it was still just a flu, but then COVID Not 18 was like yaíll not taking me seriously? Iím gonna infect the one celebrity everyone loves and totally infected Tom Hanks, but then the DOW took a shit on itself, and most of us still donít understand why the stock market is so important or even a thing (I still donít), but then we were all introduced to Tiger King. (Carol totally killed her husband), and Netflix was like youíre welcome, and we all realized there was no way we were washing our hands enough in the first place because all of our hands are now dry and gross.

In April, Bernie finally busted himself out of the presidential race, but then NYC became the set of The Walking Dead and we learned that no one has face masks, ventilators, or toilet paper, or THE FREAKING SWIFFER WET JET LIQUID, but then Kim Jong-Un died, but then he came back to lifeÖ or did he? Who knows, because then the Pentagon released videos of UFOs and nobody cared, and we were like man, itís only AprilÖ.

In May, the biblical end times kicked off historical locust swarms and then we learned of murder hornets and realized that 2020 was the start of the Hunger Games but people forgot to let us know, but then people legit protested lockdown measures with AR-15s, and then sports events were cancelled everywhere. But then people all over America finally reached a breaking point with race issues and violence. There were protests in every city, but then people forgot about the pandemic called COVID Not One Through 18. Media struggled with how to focus on two important things at once, but then people in general struggle to focus on more than one important thing, and a dead whale was found in the middle of the Amazon rain forest after monkeys stole COVID 1 Through 19 from a lab and ran off with them, and either in May or April (no one is keeping track of time now) that a giant asteroid narrowly missed Earth.

In June, science and common sense just got thrown straight out the window and somehow wearing masks became a political thing, but then a whole lot of people realized the south was actually the most unpatriotic thing ever and actually lost the civil war, and there are a large amount of people who feel that statues they donít even know the name of are needed for Ö history reasons..... but then everyone sort of remembered there was a pandemic, but then decided that not wearing a mask was somehow a God given right (still haven't found that part in the bible or even in the constitution), but then scientists announced they found a mysterious undiscovered mass at the center of the earth, and everyone was like DONíT YOU DARE TOUCH IT, but then everyone took a pause to realize that people actually believed Gone With The Wind was like non-fiction, but then it was also announced that there is a strange radio single coming from somewhere in the universe that repeats itself every so many days, and everyone was like DONíT YOU DARE ATTEMPT TO COMMUNICATE WITH IT, but then America reopened from the shut down that actually wasnít even a shut down, and so far, things have gone spectacularly not that great, but everyone is on Facebook arguing that masks kill because no one knows how breathing works, but then Florida was like hold my beer and let me show you how weíre number one in all things, including new Not Corona Beer Corona Virus. Trump decides now is a good time to ask the Supreme Court to shut down Obama Care because what better time to do so than in the middle of a pandemic, but then we learned there was a massive dust cloud coming straight at us from the Sahara Desert, which is totally normal, but this is 2020, so the ghost mummy thing is most likely in that dust cloud, but then I learned of meth-gators, and I'm like that is so not on my f-ing 2020 Bingo card, but then we learned that the Congo's worse ever Ebola outbreak is over, and we were all like, there was an Ebola outbreak that was the worse ever?

In JulyÖ. Aliens? Zeus? Asteroids? Artificial Intelligence becomes self aware?

Thanks to whoever started this for the copy and paste.
I have no idea who wrote this; and damn it, I want to know.
Also, why didn't I know about the whale in the Amazon?

Dane County issues tighter restrictions effective tomorrow

We go from 50% capacity down to 25% due to uptick in cases, thanks to all those who wonít wear a mask!

Posted by Heartstrings | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:22 PM (3 replies)
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