Sharing the love of reading

A friend/co-worker gave me a DonorsChoose.org gift card for Christmas.

I could donate my $25 to any school/classroom listed on the website.

There are so many schools listed. Just for schools in Oakland there are 207 and the ones I reviewed were all high poverty schools.

How did I choose?

This is how I narrowed it down. I wanted a school in Oakland, since I live in Oakland. I wanted a high poverty school and my money to go toward some sort of reading program. AND I wanted to grant the teacher’s wish by paying off what was left of his request, with my gift card and some of my own money.

In other words, I wanted the teacher and the classroom to get what they wanted and really, what they needed in the request.

The program was titled I Can Read! Mr. Cline teaches kindergarten and first grade and the kids stay with him for two years. On his request he said, 90% of the students are low-income, and 90% are English language learners. Most have not been to preschool, so I am their first exposure to formal education.

Mr. Cline’s request was for multiple books for each level of … Continue reading

Joey, my furry angel

Tomorrow will be one year since I lost my beautiful furry boy, Joey.

I can’t believe it has been a year.

He was in my life for 17 1/2 years. That’s a long time. And I still can’t believe he is gone.

Joey brought so much joy to my life and his unconditional love and cuddling were just two wonderful things about him.

I am still heart broken over his death. I am not sure if I will ever get over it.

People have asked if we will get another cat or if we want one. For now the answer is no. I wanted to be furbaby free for a year. And a year has come.

Here’s the thing, Joey had an amazing personality. He was a cuddle bug and a sweetheart. He was definitely cat and would get pissy at times. But his personality for the most part was almost like a dog.

I don’t think I could find another cat that would compare. And I don’t think I want to. Another cat will never be my Joey and I don’t know if I could bear that.

Watching TV or movies while cuddled under a blanket is just not … Continue reading