English teacher moonlighting as school newspaper coach. I like words. The picture below is of plants called succulents. I like that word: succulents.

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Credit for culture

Extra Credit

Opportunities for Extra Credit do exist.


Do something interesting. Write about it . . . then schedule a “Q&A” with Ms. Rain.

You may be inspired by one of the selections, below. Be sure that you are prepared to answer some tough questions about the event. Also, be prepared to re-type your paper after Ms. Rain has edited it. Extra Credit means Extra Work.

  1. Attend a live play production as a member of the audience, cast, or crew. Write a reflection paper and sit down for a Q & A with Ms. Rain within two weeks of the date you attend. Bring your paper and proof of your attendance.
  2. Write a news story about an event not covered by another Lawton-Ft. Sill media source. Bring your news story and proof that you were present at the event to a Q & A with Ms. Rain.
  3. Come up with an idea and we’ll talk—before you assume it will be accepted for Extra Credit.

Cultural Activities in Lawton http://traveltips.usatoday.com/cultural-activities-lawton-ok-103922.html

Department of Theatre Arts – Cameron University http://www.cameron.edu/theatre_arts

Lawton Community Theater http://www.lct-ok.org/


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Eight Quotes by Benjamin Franklin on Contentment, Will and Motivation

Nature and Mind

Benjamin Franklin - Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor.

  • “Contentment makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.”
  • “If you desire many things, many things will seem few.”
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. -You may delay, but time will not.
  • “Look round the habitable world, how few know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue!”
  • “Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.”
  • “While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”
  • “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”
  • “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”

– Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

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Thank God it’s Friday, again

Keep it 100


It seems one day out of seven tends to increase the general population’s level of happiness. I’ve gone outside, browsed my social media, turned on the television and radio, and a common factor in all is that I have seen or heard more than one persons express their excitement at the fact that it is Friday, again.

For many not having to work for the next couple of days seems to be the reason behind this Friday frenzy. But does work really imprison us so much that we are only free to live our lives on the weekend? Or is it just a psychological trap that those who work have fallen into?

I’m tending to agree with the latter; I believe it is all in the mind. Our emotions do not have a sense for the day of the week, it relies on the transmission of electronic signals from the…

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What’s Wrong with the Redskins?

Thank you for this eloquent statement. I will share it with my students.

karen petree

Photo by Washington Redskins photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I don’t think many football fans give the image in the Redskins jersey much thought.  Football is about tackles and yardage and touchdowns. The Redskins are the guys who brought home three NFL championships and three Superbowl rings.  They’ve been the Redskins for over eighty years.  So why does it matter what they’re called?

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This is the Face of 6th Street

The poem you wrote about the woman in the picture makes both unforgettable. Thank you.

Serpent Box

When I told her that she was beautiful she smiled like the Cheshire cat. She knew that I meant it too. I don’t think she’d heard that in awhile. You want to take my picture? She said. My picture? I told her that it would make my day. There was so much going on around her that wasn’t beautiful. The heroin touts were busy running back and forth from Natoma out to the cars idling on 6th Street, looking at me with Hyena smiles. I could feel a certain malice in the air, like a current in a wire. I said, All right, are you ready? I knew I didn’t have much time. A white man with a camera on 6th Street. She put her hands on her hips and looked up into my eyes. She couldn’t have been much over five feet tall. She had a story for sure…

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