Stories about travel, life, writing and parenting my college-age children (who think they don't need any more parenting). Oh! And the occasional amazing photograph (I like to play pro photographer on vacations.)
Parents whose accounts were out of money were notified on
Monday. The lunches (costing about $3) were taken from the 30 children on
Tuesday, after cafeteria workers had given them the food (because the cafeteria
servers couldn't see who was in debt until it was time to ring them up). The
District reported that the lunches were thrown out because they couldn't be
served to another student.
Here’s the thing, rules or no rules, where are people’s common sense?
Naturally, parents are extremely angry over this. Politicians
are ranting and raving, holding news conferences, tying it into bullying, claiming
this is simply a reflection of the need for broader school funding, blah, blah,
First of all, you’re dealing with elementary school children! And really? Why would it ever be logical to throw away food as
opposed to giving it to a hungry child?
Children were naturally upset and confused.
The District is claiming this all occurred because of one employee’s
stupidity. But this person could not have acted alone. What about all the
mindless sheep who went along with it. Why didn't anybody stand up for a more
I’ve always believed there are two kinds of “smart.” There is
“book smart,” this refers to those who can read, memorize and regurgitate facts
(and rules) on command. And then there is “street smart,” or common sense.
Which do you feel leads to greater success in life?
In an effort to inspire myself (along with other writers), I
thought it might be interesting to occasionally share famous rejection letters
from authors who persevered--despite some pretty strong negative feedback--going
on to achieve their dreams and become best-selling authors. For this month we have…
The Great Gatsby
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered
one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
In a rejection letter, one publisher commented: "You'd
have a decent book if you'd get rid of that Gatsby character."
The Great Gatsby was published in 1925, and went on to become
a best-selling classic.