Month: May 2017



My mom holding me when I was about nine months old

That was my mom’s exact reaction when my dad presented my birth certificate for her release from the hospital when I was born. When my mom read my name on the document she asked my dad: “What kind of name is this? I can’t even read it.” He briefly answered that it was a French name without being aware that it could also be found in other non speaking French countries like Germany or Denmark where its pronunciation was different. Then my dad slowly broke down my name into syllables for my mom to hear it: “awn-ree-ET”. That’s right. My name is Henriette.


10 Tips You Must Know Before You Go Hiking in Romania

The warm weather has finally settled in making it an excellent time for hiking in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. Hiking is one of the many activities people that visit Romania are interested in doing. I loved hiking when I lived in Romania and can’t wait to do it again. However, no matter how much I liked the mountains I carefully chose places with safety in mind. 


It’s Nice to Meet You, Anne with an ‘E’ [Netflix]

Late last night, I was looking for a movie to watch on Netflix. I wasn’t looking for any particular one and definitely not for a children movie. At least that’s what I thought when I saw the title “Anne with an E” and the picture on the screen of a thin and freckled redheaded girl with blue eyes. I noticed that it was a new release and thought I should give it a try. (more…)

Is This It For SnapChat Spectacles?

When a new gadget appears on the market and looks like it has come from a James Bond movie the chances are that it was probably first seen in a James Bond or another spy movie. Sunglasses are the most common spying device for a variety of obvious reasons. Special circular Polarizing Sunglasses may not be a big deal today but in A View to a Kill (1985) they were a novelty that helped Bond see through tinted windows. To me, any new gadget I purchase has to be useful in some way. Usefulness can’t get any better for this next kind of glasses. (more…)

First Step [Math Class -Percent Problems]

We normally teach our students to set up a proportion as “part/whole = n/100” to help them solve problems with percent. There are some students, however, that don’t “see” how the proportion was set up and assume that “part” is always smaller than the “whole”.  (more…)

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