Today is the day

Today is The Day to make a list and check it twice.  Once I submit this week’s assignments, very first class of Marriage and family Therapy will be in the books.  wow! 


Today is the day to tackle the laundry and start a war on clutter.

Is today the day to go out and shop for more?

Would it be tacking Corona or hording more?

Today is the way to make decision.

Do I need to spend 2 hours browsing or spend it  on whatever?

Today is the day for the family supper, 

Today is definitely the day to cook the supper (and not the goose).

Today is the day to submit that paper

Today is the day to be me, just the version that is better.



#Sol20, #Today

I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?




Knock brings a hole in my gut, a shard in my heart

Anxious, afraid, unsure yet with a resolve.

Tape, knock, bang on the door, are youn bent on ruinging my future.

Removing my padre from me casa?

ISIS, I am here to stay.

Not to be thrown away, like yesterday’s garbage

Ask me my value,


Me. The Future. The Dreamer. The Warrior. Knock away. I AM HERE TO STAY





L'Heure de tous

How fast the time flies, 
Just yesterday, it was 3/4/15
and before a blink of  the eye, 
it will be 3/4/34

Where did the time go? 
where it will take me?
Lets not think about it, just keep on marching.

Hold on to today and make the best use
Let go of past regret and glory, 
Let's make 3/4/19 count today
Remain steadfast everyday :) 
Image Carlos ZGZ via Compfight

I am writing this post as a series of post for 12th Annual March Slice of Life challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  You can find similar posts by searching for category Slice of Life or Hashtag #SOL19.  You are invited to join too.




Slice of Life



Day 7

On 2nd day of 2nd week of a brand new school year in a brand new (for me) school teaching secondary mathematics my thoughts keep circling, wondering: 


Are you teaching this year? Starting on a new adventure? Continue on an ongoing one? 

What are you thinking today?


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Thank you  Two Writing Teachers for inviting and encouraging a community of educator & writers to write about small moments in their lives  on Tuesdays. You are invited to join as well.  #SOL18



Want to read some more slices?

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Remembering Fallen Heroes Gone but not forgotten

Spell Czech Auto-correct in action

Qualities of Leadership Series: #2 Resilience Fostering resilience at home & at school

Power and what we do with it Serena loosing & us teaching

When a project gets sidelined technology in ELL and pondering it brings


What are you reading lately?  If you leave your blog’s url in comments, we can come and visit you as well.




Ready, Steady, Go


The school starts in two days.  The kids are ready to embark on a new school year.  Some things are new while others are the same.  With 1 student, 1 iPad initiative, the books are being replaced with technology.  On the other hand, just like in our time, the school day starts way way early. Kiddos need to get on bus by 6:45 AM and start the school by 7:45 AM.  Sleepy kids? Hungry kids?

First day flutters?

After a break, I am going back to classroom.   From being away from classroom, I am teaching 4 levels of Algebra- from pre-Algebra to college Algebra.   It will be fun & challenging year with 7 classes of high school mathematics scholars.   I am excited and want to be the best teacher my students deserve.  First day flutters are normal & understandable.  I have wonderful peers and good support system.  Everyone at the new school is graceful, helpful & inviting. Thanks #Loyalproud.

My goal is to share my journey with all of you.  Come back & visit me. Share your experiments, trials & tribulations with me. Together, we will make sure our kids get the best education to thrive in classroom & life.

What are you teaching this year?

Are you ready for the first day of school?  What have worked for you before?



Blogs recently visited:

Dogtrax: Marshall Davis Jones: Touchscreen (slam poem)

Bowman Dickson: Call for Advise for new teachers

Sam Shah: Start of the year edition

Drawing on Math




Slice of Life: 3 Good Things & 1 you want to Change

Embrace the Art of Life

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, one of the definition of tradition is Characteristic method, manner or Style. Some traditions are passed down the generations, others we start brand new.  When our kids were little, we started a tradition which was aimed at having open communications as the kids grow up.  


Choose KindnessBefore kids started Kindergarten, we realized that having open communication is important at all stages.  Sometimes, when kids grow up, they close off and we need to come up with ways to make sure that does not happen.  We need to pave the way so without prying, kids will share what is bothering them as well as their achievements.  We want our kids to be problem solver.  Therefore, they may share a thing that annoyed them during the day but they have to come up with a way to solve the concern or at least take steps toward it.  We came up with a simple and effective way to achieve this goal.


Suppertime Tradition  of  Trivedi-Ziemba Home: 

Think back on your day. Share 3 good things and 1 thing that you wish was different; share how you will change it.

Today, I want to use the same concept but for the March Blogging Challenge.

Three Good Things that I like about the Slice Of Life March Challenge

  1. Two Writing Teacher for providing a place for reflective bloggers to share their musings and converse with others.  Kevin Hodgson, a shout out to you for introducing me to Slice of Life among zillion other.  It was a coincidence or fate when I left a comment on your blog post and got a mentor in return. 🙂  
  2. Welcome Wagon and return visitors: Writing a blog could be an exercise in loneliness. Thanks Molly, Mark, Brian, Andy, Deb, Carol, Laura, Sheri and Glenda for encouragement.  Having your feedback on multiple posts made me feel heard and acknowledged.  Your blog posts have made me laugh out loud, search within myself and inspired me.  Molly & Brian, I owe you the full details of conference with mom.  Glenda, I did listen to your feedback, even if I did not acted on it immediately.  🙂 
  3. Feedback and conversations with colleagues:  Thank you each and every person who visited my blog.  Your visiting my blog & reading the post(s) is an honor, your leaving feedback and continuing the conversation is a delight.  Similarly, visiting different blogs made me a better person.  It taught me about poetry, life, how talented, tenacious and kind my peers are.  Hopefully some of your knowledge will rub off on me.  Christie, thanks for your grace in sharing the padlet and voicing the need for comments on blog posts.  Jay, Your grit and empathy is a class apart.  I tried to visit each and every person who left a comment on my blog.  Sometimes, it was hard to find you as your comment name and your blog name are different; I can’t find you on Two Writing Teacher’s website.  I also tried to comment on several random blogs each day just because they hooked me by their byline.  Thanks everyone who participated.  We are 300+ strong.  Ye!


Now the One Thing I wish was different & How I will Change it:  

Concern: Shortchanging my family

Solution: Better Time Management – Allot time to SOL & stick to it

FamilyI struggle with time management.  Writing posts takes me wwaayy longer.  I like to read, to know about how others think and  to learn.  As a result, I shortchanged my family while taking part in the March Slice of Life challenge.  There were times when I ignored my kid’s needs while writing blog posts or commenting on some one else’s post.  I want to have better blog-family balance.  The way I will change placing my family second  will required me sticking to time frame and press publish at the end of the allotted time.  I also need to make effort to spend more time with my family and listen to them.  It sounds very easy but it is not.  In order for keeping track of time, I need to use be vigilant of guarding my time. 

Should I say Hurrah?  Should I look back longingly?  Should I pat myself on back for writing 1 blog post each day and sharing it?  None of the above.  The challenge is just starting.  I need to take a deep breath and keep on going.


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I am writing this post as a series of post for March Slice of Life challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  You can find similar posts by searching for category Slice of Life or Hashtag #SOL18.  You are invited to join too.




Slice of Life: Spring Break

Spring Break


Time to sleep late for a week

No Homework, No Rush

Breath easy Life is Lush


No 4 minutes between one class to next

No gulping lunch in a quarter of an hour

No classes merging into one another

No homework to be buried under

It’s going to be fun n wonder.


Oh! Lovely, Lovely Spring Break

How I need you, 

What will I do?

Watching Netflix, playing games,

Staying late n sharing fruit gems

Reading books without any shame.

Jumping with joy,

Playing with my toys.


Yes, Fun. Fun. Fun.

Dreaming, Swimming, 

Building, Sculpting, 

Nope! No Cleaning!


Walking in the woods,

Singing in tunes,

Making no Kahoots

& Listening to the Hoots


Spring Break, Spring Break.

Stay longer, o Spring Break,

So I can have some slack.


I have plans with my friends,

We are going to conquer the land,

Skyrim, Fallout4, MineCraft and Whatnot,

Spring Break you unite us.


Hide! Hide! 

Here Comes Mommy

With her list of things.


    © Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba


Molly Hogan, Thank you for always encouraging & inspiring me.  I am using your words- copying & pasting below:

Slice of LifeA huge Thank You to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create and amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and Grow.








Slice of Life: Asato Ma Saad Gamaya

 असतो मा सद् गमया।

तमसो मा ज्यओितिर् गमया।

मॄत्योर् मा अमॄित गमया।

ॐ शांतिः शांतिः शांतिः ॥

Growing up, school day started with a assembly; each student and teachers joined together for prayers followed by different things each day.  Mondays & Fridays were Virmatiben, Our progressive principal’s, domain.  She had taught my dad as well as most of my peer’s fathers.  Our beloved, benevolent principal had pulse of the kids and love for them in her heart.  Students and teachers lead assembly on other days. Here is what I recall :

Mondays –  Happening @ our school to around the world & its impact on us.

TuesdaysA piece of literature or a talk about a literary figure

WednesdaysPoetry, a skit or on the spur talk

ThursdaysScience talk 

FridaysStudent Concerns. Outside the Principal’s office, we had a locked mailbox for students to drop off a question or a list of questions in it. On Fridays, Virmatiben answered some of the questions along with teachers.  Cool, ya?  

SaturdaysStraight to the group exercise lead by several students.

Yes, we went to a half-day school on Saturdays.  

Each day, we started the assembly with this hymn from the Vedas:

 असतो मा सद् गमया।       Ohm Asato Ma Saad Gamaya          

तमसो मा ज्यओितिर् गमया।    Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya

मॄत्योर् मा अमॄित गमया।   Mrityor Ma Amrit Gamaya

ॐ शांतिः शांतिः शांतिः ॥  Ohm Shantihi Shantihi Shantihi

Are you wondering what does it mean?  Let me tell you that you will find similar prayer in your hymn book – whichever religion you are following.  It has a special meaning to me as my Grandpa used to recite this each morning and taught us the meaning of it by living his life following the tenets of it.  It says: 



Lead us from Ignorance to Truth

Lead us from Darkness to Light

Lead us from destruction & death to Life & construction


May peace be prevailed

May peace be prevailed

May peace be prevailed


How did your school day started as a kid?  How is it organized now?  Would you like to share it here or with the supportive Slice of Life community hosted by Two Writing Teachers

Feel free to leave your blog’s url, so we can visit your blog as well.


Ohm = The sacred sound, the beginning the end and everything in between.

Asato = Not Truth   

Saad = good, pure, Truth

Tamaso = Darkness  

Jyotir = Light

Mrityor = from death

Amrit = Embrosa, Life giving substance

Shanti  = Peace  ===> Shantihi = May peace be prevailed

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Slice of Life hosted by am participating in Slice of  Life Challenge hosted by Two writing Teachers.  Every Tuesday and during whole month of March, we write & share, we visit other participant’s  blogs, we use comments as mini-conferences to connect.  Today’s slice is germinated from  walking home in recess  by Joanne Toft.  Won’t you come & join us too?


Walking Home in Recess


SOL#18 Lunchbox series-

Walking Home & Trouble

Joanne, you talked about it

As a punishment with sweet end

You are making me think: 


Do kids walk home from School during recess anymore?

Or is it too much trouble? 

Releasing the charges, half an hour or more?  

It is not heard anymore.


I remember, 

I remember, the days when kids were free

To re-access in Recess


Free, Free, Free

To tumble, to jumble and just be

Recess was a joy to be.

Read in a corner? Go ahead & be

Playing to your heart’s desire, Why not?

Talking, joking, Recess is the time to be

Racing home in recess? You are free.


Free, Free do do what you want

Playing time, Rapping time, Napping time,

Jump ropes, Satodiyu & Whatever you do, 

Just come back to class with bell ringing


I remember, 

The recess, the joy!

Sharing our lunchboxes,

in school garden, on terrace,

where ever one wish to sit.

No cafeteria food to consider

Mom’s lunch was the wonder.



Recess Re-access

While I sat & read in corner, 

My cousin did her numbers (in mathematics)

Sis was the one to play 

friend or two ran home to feed the pet.


Glorious recess. 

Where are you?

Without any minders, 

Let kids be kids.

So they can remember 

Recess as a time of wonder.

– Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba