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Xmas Card 2008

Posted in family, Uncategorized with tags on December 17, 2008 by roxteacher


Dear Family and Friends:              Holiday greetings. After a brief hiatus, the annual Whiteley Family Christmas letter returns. Despite the avalanche of technologic innovations there will be no blogs, moodles or wikis embedded in the letter and I will not use Skype, Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr as a way to share information. Just a good old fashioned family letter full of positive hyperbole.  Dan finished high school, spoke eloquently at his graduation, and headed across the pond for university (as they say). He is studying astrophysics in a five year masters program at the University of St. Andrews. We of course miss him and he of course soon forgot about us. He made the men’s 1st golf team (varsity) and finds time to play the Old Course as much as possible. He will join us for the holidays before his reading period and exams wrap up the first semester in late January. He will be part of the charitable Race-to-Berlin between semesters and may be in Sweden this spring with the golf team. Emma is now a high school junior with her eye set on a career in modern dance. She dances with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and her 30 hour dance week is sandwiched in with her regular high school classes, meals, sleep and homework. We took a quick trip to NYC to check out Fordham this summer. NYU is also on her list. She plans to try out for dance companies (such as Hubbard Street in Chicago) and would postpone college if accepted. She is a budding artist and is taking as many art electives as possible. Sharon continues to own and operate Take Five Expresso Bar in historic Central Market in town. She helps out with the local health education center and is currently planning their 15th anniversary gala for 2010. She serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and looks forward to their annual trip to Williamsburg to help the Virginia Regional Ballet and their Nutcracker performance. Sharon and I will appear onstage in PRB’s Nutcracker in December. We tore down and rebuilt the family beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey this year and Sharon was the guiding force behind the architectural and interior design. My classroom is changing as technology surrounds us. I’ve been selected as a “Classrooms for the Future” teacher at my high school. Part of the governor’s Keystone Technology Initiative, this grant trains CFF teachers to use available technology and to integrate this technology into their teaching. There is really cool hardware that comes with the grant, but it is more about the integration and the move from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom. Much of my “free” time this past year was spent working on our house in York or making many trips to Ocean City to inspect construction and then haul furniture. Have a Happy New Year and a memorable 2009.


Million Dollar View

Posted in family, sand, Scotland, Uncategorized with tags , on October 19, 2008 by roxteacher

I have to admit that when my wife emailed me from Scotland last month and told me that Dan had a million dollar view, I was skeptical. I asked the boy to take a photo from his room window and lo and behold, it truly is breathtaking. Looking at the North Sea, he can see the Old Course and the West Sands (beach scene in Chariots of Fire filmed here). His room in McIntosh Hall is just high enough to look over the buildings that separate him from the course and the sea. The road on the right leads to the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient golf club (one block on the left) along with the 1st tee and 18th green of the Old Course. The West Sands are straight ahead and the rest of the Old Course is the greenery to the far left. For a golfer like my son, this has got to be heaven.

Funny signs I forgot I had

Posted in family, funny signs, Scotland, Uncategorized with tags , on October 3, 2008 by roxteacher

Gotta love it! My brother Paul lives in San Francisco and it was a visit to see him in 2005 that provided me with a lot of my funny signs. He sent me this sign this past summer and I am just getting around to posting it. It makes me smile to know that my brother and I find the same things humorous. He found this at an entrance to a San Francisco parking garage. The road sign is in St Andrews, Scotland where Dan is now a fresher. I snapped this in late 2007. Do the Scots see the humor in this or is it just juvenile Americans like me? The warning not to attack the bus driver was posted on a double-decker that took students and visitors from one campus to the other at the University of Edinburgh. I will keep looking in my photo “vault” for more gems like these.


Posted in family with tags , , on September 30, 2008 by roxteacher

What a day! Dan celebrates his 19th birthday on his first day of uni at St. Andrews and the US stock market takes its biggest dive ever (point wise) with a plunge of 778 points (7%). Just when you think things can’t get any weirder . . .  Dan is doing an OK job keeping in touch with us. Understandably, his fresher’s week was not spent thinking about home and that’s good. We have friends with a daughter at college just 4 hours away and she calls every two hours with a “crisis.” The last one involved something in her eye. I’ll take the infrequent contact over constant calling any day. I personally am recovering from the weekend as I was a constant chaperone for student council’s homecoming festivities. As SC adviser I have to be at everything; powderpuff football game, parade, bonfire, football game, dance. Photo is of windows that the National Art Honor Society paints each year. This year the theme was Superheroes. If you have not been to a high school dance lately, trust me when I tell you that dancing is now a full body contact sport.

Emma and PRB

Posted in family with tags , on August 1, 2008 by roxteacher

Emma made it on to the pages of the regional public TV/radio magazine for central Pennsylvania. Her dance company (Pennsylvania Regional Ballet) is celebrating its 20th year and she (in the middle) and two other dancers are used in the ad. She plans to pursue a career in modern dance and is looking at Fordham among a number of schools. The head shot is the one she uses for dance auditions and applications to summer programs.

Let the Countdown Begin

Posted in family, Scotland with tags on July 24, 2008 by roxteacher
Dan on Old Course at St Andrews

As my 18yo son anxiously counts down the days until he leaves for uni (UK = college), I am struck by this simple thought, “this is it.” These 50 some days before he leaves are it. Part of our household for nearly 19 years, he’ll be out of here in less than two month. He’s not going to school within a day’s drive of home so there will be no weekend visits, no bringing laundry home for his mother to do, no coming back to hang with high school friends. In 50 some days, he embarks on an adventure that will change his life. The University of St Andrews draws students from the UK (67%) and the EU (10%) and the rest of the world (23%). Just last week he was video conferencing with a young woman from India who will be a post grad at St Andrews. The world is truly becoming smaller in a positive way. Back to my original thought–when Dan leaves, except for an occasional visit home or our visit to Scotland, he is not coming back. I have a precious 50 some days to spend with my first born and I intend to enjoy it, but not to smother him. What things have been left unsaid? What words of wisdom should be imparted? I know that he won’t stand for any lectures so I figure I will write to him. Maybe a letter, maybe just entries on this blog.

Three trillion dollars later

Posted in family with tags , on April 16, 2008 by roxteacher

My 18 yo son did this. He obviously has an axe to grind with GWB. Glad he is registered to vote and wanting to support Obama.