Why "Thegardeningsnail"? You might ask. The answer is partly a "play on" on my maiden name (Schell), one of my hobbies (gardening), and one of my passions (Early Childhood Education).
Once upon a time….. I had to come up with a suitable "theme" for an early childhood education class I was taking: creating a series of lessons and activities suitable for pre school age children. One day, while out in the flowerbeds weeding, I came across a few "garden variety" snails. Hmmmmmm. What would happen if I brought one into a classroom full of 4 year-olds?
Believe it or not……….most of the children were fascinated and excited by these small creatures! We talked about snails and other small creatures one might find in the garden. We drew pictures, painted, sang songs, and talked about how creatures like these had their own "job" in the natural scheme of things.
I became "the lady with the garden and the snails". After that, "thegardeningsnail" just seemed to make sense.
The blog became a place where I could "Kvetch": mainly about goings on at City Hall. The three minutes they give you during a meeting just isn’t quite enough. And, once you’ve had your "say", if anyone, says something ridiculous or accusatory, you’re allowed no opportunity to respond during that meeting.
You have to wait until the next meeting to respond to what that person said during the last meeting.
Well…since I have a lot to say…this gives me a chance to say it (and have a little fun along the way).
I also started this Blog as a place to document the discussions and voting record of our Local City Council. I also wanted to provide a place where people could read the Draft Minutes of Council Meetings, and decide for themselves whether or not Council Members were making informed decisions, or just casting votes out of pure spite.
With all the issues facing our Community, especially in this economy, it is absolutely essential that the Community AND the Council work together on solving problems instead of ripping each other to shreds in Political Cat Fights.
Otherwise, we all will be in real trouble…….
One last thing while you’re here…lately the Blogging Software has been acting just a little bit “weird”: sticking “happy faces” where certain numbers should be and other strange “hiccups” in Formatting and Such.
I’m no expert in HTML Code, and if you happening to see something that looks, well, “off”, sorry about that. Sometimes “free” has its downside.