Facts that you may or may not be interested in…

1. I’m an English as a New Language teacher in a public high school north of New York City and have also taught Spanish to English speakers and students with disabilities.

2. My days are filled with my husband, my children, grandchildren, students, friends, books, music and blogging (not necessarily in that order….depends on the day).

3. I use my sense of humor and of the absurd to keep sane, or somewhat sane, in this crazy world we live in.  I can see humor even in the darkest of situations.

4. I’m passionate about writing, reading, languages and knitting.

5. My blog post http://www.saneteachers.com/2015/05/23 “September 12, 1918 The day my family changed forever” was chosen to be spotlighted on Freshly Pressed.

6. My blog post http://www.saneteachers.com/2016/10/03 “Once Upon An Alcoholic” was featured on Discover.

7. My article “Tell, Don’t Show” was published  on Brevity and can be found on their site at https://brevity.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/tell-dont-show/

I thank all of you for your interest in this site, and invite you to accompany me on this humorous journey of teaching, learning and anything else that strikes my fancy.  You’ll find my blog articles are about everything under the sun (and even about the sun), about teaching and about religion.  You’ll find memoir essays about Alaska, alcoholism and recovery, bereavement, and genealogy. And I hope that in reading my stories you’ll find some of your own.  I’d love to read about them.

60 Responses to About

  1. Julia says:

    Hello, I really enjoyed reading your posts:) some are really funny!
    I love how the blogging world connects people from all over the globe…it’s such a great experience!
    I will follow…if you enjoyed myredpage.wordpress.com I invite you to follow as well:)
    Thank you!

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  2. Julia says:

    Thank you:) Let’s have a fun journey:)))

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  3. mboki_m says:

    I feel you deserve this nomination from me as a thank you for the support you give me by visiting my blog and liking my posts. If you have answered these questions before please leave a link in my post so that others can get to know you better.
    Here is the link

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  4. Annie Emmy Evans says:
  5. Wow Spanish? That’s pretty impressive! Are you fluent in it? I’ve been working on becoming a trilingual by adding Portuguese to my resume but I find it very difficult. I am fluent in Spanish so the pronunciations between the two languages get very confusing at times.

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  6. Yinglan says:

    Hello, just dropped by to say thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for the follow. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sizzlesue15 says:

    Hello Barb, I’m Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blogs.


  8. sizzlesue15 says:

    Hello Barb, I’m Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blogs

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  9. Julia says:

    Just extending a lovely invite to join a new weekly photo challenge that I am hosting:)
    Meet other bloggers, connect and share your best take on this week’s theme: ‘enchanted’


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  11. Paul says:

    Woah! Time out. Has your web address always been saneteachers.com? or did you recently switch it from the wordpress one? Or am I just going crazy at 5am? Don’t answer that last one.

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  12. bluestempond says:

    I stumbled across your blog, and feel like you are an old friend, already. I spent some time on my own memoirs for a while until I ran out of pictures to help with my remembering. I’ll follow you!

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  13. Elle Knowles says:

    I need some humor stories in teaching.. My husband is retiring from teaching in less than two months – band director. Some of the stories I could tell you! Also, some are quite disheartening. I vent often on my blog. 😦 Anyway, I think I’ll follow along with you here. ~Elle

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  15. Paul says:

    Barb! I’m going to be semi-annoying right now and tell you I’ve nominated you for a blog chain game thing that I don’t really know how to categorize. It’s 2 Truths, 1 Lie. Rules are in my post. No pressure to do it if you don’t want to!

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  16. Lauren says:

    Hey Thankyou sooo much for following my blog 🙂 It means a lot xoxo

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  17. Barb, thank you for following my blog. I too am passionate about writing – and knitting, although knitting has gone by the wayside at the moment due to my MFA program. I love the voice in your writing and look forward to reading more.

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  18. GP Cox says:

    I am very pleased to meet you. I am curious to know if you have any posts about your father’s service in New Guinea?

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      No, but you have inspired me to write one. If I do I will link your blog. I have LOTS of pictures from his time in Papua New Guinea, but little anecdotal data/stories. I so wish I had asked him more questions. He did not like to talk about the war much .

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  20. Nice to meet you, Barb! I just read your post “When My Brothers Were Men”, and you had me glued to my computer screen!
    I’m 18, but I’ve always felt that I find wisdom in the stories of other people–regardless of the age difference.
    From the way you write…to what you write about, I can tell you’re someone who’s been through a lot. Thank you for sharing your stories! ❤❤❤

    Oh! Also, feel free to check out my blog 😁

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  21. Br. Gordon James, CSW says:

    Thanks for your story. Check my http://www.intercessoryprayersite.wordpress.com. You will be able to read between the lines. I just started my blog last week. Step 11 has been a journey to say the least. Up until a week ago the idea of a blog wasn’t even on the horizon. I will look at some of your other postings.
    If you have Blog advice let me know. I listen and do what I’m told!

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  22. I’m so happy to have discovered your blog! I am in my sixth year of teaching in Saint Louis, Missouri. I was a teacher in Chicago before this. Look forward to following you on your journey!

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  23. amanicgirl says:

    Your story on Discover lead me to your blog. I’m happy to be here. Thank you💓

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  24. I am very much looking forward to reading more post on this blog. I love it here already. Thank you so much for the strength you have to tell these stories and retain your sense of humor!

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  25. Bryan Fagan says:

    What an amazing history you have. Happy I found it.

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  26. Nice to find your blog (thru Berthold Gambrel’s blog)! Happy Thanksgiving!

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