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We ♥ teachers

Tackling the rumblings of some Wisconsin legislators who seem to believe that public school teachers are living large off taxpayer dollars, Jon Stewart put together a little ditty titled “Cribs: Teachers Edition” inspired by the real “Cribs” series on MTV.

It follows correspondent Samantha Bee as she visits the New York City homes of two public school teachers — only to discover that both women do, in fact, have a bathroom (albeit tiny) and a closet (nearly empty).

But it doesn’t stop there. One has a futon, while the other has a dishwasher. One even lets her daughter have a small bedroom rather than sleeping in the bathtub. You can see how wildly out of control these teachers have become.

I’m guessing plenty of Arizona teachers don’t fare nearly as well. So I was thrilled to learn that the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is offering free admission to teachers during March 2011.

Someone who appreciates teachers? That's music to my ears! (Photo: Lynn Trimble)

The complimentary admission applies to “all Arizona K-12 teachers, registered student teachers, school principals, and home-school educators who present a school-issued ID or (for home-school educators) an affidavit of intent at the Guest Service desk upon entering the museum.”

“Each educator can bring one guest (of any age) for free,” according to MIM education manager Sarah Weber — who coordinates school field trips and other education programs at the MIM. “The offer is good,” adds Weber, “for any day in March 2011.”

But teachers, beware. You’ll be tempted to buy a few treats at the Cafe while you’re there, much to the dismay of all those naysayers who think the taxpayers might be better served if you ate out of restaurant reject bins.

And you’ll probably even explore the Museum Store in search of gifts for special occasions or materials for your classroom — proving to detractors that you have way too much spare change and time on your hands.

So remember to explain, if asked about your musical journey around the world, that the Musical Instrument Museum waived their admission fee for you. We certainly wouldn’t want our own state legislators thinking that Arizona teachers make enough to enjoy local hotbeds of global arts and culture.

— Lynn

Note: The Musical Instrument Museum also has a Music Theater — so if you like what you see the day you visit, consider a return trip to share global music with family and friends.

Coming up: Perspectives on public broadcasting


Musings on “Eat Pray Love”

A treat for mother and son movie time

A bag of popcorn is a powerful thing.

Seems my soon-to-be 21 year old son, Christopher, is still happy to spend the afternoon with mom–as long as popcorn and a movie are involved.

Last week he surprised me by suggesting we see “Eat Pray Love“–so we headed off to Harkins Shea 14 to enjoy the tale of travels through Italy, India and Indonesia.

I was intrigued to learn in advance of the movie’s release that Julia Roberts had embraced Hinduism during her filming of “Eat Pray Love”–recalling my own mother’s practice of the ancient religion.

Watching Roberts’ performance, I saw a bit of my own adventures–undertaken not as an adult but as a child. Like “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert (whose book debuted in 2006), my own mother embraced travel as a means of self-exploration and self-expression.

A memoir of life's journeys

For Gilbert, travail and travel followed a bitter divorce. For my mom, who died more than a decade ago of pancreatic cancer, it was the loss of my stepfather–a truck driver and devoted family man–that triggered that first trip.

He died after spending months in a coma, following a burst appendix suffered at home in bed as he refused to go to the doctor or hospital for care. (Do your kids a favor and lose the macho when medical care might be warranted.)

I think I was in the fifth grade at the time (it’s been a while), and recall the teacher who faithfully drove me to and from school each day so my mother could be by my stepfather’s side.

One of the next things I remember is the front yard of our Colorado home–a lovely two story with a dark grey exterior and red front door, plus a glorious staircase and a spacious back yard.

There's an art to letting go...

The lawn was covered with most of our furniture and other possessions. We had to sell the house, and wouldn’t have room for much as we traveled to our new home–in Anchorage, Alaska.

International travel was never in the budget–but we did manage to live plenty of places. Alaska. Hawaii. Northern California. My travels to Europe, China and Israel came later in life as a college student and young professional.

I decided, after seeing “Eat Pray Love,” that I wanted to share a bit of Italian, Indian and Indonesian culture with our readers–but a trip abroad will have to wait until the onslaught of college tuition for three subsides.

So here’s my plan…

Today I’m heading out to the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix with my family, where we’re going to explore instruments from around the world.

Eat, pray, love...repeat as needed

Each child (all now young adults) will be in charge of a country and theme represented in the movie.

Christopher, 2o, gets Italy (“Eat”). Jennifer, 19, gets India (“Pray”). And Lizabeth, 17, gets Indonesia (“Love”).

James is in charge of whipping out the credit card at their amazing gift shop and cafe (which I’m told features “food prepared from scratch, using fresh local ingredients”–including pastries to die for).

Christopher and I will have cameras (no flash allowed) in tow so I can present a future post on “Eat Pray Love” museum style.

We’ll also check out today’s 12:30pm “Museum Encounter” featuring 2010 Grammy Award nominee Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi-born musician and composer performing concerts this weekend at the MIM Music Theater.

His instrument, the oud, is considered “the grandfather of all stringed instruments.” Today’s “Museum Encounter” with AlHaj is free with museum admission.

It's a tough job, but...

But how, exactly, do you persuade a grown child to accompany you on such an adventure?

Simply put, a pastry is a powerful thing.


Note: “Eat Pray Love” is now showing in Valley theaters (rated PG-13, 133 min.). Click here for MIM information, including hours and pricing. 

Coming up: Lynn and Liz get noisy, “Eat Pray Love” ala the MIM, Theater offerings from Valley community colleges, Sampling snack bars at Valley venues, Local storytelling treasures