To Blog or Not to Blog?

A blog is truly a web log.  We have chosen to shorten “web log” to “blog” because we, as Americans, like things simple.  To blog, or blogging, is to regularly update a website or page, typically run by an individual or a small group.  Also, the blog is written in a more informal style.

Okay, now that we are done with the Westfield School Blog introduction, I would like to introduce myself.  I am Karen Ray, Westfield’s 1-8th grade art teacher.  As many of you know, I have my own blog, Kim and Karen: 2 Soul Sisters (art education blog).  My sister, Kim Cochran Daniel (Westfield Class of 1987), and I are both art teachers.  We decided that we should have something “sisterly” to do on a regular basis.  Waalaa!  (told you it was informal)  The blog was started on January 20, 2010.  As the years have passed, the blog has really developed into a good resource for art education teachers worldwide.  Last week, the “broad” concept of worldwide was derailed.  The importance of writing a blog was to provide a Westfield family, the home folks, with a piece of normalcy through art.

As many of you know, Janet and Ken Hardy suffered a house fire last week.  After seeing the picture below, I began to think, “Is there something that I can contribute to help this family feel a tiny bit less heartbroken?  I thought-ART.


Shazaam!  I realized that had the capability of providing the Hardy family with a few pieces of their lost art.  After I scavenged my blog, my Ipad, and my flash drive, I found these 8 treasures. 

Trae and Kate’s Art

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All, today is January, 18, 2016.  Many of you are off work due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for contributing to society.  I challenge you to make time today to contribute to The Hardy Family in a way that is most meaningful to you.

And yes, I will choose to blog.  I will blog to be a part of the art teachers willing to provide a part of their art world to other art teachers.  Also, I will blog to have a “storehouse” of art for any Westfield family that might have a need in the future.  And yes, I will blog so that me and my little sister will have something to fight about in the upcoming years!


Karen Ray/Art Teacher

Twitter @Psychodelic65




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