Wednesday Vignette – messed up

I won’t bore you with the details (and good grief – they are seemingly endless!), but let me tell you that I have lost nearly all faith in Portland Public Schools. I am a huge proponent of public education, and it pains me to see the bureaucrats at PPS dig their own grave. And, they do it constantly, one shovel of dirt after another… Sadly, their actions never really reflect the best interest of kids.

Most of my evening was pissed away on social media – reading, comparing, calculating, scheming, questioning, wondering, and piecing together the various ins and outs of this latest proposed travesty. The phone photo I had planned to use for my Vignette didn’t at all reflect the calamity of my emotions, but I figured I’d post it anyway, so I imported it into my computer. I had wanted to edit the spider out, and only focus on the backlit geometries of the two webs, but sometimes Photos doesn’t let me edit phone photos – it turns them into these tiled, faceted things that make no sense. Then, suddenly it struck me. This tiled, messed up thing was a perfect representation of what is currently going on. Perfectly nonsensical. So here you go – a perfect mess!

Yup, that’s not what I wanted. But hey – I suppose it can represent how backdoor deals and cover-ups are done.


Repeat nonsense enough times, and convolute it into so many different, slightly varying layers to cause confusion and befuddlement – it’s a great way to keep people in the dark.

Just because, here is the photo the way it would have been, had I not messed with it. Maybe this should be the lesson of the day…? If it works, don’t mess with it. Oh wait…….


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – messed up

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Sorry that PPS are causing you such consternation. I feel fortunate to work in a tiny school district. On the bright side, your images are really cool.

  2. Kris P says:

    I know you invest your time, energy and heart into your local school district, Anna, and I’m sorry to hear it’s letting you and your kids down so badly. The first doctored photo looks like you’d sentenced the spider to jail for his web-making. Just one photo in my WV post this week:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris – luckily my ire does not involve my kids. My youngest moved on to high school this year. But, PPS is now proposing to close the school where both my kids went, and it be devastating to that community. It is an alternative options program for accelerated learners (99%, and above). PPS is now proposing to shutter it completely, and instead try to disperse these kids back into neighborhood schools. Funding for “Talented and Gifted” is non-existent (it’s an unfunded mandate), and I have NO hope that will change any time soon. There are NO resources for this, and these particularly vulnerable kids (who all came from the neighborhood schools that failed them) will be tossed right back out into them. It’s a sad turn of events, indeed. 😦

  3. Again I feel bad for feeling lucky to not have kids in school (or kids period!)…it’s just all so sad!

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, none of it makes sense. And when you start looking below the surface, and connect the dots, you see terrible things. Meanwhile, the kids suffer. It’s so sad…

  4. Alison says:

    So sorry the Portland Public School System is disappointing you. I can see how this photo would have been interesting with the out-of-focus spider edited out. No Wednesday Vignette for me this week.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, it sucks about the school. As for the weird editing results, I don’t know what to think. Have no idea what’s not compatible – both phone and laptop are apple products, so should work fine. Macs are easy, right? (NOT!!!)

  5. hb says:

    Cool photos, despite the problems!

    I’m sorry what’s happening at your school. It gets very frustrating. My sister tells me all sorts of stories about her efforts to make sure dear nephew gets decent teachers–without a parent advocate and sometimes even with a parent advocate, education is not what it could be. I hope it gets better in your community. I just barely made a vignette today–have been put behind by the fire hub-bub on Monday.

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, I would say your fire is far worse than anything school related I could possibly relate. Hope you’re at a far enough distance to feel reasonably safe…. ugh!

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