Winning the gift of gab – and all it takes is a kiss!

Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland June 20, 2015 – Day 5 of the Britannia with Education First Tours. Blarney Castle: The grounds were gorgeous and green and views from the top, well, gorgeous. We climbed to the top of the castle and had to lie down and hang out backwards…

a mom, a Facebook post, and God’s plan

Dear Mom, Your granddaughter posted a photo on social media today.  It was a picture from last year of her towering over me as I stood in my cap and gown, freshly graduated with a masters degree.  You wouldn’t believe how tall that little baby we brought home grew to be.  She was only one when…

“You and Me Against the World”

Released in 1971 –  The song was written by Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams – two men.  I never would have guessed it.  Fast forward 17-18 years or so, after my parents split for the second time and my brothers were doing their own thing,  it was just me and my mom mourning the loss of our…

Love Bucket

Flowers!!!  So, my husband brought daffodils to my classroom the other day.  He had cut them fresh from our front yard and wanted to brighten my day.  Needless to say, it worked. Many different analogies cover relationships and how we balance ourselves, how we judge our contentment and happiness.  I choose to go with the…

“Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Released in 1971 – John Denver first released this song written by  Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver What the song is about: No hidden meaning here…it’s about the country roads of West Virginia and the joy of traveling home. My favorite lines: “Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain…

“I Am Woman”

Released in 1971 – I was merely 2 years old when this song was originally released, but it found its way into my life through my mother.  After my parents divorced I heard this often – maybe because I was finally old enough to listen.  It has become my personal anthem, as well.  Any adversity that I…

the wrong kind of goodbye

As a teacher I am used to saying goodbye.  Students move in and out of the district, always coming and going.  Farewells naturally occur at the end of every school year as I pass along my little cherubs to the next lucky soul that gets to touch their lives. Often times I ignore my feelings of loss and try…

“The Rose”

I used to sing this to my kids at night as I put them to bed.  Every word speaks of love and the ability to overcome even the harshest conditions to find and give love.  No matter how dark the world gets, have faith in love.  Such a beautiful message.   The Rose By Bette…

baby boy brag book

I posted the baby girl book – I felt I needed sexual equity – here is the baby boy brag book.  Blue, yellow, and green with lots of ribbons and buttons. Thanks for reading my post! Be sure to follow me on fields of poppies

Slushie to the face!

Wow – what a way to end a brutal 10 work hour day.  Tonight after a day of teaching, an afternoon of coaching, and an evening of parenting teenagers – my other half seemed to be having some philosophical questions as to the purpose, and perhaps futility, of parenting and vented them my way:  “What…

home

According to Merriam-Webster: home (noun) one’s place of residence the social unit formed by a family living together a familiar or usual setting :  congenial environment; also :  the focus of one’s domestic attention a place of origin an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs the objective in various games Home…

Please Pull Up To The Cone.

Each day on my morning drive I encounter three schools – elementary, middle, and high.  My commute spans four to twelve minutes, depending on the parents in the other cars.  The days of dropping off at the elementary school ended a few years ago.  I will save those days for another post.  Now, my youngest…