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Poetry and Teens

Thursday, May 05, 2011

For the second year in a row, I have spent one day a week in April at a school for troubled teens exploring poetry. April is poetry month. We got started a little late this year, so our "presentation" wasn't until today. I wish you could have seen these wonderful young men and women read the poetry they had selected. They read about hope and love and their people and their potential and were just heartening to me. I felt so honored, when I asked the boys what was the best thing about our 4 weeks of working with poetry, Jason said,"The teacher."
I have been asked to come back for the rest of the month to work with the 4 older young men in speech since they will be returning to their home high schools next year and will be required to take a speech course. I'm not sure what I am going to do, but I trust the right ideas will surface somehow.
I love being retired,but I also love working with troubled teens.

  
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VXWALL1942 5/5/2011 10:57PM

    What a lovely and generous thing you are doing. I'm proud to know you. Wish I could have such an opportunity. And I'm not surprised the young man identified you as the best thing about the class. Way to go, Teach!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 5/5/2011 7:02PM

    You are doing something very special for those kids. They need to know there are adults that care. Thank you. emoticon
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Julee

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DOODIE59 5/5/2011 6:59PM

    YOU are my hero.
Deirdre

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RIKKI572 5/5/2011 6:08PM

    What a wonderful thing you are doing. If more people like you spent time with these troubled kids, we wouldn't have troubled kids.

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Ecstasy

Monday, May 02, 2011

I just finished reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. One line towards the end really got me thinking. The main character says (I am paraphrasing) Ecstasy is when the sacred enters the ordinary. I started looking around me and realizing I should be ecstatic most of the time. We are surrounded by the sacred. I thought of the line from "it's a Wonderful World" "the dark sacred night." I am keeping my eyes open for that intersection of the sacred and the ordinary.

  
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DOODIE59 5/5/2011 7:01PM

    Might I recommend another book that will give you something to think about? "Burnt Shadows" by Kamila Shamsie. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did:) The writing itself is lovely.

Best wishes on your journey to better health.
Deirdre

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MRS_TOAD 5/3/2011 9:27AM

    Isn't it amazing and saddening how much we overlook in our busy, busy lives? Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the world around us.

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MUSHCAT 5/3/2011 7:53AM

    Beautiful concept. One that is easier said than done unless we just release ourselves and allow the natural flow of life to inhabit us. I just posted "Divine Order" in the Spiritual Message thread on the PMH forum.

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When Heart overcomes body!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I am a tennis fan. I love to watch professional tennis and my DH and I have gone to Wimbledon to see the championships there. However, today I found out just how invested I could become in a tennis team. Our local university (Drake) has a tennis team made up primarily of young men from outside the U.S. My DH got me going to their matches and we have followed one young man from his freshman year through his senior year.

This weekend the conference championships were held in St. Louis and we came to cheer on these wonderful young men. They won their semi-final match rather handily... then came the finals today. College tennis is based on a seven point system. Three doubles matches of 8 games are played.. one point going to the team who wins 2/3. Our team won that point with a two tie breakers. So my heart is moving a little faster. Our number one and two players win their matches in two sets. So the score is now 3-0 in our favor. We only have to win one more match of the four still in play. However, one of those is in a tie break for the first set and in two others our players have lost the first sets, although they are coming back strongly in the second sets.

However, our number 4 player won his first set and is two points away from winning the second set and the match for the team when he falls to the ground in agony with leg cramps. He is allowed a 3 minute time out after a minute time out for a medical evaluation. He somehow gets to his feet and manages to win two points in a row and the match before he collapses on the court again. He had to be helped off the court by his teammates. I have never see anyone play without their body and with their heart. He said,"Although the score says 4-0, it doesn't represent how the match really went." Three cheers for heart, hard work and a group of gentlemen to the core!

  
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MARTY728 5/2/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Also three cheers for a dedicated spectator! After having watched my 3 kids play many high school and college soccer games, I know that the players really like it when spectators other than family and friends are in the stands. My youngest is still playing college soccer.

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Boys, Poetry and Essential Oils

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I use essential oils in my yoga classes once in a while. I have the following five oils: tea tree, frankincense, thieves, eucalyptus, lavender. With each of the scents, I asked the teenage boys to write words or phrases that the scents brought to mind. From these words, we created the following poems:

Tea Tree
Hospital smells
Breathe out sickness

Frankincense
Spring trees in the park
Places to hide and seek
Being a kid among the pines

(here’s an additional verse one student wrote on his own
Hide-n-seek in woods
Where the honey trees grow
Smells like the forest
Where the pine cones grow.)

Eucalyptus
Plants outdoors
Trees in the spring
Fresh, juicy leaves
Memories

Lavender
Freshly bathed girls
Grandmas and memories
Candles and shampoo

Thieves
Smell equals taste
Full of cinnamon, mints
Gingerbread, fireballs and
Fiery candy.

  
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MRS_TOAD 5/1/2011 10:10AM

    What a cool idea. Thieves sounds very intriguing.

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BISSA7 4/28/2011 9:18PM

    That's such a cool idea! Those are such nice "small-moment" stories (as we call them in 4th grade).

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MUSHCAT 4/28/2011 8:37PM

    Oh how cool! I have never smelled or even heard of Thieves before, but now I am inspired to get some.
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TREATL 4/27/2011 10:51PM

    Great job with imagery! I can just smell the wonderful odors.

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MARTY728 4/27/2011 10:45PM

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BELLE0308 4/27/2011 9:16PM

    Awesome! Thieves is pretty much my favorite of them all. I have a spray bottle of it and I carry it with me all of the time. If I start to get a cold or sore throat I spray it in my mouth right away! My massage therapist has used all of those on me at one time or another. The boys did a great job describing them. emoticon

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Nordic Walking

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I will admit it, I am always on the lookout for an easy way out. For instance, there must be an easy way to get my cardio done that having to get all sweaty and exhausted. So when I started reading about Nordic walking, I was intrigued. By walking using the Nordic poles a little like the way cross country skiers use poles, you can increase your cardio workout 20-40% WITH THE SAME PERCEIVED EFFORT! You can readily imagine which part I liked. DH gave me a pair of poles for my Bday.... he really likes me healthy!!!! The rain finally stopped and the weather got warm enough for me to give them a try. I know my heart rate got a workout because I could tell by my breathing and sweat.... yes, I still got sweaty! (Next time I will wear my heart rate monitor to measure the difference.) However, the first time I checked my watch, I figured I had walked about 10 minutes and I had been walking for 25 minutes. I call that even better the no change in perceived effort. I also realized I was working the large muscles in my upper body and opening up my shoulders. (BTW, listening to Les Miz on my IPod didn't hurt either.) www.nordicwalkingusa.com/ Check this out for more info.

  
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ANNASBF 4/30/2011 7:56PM

    Good for you.... love that Les Miz as well! Have fun with the pole things.

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BISSA7 4/25/2011 8:35PM

    That's great!!

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MUSHCAT 4/25/2011 7:26AM

    I have always wanted a pair of the Nordic Walkers. My husband has them, and he is a full foot taller than I am, so I can't try his out. Glad the rain stopped for you and you could get outdoors. My migraines have been pretty horendous since Wednesday, and I've been emotional eating and getting no exercise. I know I'm going to be quite displesed when I step on the scale this morning. Keep up the good efforts!
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/25/2011 2:11AM

    Sounds GREAT! Keep it up!
HUGS
Pam

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REDSHOES2011 4/24/2011 4:23PM

    It is very popular in denmark, it is the same as race walking just less fast and dropping the walking poles.. Swing your arms, the poles are making a person do this action..

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VXWALL1942 4/24/2011 4:11PM

    I hadn't heard of this before your blog. What an interesting and effective method for getting the most out of your exercise time. And the perceived rate of exertion is obviously to your advantage since it seems you're doing more while perceiving less. Cool!

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