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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Well, there are still a few of my original Sparkfriends around from 3 or so years ago, but I've been pretty much out of touch for a while. The blog post notifications have not been coming in, and I've been forgetting to check in.
Tomorrow is the first day of school! I've been setting up my art classroom, and going to our back-to-school meetings. We have been a bit demoralized with all of the new teacher evaluation regulations that have been state mandated, but luckily I work in a school district that supports teachers, and is trying it's best to minimize the pain that these new laws are inflicting on everyone.
Last February a fellow art teacher in my school died suddenly- she was literally in school one day, and not the next. It made me think a lot about what is important in life. Also, I went from part-time to full-time in one week. So tomorrow, I will start with 5 new classes of 7th and 8th graders each quarter. Hope it doesn't do me in too! But really, I LOVE being an art teacher- it's my dream job. My son is entering 11th grade, and is happy to be an upper-classman, and my daughter is happy to be starting a new job in a private school teaching 2nd grade.
So now I'm back to focusing on losing the weight, exercising, and trying to stay balanced, happy, and healthy!

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GLASSGIRL1027 9/3/2013 1:36PM

    Good luck in your new school year! I have so much respect for teachers, my dad was one, too.

Good to hear you are focusing on yourself, too. We must remember to do that and to keep the really important things in life in focus.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/25/2013 10:25PM

    I'm so glad you're back. I showed up in terms of starting to "pay attention" again after returning from Ecuador, around April of this year.

We're all in this together. Just track it all -- good and bad -- it's such a revelation and help!

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Stuff That's Been Going On...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've been a pretty sporadic Sparker lately, due to a lot of different things. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer this summer- that was a shock. She doesn't smoke, but my dad does, so he feels responsible, and has health issues of his own. She is still upbeat, even though she is presently in a rehabilitation center because she has a broken leg, and a broken hip on the other side. Her bones are weak because she has lesions from the metastasized cancer.

On a happy note, we just got back from an amazing vacation to Banff, Alberta. There we saw the most amazing scenery I have ever experienced. We also went whitewater rafting, cliff jumping, canoeing, and hiking.

Yikes! the cliff jumping was more scary than fun!

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VALERIEMAHA 3/29/2013 11:58PM

    Lovely photos of family...difficult stuff goin' sorry to hear it.

And your trip to Banff looks extraordinary -- thanks for the wonderful photos!!!

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MCJULIEO 8/20/2012 3:52PM

    So sorry to hear about your mom (and your dad...), I hope that she can rest comfortably with all that's going on in her body...

The photos from your trip are breath taking! How I envy you...

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Random Facts A-Z (Questionaire)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

(Got this from PUDLECRAZY)

A. Age: 55

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathrooms

D. Dogs: 1 - Ginger (Beagle mix)

E. Essential start to your day: Wake up my son for school (no easy task to wake up a 14 year old)

F. Favorite color: Purple or Magenta

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'2"

I. Instruments you play: none

J. Job title: Art teacher (Middle School)

K. Kids: 2- a daughter aged 23 and the aforementioned 14 year old son!

L. Live: Southern Ct

M. Mother's name:Helen

N. Nicknames: Dor

O. Overnight hospital stays: Only when my kids were born

P. Pet peeve: Rudeness

Q. Quote from a movie:"You are kind, you are smart, you is important."
- Aibeleen- The Help (loving the girl she takes care of)

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: one younger brother, one younger sister

T. Tattoos & Piercings: Piercings - just my ears, 2 in my left ear - no tattoos

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: squash

W. What makes you run late: Trying to put my contacts in! Though I am getting better at it.

X. X-Rays you've had: Lots of my back (I have scoliosis) my feet and knees and hips (arthritis)

Y. Yummy food that you make: bread

Z. Zoo animal: Giraffe

These baby elephants were pretty darn cute too

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PUDLECRAZY 2/26/2012 5:47PM

    BTW - I think the underwear question was about what kind, not whether. I put yes because I was not going to give the info on what kind up.


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PUDLECRAZY 2/26/2012 5:45PM

    Elephants probably would have been my first choice for favorite zoo animal, but it was too hard to pick just one animal as a fav. I am not certain that there is much in the world cuter than a baby elephant, although I have to say, those baby bats were pretty fetching.

I didn't realize you were an art teacher. Three of my closest friends are art teachers and my mother was an art teacher as well. I wish schools did not find art and music amongst the first subjects to get cut when the budget gets tight. They are so important!

Thanks for sharing.

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Cutting Down Our Christmas Tree

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Today we drove north to Easton Ct to cut down our Christmas tree. We have done this every year for at least 10 years. We have always brought our dog along- Lucy loved to romp in the fields and play with the other dogs. Hayride- not so much! This year we brought our new puppy, Ginger (Lucy passed on this summer). She met the Oxen, Fred and Bill:

Went on the hayride:

We met LOTS of other dogs, and found our tree, which I can't show you yet because it's waiting outside for my son to finish his homework before we decorate it!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/12/2011 10:55AM

    Oh, that looks like so much FUN! and your pup is adorable! Almost as adorable as your son! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 12/12/2011 3:40AM

    How wonderful! emoticon
There is nothing like a fresh tree in the house to make it smell and look fantastic. Plus is is such a fun time with family going to select your tree.

Ginger is so cute! It looks like she was having a great time, too.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/12/2011 12:18AM

    AWESOME!!! Looks like everyone had a great time! So glad you have a new puppy to enjoy Christmas with your family.

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TERRI289 12/11/2011 11:26PM

    Loved it!! What a good looking family!! The pup looks great and I wish him a happy Christmas with his family!!! emoticon

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A Favorite Rumi Poem

Monday, October 31, 2011

The music director of our church loves to take poems and set them to music. My favorite is this one, by Rumi.

A Voice Through the Door

Sometimes you hear
a voice through the door
calling you
as fish out of water
hear the waves

Sometimes you hear
a voice through the door
calling you
as birds in the winter
know the sun.

This turning
toward what you deeply love
saves you.

Read the book of your life
which has been given you.

A voice comes to your soul, saying
Lift your foot, cross over.

This poem, sung, is just amazing. It is on itunes, you may be able to listen to a bit of it at least. It's by Rob Silvan on his 'The Breathing of the World' CD

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VALERIEMAHA 3/30/2013 12:04AM

    OMG! I'm in ecstasy. I LOVE Rumi! Can't believe I'm not familiar with this one!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/1/2011 6:49PM

    Thank you!

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TERRI289 10/31/2011 10:12PM

    This was lovely....thank you...

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LRK4CHRIST 10/31/2011 8:12AM

    Thx for sharing! May u have continued success!

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