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Lesson in Impermanence

Sunday, March 07, 2010

"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose don't lose the lesson.
Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone every day.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back,
you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.
Don't bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes 
and my best efforts in those. Regards, Dalai Lama."

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
Mother Teresa

I had an interesting experience today. I was looking through some photos of the Dalai Lama with different world leaders and came across a most beautiful black and white photo of two of the people who are most inspirational to me, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. In the photo, each had hands clasped, and their heads were bent and touching in a warm greeting. Each radiated their spirit of kindness, generosity, and gentleness.

Later, when I wanted to show the photo to my sister, it was no longer on the page where I found it. All of the other photographs were there with the exception of that one.

My first thought was: This is part of my lesson of Impermanence, a lesson I often struggle with.

My second thought was: It's got to be here somewhere!

It is easy for me to forget to accept impermanence. I looked through the same photos several times. It was not there each of the several times I looked. I searched other places for it and found some of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama together, but not with their heads touching.

Why did I keep searching? There was no need to. The warmth and inspiration from taking in that image carries me. It was there. Now it isn't. That is the condition of life... it moves on, and we move with it.

What a wonderful reminder!

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PENNYAN45 3/8/2010 7:35PM

    I was touched by these quotes. This has been a dreary day with me feeling sad about something that seems very small right now. I have printed them out and will read them over many times. Thank you.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/7/2010 1:06PM

    Impermanence - a word I am going to have to ponder today. Thank you for making me think about how this can apply to my life (several thoughts are creeping in). I loved your message today. It has some great wisdom that I want to allow to slowly sink in. It always amazes me how and when important lessons come our way!

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RASTUS55 3/7/2010 11:40AM

    That was a very profound and astounding blog!!! That one needs to be posted so all of the world can see! Thank you so much for the reminder....we as humans seem to take so much for granted and don't absorb the things that are so important and keep that vision or feeling in our souls. To many are much to superficial and need to listen to their hearts more! Thank you thank you !! This is a reflection of your most precious soul!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/7/2010 10:35AM

    Hmm, very thought provoking. Sometimes it's hard to accept impermanence though when it is someone or some pet that you loved with all your heart is gone. Even though you know that the day will come when they are no longer there it can be tough to accept it when that day finally does come especially if it comes sooner than you thought/wanted/hoped it would. Eventually you learn to cope/deal/accept it. emoticon


P.S. I liked the quote from the Dalai Lama. I think I will save that quote and possibly use it in a SoulCollage. Thanks for sharing!

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RUNHAPPEE 3/7/2010 9:11AM

    I'm going to have to save these quotes. Thanks for posting :)

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ONMYWAY2125 3/7/2010 12:21AM

    How true!

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LMB-ESQ 3/7/2010 12:20AM

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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As the Egg Turns

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Just a quick blog today, since I have been busy with my niece, plus working full time. I'm catching a quick moment while Hannah is having a play date with a friend. The play date is here so my house is full of noisy, happy play.

The eggs have been in the incubator at school for 3 days now. They have to be turned 3 times a day at the minimum. Hannah and I turn them when we first arrive at school and once again before we leave. The kindergarten children turn them a couple of times during the day.

This afternoon, the kindergarten candled the eggs for the first time. They also candled an unfertilized egg to compare what they look like. The eggs in the incubator show a much denser core. We used the overhead projector to 'candle' them , so the light wasn't strong enough to show the emerging veins. We are looking to recording their growth and development over the next few weeks.

This week's disappointment is that I won't be getting the sultan chicks. I only want two and it turns out that shipping only two chicks is pretty prohibitive. The chicks themselves only cost a few dollars, but the shipping would be $30! So, I'll just have the chickens we hatch.

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    What a great experience for all the kids to be involved in. If you read my blog below you will be glad you won't be getting the chicks shipped. It could be a real tragedy.

What is the expected hatch date for your chicks?


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SILVERWITCH59 3/5/2010 9:19AM

    check with local fee stores they may be able to add 2 to their order.

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MARY1313 3/5/2010 12:29AM

    Wow great for the kids to learn like this with hands on experience!


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RUSTYSHAW1 3/4/2010 11:44PM

    Gosh, sorry that I don't know anything about ordering eggs. I do know that the shipping of anything can be prohibitive. I just wanted to order 3 books that I found dirt cheap on amazon books; the shipping was 4 times the cost of the books. I just could not rationalize paying the shipping costs...so I didn't get the books. I enjoy the pictures you are posting. I grew up on a farm and seeing the chicks each spring was a very exciting time. Your little students are going to be thrilled. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RASTUS55 3/4/2010 9:23PM

    I work for McMurray Hatchery so when I saw your blog it instantly drew me in. I hope your hatch is successful. There is a site you could check out for some sultan chicks...it is called feathersite.com. There are breeders listed in there that might be able to help you or if you could find a store near you that provides chicks from us they might be able to add your sultan chicks to a special order from us. I wish you luck with your projects....Ruth

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SIRIRADHA 3/4/2010 6:02PM

    Have you advertised on backyardchickens.com to see if somebody in your area might want to split a shipment? I ended up with my two Silver-Lace Wyandottes because a guy had to order a minimum of 5 fancy chickens and he really only wanted 3. It was a good deal for both of us.

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MARYMAC45 3/4/2010 5:39PM

    Great blog. Too bad the shipping for 2 sultan chicks is so high. I have 3 sisters who are teachers. You are a fantastic group. They use some of their own money for supplies & games etc.too. Thank you for being a caring teacher and good luck.

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Tired and Happy

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I am loving having my niece stay with me.


I am exhausted! I am most definitely out of the groove of getting a child ready for school while I'm getting ready for work, which seems like my biggest challenge. I am also not getting the right kind of exercise - mostly a lot of on-my-feet-and-going kind of exercise. I am certain I am burning calories, but it isn't a rejuvenating kind of exercise.

Hannah is loving being here, but missing her mom with whom she is very bonded. Her missing her mom is especially evident at night, as she has a hard time falling asleep. Last night, she slept with me and woke me up a couple of times because Stella had stolen her blankets. She was right - the little stinker had them wadded up under her. A little jealous, maybe? emoticon

One of the things Hannah did was to build a little snow baby under Lilee's tree. This was her own idea. She had quite a few questions about how Lilee died, and I realized that at the time of Lilee's death, Hannah was the age Lilee would be today. Hannah had never had the opportunity to meet Lilee, but has always wanted to connect with her. I love her snow baby tribute to her.

Hannah warms my heart. I am so grateful for my time with her!

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PENNYAN45 3/4/2010 3:24PM

    You are making great memories for your niece! She will look back on this as a very special time with you.

It is tiring, though, for sure!

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RASTUS55 3/3/2010 7:38PM

    Awwww that was precious! Cute little snow baby!! She must be a great kid! But your a super awesome Auntie me thinks!

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SILVERWITCH59 3/3/2010 10:00AM

    emoticon kids are great but super tiring for sure. Hang in there emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 3/3/2010 7:22AM

    Hannah sounds like a very sweet girl emoticon Despite what Stella might think! LOL What is it with these dogs and stealing blankets? I am glad you are enjoying each other's company!

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0309COOKIE 3/2/2010 11:23PM

    What a sweet blog. Glad you are enjoying Hannah.

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Parrotlet Paradise

Monday, March 01, 2010

Emmitt got to meet Hannah; he knows no stranger, but Hannah had to get used to the fact that he uses his beak to grasp and climb.

Jesse demonstrated to Hannah that Emmitt really doesn't have a mean bone in his tiny parrot body.

Hannah gained confidence and was able to hold Emmitt on her finger.

And as a reward for being an extraordinary good little birdy, Emmitt got his tickles and scritches. He lives for his tickles!

Ah, parrot Nirvana!

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SIRIRADHA 3/4/2010 6:46PM

    Kiwi and I liked this blog best of all! Such nice pictures! Have you ever hung up a slinky for Emmitt to climb? Great photo op there.

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SILVERWITCH59 3/2/2010 9:10AM

    they are such sweet birds :) emoticon

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STARLASUE 3/2/2010 7:21AM

    I love birds. Hubby is allergic so I can't have parrots of any kind. :-( I had many over the years. I miss my bird buddy, Didj. He was a very talented talkative cockatiel.

What a sweetie Emmitt is! How handsome. Hannah is a cutie too.

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0309COOKIE 3/1/2010 9:37PM

    Aaaww, what a sweet bird. Makes me miss my little Joey Joey. I had him trained to talk. He was the coolest little parakeet ever. Enjoy every day with your little love.

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DOR2BFIT 3/1/2010 8:58PM

    We have a bird too- a sweet white parakeet who loves to fly around the house and visit us. He especially likes to perch on my glasses- a habit I am not too fond of!

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VALERIEMAHA 3/1/2010 8:45PM

    TOO KEW-EL!! You ROCK, grrl!!! And Jesse, Hannah and Emmitt are sweet too!

Thanks for the smile,

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Spark Nightmare

Monday, March 01, 2010

I must be spending too much time on Spark. I woke up with this nightmare:

I took my sister to a 'Spark Meeting' which was in some public space with chairs lined up and a speaker. She was upset with my taking her, especially if people got points for bringing new people to Spark meetings. Even I didn't know I was going to get 25 points for bringing her, so I was surprised by the public announcement that I got the 25 points for bringing her, and she was angry that I would 'use' her in that way.

Then, smoke started filling the building, and we had to be evacuated. However, after we were all hustled out, I remembered that my laptop was in there, so I ran back in to get it.

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Okay, that dream was a hoot! Now I'm going back to bed. emoticon

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WWREFUGEE1942 12/19/2012 4:10AM

    I love this!

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AQUAJANE 3/2/2010 10:39AM

    emoticon Hope you got a better night's rest last night! emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 3/1/2010 5:18PM

    Great dream...shows serious engagement!!!!! Would SP do anything for points??? I am always thrilled when students tell me they are dreaming about math, I think it is a good sign!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/1/2010 4:25PM

    LOL! I almost looked to see if I got the 25 points for bringing my sister to the imaginary meeting. Surely, I should also get them for madly rushing into a smoke filled building to rescue my laptop!

I love dreams. It really is odd what recesses of our minds are explored when our minds run rampant beyond concious thought.

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STARLASUE 3/1/2010 9:38AM

    LOL I haven't gotten to that yet. Wonder how our minds manufacture stuff like that?

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HOCKEYCREW 3/1/2010 7:26AM

    Did you get extra points for hustling to save your laptop? Did it count as fitness minutes? :)

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NAKIOMA 3/1/2010 6:11AM

    Loved it - you got your priorities lined up.......wouldn't want to leave us all in there to BURN................ emoticon

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BYEPOUNDS 3/1/2010 3:10AM

    maybe a rest day from sparks? loved your story!

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