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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I liked this blog when Diane posted it, and it fits right now when I am doing so much mental sorting.

I am good at ...

Learning new musical instruments
Working with other people
Creative problem solving
Learning languages

Life is a balancing act - try to enjoy the ride.

I am happiest when ...

I have quiet time in natural settings
I play music either alone or with friends
I am with my family, including the furred and feathered ones
I am gardening, reading, or having other much-savored alone time
I feel like I have something positive to contribute to others and the world around me.

Find time to clown around and just have fun.

I wish time would stand still when ...

Im playing music
Im enjoying the smell of salt air and listening to the waves by the ocean
I am somewhere breathtakingly beautiful
I spend time with my grandchildren
I share those belly-laughing moments with good friends

Make time to hang with your peeps.

I am most proud of myself when ...

I am able to mentally step aside and keep perspective when things get crazy
I meet a challenge and find a positive and creative solution
I accomplish something really hard
I stand up to my fears and try something I really feel nervous about
I see the confidence and strengths my students gain.

Enjoy quiet time with great music.

My greatest impact is when ...

I maintain an open mind, yet keep my integrity when dealing with conflicts
I stick to what I am doing and don't get side tracked
I have confidence in myself.
I am open to trying things a little bit differently
I know when to push a little or to stand back and observe.

Now the newsy updates:

J.J. is home from the hospital and was able to finally get the wires out of his jaw. Now it is easier to talk and eat.

Before the attack

After the attack and before going home
He does seem to be on a good track to recovery.

My MIL is doing great after she got pneumonia from inhaling a pill.

This is a 5 generation photo I took after she got back home.

My sons will be home so they can attend my ex-father-in-law's memorial service this Saturday.

The clematis is looking lovely!

Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes for J.J. and my MIL, who are both doing so much better, and for Jason's family, and Stella's mom and sister.

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    I'm happy to hear J.J. and your MIL are doing better!
Your chicks are getting big! They are so cute!

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GRNISHADE 5/20/2010 10:37PM

    Our chickies are getting so grown up!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/20/2010 9:31PM

    I am so glad both JJ and your MIL are doing better!

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MEOWMAMA3 5/20/2010 8:31PM

    This was a truly wonderful blog! So pleased to hear that JJ and MIL are healing and that your sons are coming to visit! You know how I feel about Miss Stella and her photos, this one made me laugh out loud and I sure needed to ! Thanks! Hang in there kiddo!!!

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TKADEEPBREATH 5/20/2010 7:38AM

    What an uplifiting blog. Thanks for sharing!!

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Take care, Jan

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LN7777 5/20/2010 7:37AM

    I am so glad your mil and JJ are doing better. I love the pic of Stella. I am still trying to figure out my balancing act. Great blog emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 5/20/2010 7:17AM

    I'm so glad things are looking up! You sure deserve a break. You have a wonderfully positive view of life. Good for you!! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/20/2010 12:38AM

    Glad to see JJ and Glenna are doing much better. And of course, love the darling picture of Stella!

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MARY1313 5/20/2010 12:30AM

    Prayers are being answered! I am so glad about your MIL and your friend JJ who looks like the nicest, kindest person. That just really grieved my soul when you told us what had happened to him. I will keep everyone in my prayers because that is the greatest gift a friend can give.

I love love love the picture of Stella! She just lets you do anything doesn't she LOL!

Love the Clematis!

I have tomatoes on my potted tomato plant! Happy Dance!!!!


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MMPHELPS1970 5/19/2010 10:51PM

    were we separated at birth? i could have written this blog! i love it.

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MARYMAC45 5/19/2010 10:48PM

    Chris, another great blog. You do them so well. Great pics especially the 5 generations. Your Clematis is beautiful. I have many flowering shrubs but no Clematis at this house. I did in another home. I will go to the garden center tomorrow and see if I can get one. I had forgotton how beautiful they are. Thank you for posting this great blog.

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MAWRTIAN 5/19/2010 10:37PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to make a good blog post!

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MCGS62 5/19/2010 10:19PM

    Beautiful! You are generating good karma . It's so nice to hear that your friends and family are healing and things are settling down for you. emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/19/2010 10:12PM

    AWWWWWW. I loved the way you did this! I see how much we have in common too :) Your words of wisdom and the updates ... perfect!

Your clematis is stunning. Mine is a light light pink and weaving itself into the japanese maple ... about 20 feet into the air!

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Sad Start to the Week

Monday, May 17, 2010

Over the weekend a friend lost his son to suicide. Jason was also the much older half brother of one of my students, the daughter of my friend. I knew Jason when he was growing up; sadly, his mother had committed suicide when he was a child. It is all very devastating.

In addition, Stella's litter mate, Bella, was hit by a car and killed. The family who gave Stella to me had given Bella to Christy's parents. They adored Bella the way I adore Stella. Apparently, Christy's brother backed over her in the parents' driveway.

Right now, I am just feeling very sad.

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GRNISHADE 5/20/2010 10:36PM


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MEOWMAMA3 5/20/2010 8:28PM

    Oh Chris, I'm so sorry for your double whammy of bad news. One of my student's half brother, 10 years old hung himself last week. There have been about 3 child suicides in Philly in the past month. It's just so sad that anyone feels that depressed or overwhelmed or apathetic that this is their only out. Even worse in people so young. My stepmother did the same thing to my Dad's border collie years ago. We were devastated. So I know what you're going through. All I can say is stay strong and give extra hugs to my friend Miss Stella. Sending healing hugs and prayers your way.

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MHNGJR 5/20/2010 5:30AM

What an overwhelming time. My thoughts and prayers are with you! I'm sure that Stella will enjoy extra loving.

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SHAKENMA 5/19/2010 9:43PM

    Sorry for your loss....it's very sad. Sending warm thoughts your way. emoticon

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STARLASUE 5/19/2010 8:21PM

    Oh my. I am so sorry on all counts.

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FITJEDI 5/19/2010 7:19PM


And the big collie gives you a wet slurp and a cuddle.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/19/2010 6:30PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.


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TBRANCH2 5/19/2010 5:03PM

    You are in our prayers!
Hugs, Theresa and "Sarah" emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 5/19/2010 4:11AM

    How devastating. It is such a helpless feeling to know that others are suffering such tragic loss. You have had your share of sadness lately. Take care of yourself.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/18/2010 11:12PM

    I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. My condolences.

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PRIDEL 5/18/2010 6:58PM

    Sorry. Hope things are getting better for everyone by now.

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OBOIST61 5/18/2010 9:55AM

    How very sad for you. We'll keep you in our prayers.

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DOR2BFIT 5/18/2010 8:32AM

    So sorry for your losses. Take care. emoticon

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1FRUSTRATEDCOOK 5/18/2010 2:17AM

    Tess and I are sending our hugs your way. So sorry.

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~MISS_TEA~ 5/18/2010 1:15AM

    Hugs and love to you! I hope you can find some peace at this time! The family will be in my thoughts.

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MARY1313 5/18/2010 12:16AM

    Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry for this tragic and sad news of the suicide and the Poodle. If I were there, I would give you a big ole Southern hug.



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SCOOTER4263 5/17/2010 9:13PM

    How awful. I'm so sorry.

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IUHRYTR 5/17/2010 9:04PM

    Condolences on your losses. A sad time. emoticon -- Lou

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MAWRTIAN 5/17/2010 8:26PM

    How sad, my heart goes out to you and others close to you. I will keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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SMILEY_75 5/17/2010 8:11PM

    I really don't know what to say. Life has it's tough times and now is one of them.

My sisters husbands nephew took his own life 3 weeks ago.
Any suicide is devastating.
When these young kids think life is so tough, or whatever they are dealing with, their minds are in such a depression, it is so SAD!

I am so emoticon I wish I was there to give you a BIG emoticon.

Take Care.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/17/2010 8:08PM

    Please accept my condolences for these painful losses. How dreadful for you and your friends.


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MARYMAC45 5/17/2010 8:05PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you tonight.

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0309COOKIE 5/17/2010 7:55PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about both sad events. I will keep you in my prayers along with Jason, Bella, and families.

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MCGS62 5/17/2010 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticonI am really sorry for your loss. If you feel you need to talk Please spark mail me I'll be there. emoticon

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TKADEEPBREATH 5/17/2010 7:22PM

    Aw . . I'm sorry you are dealing things like that today. I will pray for you and I know God is faithful . . .


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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/17/2010 6:58PM

    Oh Chris,I am gonna emoticonthat is so sad and tragic on both accounts.Please accept my deepest smpathy and heartfelt condolences to you and the others who are grieving these losses. You have really had alot of these emoticonwrenching losses and horrific events happen around you. May time heal you all and thoughts and prayers sent your way to help the grieving and sadness you feel at this time. Remember your Spark family is here if you need us to give you support and/oranything to help you through this. Peace to you and all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 5/17/2010 6:56PM

    I'm so sorry hun. That is very sad. Doesn't it always work out that when it rains, it pours? I hope you feel better soon and, as always, we're all here for you. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/17/2010 6:51PM

    Oh, sweetie!
What a sad time you are going through right now! Know that I am here for you and am praying for you! Love on Stella extra and say a little "thanks" to God that you have her.
I'm so sorry you have had all this hit you at once!
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LN7777 5/17/2010 6:47PM

    Hugs and prayers emoticon

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SCIFIREADER 5/17/2010 6:40PM

    I am so sorry for your losses. I will keep you in my prayers.

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CELLOSONG 5/17/2010 6:28PM

    I'm so sorry! What a tough start to the week. You'll be in my prayers. emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 5/17/2010 6:27PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about these things. Peace be with you.


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LMB-ESQ 5/17/2010 6:11PM

    Oh Chris, I'm so sorry.... you have certainly borne your share of losses these last months. Please know you are in my thoughts. We can support each other. emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/17/2010 5:56PM

    I am so sorry for your losses.

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KRNMAC 5/17/2010 5:55PM

    I'm so sorry. You must feel overwhelmed right now.

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ELLEBE725 5/17/2010 5:51PM

    emoticon It is understandable to feel sad ... let yourself feel those emotions and grieve ...

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Bob Whites and More

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm not burned out on teaching - I promise. I'm just the bone tired I get each May. I am also approaching retirement age, and I frequently wonder when would be the right time. I have been teaching 21 years at the school that I love with all my heart, the school that does it right. My entire teaching career spans over 30 years.

I still feel very positive about what I do, as one of my SP friends pointed out, I am not resentful or regretful. But right now, I am just very tired - exhausted, really.

So, 'nuff said about that. I love life and I love the fun things in life, so here's something fun that I would like to share with you tonight.

I brought the baby bob whites home today. For those of you who may have missed their baby pictures in an earlier blog, I am posting them first.

Here they are with Sockie, their surrogate mother.

Now they are big kids who have moved into their new condo, Quail Holler. Their nest box is a kitty litter cover, the perfect size and shape. I have used Stella's old X-pen for their fence, and covered it with plywood until I find a better cover.

When they are grown enough, I will let them have their run of the yard. They are wild birds, so they will most likely take off. I am hoping that they will naturalize in the area.

Meanwhile, the baby chickens are growing like crazy.

Remember Denty, the chick that hatched from the patched-together egg? Here is Denty in all of his resplendent dignity.

It turns out that the most inquisitive, gentle, and intelligent of the flock are the barred rocks. This girl is the one who does all of the problem solving, the leader of the flock. Eleanor. I love her!

And of course, my clouds. Two evenings ago, we had the most magnificent red clouds before the rain came in.

Tomorrow is Friday, then the weekend. I have promised myself a weekend filled with music, and some time with my friends.

Have a lovely Friday!

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    Love the photos of all your baby birds!

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BILLTMAN 5/16/2010 3:25PM

    Lovely photo's. I love the relationship you have with nature. The animals you care for, your attention to all the plants and wild things growing around your home. And, you are a musician to boot. Stay connected with your earth. I love it!

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TKADEEPBREATH 5/16/2010 11:08AM

    When I was a little girl, I rescued a bird's nest that had fallen out a tree in the woods. The baby birds didn't have any feathers and their eyes were still closed. I carefully took them home and set the nest on the kitchen table while I went outside to dig some worms. I hadn't thought about how I was going to feed them yet, but all I could think about was how I wanted to help the poor birds without a mother.

Well, after I had a couple worms to feed my new "babies" I went into the house to find the cat on the kitchen table where I had left the nest. There were no more babies and the cat was nonchalantly licking her paws. Needless to say, I was devastated and cried my eye out for the rest of the day. The food chain I guess. What can you do?

My Mom was a teacher for 30 years and then retired. I know first hand what a challenge it can be. But just think of all those positive seeds you are sowing. The crop will be huge and you will share in the harvest in a bountiful way. It's a principle . . . but I think you already know that. Tremendous worth, the power of our words . . .

Take care my friend, Jan emoticon emoticon

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STARLASUE 5/15/2010 10:24AM

    Love your updates on the 'kids'. Go Denty! Who knew, right?

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KATIEGLEN012 5/15/2010 7:21AM

    The feeling that I most often have while reading your blog is that your place would be a fun place for me to go to summer camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your grandchildren must have a blast!

It is May...and for teachers...we are getting ready to let them go. We need to be tired or perhaps we would not be able to sent them onto the next year so enthusiastically. Everything has a beginning and an end.

I totally understand the retirement issue. This is my 32nd year. I have been blessed to LOVE my job...but it is taxing. I think that I need to make the decision to leave not at the end of the year when I am tired...but after the summer...or in the fall when I am enthused and excited by the new year. Whatever I decide, I know that I will miss it.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/14/2010 11:42AM

    The Bobwhites are so cute!!! I think I did miss them before. I just can hardly believe Denty!!! Wow, he grew fast!! What a handsome lad he has become!!! And Eleanor is a beauty!
Wishing you the most restful, musical weekend there ever could be!! You deserve some R&R!
Love your blogs!

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    I love the birds.
Cheer up, summer's almost here and you'll miss thos kids!

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~MISS_TEA~ 5/14/2010 12:29AM

    You are amazing! Even when you leave the teaching profession you will always be a teacher and lifelong learner. I can just see these things! I love learning form you here even! Have a great weekend!

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MARY1313 5/13/2010 11:35PM

    Oh, I love these pictures! and you deserve a good weekend with music and laughter! those are the healing things of life.


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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2010 8:41PM

    I remember very well the total exhaustion of my teaching days: not unhappy, but tears of total fatigue running down my face on many a Friday after work! And I loved teaching (the institutional politics not so much: but the teaching was very pleasurable).

"God sees the little sparrow fall, It meets his tender view"!!: love the way you care about all of the birds, flowers AND children: but it takes a lot of emotional energy. We need time to replenish the well; and your plan for the weekend sounds perfect.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/13/2010 8:29PM

    The pictures are lovely & charming. I like the quail very much.

The remark about music is a nice reminder.


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PENNYAN45 5/13/2010 8:18PM

    Thanks for the follow-up photos! You are so adept at caring for these beautiful creatures - and knowing what to do for them. That's a real talent!

It's good that your busy time with the school production is over - and you can rest some.

I taught in elementary schools - and loved it - for 21 years. I think that the time to retire is when you no longer love it.

Have a great musical weekend!

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May Lament

Thursday, May 13, 2010


My name is Chris

and I'm a workaholic.

Or am I?

I try to sort this out on a regular, and ongoing, basis. I do have a demanding job. I have individual curriculums for 24 children, no official plan period, and no teacher lunch or bathroom breaks. I get to work at 7:00 to plan and get my materials ready for the day and once the children arrive, I am with them until 3:00 dismissal. But my school day is not over yet. I have regular and unscheduled parent conferences. I have to serve on the board and on committees. I have to publish two articles a year. Those are my job requirements, so there is no flexibility there, no wiggle room.

Then there are the extra things that have become, over the 21 years I have been teaching here, part of what I routinely do. Things that demand time and energy; some of them, like the spring musical and the 3 day camping trip, a LOT of time and energy. There are student concerts, the Enchanted Forest acts they put on for the community at Halloween, unicycle performances, field trips, spelunking expeditions. fund raising activities, open house activities, etc. I am not complaining about any of these things. They are part of my program and add to the breadth and richness of what the children learn. But it all takes time and energy, and sometimes I feel like my energy is getting very low.

Could I get a different job? Probably in a heartbeat - one that does not demand the kind of hours and energy I put in, that pays twice as much, and has better benefits. As I approach retirement, sometimes I wonder about my choices. My nest egg is small, and I am not certain how soon I can retire and be able to afford retirement. I left a teaching position with much higher pay and better benefits. With my degrees and experience, if I had stayed there, I would be getting paid almost twice what I am getting paid now and have decent health insurance.

Perhaps it was the car accident that almost killed me when I was 17. I was severely injured with multiple fractures, back and neck injuries, and suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. I was fortunate both to survive and to make an almost full recovery. Perhaps it was because my father was a prison camp survivor. Perhaps it was because the neighbors I grew up with had concentration camp tattoos on their arms and still believed in life and love. But I have never pursued the easiest life, my choices have been about living what I believe and not compromising my integrity. I am fierce in my beliefs of what children need to learn and grow and live their potential to the fullest. I chose this teaching position because I knew that I would be permitted to really teach, to offer the opportunities for deep reflexion on self, learning, understanding of the children's world around them, to offer the opportunity for critical thinking, real life exploration, and maximal creative development. But it is work, hard work.

I would like to retire, not because I am unhappy with my career, the children, the parents, or even the work. I would like to retire because in not making compromises, I have made compromises. While my career has been very satisfying and intellectually stimulating, I have not had the kind of time I would have liked to have had to pursue other interests of mine. True, I have time in the summer to regroup and do some of the things I love, but then there is a 9 month period of time when I am too tired for my own creative exploration.

I want to have time to play music, to garden, to write, and to paint. I would like time to visit with my family in California, New York, and Alaska. I would like to take time to just be me, and not be such a public figure.

It is May.

I am much too busy.

And I wonder: am I a workaholic?

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    I can totally relate. After spending two years getting my company ISO certified and passing the initial audit with an A and the follow-up audit a year later with a perfect score, I was laid off from my job. What a relief! I have been off for 6 months now and am just now getting to the point where I am recovering from the grueling schedule and stress caused by non-compliant managers. Their lack of commitment caused me to work that much harder to keep our company compliant. I know how it feels to give everything you have to a career and have nothing left for yourself. It may help to write a list of things you want to accomplish personally and see if that can be done while still continuing to work full-time.

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MARYMAC45 5/14/2010 9:44PM

    Chris, I admire you for what you do so well. Teachers are leaders and should be held in much higher esteem than they are. You mold our children and make impressions that stay with them forever. You will never be paid what you are worth & deserve. Most parents honor your commitment to our kids but never tell you how great you are. Well I will tell you. You are emoticon****You are emoticon*** Like my sisters who are teachers, you are probably a bit burnt out but summer is coming and you should try to relax and do something that you have always wanted to do, and do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MEOWMAMA3 5/14/2010 9:17PM

    Chris, we both know that any decent teacher IS a workaholic. We never get all the paperwork caught up, As one project or unit is ending the next one is in the works. Kids, regardless of where they're from or who they are or how old they are are incredibly needy, and as good teachers we respond to those needs. By May we are totally fried. No more room on the brain disks, no more energy to deal with one more memo or change in schedule or uncooperative little dumpling. I hear you totally about not having time for doing those creative things you yearn for. I've been piddling along with this embroidery business for 5 years without the energy or time to really make it take off, but I love the work, the creative capabilities and money-making opportunity should I ever be able to pursue it full time. Knowing you for this brief time I think you made a very wise choice to teach in the school where you are, you've gained so much in your money trade-off that I think you'll treasure for a lifetime. I wish I had the nerve to walk away from the School District of Philadelphia and all it's corruption and dysfunction. I loathe being part of that system. There's a deep, deep philosophical dissonance that pounds away at my soul every day. But I stay to teach, hoping to make a difference in somebody's world and terrified that cutting off the hand that feeds me could be a long term amputation at my age. Hang in there, we'll be able to exhale soon! When are you out? We go till June 21st. emoticon

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MARY1313 5/13/2010 11:58AM

    I don't think you are a workaholic, I think you are DEVOTED to giving the children that cross your path the best chance at high self esteem, knowing that they can start something and see it all the way through, teaching your kids coping skills and planning skills, showing them the beauty of life in the new born chicks. You are entirely devoted to that. But because you are devoted, you suffer the consequences of that devotion. it takes a toll on a person when they give so much that they have little left to give themselves.

Remember, in order to be your most creative self for those children, you have to have time for you to recoup at least once a week and energize yourself. the only way to do that is to take time for yourself.

So I am thinking that this summer you may have to decide which things could be pared down or eliminated so that you are nourished too!


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LMB-ESQ 5/13/2010 11:33AM

    Nah, you're not a workaholic. You're just doing the best job you know how to do at something you love doing. I love reading about your teaching job, because to be quite honest, if I had been able to find the kind of teaching job you have and actually make a living wage at it, I'd probably still be teaching. In a way, I'm envious of you!

But I also understand not having time to do other things you'd like to do. I think we all get like that from time to time, whether we love our jobs or not. At least with your job, while you seem to regret the time lost for other pursuits, but I don't sense any resentment. And that's a good thing.

Just think, it's only a few short weeks till your nice summer break! You will have time to do other things for little while, while you regroup for next fall. I'm looking forward to reading more about your music and art!

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IUHRYTR 5/13/2010 10:04AM

    Chris, I fully appreciate your feelings. Four years ago on a Friday, as I drove home from my stress-filled work in law enforcement, the thought hit me: How do you know it's time? I talked with a relative and a close friend and on Monday submitted my resignation. While I regret the loss of that income, I have not regretted the decision to leave. Your choice may not be as easy, but it sounds as if it is time for a career change or downsizing to, perhaps, a substitute position, private tutoring, etc., that will give you time for yourself. Just an outsider's observation. I hope only the best for you. Whatever you decide, we're here to support you. Please keep us updated. -- Lou

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LBIMAMMA 5/13/2010 8:02AM

    You are an awesome teacher, as your students and parents know and appreciate. It sounds lke you are getting a little burned out though. You know not to make any sudden decisions, but it sounds like this summer would be a good time to think what it is YOU want to do. Teaching for 21 years is a long time, and is part of you. Good luck with whatever you decide, and in the meantime, schedule some time for YOU, be it gardening or a family visit on a weekend.

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DREMARGRL 5/13/2010 7:55AM

    I love your blog this morning, my dear! Your thoughts are pure and concise and I like that. Sounds like you are trying to make some decisions for yourself..for your future.
I can tell that you are excellent at your job, Chris....no mediocrity here! I read the loyalty and love of being an educator in your words. Between the lines.....I see someone who wants to be more than one human being! LOL. Me, too!
I have chosen to be retired for the last 13 years and it was the right thing for me to do. I ran three businesses at once for many years and then......I just wanted to.....BE! Taking care of my little granddaughter till she got into 1st grade took priority and I wouldn't have traded that for any amount of money. I do all the things I love that you mentioned...garden, read, travel....etc. and I must admit....I have NEVER ever been bored. NOT ONCE! It was right for me......I know that when you finally make a change, it will be right for you, too. Keep doing what you love....but do be kind to yourself. You deserve to just BE when and if you choose.
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Emmitt the Parrotlet

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I've been burning my candle at both ends recently and find myself physically and mentally exhausted. There is still a lot going on, and many things I need to accomplish in the next two weeks. I have a lot of different thoughts rolling around in my mind to write about, but I am really too tired to do them justice, both in sorting and writing.

So today's blog will be a little portrait of the little bird who brings big joy to our home.

This is Emmit. Emmit is a parrotlet, a second cousin of the Amazon parrot. In fact, he thinks he IS an Amazon parrot - he has no idea how small he is. When we had our Quaker, I had to be careful because Emmitt was always ready to take him on. Tommy could have killed him with one good bite to the neck, and Tommy was a biter.

With his humans, Emmitt is totally laid back. He loves his morning cuddles and snuggles right into Mike's hand. He loves Mike the best - I think it is because the breeder who hand raised him as a chick had big beefy hands like Mike.

Emmitt does talk, but he talks in such a high voice and at such a fast rate that he is hard to understand unless you know what to listen for. His favorite phrase is, "Pretty bird, pretty, pretty bird!" But he also says, "What's up?" One of the great things about parrotlets is their voices. They can be very vocal, but they have very sweet voices, so they never sound obnoxious.

Emmitt is currently my only indoor bird. He enjoys talking to the outside birds who come to the feeders, and loves playing with his toys. I have heard parrotlets referred to as 'The little clowns of the parrot world' - an excellent description!

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MARYMAC45 5/12/2010 10:10PM

    He is precious and so tiny. Love this blog!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/12/2010 5:54PM

    What a sweetie! I learned a lot from the blog and the comments.

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0309COOKIE 5/12/2010 5:46PM

    What a beautiful bird Emmit is. Brings back memories of when I had my parakeet Joey. I taught him to talk and he was so affectionate. I bought him on a whim and had no idea how much fun I was in for. I didn't realize birds had little personalities all their own or that they could be so loving. I miss Joey.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/12/2010 1:31PM

    Wow! Thank you so much for introducing Emmitt! He is a handsome little guy. Maybe birds are similar to dogs in that the smaller they are, the bigger they think they are! lol
Love to your menagerie!!!!!

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STARLASUE 5/12/2010 11:42AM

    I love birds who honor us with being terrific home companions! Thanks for introducing us to Emmitt.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/12/2010 5:57AM

    Parrotlets are great little birds, but if you do get one, find a breeder who hand feeds, and make sure that your bird was raised by the breeder. There is still illegal trade of birds from the Amazon basin. They ship them in tubes and many die in transit. Leg bands are one of the things breeders do to show that the birds were not poached.

Any bird will be more tame if it is hand raised as a chick. The more they get handled and talked to, the more likely they are to be cuddle munchkins. While parrotlets don't carry the hefty price tag of one of their larger cousins, they are still a lot more expensive than parakeets, although they seem happier to be 'only' birds than 'keets.

Yes, they are smaller than parakeets. In addition, they don't have the long tail of a 'keet, so they seem even smaller.

Ruth, my Quaker used to ride around on my head... I may even have a picture in my archives to post. Emmitt loves head riding, too emoticon

Mary, emoticon!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/12/2010 12:38AM

    What an adorable little bird! Are they smaller than parakeets?

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SATYAGRAHA 5/12/2010 12:05AM

    He's so cute and has gorgeous colours! Thanks for always sharing your birds with us.

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DOR2BFIT 5/11/2010 10:42PM

    Uh Oh- I made the mistake of showing these pix to my son, and now he wants one! I kinda do too! emoticon

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/11/2010 10:03PM

    Hi Chris! Emmit is so adorable and so affectionate. We used to have pre-children, a blue and gold macaw,hand fed,she did bite me once but my finger is still intact,thank goodness.As you well know the strength of the beek of a macaw and we also had a quaker,what a noisy little obnoxios bird,used to fly over to the macaw and we thought,Polly was gonna be a meal for Rico. We had to put a sheet over Polly at nite,nite time to shut her up! Having these birds was a blast and I miss them,not the mess they make,though. emoticonfor sharing Emmit with us,what a cutie! emoticon emoticonDiana

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RASTUS55 5/11/2010 9:51PM

    Emmitt is just the cutest little guy manOman!!! He might be a tiny mite of a bird but I can see he is full to the brim of personality. What a little doll! These were gorgeous pictures of him. You and I have so much in common with our love of Poodles and birds....at least you don't wear him for head dress LOLOL! This was a very cute blog...needed this after the day I put in! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 5/11/2010 9:44PM

    He's adorable! What a lucky birdie to have such a family! Tweet Tweet!

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LMB-ESQ 5/11/2010 9:39PM

    How cute! And look at that bright green color! "Pretty bird, pretty, pretty bird!" He knows himself pretty well, doesn't he? emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/11/2010 9:39PM

    Such cute pictures. Thanks for the smile. -- Lou

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MARY1313 5/11/2010 9:38PM

    Awwwww! What a sweetie! My daughter had a quaker and every time it would get mad at her it would squirt poop out of it's cage on the floor. It only did it when it was mad though. If I had to live with my daughter, I would poop on her floor too! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!


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