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Spring Break~ Educational Exploration

Friday, March 16, 2012

Road trip!
Took a couple of days to enjoy some family time in Dallas/ Irving area of Texas.
Early Tuesday morning we, hubby and 2 youngest kids, drove to Arkansas and visited Central High School in Little Rock after meeting MinniJean Brown's sister of the Masonic Templar on 9th & Broadway. Talk about living history!
So you ask, "Who is MinniJean Brown?"
She is one of the "Little Rock Nine" students escorted into the school when students of color were integrated with White students with resistance.
http://teacherweb.sewanhaka.k12.ny.us/~c
areylibrary/warimage001.jpg
She's the one sitting in the front row, second to the left. The photo of her sister was taken with my camera. Sorry. That photo is unavailable along with the photos of Central High and a few other Little Rock photos. They REALLY look so much alike,too.

Continuing our trip, we travelled to Memphis, Tennessee. Photos on my iPad won't transfer into this blog, but we visited The National Civil Rights Museum. Powerful! I must admit, I cried several times for the ongoing struggles for justice. Later, to Graceland where we took pictures in front of the brink wall of Graceland. The cost wasn't to our liking for the four of us.
Hmmm! Can you say, "peanut butter and banana sandwich"? Yes this was Elvis Presley's favorite snack! Why do I know that?
Anywho...
Venturing to Beale Street before exiting the town of Memphis, we took photos of the down town area of Memphis where BB King's Cafe sits along with other prominent venues of interest. Again, the photos really would help here...nevertheless! (Those of you who know me well, know I keep trying...)

Today, we are back in Dallas(Irving)resting mostly. But I plan to hit the gym in a few minutes.
Tell me about some of your educational experiences and feel free to comment. This includes downloading photos from my iPad camera to the Sparkpeople blog.









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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 3/18/2012 10:22PM

    I love this blog. What away to get out of the box and travel.
Nice blog. Keep them coming.
Oh, have you tried using your USB cord and uploading them into your PC and then onto sparkblog. Give that a shot if you haven't.

*Lynn

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Time Away...

Friday, March 09, 2012

Breaking free from the usual monotony of unmotivated teens,
I feel myself exhaling as I loosen my denim jeans.
No longer in charge of lesson plans and "forgotten" work.
I can relax, let my hair down, and chill like Captain Kirk.

The sky may be gray with heavy rain tapping through the night.
Thought I'd get my swimsuit on... C'mon this ain't right!
How dare my Spring Break be filled with frigid rain & cold?
Now I think as time goes by, I feeling a little old.

Used to be so fun just basking in the sun's rays.
Now I break with a memory of younger, better days.

Still taking time away!

  
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SPARKLISE 3/12/2012 9:20AM

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BOMBCHELL23 3/11/2012 8:44PM

    Springbreak it still a long way off for me! I am glad you had a bit of time away and can regroup it is important as a teacher. I feel the stress hugely and with my master's paper looming over me I'll be typing away like no tomorrow during my break when it finally gets here. In the mean time just trying to survive!

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 3/11/2012 2:02PM

    Hey, we all need to take a break and free ourselves. emoticon

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JAZZEJR 3/9/2012 11:54PM

    Hey--that weather sounds like Michigan. I still enjoyed my Spring Break--planned a bunch of spring cleaning chores to do--did only 1/2 of them; read a book that I'd been meaning to get to. Took long walks when I could get outside. It was very restful. We need these breaks to "regroup" to tackle those kids again :)

You know what? Next year you and I should plan a spring cruise together. None of my friends could get off work at this time to take advantage of a couple of really cheap, great cruises. We could have worn those bathing suits each day! Wanna make that a goal?

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/9/2012 10:42PM

    Sometimes it's hard to believe, but as we age, it can be true that our best days lie ahead. Long days at the beach, in the blush of youth are memories so easy to recall. But now....we learn that those days also brought with them the higher risk of skin cancer later in life. All that glitters, wasn't necessarily gold. Keeping our eyes fixed forward can also keep many aspects of aging at bay. Enjoy the present that is today!

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Word for the Day: Wisdom

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Proverbs2:4-6 KJV

How can you not want the wisdom He offers? As long as wisdom is sought after, the Word says He will give it to us. Love the neverchanging Word of God!

Sonya

  
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SPARKLE1908 2/26/2012 6:22PM

    Amen Soror!

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Sparking Makes Me Feel Better

Thursday, February 23, 2012

As many of you know the past weekend brought some serious emotional jerks.
Briefing...
Husband's aunt died...
Sorority sister in house fire with her 80+ year old mother...
Another sorority sister 80+ years old, hospitalized on Monday...

All are better now. I include Aunt Laverne because I know she's with the Lord.
What better place to be!!!

It all seemed so surreal since it all happened at one time...too much to deal with when you add stress from work.
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I also credit prayers (mine and yours).
Although I have not responded to the previous responses yet, I truly adore my sparkfriends and those of you who visited my blog. It is a blessing to know yu are not alone.
Thanks again for your ongoing encouragement!
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Sonya

  
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BOMBCHELL23 2/26/2012 2:50PM

    That is what spark is truly about being there for each other.

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ELIZACG9 2/25/2012 10:12PM

    emoticon I did not actually go walk a distance but, I was up on my feet while I watched some kids play paintball...it is not for me, shooting paintballs at each other.
on my feet about 3 hours, so I am tired, it was a warm day. I am glad your ok.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 2/25/2012 2:48PM

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IDLETYME 2/25/2012 10:33AM

    You truly have had more than your share of sorrow in your life lately. All you can do is pray for guidance and for others to pray along with you. That's one of the best things about Spark. All you need to do is ask and we are there for you. emoticon

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ANHELIC 2/23/2012 11:00PM

    Keep up the great work. Prayers really do work.

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At home...PJs...TV...death...burned house...whew!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Since last Sunday, I have taken in alot.
My mother-in-law's sister, was lying in ICU holding on for life after another stroke.
Her husband, now deceased, was the preacher who married my husband and I.
Long sigh...
Seeing her lie there helpless, staggered breathing...looking to the Lord, looking back at us...at a crossroads.
Scary enough, I felt the presence of death awaiting her arrival.

Fast forward to this past Friday night, before getting dressed for my sorority's Mardi Gras celebration. A phone call arrived. Aunt Laverne died. My heart sank. Memories flashed of her hospital stay, her cheering me on as I serenaded my future husband down the aisle of our wedding, the time she survived brain surgery from a tumor removed, ...
That same night, sorority sister (suffering from Alzheimer) had a terribly large house fire.
Today, I am mentally and physically tired. So hubby and I stayed in our PJs. Now another sorority sister has been admitted. Still praying and making hospital visits tomorrow.

I pray for them: strength and peace...
Tomorrow it's back to routine...

  
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EDUCGRAD 2/26/2012 11:39AM

    hugs to you.so sorry for your loss,take care of yourself

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PHEBESS 2/21/2012 11:28AM

    Hugs to you - tomorrow will be better!!!

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DESYACV2 2/21/2012 8:38AM

    omg I'm so sorry to hear that, I will keep you in my prayers, so sorry :(...

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SPARKLE1908 2/21/2012 8:36AM

    You are dealing with a lot soror...I'll pray for YOUR continued strength and peace as well as everyone else involved...one day at a time soror!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREETHEGODDESS 2/21/2012 12:57AM

    So sorry you are having to deal with so much right now. Prayers sent to your friends and family.

Remember to take a deep breathe and think about enjoying your life. It is okay to relax and take a break from the sadness. Your health is important too.

Hugs.
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MRSLYRIK 2/20/2012 10:12PM

    wow soror you are going through some things. it is definitely stressful to have to be the rock for everyone. remember to take care of yourself and get in some you time....sounds like you and DH did that today......sending prayers for your family and sorors in need.

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SUNSHINE99999 2/20/2012 10:01PM

  That is really tough. More prayers coming your way.

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