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Tragedy...Stress...Now? Moving on with life...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

As you have all discovered from reading my last blog, I have had some undesirable moments in my work life. It's one thing to deal with daily stress of a job, but when colleagues die back-to-back and your environment is unsafe, it's a whole other ball game we're playing.

I have re-started my fitness regime and eating habits have tapered off again. Although I have had a few slumps, I am back in the saddle and riding high again. The emoticon hasn't taken my joy in spite of setbacks.

This week's goal:
Fitness: 200 minutes
Nutrition: stay w/in calorie range daily
Water: 6-8 glasses daily
Huddle: daily huddle with each team 3 times

emoticon and counting...

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SKEEWEE2MEK 11/13/2012 1:18PM

    Stay encouraged! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 11/12/2012 1:57PM

    emoticon Soror!!! I know you can do this!!!

Sorry to hear about your co-workers and work environment...take care of yourself!!!

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KAYATLANTA2010 11/12/2012 8:39AM

    Great job at moving forward!

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MIGURLINNC 11/12/2012 7:01AM

    Stay strong and take it one day at a time. emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 11/12/2012 5:22AM

    Good goals after a rough week! I am positive you are more than capable in being successful!

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SEAWILLOW 11/12/2012 5:10AM

    emoticon Thumbs up for your success! emoticon

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    emoticon The best thing is getting back into it!

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MCJULIEO 11/11/2012 11:05PM

    Hang in there! You CAN do it!

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The Death Toll of Colleagues - Tragedy...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I must start by saying that I wasn't going to write this blog, but I had to express myself about what has transpired.

Last month, my colleague Coach Wilson died in his sleep. His wife couldn't wake him...gone in an instant. My last memory of him was walking by him in the hall as he was headed to the main office.

Just late last night, another colleague, our attendance clerk, was killed at the hands of her husband. He stabbed her. I'm not sure how many times, but my Lord!
Domestic violence has taken another life over senseless power and control. Heard he had been arguing with her for about a week or two. Also heard he may have put sugar in her gas tank in the process of their disagreements. At some point, another colleague advised her to leave. She had not taken heed. (The last memory was of her walking in the hall with her 21 year old son just this past Wednesday.)

Why did I hear about all of this AFTER the fact??? I would have talked to her. We spend so much time stressing over grades, students, academics, and administrative demands. But no. There must have been cry for help somewhere...God heard her voice at some point, perhaps even when she fought for her life...I know she fought. Bet she even thought about her 3 children in the whole ordeal...I'm angry...Mad as hell that he would be so selfish to take her life...away from her kids and grand kids.

Now I feel sadness for another colleague who had a miscarriage while at work this past Friday...God! This is too much for back to back sorrow. I just keep praying and hoping that each day will bring about encouragement and comfort for those impacted including my entire campus.

Please pray for us!

P.S. ----I hope that murderer rots in prison until the day he dies. Justice must be served.
Now I'm about to work out and relieve some of my thoughts, prayers, and then off to bed.

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PYNETREE 11/12/2012 10:33AM

    These are the hard parts...Now you must list the Good parts of your life, and rejoice and grateful.

It is hard to have so much loss to deal with. I think you going to work out is a great idea.
May Peace be with you!

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BOMBCHELL23 11/12/2012 5:21AM

    OMG how discouraging on so many levels. I am deeply sorry for your schools losses that will be severely missed. Take comfort in prayer and in God, remember there are trials in our lives we will not understand. I, too am going through a difficult time and not one I can share but I keep trying to make the best of it. Some days are successful but others are not so. But remember take time for your friends and make sure they know you are there and that you care.

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MCJULIEO 11/11/2012 11:09PM

    Sonya, How're you doing now? Have things settled down a little? Have you found some peace in such tragic circumstances?

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SONYALATRECE 11/11/2012 10:31PM

    Thanks for all the encouragement!
You are all so supportive and fantastic motivators!


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TERRI289 11/9/2012 11:15PM

    emoticon and Prayers...I am so so sorry..

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CHRIS3874 11/9/2012 10:58PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss. May God help you to bear this.

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HDHAWK 11/9/2012 9:49PM

    I'm so sorry for all your colleagues are going through. Domestic violence is horrible. Praying for her family and children.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/9/2012 9:25PM

    Gosh, I am so sorry to hear about all of this loss. It's absolutely tragic in every way. Sending big hugs.


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JAZZEJR 10/31/2012 11:07PM

    Oh, what a string of losses! No wonder you're stressed. But please don't rack your brain looking for a hint of your colleague's troubles that you might have missed (trying to find a clue to how you may have been able to prevent this tragedy). Many times people in these situations go to great lengths to hide what they're enduring--for various reasons. Peace to you and her family. So sorry.

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PATSYB7 10/29/2012 10:05AM

    Sorry for your losses. We've been experiencing a lot of staff losing their parents in the past month. Makes one appreciate our friends and family a little more. emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 10/29/2012 9:34AM

    My condolences on your loss. You can not beat yourself up with the what ifs your sadness have honored your last memorie emoticon s of them by writing this blog!

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PHEBESS 10/29/2012 1:38AM

    Hugs, sweetie!!!!! There are unseen people like yourself who are the victims of other's violence, people affected by the murder of a friend or colleague or acquaintance. And there is nothing anyone can say to change things - you will always remember her with sadness.

I'm very sorry you are dealing with all of this right now. Lots of hugs to you!!!!!

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SLFGOLF 10/29/2012 1:03AM

    So sorry to hear of all your losses. I'm sure it is hard on you and all of your staff.

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MISSLISA1973 10/29/2012 12:39AM

    I am so sorry for all this tragedy. My heart breaks for you!

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LIFE-FAITH 10/28/2012 11:24PM

    You need to allow yourself to grieve and feel the loss of each of these that you have lost and grieve for (colleague miscarriage). It can and will take its toll if you do not grieve it.
I pray you find comfort and peace today.

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NDTEACHER1 10/28/2012 10:44PM

    This is a sad world but a better one awaits us.

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AJB121299 10/28/2012 10:44PM

    sorry to hear

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Sunday Funny- An Interview with Cookie Monster

Sunday, October 21, 2012

An interview with Cookie Monster

Me: So, what do you think about the 2012 presidential debates?

Cookie Monster: Rum..rum..rum...rum...(chomping on mounds of chocolate chip cookies)
Well, I must say, Romney and Obama seemed as if coming to blows isn't beneath either of the two. I must say I really enjoy a good fight. Haven't seen one since Big Bird and I had a few words, and I don't mean those posted on our show.

Me: [perplexed at this statement] What happened?

Cookie Monster: You see, Romney isn't the only one who noticed Big Bird's ego problem, but that darn bird always has to show his...long pause...tail feathers!
He hates to be upstaged! So that's why I just chew on these cookies to prevent PBS from turning into Adult Swim. I would say more, but I choose to keep quiet and stuff my chops with cookies. Enough said!
[resumes to eating cookies] Rum! Rum!...Rum....rum! [sounds of cookie eating fades into the wilderness as he saunters away with his pride and dignity]

What an interview to remember! I must say, I remain speechless...
Any thoughts, Spark readers?

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PHEBESS 10/22/2012 2:11AM

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BABY_GIRL69 10/21/2012 7:38PM

    emoticon God bless, Dee

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SEAWILLOW 10/21/2012 6:32PM

    Rum...rum! Rum...rum! lol

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ELIZACG9 10/21/2012 3:08PM

    Don't eat too many cookies but enjoy a couple at least.....I want to be quiet too.

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Sunday's Scripture - The Armour of God

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ephesians 6:13-18 KJV
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication for all saints..."

Apparently, I need to "dress up" for life's weapons. This needs to be a daily mission for me.
So, my plan is to use truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God's word in my walk.


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MCJULIEO 10/16/2012 10:15PM

    That shield of faith really works, too!

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SEAWILLOW 10/15/2012 7:49AM

    I have seen the word mission used on SP before but not as God's mission! I need a shield of faith!

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SLFGOLF 10/15/2012 1:02AM

    With God's help, you can accomplish anything.

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How to Determine Your Future...Kid's Eye View

Monday, October 08, 2012

While teaching the 7th graders enrolled in my Reading class, I discussed the various genres which included the difference between myths, legends, epics, tall tales, and fables.
Unexpectedly, a student enters asking if I could help him with his Math.
This is not so odd, but he was so determined to understand his work, I was perplexed about why he chose me and at such a bad time. Yet, I continued teaching while helping him.
Then, it dawned on me...This is adding fractions...adding and subtracting fractions.
Hmmmm...the oddity of it all is that in the 7th grade, kids should KNOW this. How do they get this far without knowing basic concepts?

Whatever happened to fun, engaging activities to teach division? That's basically what fractions are...a division of a whole...

Rolling up sleeves time...Common denominator...numerator...
Good thing he was familiar with the terminology.

The next class period...same senerario...different student...

Okay. Where's Ashton Kutcher?
I know I'm being punked!

I began to realize that the Math teacher had a sub, but don't they AT LEAST have to have some college hours to qualify for substitute teaching?
Are we THAT desperate to get people to fill in?
Could this be why I have not taken many days off?

So many questions.
So little time.

So I ask, what does our future hold?
This is a kid's eye view of what we have to look forward to...

No one writing in cursive because "It's too hard" and being forced to buy the "whole" of everything because fractions will become obsolete???

Wake me up soon...I have GOT TO BE DREAMING!!!!

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MCJULIEO 10/16/2012 10:10PM

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.... I'm SO glad that you, at least, COULD help him!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 10/13/2012 10:38AM

    This is really sad! I think all you need to be a "sub" is a willing heart and a clean background check. Father help us!

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MIGURLINNC 10/12/2012 6:32PM

    I also teach 7th grade reading! :) I was having the students calculate their AR (accelerated reading) grade. It was a simple 'add two numbers together and divide by 2' problem. They absolutely could NOT do it. Scary! I mean, really? Divide something in half? Give us strength!!!

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TBABY_8 10/9/2012 10:46AM

    Unfortunately, you aren't dreaming. My oldest step son cannot write in cursive because he was never taught and printing his name is something entirely different. I feel that some of our students are not getting all they need to succeed, but also wonder how do we fix it. The education system is so different from when I was in school. It's like they are trying to rush them through school to hurry them up to get out. And this end of year testing isn't helping our kids learn a thing. They need to do away with it. That is just my two cents. But it sounds like you are doing a great job as a teacher because the students must be learning from you because they are coming to you for help. That alone speaks a lot. emoticon

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MISHAMW 10/9/2012 9:13AM

    I made a similar comment to my mom about the school system last night. I live in Austin, last year they did one of the biggest teacher layoffs, a nearly laid off 10-20% of all teachers, because they couldn't afford them. This year, they are trying to get $180 MILLION (yes million) dollars for athletics alone....

Is it just me, or does that sound wrong? Oh and I live in Texas....athletics is code for football only. I seriously do not lie.

It's really heartbreaking to see the school system the way it is.

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/9/2012 7:23AM

    I hear you.... as a teacher with 20 plus years in the classroom, I am frequently perplexed by what we are teaching and not teaching kids today. I take issue with much of what we're pushing when many of the basics are being skimmed oor worse yet skipped... If we want a strong "house" we must build a strong foundation.

Have a great day!

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SEAWILLOW 10/9/2012 3:58AM

    Have you ever had a young cashier that could not count.

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SLFGOLF 10/9/2012 1:00AM

    Unfortunately, the college degree can be anything to qualify as a sub. Plus if you are older, it may have been a long time since you have used any of these concepts. This is why many times schools love to have retired teachers as substitute teachers. Many school districts are desperate for substitutes and will take whoever they can get. There is a shortage right now since the pay isn't good, its not regular work, and it definately isn't easy work.

What is unfortunate is that the kids don't know fractions by 7th grade. I work with 4th through 6th graders, and teach fractions including all operations with fractions to my 5th and 6th graders. By the time they leave us to go to Jr. High, they know them very well. It shouldn't be an issue by the time they get to 7th grade. Not sure what happened in your case.

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SEAWILLOW 10/8/2012 11:59PM

    You may not be the check out some of the young people do not know how to count change if they can't program it into the cash register!

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SEAWILLOW 10/8/2012 11:59PM

    You may not be the check out some of the young people do not know how to count change if they can't program it into the cash register!

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