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Summer Memories: State Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015      14 comments

It’s August and the time of year when many states are getting ready for their annual fair. When I was a new teacher my first job was in Salem, th... Read more

THREE THINGS EXERCISING HAS TAUGHT ME

Friday, August 14, 2015      15 comments

When I started Spark I did not think of exercise as a reward. I thought it was next to impossible! I had experienced several car accidents which le... Read more

WHY I LIKE USING "SPARKRECIPES"

Saturday, August 08, 2015      13 comments

SparkRecipes is one of my favorite Spark resources. Read more

AUGUST GOALS: How I Plan to Reduce Stress

Tuesday, August 04, 2015      13 comments

Reduce your stress. How many times have you heard that? We know that reducing stress lessens your chances of developing all kinds of unhealt... Read more

Some Like it Hot – Some Do Not

Thursday, July 30, 2015      13 comments

It's that time of year again. Summer is here and people start asking, "What is your favorite? The heat of summer or the cold of winter?" Read more

Summer Memories

Thursday, July 23, 2015      11 comments

Summer takes me back to the time when I was a child playing my way through school vacation time. Things like wearing flip flops (we called them Zor... Read more

Pictures of Oregon in Summer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015      17 comments

When I think of summer in Oregon certain pictures come to mind. First, are the roses. They signal summer, coming into bloom in June and bloomi... Read more

Celebrating America’s Birthday

Saturday, July 04, 2015      14 comments

Grandma always said that Independence Day was America’s birthday and we liked to celebrate it with music (as well as parades, picnics and firework... Read more

STUMBLING BLOCKS?? MAKE STEPPING STONES

Tuesday, June 30, 2015      16 comments

“The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” I remember the first time I heard this saying. ... Read more

My Favorite Quick Get Away

Tuesday, June 23, 2015      13 comments

I live where I can see the majestic Mt. Hood. For as long as I can remember it has been a calming influence on me. There is something stabilizing ... Read more

CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY

Sunday, June 21, 2015      9 comments

Here it is – the special day we have set aside to celebrate fathers. Many thoughts come to mind when we say the word “father”. We use... Read more

One Day of Healthy Recipes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015      15 comments

A good day starts with breakfast, especially when breakfast includes chocolate. Read more

Self-Care 101

Wednesday, June 10, 2015      18 comments

It has taken many years for me to realize the wisdom of self-care. I come from a tradition that honors submerging one’s own needs to meet the dem... Read more

Diving into My Summer Goals

Wednesday, June 03, 2015      19 comments

It’s June and time to revisit my May Goals. I made progress in each of these: 1. Get enough sleep 2. Be sure to stretch 3. Drink plenty ... Read more

MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES

Monday, May 25, 2015      9 comments

When I was growing up (1950’s) Memorial Day was called “Decoration Day”. We always went to my grandparents’ house in what was then a very s... Read more


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