Tag Archives: perennial optimist

No not even one

I have written many many blog articles about teaching and learning, and believing in my students. What continually draws me to a student, and keeps me going? I will tell you. It is the chance to launch them. My favorite … Continue reading

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Autumn Has Always Been Special to Me

I have to admit, I always loved autumn when I loved in parts of the country that had spectacular autumns. I love the gloriously bright oranges, yellows, and red that make the trees look ablaze with color. I love scuffling … Continue reading

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Sometimes you have to be adventurous

I sometimes think that having an adventure must involve extraordinary effort (like mountain climbing), or a long and perhaps expensive trip. But life itself is truly an adventure. When you stop and think about it, each time we head out … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bridges to Zoom Across

I am reflective today once again. Tomorrow is my birthday, and so it is appropriate for me to reflect upon the past year and look to my future. A year ago I was helping my son recover from an April … Continue reading

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Deeply Rooted in Christ

“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught”~ Colossians 2:7 People have asked me throughout my life how I have … Continue reading

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She Had Me At Louie

Ok. Let me preface everything I am going to say with the absolute fact that I am moved beyond measure by every blogger I read. The posts, the poetry, the photographs, the Scriptural teachings, the outlooks on life…. just as … Continue reading

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Life’s Garden Isn’t Scary

This morning I had time for  prayer and reflection before I got ready to leave. I arrived at my computer clear-headed and in a positive mood. When I checked Facebook I found the usual argumentative and negative posts from people … Continue reading

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A Flag Over My Life:

fgassette commented on my blog recently, and said: ” I remember reading this somewhere and thought you may like it; ‘“In London, Buckingham Palace flies the royal standard to show that the sovereign is in residence. Day or night the flag can … Continue reading

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I Had Friends That…and No, They Did Not Deserve It

Those who read my blog regularly know that I have a real hot button about people being bullied, minimized, or marginalized. I err on the side of compassion as much as I can. I try to make accommodations for people. It breaks … Continue reading

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HUG Award Recipient

It’s true. I received the HUG Award. What is it? Connie Wayne at http://ahopefortoday.com/ nominated me for her brilliant and inspiring HUG Award. It’s a new award that she developed and designed. You can find the guidelines by clicking on this link: … Continue reading

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Wake up and Be Conscious

Thornton Wilder wrote, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”. Some days those treasures are harder to see than others. Some days all we can see is the … Continue reading

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How can it be?

How can it be that loss can turn into gain? How can it be that the marks that suffering leaves upon us can, in turn, make us gleam and glow? How is it that tears can turn into laughter? I … Continue reading

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We were loved before we existed

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” ― Charles Dickens An old friend of mine posted … Continue reading

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Bold God for Timid Me

I am kind of an oxymoron. Not a moron, because I am fairly intelligent. Not as brilliant as my dear husband, but I can more than hold my own. I am bold and timid at the same time. I never … Continue reading

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I Still Believe…oh yes I do

Earlier today I wrote about how much I miss the Camelot years (or how they felt to me anyway)  http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/i-was-a-dreamer-and-idealist-am-i-still/. Why did I write about that? I have been tired and discouraged…..but quite honestly more tired and exhausted than discouraged. I … Continue reading

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I Was a Dreamer and Idealist: Am I Still?

I came of age in the 60s and 70s. My generation cut their teeth on the dream of changing the world, making it better. I remember the folk music and the protest music. When the dream was very young, JFK … Continue reading

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Sea Fever

Sea Fever—by John Masfield “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the … Continue reading

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Have you ever protested for anything? Daily Post Topic #309

Have you ever protested for anything?. I have protested but not in the Occupy Wall Street Way. Instead, I got involved and worked “within the system”. When I became upset about poverty and hunger, I spent my hard earned money … Continue reading

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What do you miss? Daily Post Topic #303

What do you miss?. I miss optimism, civility, and kindness in the culture. So often these days, people are harsh. Perhaps many of them suffer from sleep deprivation and/or malnutrition. Perhaps it has always been a harsh culture but I … Continue reading

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Sunshine in my heart

We moved here to sunny Arizona from Ohio. It was so cloudy and grey in Ohio….it was cloudy and grey a lot. Here it is fully sunny at least 320 days a year. I have found that it makes my … Continue reading

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Who knew that Joan Rivers and I are simpatico?

Joan Rivers can be funny, she can be shrill, and shall we say a tad judgmental. At least that is her schtick. Well, as I was skimming through my positive quotation book I found a quote by her that sounded … Continue reading

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What is a day?

Ralph Waldo Emerson [oh I know, don't you just love him?] said “A day is a miniature eternity”. The problem is it is so miniature. Of course when I focus on how short a day is and how much I … Continue reading

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Panic Isn’t

Today’s topic was about a bunch of superballs. I couldn’t focus on that topic because my mind has been panicking. But “Panic is not an effective long-term organizing strategy”- Starhawk. Now I have no idea who Starhawk is. I have … Continue reading

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Don’t put off ’til.._My post # 278

It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.” – J.R.R. Tolkien. So many times I have thought about major goals or lengthy to-do lists as either insurmountable or I have been in a quandry as … Continue reading

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How I am coping with this economy – My own Post # 277

I spent on average about a half day a week running errands. I have gotten to the point where I make my little circle tour. I go from Sprouts (a store kind of like Whole Foods)–great prices on produce and … Continue reading

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Make your own weather – My own Post #273

I am eager for fall colors and crisp air. But today I am thinking of the more metaphorical weather. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said “Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional … Continue reading

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How do you stay true to yourself? Daily Post Topic #272

How do you stay true to yourself? Topic #272: “Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace prize, advises that the winners this year ‘Stay true to themselves’. This is advice we often here is kids or in movies, but … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Ordinary Days – My own Post # 272

Some days and times are big, special, extraordinary, even mountaintop experiences. On those kinds of days I feel super-charged, full of heightened awareness, happy, almost weeping with joy. We don’t get tons of those days—if we did they wouldn’t seem … Continue reading

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What is joy? – My own post #271

What is joy? Well, Marianne Williamson says that “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”. I find this to be really true on both good days and bad days. I … Continue reading

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We each can be “fishers of men”

In the Gospel of Mark “Jesus said unto them, come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men”. [mark 1:17]. I never really stopped to think that we are each called (in our way with … Continue reading

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“But by God there will be dancing” – My own Post # 263

There is a part to the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding. Ok, I admit it, I am a sucker for certain kinds of movies: musicals, movies about teachers, and romantic comedies. My Best Friend’s Wedding is one I do enjoy. … Continue reading

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