Category Archives: Heartwarming or humorous stories

The greatest gifts we ever received

Today is a special day for my husband and me. You see, today marks the anniversary of one of our VERY favorite days. 26 years ago, our beloved son was born. A remarkable woman, his birth mother, chose us to … Continue reading

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The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading

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The latest news: a math movement

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Standardized tests: What REALLY matters

I know that education and achievement matter. I know that students need to learn to be truly literate. They need skills. They need a depth of understanding across a spectrum of subjects. They need that and more. I wanted to … Continue reading

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My friend, Harvey

Sometimes life smiles upon you in a very special way. When I was in college, I met my friend Harvey. She goes by Mary these days, but back then she preferred to be called Harvey. To say she is funny, … Continue reading

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Remembering some miracles: or should I pout?

At times it seems that words like love and miracles are so over-used these days that they have become trivialized. I agree. Yet marvelous things (both big and small) occur in my life. I can see God’s fingerprint in these … Continue reading

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Those with true eyes see your heart; they know you sparkle

‘Tis September, and the summer days are fleeing. It has been a summer that renewed me in unexpected ways. A few months ago, I was going through a really difficult time. My little boat was going through some torrential times, … Continue reading

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People who love us raise us up

In light of the fact that I have been renewing friendships and reuniting with cousins off and on over the past few months, I realize once again how we are the wind beneath each others’ wings. We reach out and … Continue reading

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Tall ships or small ships: either way–just sail

I was thinking about the tall ships that sailed in honor of the country’s Bicentennial in 1976. I was thinking about that because one of my students is studying the Revolutionary War and the subsequent history. I as explaining to … Continue reading

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Something from my bucket list: dreams DO come true

Do you have an actual bucket list? Do you have some cherished dreams that would be oh so lovely if they could really come true? I do not have an actual written bucket list. But there are definitely special hopes … Continue reading

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A new school year looms

Here in Arizona, some school districts are on year-round calendars. They headed back to school the week of 7/15. The last districts will be in session by 8/7. No more post-Labor Day starts. Today I am thinking about my summer … Continue reading

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In honor of the 4th of July

The 4th of July: Lessons My Dad the Marine Taught Me Posted on July 4, 2012by Kate Kresse and reposted July 4 2013 The 4th of July was a big deal in my family. Before breakfast we would “put the flag up”-the whole family … Continue reading

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Are you down or tired or overwhelmed?

Are you burdened with duties? Are you downhearted or overwhelmed? I would say therapy could help….no, not that…..I mean Chocolate Therapy 🙂    

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God cares today, tomorrow, and every day

Do you get the doldrums or feel just wrung out or overwrought sometimes? I know I do. I am not feeling that way today, but there ARE times. When I hit those times, well…what is it like? I will tell … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Little Zachary

I have said it before. I am a Baby Boomer. I loved the pop music and folk music of the 60s and 70s. Music moves me deeply, and often can express so eloquently what I cannot describe. John Denver’s music … Continue reading

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Silly Punny

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Do you repeatedly make the same discoveries about yourself?

Sometimes my mind grabs hold of an idea, and it just must be expressed. In general, I am not artistic, although I did take a drawing class a few years ago. I discovered in that class that I am excellent … Continue reading

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We Can Change the World With Kindness

Now we are past 9/11. The teensy break that some of the candidates took from negative, nasty politicking or ads will end today. Sniping will begin anew about which side is selfish or who cares about who more. Rather than … Continue reading

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Six Word Saturday

OK, Don’t laugh or faint. I know I am verbose. But today I am taking a stab at 6 word Saturday, but I am going to have to give you an intro first. The intro is in regular type—the six … Continue reading

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A Joke from a Friend

A friend of mine named Michael recently shared this joke. Since we just finished one political convention, are heading into another one, and also had a primary election this week in my state, I wanted to share this. “A man … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Been a Bad Girl But….

There were some girls in school that were part of the fast crowd. They partied hard, they led a looser lifestyle than I did. I was always the wide-eyed innocent. Some even called me Gidget. Those of a certain age … Continue reading

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How To Handle a Heat Wave With Humor

In the U.S. the heat and accompanying droughts this summer have been record breaking. When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, WCCO radio would put joking weather forecasts of blizzards and below zero temperatures in the midst of … Continue reading

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To Bring a Smile to Your Day(s)

Just a quick little something to bring a smile to your day(s).

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The Only Way to Live

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable” ~ Storm Jameson Working with students and communicating with people in general I often get the … Continue reading

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A Joke

Ok, today I cannot even compose a worthy post at all. It is Thursday~I have had a full slate of students and they all have finals coming up. But I saw this joke today and it really cracked me up. … Continue reading

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Just Like That

Forgive my absence yesterday. But we were busy with graduation preparations. And…Just like that, the graduation really did happen; with us in attendance; and Josh walking across the stage. I will post pictures another day. But there were two things … Continue reading

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Sunday Post: Vehicle

Jake’s Sunday Post this week is about vehicles. http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/sunday-post-vehicle/. When it comes to cars I was definitely one of those teens who salivated at the thought of owning my own car. I didn’t even bother getting my driver’s license until I … Continue reading

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Personal Accounts About the Flood of My Youth

Around Easter time I posted an article about a flood in my town. I wrote about the efforts of the citizenry to keep the town from getting swept away. Subsequently I found this link which has multiple first-hand accounts from … Continue reading

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Just For Fun~Need a Laugh?

ok. i just couldn’t resist!!

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Sunday Post: Blossom

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/sunday-post-blossom/. I was supposed to post this on sunday. Both Cee and Jake have outstanding ideas for Sunday posts. I always mean to post them on Sunday, but I seldom do it right on Sunday. However: this week I am … Continue reading

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Red Boxes to Help Them

100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#35 Posted on March 19, 2012 http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week-35/ Each week participants in this challenge write a 100 word story using(and including)  the prompt for the week. The prompt for the week is “… the red box … Continue reading

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