"I believe it's high time some of our young ladies step up. Silence may keep the men in your life in line, ladies, and keep them guessing as to what they did wrong, but it won't break any glass ceilings. Volunteers? Yes, Celine-Marie?" "Teacher, I couldn't decide which photo to use, so I submitted all … Continue reading Breaking the Silence
"Good morning, students." "Good morning, Teacher!" "Oh my... Such enthusiasm! Delightful! Are you ready to present your assignments?" (crickets) "I see... Don't be timid, chickens! Share your image, tell us the song, then explain.... Oh me oh my. I've forgotten all the rules. Can anyone remember? Billy Bobby Joe? I see you desperately waving your … Continue reading Pictures. Trees. Parks. Families.
I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. ~ Mark Twain I didn't have time for even a short post, so I quoted someone long dead. ~ Camp Host Chad Here's a symbolic visual of my day: In this scenario, I think the water is everything that … Continue reading My Day!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~ Plato I've personally faced some employment challenges lately (which are much different than "challenges at my place of employment" - although, I faced those recently too), but that drought ended Monday. As I spread my good news around, I am strongly reminded of … Continue reading Turtle Chases Shark
I like it here in this beautiful place! ~ Small Boy on Cave Tour Get me out of this creepy place! ~ Grown Woman on Cave Tour "This place" might not be for everyone. If you like the idea of riding a train deep into the earth and touring one of the largest known cave … Continue reading Slovenia: Cave & Castle & Cake
If a race car driver focuses on the wall, he’s going to hit the wall. Focus on where you want to go. ~ Julianne Hough, advising a contestant on Dancing with the Stars Apparently, a rule that applies to race car drivers and ballroom dancers also applies to writing this blog. Thanks to Campfire Tales … Continue reading Where You Want to Go
A grownup is a child with layers on. ~ Woody Harrelson To make a full-blooded puff pastry, you need time, you need patience, and you need precision. It's all about the lamination: it's all about building up the layers of butter, dough, butter, dough; as the butter melts, it creates steam, and that brings up … Continue reading What Layers Mean to Me
“But some of the beneficial effects of trees and vegetation on humans may also arise from simply being around trees, since even the experience of seeing trees through a window seems to have a positive effect on health.” “E.O. Wilson coined the term biophilia hypothesis to propose that humans have an instinctual and deep emotional … Continue reading Doctor Tree
I recently read three completely random non-fiction books* in a row (okay, I cheated a little, because two were audiobooks). Each contained a chapter devoted to the seeming disconnectedness in today's culture and impact on our daily lives due to technology (specifically: our mobile devices). My first reaction (wisely, understandably) meant a quick switch to … Continue reading Campfire Tales Presents: Presence
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. ~ Robert H. Schuller Ever heard the phrase, "This too shall pass"? How about the … Continue reading Wednesday Words on the Wild: Imprudent (or I’m Prudent)