Imagine If a Classroom were like a Garden…

You plant a garden... Than you wait. You water so the garden grows... Than you wait. Some things do really well others succumb to weather or insects... Than you wait. If your blessed, you start to see growth in the plants & they take off but while all this is going on... You wait. One [...]

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GrowIt!

This past Spring I bought some plants & flowers from a local Farmstand. Part of the checkout process was to give an invitation to join GrowIt a gardening social media platform for gardeners to share their pics of plants, ask questions, problem solve with the community. It was all given to me with a package [...]

When Does a Father Grow into a Dad?

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers…

Since writing this article a year ago…our other daughter & her boyfriend have bought a home, and her dad has become their “Go To” Mentor as they learn to navigate being new homeowners, and he learns when to “step in” and “when to step back!”

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I was blessed to grow up with a dad that took care of his family, provided for us, made sure we had what we needed to grow into successful adults.  My dad modeled parenting for me.  His parenting style evolved over the years as his children got older.  The reality is being married, having kids, balancing the roller coaster of life that starts out with the slow ascend arriving at the top only to descent at a rapid fire speed…there is no manual for those challenges life may bring. So what makes a father a dad and when does that metamorphose happen?

My husband’s parents divorced when he was very young, consequently he grew up in a single parent home.  His mom did a fantastic job of providing a home for my husband and his sister. She not only had to be the nurturer but she had to be the disciplinarian as…

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Beauty of Nature

Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites We were gardening when quite by accident we stumbled upon this extraordinary surprise!! I knew immediately this would be my Favorite Photos. I snapped these photos, left the nest undisturbed, happy to report the bird tending the nest flew out and around our yard this morning! I love when I discover [...]

The Last Gift from Mom

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I wrote this piece last year in honor of my mom for Mother’s Day…it never gets old missing you, Mom!:)

My mother, sister & I all have February birthdays.  When I was growing up, once in a while, the three of us would go to a hotel over the weekend during the month of February to celebrate our birthdays.  Those times were special, we created a memory that I will never forget.

As the years past, schedules got in the way, and pretty soon those weekend getaways at a hotel were a distant memory.  This weekend, I was winding our clock and next to our clock is a small lavender box.  My mother & father used to go to Florida in the winter.  Twenty years ago my father passed away.  After he passed away, there were many memories of times spent there.  It became difficult for my mother to go…

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The Joy of Reading Together by Holly Niner

Great post about “The Joy of Reading Together…”

Nerdy Book Club

The swing hung from the branch of a willow tree split in two by lightening. It was my quiet place. Under its shade I observed the world, contemplated life and read more books than I can count. The books came from a wonderful city library with circular stair cases and a heady book-smell, a school library with a librarian that knew her students, and as gifts from my parents. In those days of five TV channels and no air conditioning, being outside with a book was the best way to spend a summer day.

That still-remembered school librarian, Miss Moruski, suggested a friend and I pick our books together so we could trade mid-week or we would run out of books to read. She told my mother she didn’t know what to do because she thought I’d read all the books in the library. There are books in every room…

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Authentic Self

Daily Post: Authentic We live in a world that produces fake news, social media has made it possible to create a fake self online where our lives look full of love and adventures and everything is wonderful.  Reality shows...are they really real, or are those shows scripted with “this year you're the villain?”, “this year [...]

Emerging Buds!

Photo Challenge: Awakening In between the raindrops, sleet and snow...I was able to get some flower buds that had been washed in rainwater! Each season has its color.  Spring is full of every color imaginable; pinks, orchids, yellows, different shades of red splashing the landscape sharply contrast the dreary white & grayish tones of Winter. [...]