My Country Tis of Thee

Today was mostly claimed by a sneaky migraine so I was feeling less than perky. Ugh! But as I was getting ready to leave school today I saw the flag flying out front. It’s there everyday. I usually don’t even notice. So common place a thing that it is easy to miss. But today we had exchange students that came to talk to our students. They told us about themselves and their countries.

I thought, with all the craziness in our world these kids came here anyway. America can’t all bad if we are still attracting customers!

Well, I guess it just hit me today as it sometimes does. I’m still proud. I’m still thankful. Some of my very favorite people were willing to risk their lives for that bit of fabric. The weight of that sacrfice is not lost on me.

God Bless America

All the best,



Songs, Coffee and Sunshine

I’m here in the land of endless summer, aka North Carolina for a visit with the hubs mom and dad. Dad is now in full time care and not so well. As we went about our business today I saw this sign and snapped a picture. Is it any coincidence that my mom in law buys the same exact brand of coffee that I do? Well, the sign says it all.

A song keeps floating through my mind. “I’ll fly away” sings on as I see the endless blue above. Wishing we could all “fly away” together someday into forever.

Happy Friday from the land of sunshine!


The Wide World

About five minutes after arriving at the airport I realized I had forgotten to bring a travel size hand sanitizer. Everything I touched made me even more aware. Acutely aware. 

I may or may not have counted how many times the lady in front of me used the very same crumpled tissue to blow her nose on separate  occasions…. (it was 4) 

I should be used to it. I teach first grade after all. I have one student (who will remain nameless) that likes to repeatedly lick his pencil. We use a lot of g and sanitizer.  A LOT.  To be without it leaves me feeling a bit unarmed against the germs and bugs out there. Definitely going to be finding a Walmart in the near future. As my students call it “hanitizer”- don’t leave home without it!



Us in our natural habitat

My mind is a perpetual brainstorm.  So many great (and not so great) ideas flying around so fast that I can’t think straight.  I tried journaling but I may have misplaced one (or a dozen??) notebooks and they never seem to be where I am when I want to write.  I have a planner with a “brain dump” page where I can throw ideas down on a page as fast as they fly at me.  That helps with the initial weeding out process.  I look back and find that there are some pretty awesome things that I have come up with and some pretty unrealistic projects that will never happen.

Blogging was something I turned to as a daily outlet for my mind.  I need to get so many words out a day – probably more than the average person.  I was falling behind on my daily quota, WAY behind.  My husband is not much of a talker and will panic if I get going on projects that I would like to do or things that require planning.  He gets testy…. We can’t have that.

I have to say I love that I can chronologically organize my thoughts and ideas.  I can add pictures to whatever is on my mind that day.  It’s been great.  I hope somebody out there enjoys reading this stuff and if I can help anybody along the way then two people have benefitted from it!

Happy bloggin’!



IMG_0340Life has given me highs and lows. Times for celebrating and times I wished could be erased. Through it all I have to say it’s been mostly good.

I recently saw a clip about and Auschwitz survivor forgiving the Nazi doctor who experimented on her and her twin.  She was explaining the ordeal that she endured.  The heartache, physical pain and tragedy.  She spoke clearly and calmly about the most horrific of experiences.  Through all my ups and downs I have never encountered such hardship.  I consider myself blessed.

At the end she explained her desire forgive. She had met a Nazi doctor and she realized that he also lived with the horror of Auschwitz.  She forgave as a gift to the Nazi soldiers. She forgave for healing for herself. The Nazi doctor was there at Auschwitz during the use of the gas chamber.  Together they revisited the camp and signed a declaration that authenticated the deaths of so many. It was to commemorate the event for future generations.

What strength, what hope. I was in awe of such a human that could reach that far over and across barriers.  In a time when so many are putting up dividers over seemingly trivial things; this is what I want to be.  I want to reach.

Many other survivors denounced her.  Wondering how she could reject the cruelty they had endured.  She admitted it was crazy even to herself.  The results speak for themselves.  Crazy or not, there is a survivor out there who is free. Thank you, Eva, for such a beautiful example of life after tragedy.