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22 Days ’til 40: Slowing Down


I think one of the occupational hazards of educational administration that I did not reference in my recent post is slowing down (or, rather, lack thereof).  I love my job.  The students, teachers, and parents in our community really are special.  They come together and support each other, sometimes in the midst of very trying life circumstances.  Another thing I appreciate about our community is its diversity.  I work in a place that celebrates and honors differences – in colors, abilities, religion, etc.  As a result, we are a community that is rich – we learn from each other. Read the rest of this entry »


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39 Days ’til 40: Damaged, but Capable



I was slightly brain-damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way.  I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability. ~ Susan Boyle

Everybody’s damaged by something. ~ Emma Donoghue

Most people tend to think the best of those who are blessed with beauty; we have difficulty imagining that physical perfection can conceal twisted emotions or a damaged mind. ~ Dean Koontz

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~ Thomas A. Edison

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. ~ Abraham Maslow

Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Raymond Chandler

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. ~ John Wooden

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Read the rest of this entry »


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40 Days ’til 40: Keep Walking



We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. ~ C.S. Lewis

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. ~ Steven Wright

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.  She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way. ~ Lady Gaga Read the rest of this entry »


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43 Days ’til 40: Making Chores Fun



I LOVE it when my daughters teach me important lessons or remind me of lessons I have previously learned, but somehow “forgotten” as I go about my daily routine.  The photos I have included in this blog are visual representations of the lesson my older daughter reminded me of this week: Chores should be fun!   Read the rest of this entry »


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44 Days ’til 40: “Oops!” (Words You Don’t Want to Hear)


My daughter killed her Nook last week.  This did not come as a surprise, as my daughter has single-handedly brought many of her personal belongings to an early demise.  I used to cringe every time I saw her walking down the hall saying, “Oops!”  Over time, I learned to reduce my reactions to the multitude of “oops” moments that exist with my daughter in our home.  She has broken many things – and too numerous to count, and has cost of thousands in replacement items.  I am hoping that as she gets older she will outgrow this tendency to treat her belongings in ways that are not nurturing the long-term sustainability of the items. Read the rest of this entry »


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48 Days ’til 40: Infinite Possibilities


You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers.  In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. ~ Deepak Chopra

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. ~ Les Brown

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

In this moment, there is plenty of time.  In this moment, you are precisely as you should be.  In this moment, there is infinite possibility. ~ Victoria Moran

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55 Days ’til 40: Resolutions


It is that time of year.  Many people will pause during the next few days and come up with a list of resolutions for the coming year.  Some people have genuine goals they want to see fulfilled in the coming year.  Some individuals use this as a bargaining time with God or their higher power…….. ‘I will be “good” this year, if you only give me my health (or wealth, or a new job, or a significant other).  Read the rest of this entry »


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65 Days ’til 40: Alone vs. Lonely


I restore myself when I’m alone. ~ Marilyn Monroe

I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone. ~ Amy Sedaris
The trouble is not really in being alone, it’s being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don’t you think? ~ Christine Feehan
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. ~ Albert Einstein
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people than I feel on my own. ~ Henry Rollins

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. ~ Mother Teresa Read the rest of this entry »


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82 Days ’til 40: Pondering PAIN



Pain is a funny thing, isn’t it?  I am referring to physical pain, not emotional pain.  I have noticed a few interesting things about physical pain, I wonder if you have noticed too…….. Read the rest of this entry »


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94 Days ’til 40: Avoiding Potholes


Mondays are the potholes in the road of life. ~ Tom Wilson

Oh, I would love to be a motivational speaker.  I have pulled myself out of a million potholes, and I can see the potholes ahead of me.  That doesn’t mean that I could always do that so perfectly for my own life.  I totally fall in potholes. ~ Drew Barrymore Read the rest of this entry »


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