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July 4, 2020

Teach a kid a little bit, and they run with it.  I was working in the Motivate Our Minds garden with my friend, Marilyn, this morning.  The purpose of the garden is to show children gardening by example and allow them to tend parts of the garden, teaching them along th...

June 9, 2020

From knowing African Americans, my life has been enriched.  Their culture is flooded with courage, strong spirituality and faith, humility, and strength. Oh, and love for music!  They should not only be acknowledged, but appreciated for the rich heritage they have to o...

May 21, 2020

If I have to wear a mask, let it be one I like.  I haven't found that yet.  This mask parade that we have every day is hard for all of us.  When I smile at someone, it can't be seen.  Or, maybe it can, when they see a twinkle in my eye.  I hope so.


May 16, 2020

History is a funny thing. 

This is a picture of my grandma right after she was married.  The year?  1909.  This brings perspective for today.  It was right before the Spanish flu pandemic that killed millions.  She's smiling in the picture, but she was in for "a ride."...

May 11, 2020

We are so tossed about by circumstances right now.   We want to be free.  We want to be out there! I have had to ask God about my response to how much I should get out.  I often picture germs like little greedy monsters in the air, and hiding in cracks and corners and...

May 10, 2020

Love, sorrow, comfort, sadness, presence and bonding.  That is what I experienced in the last days with my mom.   My sister gave me these words when she saw the picture, which I did today on mother's day.  I did not want the picture to show sorrow too much.  The sorrow...

May 6, 2020

Facebook and social media has been a lifeline at times.  I love the encouraging quotes by people like Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and other admired heros. Oh yes, and the Bible verses. There are other articles that stir up strife.

The conflicting articles abou...

May 1, 2020

Think, think, think.  I have been doing that alot lately.   There is nothing wrong with that.   There is a question I ask myself again and again.  

"What's next?"

I have said it my whole life.  I heard it alot.  What's next after 1st grade?...

April 30, 2020

This is a famous painting.  Edvard Munch is the artist.  He painted the same painting many times with different colors and different techniques.  To look at it triggers an emotion.

"What is this screaming about?"

I asked a similar question of all the stude...

April 29, 2020

"What's this for?" asks the kindly tree.   "Somebody forced this on my branches, and the wind won't even blow it away."

The tree continues his discourse. 

"Is this one of those things I see human beings wearing to cover up their smiles?  I have no need for this.  I...

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