Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Faves

 some of my favorite summer things: clear light, porches, and hydrangeas

* Quote of the Week: "What are you doing for you today?~ Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours

* Book of the Week: Shopping for Time: How to do it All and Not be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahany

* Blogspiration: Yes and Yes!

* Song of the Week: Summer Wine by the Coors

* Images of the Week: Windows and Doors series, by S@ssy L@ssy

* To Make You Grin: Hilarious Southwest Flight Attendant

* In Case You Missed It: Hide 'n Watch

* Truth: The Gift of Presence by Evelyn Rennich of Smallish 

* Watching: Agent Carter, season one

* Some Things I Love: July, home projects, Flickr, GoodReads, postcards from friends on vacation, girl days with Sloane, cleaning out all the closets, drawers, and cupboards, spray paint, hammock time, photo shoots, selling CDs and DVDs we don't want any more, used book stores, zinnias, hydrangeas, front porch swings...

This is my 1,111th post.  Kind of cool, hunh? Happy weekend, friends.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Faves

a favorite tree

* Word Nerdiness:  A to X Writing Advice

* Great Read: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
* Things I Love: a trip to IKEA in Kansas City, Cardinals baseball on the Fourth, family picnics, reorganizing the drawers and closets every summer, one month off with Jeffrey and Sloane, the gallery wall I made in the laundry room, blue Ball Mason jars, blank journals, deviled eggs, making photo books on Shutterfly, not wearing a watch all summer long

* To Make You Laugh: click on The Hunt
* Images of the Week:  from artist, Gediminas Pranckevicius

* A Song: "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol

* Quote of the Week: "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." ~ Seth Godin
* Interior Inspiration: TV and Movie Homes

* In Case You Missed It: The Simple Things

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chevron Flowers

 Just a cell phone snap on a recent walk.  The orange part is a chevron shape all the way around.  
I wonder what kind they are? 

A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Happy July, friends. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a (very late) New Year's Letter to Me

I've posted this image before, but it is one of my favorites. 

I had intended to post this back in early January, but it somehow got missed.  As summer school ends tomorrow and a new school year begins in 5 weeks, it feels a bit like a new year to me.  Late or not, I thought it was worth posting.  Take care, friends.

Dear Relyn,

It feels a little strange to sit here writing while my students write their own letters.  Usually I roam the room helping, correcting, answering, encouraging.  Today, I told them that I would be writing with them.  (Which they loved, by the way.)  I have the big picture up on the smart board that I made for the blog.  They keep looking at it.  And looking at it.  It blows their minds to think, to realize, that they have a say in who they will become.  I can see it in their faces, in the concentration on their faces - they feel powerful.  Maybe more powerful than they've ever been.  And, it's so true - we are in charge of who we become.  It's the first time most of them have ever had that thought.  It absolutely stuns them. 

Really, it blows my mind too.  Think of it - I am an adult, but I am not grown.  I am not finished.  In fact, I am only beginning.  I have so much more becoming to do.  So much more.  It strikes me that my becoming is tied directly to my choices.  How often do I remember that fact?  How often do I make choices that lead me in the direction of growth instead of sticking tight to the path of habits I might have outgrown?  What do I want to change about my life?  I think I must start by changing my choices. 

Happy New Year, Relyn.  I hope this time next year, you will find yourself different, in all the right ways.

Are you all making new choices?  Tell me about them.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Faves

I love the "behind the scenes" photos I catch at family photoshoots.

* Quote of the Week: "One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted.  Do it now." ~ Paul Coelho

* Blogspiration: Whimsicalities by Michelleums

* Song of the Week: Country Girl by Carolina Chocolate Drops

* Something to Read: The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

* Something to Watch: an adorable interview

* Amazingness: What I have to Say hosted by The Define School

* A Perfect Post: And I was wondering..., by Beth

* In Case You Missed It: Magic in Their Pockets

Happy weekend, friends.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

in a garden

 the perfection of a poppy

A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Happy day, friends. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Morning Poetry

Ode, 1874
We are the music makers.
And we are the dreamers of dreams.
Wandering by the lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; -
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy
Happy Sunday, friends.

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