Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day and a Visit to a National Cemetery - Fort Custer


Memorial Day - remembering those who made the greatest sacrifice.

Today we spent time visiting the grave of Daryl's parents, and paying respects to all those who have served our country.  Hundreds of people could be seen doing the same thing...standing, sitting, chatting, silent, tears, dry eyes, all walks of life...sharing a moment to stop and pause and reflect.





We walked some, and drove some, and stopped in an area we have always thought was important - the German Memorial.  I am not sure how many people know this story, and it is one worth sharing.




We had stopped at a spot nearby for lunch, and Taps was being played.  A gentleman in the restaurant
stood and removed his hat...a lovely and appropriate gesture for such a day.

I don't know what you did today...but our day was just perfect.  Emotional, and bittersweet.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Don't You Just Love Spring?


My two favorite seasons are Spring and Fall - and I am sure it has to do with color and vibrance.  


Spring is softer than fall; gentler.  Nature gifts us an awakening of the senses after being cooped up all winter.  I have spent as much time as possible outside, generally walking the dog and teaching her how to be a photo companion.  She has learned "wait" might be frustrating, but she always gets her reward.  This Spring she learned where the squirrels go when they run away from  her.  It was hilarious!


Enjoy this celebration of Spring!







Saturday, April 22, 2017

Neglected Pup


This is the look of a dog who is happy and content...for the moment.  See that silly grin?

The poor "child" has been sadly neglected, as you can tell by the lack of Facebook posts which feature her.  This does not mean we love her any less, it just means we lead busy lives.  As I finish up another semester of teaching, we are definitely looking forward to more time to play!

That being said, a growing 1 1/2 year old puppy (in a dog's body) needs exercise and play time.  The winter was not as harsh as it has been in the past - Hallelujah -so we did manage some excursions in the snow.



As the weather continues to become more spring-like, she has discovered she DOES like water after-all.  At least the calm variety.



 She is also intrigued by flowers...and fortunately has not had to taste them!


When she is not outside she has to occupy herself somehow, so there is the terrorizing of the cat...



...helping me write...


...begging for petting...


...watching nature programs on television...



...and after she has begged to go out...the begging to come in.


And we think one of her very favorite activities is to sneak onto the couch when she is sure you are still in the shower.  When she gets caught...she pretends she is totally innocent and simply looks away from you and out the window.


The one thing she does for both of us is enrich our lives, and keep us active.  There is also that thing about unconditional love.

And now we're off to enjoy a lovely spring day!  Get outside and play!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Time Flies - and So Do I!

When I stepped into the elevator last fall, I wondered if this padding was a sign of things to come!
It is absolutely delightful to have some time to catch up.  Catch up on life!  A new semester begins this week and I am extremely thankful it is a light one for me.  The fall was too heavily focused on "work," and there was little or no time for me to write, photograph, and enjoy my family.  Last night I set about putting last semesters photos from my classes into Shutterfly so I could share them with my fall students - and it brought some closure to the courses, and relationships I built with my students.

In the fall I taught 2 sections of an Introduction to Education course, and 1 of Inclusion for the General Education Teacher.  When I walk into my collegiate classroom for the first time, this is typically what I see:


And then it quickly becomes this:


Of course, I do not teach in a lecture format, and this course is an exploratory of the teaching field, and the importance of professionalism, so I have to get to know the students well to help them make the most informed program decision they can.  That focus leads to this:





And this:










By the end of the semester they have learned to process the information and synthesize their findings into a more informed decision about their career path.  A wrap-up mind-mapping activity draws from their connections to content over the course of the semester:



And in the end they leave wiser, for the most part, and ready to tackle the next step on whatever path they decide to take.


One more semester in the books, and I will admit I am glad to be taking a break from the campus classroom this current semester to head back into the field.  I LOVE to mentor student teachers as they learn how to navigate the mysteries of lesson planning, classroom management, professional skills, building relationships and networks...and so much more.  My group of 6 began in their area classrooms today and I am anxious to hear about their start.

So...we are off again!  But hopefully I will also be able to squeeze in my writing and photography a bit more, as well as catch up with my blogging friends and acquaintances.

Happy New Year!