Life changes regularly. Some changes are gradual, with fuzzy edges, perhaps, while others are more defined. Before I retired, I found a couple items in the three-dollar bins they had at my local craft store. They had the slogan “Unlock your Dreams & Explore your new Reality” boldly displayed. That slogan became my retirement motto … Continue reading Reflections on Quarantine Past
Yesterday was the last day of the year at “my school.” It’s been seven years since I retired from that school, which is also the school my children attended. It will always be my school, though. Every time I head north out of my subdivision, I pass the building. I look to see how many … Continue reading Ramblings of a Retired Teacher
Many of us take time on the last day of the year to reflect on our lives the previous year. Some people make resolutions for the year to come. Do we believe that at the stroke of midnight on January 31 a magic curtain opens and we walk into – a different life? A changed … Continue reading MY 2020 Blessings
“Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.” Dr. Seuss Since I first decided to be a teacher, my life has been one in which I continually asked myself what I was “supposed to” be doing. I always felt I should be helping others in some way. I wanted to be a … Continue reading Who Am I? What Am I Supposed to Do?
COVID-19 brought everything I was doing, everything I had planned, to a halt. In March, I believed life would restart again in August. Apparently, I was wrong. In 2014, I retired from teaching and began planning a new life. My motto was built around a sign and miscellaneous items I found in the dollar bins … Continue reading My New Reality – Again
School will be starting soon, in some form. I am glad that I do not need to face the decisions that are currently being made by parents, students, and educators. As a retired educator, however, I find myself reading and listening to many sources about just what a teacher or parent can do to make … Continue reading School and COVID-19
Video conferencing is not like meeting in person, is it? Since March, I use conferencing apps for four regularly scheduled appointments. Early on during the pandemic, I did family meetings, played chess with my son, and engaged in a few other virtual social events. Now, it’s pretty much just four. My WW (formerly Weight Watchers) … Continue reading Seating Charts for Video Conferences Please
Photos by Amy at Piece of Our Heart Project What if you are a very special teenager with autism who organizes a yearly drive to give back to the developmental center that diagnosed you? What if you look forward to this drive every April for Autism Awareness month and along comes a pandemic that puts … Continue reading Even During a Pandemic, Autism Does Not Go Away.
My morning view from the corner of my patio About a month ago, I posted about taking a break from things that had become my "jobs" during lockdown. I started doing some of the things that I like to do on vacation. I realized that most of what I vacationed from were things that were … Continue reading Social Distancing Staycation – 2
Mimi was one of the people I called when I was “reaching out” to people during the stay at home orders. I've actually called her twice during the last three months. The first time was to check on how she and George were doing. The second time was to ask her permission to post her … Continue reading Mimi and George During COVID-19