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My Day Off

My day off from work this week and unlike so many other days like these, I have chosen to actually follow through physically, what my mind has been wanting me to do. I’m writing. I believe this is the longest spell of silence I’ve had since my blogging experience began. So many times since my last post, I opened my dashboard, looked at the stats and clicked the add a post button. Only to close the page and walk away. I just couldn’t follow through with the swing, or make it across the goal line. I do have things I could have written that might be of interest to you, but right now you may be more interested as to why I have been so silent.

Am I feeling sorry for myself? Just the opposite. I’m really pissed off at myself for allowing this to get to this point. I love writing, whether it’s a quick post, poetry, something about my life or life in general. Posting some of my artwork that I still want to improve on and to promote as my own brand, and of course that can’t happen if I’m sitting on my hands.

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See that face in the frame? That is how perplexed I feel as to why this is happening. I do have answers and at the same time, I have no clue. I do know I need to break away from this duldrum (not sure if I’m using the correct word) that has gripped me like Charlie Brown’s dark cloud.

I know exercising and eating healthier can influence how we feel physically and emotionally. Saying that, I haven’t been able to workout like I had been because of a health issue that has come to light. I’m not ready to bring it to the forefront on this blog at the moment. I will say that surgery is planned after the first of the year. If your thinking this is the reason for my silence….it ain’t so because it was during the middle of the silence I became aware of my condition. I do plan to document the before and after, maybe for my own benefit.

So because I haven’t been able to workout, I have gained some extra pounds that I can’t wait to shed. I have indulged in some foods (more like snacking) that I could really do without, but I am getting back on track. My mid-section has taken on the bulge. I want to lose at least 5 pounds before the surgery, a goal I believe is realistic without exercise.

I’ve had some tests done over the past couple of months to determine the extent of my condition and what will be needed to get my health to a healthier state. The doctors tell me I am really in good health aside from the fact I need surgery….that is good news.

We’ve come to our slow period at work which means they are keeping a close eye on the hours. Even with insurance, I’m looking at medical bills already but I’m not letting that get me depressed…down a little but not depressed.

Christmas is right around the corner and as an adult, I know what Christmas is really about. Personally, I could care less if I get a single gift. My gift right now is my daily gift from God with every breath I take. But I do have 3 grandchildren who view this time of year differently and understandably so. We will make sure they have a children’s Christmas.

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#My3Grands (photo courtesy of themahoganyway.com)

They grow so fast. There was a time when I could reach out and touch them and hear their laughter, the questions that only a child can ask with a straight face and the cries of pain or disappointment, but now we are states apart. I won’t lie….at my age, it’s nice to have peace and quiet, but I do miss them.

I don’t know if I answered any of the questions you may have as to why I haven’t been posting. There are some elements in my life I’m not totally happy about. Finances, or the lack thereof can bring anybody down. The world’s events that tops the newscasts on a daily basis….and the list goes on….but, even you know these aren’t the main reasons.

I’m generally upbeat and easy going. Laughing (at myself a lot) and making others around me laugh as well. When I do get down, I don’t stay down for long periods. I don’t know why I have allowed myself to stay away from this spot for so long.

I’m anxious to get back into the mix. I don’t want to be this silent anymore. I hope it lasts, but we all know that it’s up to me.

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All The Same

WE’RE ALL THE SAME

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BUT DIFFERENT

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They Come and Go Faster

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As I get older, the years definitely come and go faster and faster. I’m going back almost two years with the image in this post. The one above was created February 10th of the year indicated in the design. I have used the MyQuesMark design in so many ways the length of this post would scroll almost forever if I were to include them.

As I read this particular design, it hit me pretty hard because I know that I allowed some things to distract me and take me out of my game plan. Towards the end of this year 2013, my emotions were at the innermost depths of frustration fed despair. I do know that all is not lost…that light shines even in the darkest moments.

I’m ready for the new year and what awaits.

No matter how positive you try to be, bad things happen….I choose to acknowledge that. Some see that as having a negative attitude….I see it as reality. There is strength in failure and mistakes, falling down. The weakness is staying down.

I’m battered and bruised…and I wear my scars proudly. God won’t put anything before me that I cannot handle. He never said that some things won’t hurt or bring me to my knees….maybe that what He wants….me on my knees.

Teaching Tools

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Our public school system has taken on changes over time that may have benefited those intended to teach…or not. I recently heard Robin Meade on HLN report that a public school system’s teaching (not all) staff in Atlanta had ‘fudged’ test results in order to make it look like the students and faculty were achieving more than they actually did. This also gave the teachers an increase in their pay. The question coming out of this was…wouldn’t you want to know if your child was not learning as he or she should be?

I do believe that this is not a practice taken on nationally in our public school system, but I would also have to say I believe it is not isolated. So what are they teaching?….that’s it’s not okay for the students to cheat in learning, but the teachers will do it for you. It is disheartening for the students, faculty and the education system. These kids have been damaged by the carelessness of a select few, but with lasting affects that is sure to leave a mark in the hearts and minds of these kids…even those not directly affected by this.

There is no perfect manmade solution, no perfect school system, no perfect student nor is there a perfect teacher. God, the Perfect One has given us the perfect solution, and that is the world in which we live.

Any and everything we need to learn is in our everyday living…..math, science,  biology, history, social skills….you name it. Now I will say that even though it is a perfect solution, it is not a perfect world…but that’s ok because it is we who have shaped this perfect solution into what it has become.

Some parents want to shield their kids from the world and its events in order to keep them safe. But these same kids will not live in the classroom, but they will live in the world and not learning from the world in some way, they will be lost.  I do understand fears due to what is happening in the world today, but are our schools that much safer?….and I’m leaving out the shootings that have taken place.

Teaching tools are in our everyday living and the best school for learning is our World Class. So am I saying to keep the kids out of the public schools? No but I am saying that home schooling or unschooling looks pretty good….

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