Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Naturally, I’m already on a slower speed than the rest of the world. In truth, this annoys people who know me very well. I have a tendency to get lost in the moments. I putter, think, wait, watch, listen, contemplate, and daydream, a lot. You remember, the kid the teacher always told to stop daydreaming. As a student, I preferred to sit next to the classroom window. Frequently, I gazed outward, wondering, thinking, pondering, and then alerted to stop daydreaming. I wasn’t daydreaming, I was creating!  Pink Floyd The Wall, “Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

Queen of The Canoe

Queen of The Canoe

Now that I am older, I have a renewed appreciation for life. I am questioning the perspectives of more senior people. Some of my questions are, how did I get here so fast, what needs to be done, will I have any regrets, and what is most important now?  Usually, I ask these questions to my greatest mentor. My mother Noonie. These are the questions I pose to her when we are in the middle of Lake Monroe in our red canoe. At least once a year we venture off into our canoe. We paddle to the middle of the lake and I ask divine questions, get her perspective, and listen intently.

A Sense of Accomplishment

A Sense of Accomplishment

On the last night of my course, after the last student has left the classroom, I sit there for about 10 minutes alone.  It’s done.  Ten weeks of lectures, lessons, planning, correcting, assignments, research, etc.  It’s all done. The students have left the classroom.  At this time, I sit and reflect on what has taken place.  I breathe and allow my mind to wonder and contemplate. I hope my students received the learning they wanted.  I question myself, did I do the best I can do?   Now, it’s time to pack up the final materials from the semester, close the lights and leave the classroom.  Sue… Elvis has left the building.

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

In Part Five, we learn about Michelle Asterino who is a tremendous real estate agent in Scottsdale Arizona, Sharon Bishin who is the best person to speak to if you’re looking for work, and Dr. Perri Young who explains her profession with brilliant love and care. Highlighted are interesting challenges, insights, and passions each women share. I hope you enjoy this final feature of the 2019 Spring Series.  I truly enjoyed creating it for you!

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Published! Letter to the Editor in The Suburban Newspaper.
— Bottom line, Miss Macdonald was the most fantastic, innovative, friendly, wonderful, amazing, informative teacher. And the fact that she wore a big catholic cross around her neck each day she taught us, made no fricken difference to anyone in the classroom. So, I really don’t know what the big deal is now! Seriously 45 years later!! Bill 21 is a waste of everyone’s time and money!

Happy Day!

Happy Day!

Today, families are not strictly Mother and Father created.  There are many families which have two Mother’s and/or two Fathers.  Some families may have one Mother or one Father.  Some families don’t have Fathers or Mothers.  Families can no longer be defined as simply a Mother and Father with children.  Our society is too far expanded as all families are unique, not gender based. How’s about your professional family, or your gym family, or your summer camp family, or your choir family, or simply your friend’s family? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day needs to expand with society and be more diverse!

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do — Part Three

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do — Part Three

In the Spring Series – Do What Your Love & Love What You Do – Part Three, we learn about an Entrepreneur who makes healthy organic popsicles, an outstanding Math Magician, and an incredibly devoted Psychotherapist. Highlighted are interesting challenges, insights, and passions each women share. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I’ve had creating it.

Home Plate

Home Plate

RUN HOME! RUN HOME!!!! 
As the story goes, he was up at bat and struck the ball so hard that it went sailing way out into the outfield. Above all the little heads on the opposing team. It was definitely a home run. Just then the parents and coaches started to scream at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!”
He ran his little body to first base and stood there. The parents and coaches kept on screaming at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!” 

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do — Part Two

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do — Part Two

I hope you enjoy Part Two of The Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do.  Three beautiful, interesting women. Three different perspectives. Three creative, innovative, and passionate women. Whether it’s a smile in a scoop, a feeling of love and beauty from a great haircut, or the sharing of passionate advice, these incredible women provided us with a real path for passion and balance.

High 5 Baby!

High 5 Baby!

5 bucks gets you a small meal.  5 bucks will get you some place, not too far. 5 bucks will get you a beer. 5 minutes will let you snooze.  5 minutes late gives you a grace period.  5 minutes early gives you a moment to relax.  Dinner for 5 might get you a round table. I’ll call you back in 5 minutes is polite.  A 5 minute hug is priceless!

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part One

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part One

Welcome to The 2019 Spring Series!
Do What You Love & Love What You Do
This series is devoted to women who totally love the work they do. Each article features three women, from three different professions, describing what they do and why they love it. Each woman was interviewed using the same questions, notably some of the responses are similar and some are very different. Highlighted are interesting challenges, insights, and passions each women share. I hope you will enjoy this series as much as I have creating it.

Teaching Spring 2019 at Concordia University – Writing Your Memoirs – CEJN 134

Teaching Spring 2019 at Concordia University –    Writing Your Memoirs – CEJN 134

Memoirs aren’t just for people in the final chapters of their lives. If you’re old enough to be in this course, you’ve lived through a lot. You have a story that’s unique, one that deserves to be written for posterity… or maybe for a publisher with an audience eager to learn from your experiences. Either way, this is your chance to read and write in the memoir genre. By the end of the course, you’ll have one polished, publication-ready piece of non-fiction, narrative autobiography. And that’s something to tell the world about.

Dates:  April 4 to June 6, 2019 – Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm
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iKnow… iThink?

iKnow… iThink?

At a recent dinner, I noticed that the dining table surface suddenly included many cellular phones.  Each dinner guest placed their cell phone next to their cutlery.  During the dinner, these cell phones received frequent glances and for some, the messaging was constant.  The questions to iSelf were, “Who are these virtual guests at our dining table? Who is communication with you? Why is this happening, now?”

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Half Full or Half Empty?

Half Full or Half Empty?

I looked at the glass and said, “This glass is totally full!” All my students were shocked by my answer. Instead of explaining my response, I went around the classroom again and asked each student if they considered my glass to be half empty, half full or totally full. None of the students could figure out why the glass was completely full to me, when it was clearly half filled with water.  Then we had a full discussion about perspective.