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Friday Thoughts: 50 #WTF

Yes, today is my birthday. And yes, today I turn 50. #WTF With age comes wisdom and that sense of "I really don't care what you think," attitude, so there's that. But how in the world did it come to... Continue Reading →

A Random Mess with a Purpose #SOL21

I'm not sure what's going on with my brain, but I'm not liking it. I just cannot keep focus, period. My garden isn't ready because I'm flying around, getting projects half done, then thinking, "Oh crap, what about *insert next... Continue Reading →

A Wide Range of Emotions #SOL20

I'm not even sure where to start with this because there's so many emotions running through me over the last few days. Sadness: I went into my classroom to start packing things up and getting ready for the end of... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 8 – Finding Happy

Today was a day about finding the happy going into next week. Since Christmas, our class has been different: rude, disrespectful to each other, to us, and other teachers, apathetic, and just plain ornery. Now, this certainly is not the... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: 5 Things That Have Brought Me Joy

Good morning to my 20 readers (yes, my mom talked a few of her geriatric friends into signing up via email), long time no write. I've read a lot about how joy is being lost in today's world. As we... Continue Reading →

Another Late Night Blog #SOL19

It's 10:10 PM (CST) and I'm staring at this screen thinking, "What the heck do I write about?" Writing this summer has been an issue. What should I write about?? I could write about the fact I've got my notebooks,... Continue Reading →

Sunday Salutations – A Charleston Get Away

Today's blog will be a quick one! Happy Two Days After Summer Solstice Day! I hope your longest sunlight day of the year was a grand one. Over the next few days, I'm going to write about our trip to... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Noticing Joy

Welp, we aren't challenged to write every day, but I'm still noticing things around me   #wheresmydangnotebook Today, it's happiness, because I need a jolt of that right now. So, what I've noticed recently: First and foremost, the Iowa Hawkeye Women's... Continue Reading →

#SOLC19 Day 4: Who Picks You Up At The Airport?

What in the world are you talking about? That's the look a couple of my classes gave me when I showed them this title, and with good reason. They can't drive! 🙂 #thatisnotfunnyMrJohnston Anyway, I had a good topic in mind... Continue Reading →

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