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Jul 30, 2021

Teacher Brain

Summer is almost over, that delightful and sacred time between school years when teachers relax, rest and refresh themselves before once again beginning with a new group of students. It has been a particularly enjoyable summer break for me this year. But now I must re-engage what I call Teacher Brain. At the end of a school year, after intense months of lesson planning and implementing and helping young minds learn and grow, I have to give Teacher Brain a break. So I turn it off. But now July is over and August is starting and so is another school year. I’ve sent my brain the message: Teacher Brain on!

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Jul 28, 2021

Sparking Our Core Values

One of the valuable benefits of life story reflection, reminiscence and writing is the often helpful perspective of where we have been in life as well as where we are now. I know this to be quite true for me. And I know it to be true of many others whom I have assisted in preserving their life stories.

It is wonderful to look back at times in our lives and appreciate all the goodness. Harder to view the troubled times. Yet these times often are the most valuable, at least in teaching us lessons and helping us to grow as people who learn to love and care about others.

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Jul 07, 2021

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Diamond Anniversary

How do you measure a successful marriage? Longevity is certainly a factor. Today is the 75th wedding anniversary for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. 75 years! Their marriage is a great love story.

It is more than the years. It is the quality of that time and the legacy of this couple.

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Jul 07, 2021

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, June, 2021

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from June, 2021 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jun 28, 2021

Tail Wagging Tales

Pet life stories are important to many people. Tail wagging tales told about your fur babies are often entertaining. More importantly, they say something about their owners. It is part of your personal history to share about the lives of your dogs, cats, birds, reptiles or whatever kind of pets you have.

I am currently house-sitting for my son and his roommate. Between the two of them they own four dogs. Four large dogs.

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Jun 24, 2021

Walk, Run, Ride and Reflect

One of my favorite themes is the importance of walking, running or riding for health. I find that getting outdoors for a walk, run or bike ride gives a different perspective to the world and life. It is much needed so that I don't get too much in my head, which unfortunately is often a problem for me. The health benefits are much more than physical. There is gain for my emotional, mental and spiritual state. Frankly, I find it is all connected.

Look, writers by necessity spend a fair amount of time in isolation, penning words to paper or screen. In order to have proper inspiration I need the "ventilation" of outdoor air. The added bonus is that I see the world while getting exercise. And seeing things while walking, jogging or riding a bike is a different, and interesting, pace than the speed of car, train or plane.

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Jun 18, 2021

Juneteenth Now a National Holiday

Today, for the first time in the United States, Juneteenth will be observed as a National Holiday. How did that come about? The bill was signed into law yesterday by President Biden after it passed through Congress.

For far too long Juneteenth has not been given the historical educational visibility it deserves, but hopefully that is changing.

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Jun 14, 2021

Family, Flag and Country

Today is my parent's wedding day. If they were still alive they'd be married 71 years! They did make it to 56 before Mom passed away. That anniversary is tomorrow and it is hard to believe it's been 15 years.

June 14 is also Flag Day. My father loved to fly the American Flag. When he retired from the Air Force and he and my mother moved into a townhouse community in Kansas City Dad became the defacto flag man for all the homes.

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Jun 03, 2021

Get Outside Daily

It's summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. Yes, technically not until June 20 at 9:31 pm my time. But for all practical purposes here in the Southwestern United States the temperatures are up, the days are longer and we have an abundance of sunshine. Summertime and the month of June, my favorite time of the year.

One of my favorite things to do during summer and the summer school break is get outdoors more. Of course, the weather makes that easier to do, too. I love to walk or ride my bike. And trips to scenic places where can I can take in the spectacular vistas of nature are always a highpoint.

One of the prescriptions for healthy living on many levels that also benefits my perspective on life is to get outside on a regular basis. It can be a hike through a canyon in a national park. Or just a morning walk around the floodplain by my home. I call it G.O.D. which stands for "Get Outside Daily".

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Jun 01, 2021

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, May, 2021

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from May, 2021 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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