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"Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, because action has magic, grace, and power in it." Goethe


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Friday’s Five

I am two days away from a five  year anniversary of writing this blog. Writing those first entries and wondering where they would lead… I did not picture myself as a widow, an activist, a world traveler, a theology student. Yet, here I am–all of these and more. We just never know what is around the corner. 

I have lived through many seasons, and I am still able to say I am grateful for so much. That is pure gift. Pure grace. Tonight, these five from the past week:

  • Safe travel to and from Austin, where I spoke with a policy advisor and participated in a rally for public education, teachers, and retirees’ benefits.
  • The realization that I am not afraid to stand up and fight for what is right, regardless of who stands with me.
  • The awareness that when I am true to myself, the universe rises up to help me.
  • The acknowledgement that I have a lot of goals to work on in the future and how happy that makes me.
  • Knowing that difficult situations do not last forever, and when they do come ( because they will indeed come), to trust that a power bigger than me has my back. 

Listen to your heart and follow where it leads. Remember that you are here at this moment in time for a purpose. You don’t have to see the whole picture. Just keep pressing on. Peace. 


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Of Fibers and Other Good Things

A good start to a week off: finished a scarf today out of fibers for a friend who loves green.

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I remember buying my first skein of multicolored fibers last October,
and my sister and I laughed as we bought knitting needles to take back to our hotel room so she could teach me the steps for knitting with this new material.
Now, five months later, I’m making my own skeins, designing and selling my own scarves.
Our lives take so many twists and turns. Most days, we don’t have time to stop and track back to see the connections.
But today is the first day of spring break. I have time to think.
It’s nice to be able to spend a day cutting fabric, sewing it back together in my own way, creating something new.
I think farther back to a day in July when I promised myself this year would be different. This year I would make time for creativity.
So I took an extra day off here and there. I bought some new materials. I listened to the voice in my heart that said You can.
I’m here to tell you: when you make the decision, doors fly open. Take the next step, whatever it is.
My next step looks like an etsy shop. A book is whispering to be written, too.
I remember my mother’s dear way of saying,
Why not, I say?
And I answer: Indeed. Why not?
These days are meant for us, dear readers. Do the things you dream.


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Pep Talk

Tonight is one of those nights when I breathe in and realize there is so much more to life than work.
I breathe out and relive funny moments with family and friends, genuine laughter, good conversation.
I see life for what it is: a series of events, a moving picture.
Can’t get stuck in a freeze frame.
I look out to where I am living the life I want. It is there, just around the bend.
See the snow on the branch? Hear the dove coo her song? Smell the bread rising on the counter?
It’s waiting. Whatever good is in your mind, it is yours. Believe it.


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Ten Teacher Truths

1. If you think something’s up, it is.

2. When you know you’re right, stand
firm.

3. Always speak for yourself. Always.

4. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: join
a teacher organization.

5. Document.

6. Coffee. Daily. Or all day. Whatever
it takes.

7. Ignore gum. You’d need it too if you
were a kid in today’s classroom.

8. You know what you’re doing. Do it.

9. Poetry matters. You’d be surprised.

10. You are not a score. You are a
person. Remember that.