Tuesday, September 29, 2009
As I was thinking about the letter, I realized I had the perfect choice - kilts. Each August we visit the Fergus Scottish Festival and there are always lots of kilts worn and on display. With a Scottish father, I adore all things Scottish (okay, maybe not haggis!).
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I tried to get a photo of a dragonfly - got more shadows than bug!
Friday, September 25, 2009
I love Martha Beck's concept of beginning at one's centre - to explore the very core of oneself. By letting go, by practicing vacating mind and body, one is able to reach a "place of peace, a stillness", 15 - 20 minutes every day.
Now, if only I am able to do that every day! I managed 5 minutes most days! I know I have been able to achieve that state of stillness - but that has always been in the midst of grief, pain or even anger. The place that I usually find peace the easiest is by water.
Last year's trip to Vancouver was a seeking of peace. Visiting with my cousin , who lost her mother as well in the same year as my mom (our moms were sisters) really helped. But, I really feel it was the ocean, the water, the power of it, that helped heal me. I spent many hours just watching the waves while we were there. So, I know I have my "Amanpuri, my mental place of peace". I just have to go there each day.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I don't very often think in terms of luxury. My needs and wants are few really. I love books and art and have indulged myself.
But if I was really honest, I would say that I would love to have the luxury to retire now. I am past tired, and would love to start my own art for kids programme, create more and have time to volunteer.
As Jamie says " You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Support wishes by visiting other participants. There is great power in wishing together."
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Monday, September 21, 2009
After having H for Horse I knew that J had to be for jockeys.
Our annual trip to Saratoga Springs each August always results in lots of photos of thoroughbreds and jockeys. This past summer was no different. I was even able to get several jockeys' autographs.
Edgar Prado, just before I got his autograph. He was Barbaro's jockey - he has written a book about this great horse and his experiences.
Being escorted to the starting gate.
Now this is quite the finish!
The athleticism of these men and women is extraordinary. It may be a short ride but the potential for disaster is always there. There have been some excellent documentaries on these athletes - it is not an easy life. Yet this is the life they want and love for the most part.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
I chose Move.
I have been watching the new Dr. Oz health show and I am struck by how much I need to get going and take care of my health better. I have tried all summer - and many of my Wishcast wishes have been related to health. But for whatever reason, I have not embraced exercise!
I could make many excuses - no time, sore knees and feet, etc.
But really, it comes down to - do I want a quality life or not?
So, I plan to get out my dance tapes and have fun. I used to love dancing - just put on the music and dance for 30-45 min. several times a week. Now I will be lucky if I can manage 5-10 minutes!!
So, move I will !
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Amanda of Persistent Green just posted a new challenge! And it is one that struck a cord with me!
"September 23rd will mark the beginning of the last 100 days of 2009. Anything that jumpstarts creativity--and KEEPS it going strong--is a winner in my book. So why not leap into the next 100 days with a fresh project?
What about you? Are you contemplating any over-the-top goals? Let's hear 'em." (Amaanda)
I am jumping on the wagon!
(Sept. is inspiration month at Creative Every Day!)
My project will be related to health:
100 days to a healthier me!
100 days to bringing more joy into my life.
Jamie Ridler's Next Chapter Book Club has begun and the book we will be reading is
"The Joy Diet" by Martha Beck.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
There are many ways I would like to stretch myself - physically, spiritually, mentally. But, the first thing that hit me when I read the question, was the desire to stretch myself in my teaching. I have 2 very challenged students and I will need every skill to truly meet their needs. I have never taught any student quite like these 2. It should be a very interesting and learning year!
Jamie asks us as well to "Support wishes by visiting other participants, leaving a comment saying “As (insert name) wishes for her/himself, so I wish for her/him also.” There is great power in wishing together. "
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Lighthouses and Tea for Two
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thoroughbreds are such majestic animals. After watching the Woodward today and watching Rachel Alexandra win, I wished I had been there to see history being made!
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The beginning of September marks the beginning of a new school year and it is always a new start for me. Usually I am making wishes relating to school.
My wish for this school year would be that I want to begin an art club for junior students - to encourage young artists to have fun and explore their creativity. I want to begin to enhance the arts at our school.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Every summer for the past 8 years we have gone for a long weekend to Saratoga and usually stay in Lake George. Every Sunday there we take my father-in-law to this church and we usually get a family picture in front of it.
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