Sep
24
  • How Do I Spell What?

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    As a teacher of younger children, you never really know what to expect. Children can amaze with their intellect and memory, or leave you marveling at their thought process. Or, they can choose to simply act as though they forgot how to think, leaving you in stitches and bewildered.

    A few years ago, while working with a third grade class in reading and writing, I organized the class into small groups called a circus skills workshop. Like a three ring circus, the groups had three stages to complete a story. At each stage of the workshop, they were instructed to complete a different phase of each groups fictional story.
    I noticed one group was taking a long time at the “topic ring” and were arguing about something. As I approached them, and asked what the problem was, one of the children turned to me and asked “How do you spell P.E.?”.

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Aug
26
  • Soccer Practice Pays Off

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    Jessica saw her chance and took it. She ran past her opponent and sprinted down the sideline of the green artificial turf field. She saw her team mate dribble the ball past the defender. Jessica knew there was only 10 seconds on the clock and they needed to score to avoid overtime. She began to angle toward the goal and kept her eyes on Hayley.

    She thought she heard her mother screaming, but who could really tell with all the crazy parents coaching from the sideline. Jessica saw her big chance as she and Hayley made eye contact. Hayley crossed the ball in front of the goal and Jessica knew their timing was perfect. Just like they practiced hundreds of times during the season. Jessica timed her kick and as her foot hit the ball you could see the silica sand come up from the turf. Score! Game over!

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Jun
7
  • 25 going on 40

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    I’m so confused! I’m only 25! How is this happening?

    “Babe!” I yelled to my girlfriend as I stared at my reflection in the mirror. I traced my finger along my receding hair line.

    My girlfriend walked into the bathroom. “Yes?”

    “Look at me!” I turned to her, with my eyes wide opened so far, it looks like I belonged in a loony hut.
    “What dear?”

    “Do you not see this!? Do you not see what is wrong with my hair?” I looked backed in the mirror, scared I just might be seeing things.

    “Oh sweetheart,” she put her hand on my shoulder. “You’re just missing a little hair, that’s all!”
    “A little!” I looked at her surprised that she is taking it so well. She loves my golden locks!

    “If you’re not liking it, then maybe use your rainy day money to get a FUE hair transplant? I mean, it’s been sitting on top of the fridge for five years now. Surely you have enough money with some left over.”
    “Alright,” I pulled her in and wrapped my arms around her.

    She looked up and kissed my cheek gently. “I’ll start making phone calls now.”

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May
15
  • Adding Style To The Yard

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    I was standing in my front yard the other day, looking at the area off to the side of my garage, where the plants are coming in, and wondered what I could do to make it look nicer. It took me a few days to figure it out, but I eventually decided to go down to the landscaping store, and buy stones to decorate the area with.

    So, I picked up a few bags of gravel, and some liner, and went to work. I started by laying down the liner, and then adding the gravel on top, being sure to evenly spread it out. It only took me an hour or two to complete my project, but when I did, it looked great. I was amazed to see how just adding some gravel to the area had completely transformed it into something out of a magazine.

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Mar
28
  • Your determination is your destination

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    I’ve been trying to shed pounds for a while now and it seemed so hard in the beginning. I’t seemed hard because it means I had to change my normal routine. In the beginning I was able to learn what worked actually me. The hardest part is always the first stage , I tried juicing, diets pills and eating healthy with small daily work outs to start.

    Each option effects each individual differently, once I found what worked and followed it I started to see results. Manchester thai massage and 30 minutes to an hour a day of workout was very effective for me. I eat 6 small meals a day to keep my metabolism going and I do 30 minutes to an hour of daily cardio.

    Striving for my ideal weight makes me feel healthier and improves my looks. Keep pushing, it’s a hard journey but it’s well worth It.

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Jan
24
  • Valentine’s Day Surprise

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    Imagine my surprise when my husband not only took the day off work to be with me, but he also took me out for a 90-minute thai massage Edinburgh! After our massages we went out for dinner at our favorite restaurant. It was where he proposed to me! I couldn’t believe the night I was having! He presented me with a new diamond necklace and ordered champagne. We spent the evening laughing and remembering things from our early days together. We reminisced about spending hours talking on the phone late into the night, getting ready so nervously on our wedding day, and those first few months married when we were just trying to adjust to living with each other. We danced the night away and slept in the next morning. By far, it was the best Valentine’s Day we ever had together. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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Jan
17
  • One of my biggest fears

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    One of the biggest fears my father faced when his bladder began to give hold was the problem of incontinence in social situations. As an ex-marine, he was always around his military buddies when they attended their meetings and met up for dinner. Even though they also were dealing with medical problems in their old age, he clearly did not want to let go of his pride and admit his issue to his friends. Once he found out that adult nappies could be worn without any chance of leakage or being noticed, it was an easy sell to get him to start wearing them. In addition to his involvement in social situations, he has a better spirit about him now in general. I cannot tell you the level of embarrassment that has been lifted from him since not having to have his son clean him up after an accident.

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