Here I am in the live studio on a cruise ship. I have learned so much about history and the many locations voyages sail to. Women Pirates? Yes - And they actually were the worst.
The Ojai Film Festival is an annual event. We were there for the 2014 Fest. I was fascinated with the process of movie making and all that it involves. The films were unusual, interesting and each unique. I will look at film in a new way with much appreciation for the creativity and more.
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Sign Garden by David Endelman
Exercise it is said is good for all of us.
We all find our own niche or outlet.
Something for our health and body - as well as something to clear our head and days.
We find what is best for each individual.
Funny, I know at zumba and any exercise experience I have been in...we kind of find our comfort place to stand, dance and/or workout.
Zumba for me is a time to stretch, dance, hear the music and feel the rhythm. I admire our teachers and the varied routines that they design, remember and deliver with such flavor and zest. I applaud each of you!
I learned the other day of the loss of a friend of 15 years, Carol Jones. She always had a smile and a sparkle in her eyes. She could not wait for the next zumba class. Sadly last week, the corner she always danced in was unusually vacant. To the shock of us all, she had passed away unexpectedly in the night. I think she did not suffer for a long time, and I hope somehow she knows that we think of her always. Her special corner that was/is hers...We miss you Carol.
It is times like this that we learn as years go by...the importance and meaning of friendship, sharing and caring. xooxxo
When they say - "Go to Alaska" it is true...
First, it is so interesting, scenic and science at the best.
Second, the glaciers are receding daily.
I am always amazed at the difference in the glacier ice and experience.
How exciting to hear from students throughout the years. When I opened this one from Colleen it was indescribable...the feeling!
Hopefully ~ Children everywhere can be "unique and special" as was Colleen as a young student in my class....only yesterday it seems ~ yet years gone by!
Hi, I just finished my first year back to teaching first grade again! I wanted to share a little story with you. The last week of school I told my first graders they could ask me questions about myself and I would answer them. One little girl asked me what made me want to be a teacher. I told her about you and my experience in your class. I just wanted you to know that you still continue to touch lives even now that I am 40 and have children of my own. Thank you for that!
Colleen Soucoup 6/8/14
The creative writer always with a smile and curiosity...
Thank you Tricia! (Now becoming a psychologist and sharing her wisdom...)
Trish Ann Roach You rock Gail!! Thank you for your work with children (including me). I am a child born into such dysfunction and I survived in part with your help! 6/7/14
Conejo Valley was the setting for establishing an Open Classroom.
An innovative program to reach children of grades K-6
and their families. The creativity and hands-on learning was
valuable and stimulating for all participating and involved.
Now the joy is hearing from the students who tell their appreciations
and stories of then and now. ;-)
June 11th, 2014 will be the 20 year celebration. I don't know where
the years have gone though I do know it is still all about bringing
out the best in each and every child. Open Classroom! All unique and special!
birthday ~ anniversary...
It is said that this is the most famous photograph of all time. The eyes, similar to the Mona Lisa, can be observed from every direction and with thoughts of possibilities. Once explained, the photograph has a lot of meaning about the world and today...
The Annenberg Space Museum has been built at the sight of the once famous and celebrated Shubert Theatre. This continues the capture of the arts and creativity. The exhibits change and the photography fills the spaces. Once you walk through the museum, you have to retrace your steps as there is much to see and appreciate and take in.
Tomorrow I will share with a group called "Our Views" and the topic is ~
A Joyful Guide to Making & Keeping Resolutions
My personal writings are included in the book,
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Resolutions.
I like this topic because we are each always growing. Resolutions create thought, reflection, and a look toward the tomorrows.
There is no right or wrong... and besides, I once heard the expression, There is nothing "normal" except for the dial on the washing machine.
So not to judge, just to be who we are!!!
Science came alive! Thank you Dr. Steve Yoshinaga and Dr. Linda Organ. The Discovery Center offers hands on challenge and learning. Dave and I volunteered along with my Joyful Volunteering group. Hundreds of children participated even after waiting in long lines just to get in. Not a cell phone or video game was in sight and the students didn't want the night to end.
Gail Small is a motivational speaker, author, and educator