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We like orderliness and predictability. We like to categorize things and people and we have a hard time when something or someone doesn't fit neatly into a box.I don't want to fit in any one's box, not even my own. I don't want to get comfortable with being defined or confined. I want to continue to grow and change and evolve, to become better. I want the same for my children and for my students.I want that, but sometimes I have a hard time with change. So even as I ask for people to allow me […]
Last year, I let this day slip by. I'd written about it the three previous years. I spend a lot of my time trying to create empathy for people (all people), and this--the casual disregard for people with intellectual disabilities, the widespread belief in our society that people with disabilities are disposable--hurts. It isn't the word that hurts--though it does--it's the WORLD that hurts.And it breaks my heart. As my friends on facebook and in the blogging community do their part to raise […]
Right now is kinda crappy--lots of things just not going well, depression leaching hope, so I thought I'd repost this piece to remind myself. Plus I've been reading this book and it has some real nuggets of wisdom, if only I can hold onto them. "I learned to let go of the past by honouring painful memories rather than trying to shut them out through idle distraction and sensual indulgence.”“Addressing the impact of critical life events is often simpler than we imagine. […]
The other morning I was getting ready for a meeting, one that was a little bit out of my comfort zone, and as I applied base to cover my decidedly red cheeks (yes, I flush when nervous or excited...yay me), I was mentally going through some affirmations...you know, to pump myself up.And so there I was...smearing base on my face in no particular pattern and not really checking for lines or coverage cuz I was living in my head...and I told myself, "You're fearless." And then I dissolved in […]
Breakfast in our house is an eat as you want affair, which makes it sound self-serve and easy and quiet, which it most certainly is not.Rick leaves first, and he gets to get ready in a quiet, slumbering house, except for the dogs and cats who are pains in the butt first thing in the morning because they want to eat. But still, he gets an hour of solitude...I'm up next, at seven, and Lily is usually right behind me. She's a sweetie and has gotten really good at pouring coffee for me and helping […]
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