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Not Ready for Peachtree Road Race

In Around Atlanta, My Life on 06/18/2012 at 3:35 pm

Peachtree Road Race logoI have dropped the ball in training for the Peachtree Road Race this year. I was walk/running and doing the elliptical machine at the gym regularly until mid April. My Dad died. That’ll do it. All the anguish, and plans/arrangements, family needs. So the training virtually stopped for about 3 weeks. But I’ve managed to kinda sorta find ways to exercise regularly by walking/jogging the dog, cycling, and getting back into some 2-3 mile jog/walks.

How about you? Are you running the Peachtree Road Race and not really ready? PLEASE share your lamentations so I know I’m not alone! What are you doing to get ready in record time?


21 Days to a Better You — Take the Challenge?

In My Life, Whatever on 08/08/2011 at 2:50 am

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Need rejuvenation? Change? You may need to take the “21 Days to a Better You” challenge that I recently stumbled upon, as in literally with stumbleupon.

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Anyhoo, Le Musings of Moi blog shares these “21 Days to a Better You” which are really good and the girl operates from a Christian Worldview which is great, offering several ideas to help you in your walk with God.

Give it a shot and take the “21 Days to a Better You” challenge with me!


2009-10 Art Teaching Plan

In My Life, Teaching Art, Writing on 09/30/2009 at 5:05 pm

This year, my K-5th students will “Travel the World with Art” as we take mini-“trips” each week to the following countries, learning something of the culture and art of each. A powerpoint introduction to the history/geography/culture/art of each country–as well as playing some traditional music from each culture–will precede each art lesson. We’ll explore each country for two weeks (at least). Each student will keep a Passport booklet in his/her portfolio. Upon completion of the study of the country, he/she will place that country’s sticker in his/her Passport booklet. I tie in our readings in Media Center to coincide with each country study. (For example, if we are studying Mexice, I’ll share a traditional Mexican folk tale or Aztec legend, etc.)

This is a loose outline which plots the ORDER in which we’ll encounter each country.

Country Projects
Mexico K- Crazy Cactuses

1st-3rd– Repousse Reptiles & Nearika yarn pictures

4th-5th– Paper mache pinates

Guatemala (Central America) K-1 Toucans in the Rain Forest

2nd-3rd– Jaguars in the Rain Forest

4th-5th Ancient(-like) Mayan manuscript books

Peru (South America) K-1st – Inca Suns

2nd-5th Incan Sun Masks

Chile / Easter Island K-1st– Moai Statues

2nd-5th– folk art Arpillera scenes & clay Moai statues

Africa-Kenya K-1st-Safari animals collage

2nd-5th– Thatch homes (make a model)

Africa-Egypt K-3rd– Crumpled Paper Egyptian Art

4th-5th Gold Pharoah masks

Germany K-5th German Christmas ornaments
Ireland K-2nd-Celtic crosses

3rd-5th– Illuminated manuscripts

Iraq / Afganistan K-5th– Art/letters for soldiers
India K-3rd– Batik prints

4th-5th– Taj Mahal/domed buildings—architecture

Japan K-2nd-Traditional Japanese scrolls

3rd-5th– Origami animals—the art of paper-folding

Australia K-2nd– Aboriginal dot art

3rd-5th– Design a didgideroo

Jamaica K-5th– Bright Caribbean folk art lizards, turtles, frogs

In May, we’ll plan an end-of-year party. Each grade will be asked to send in food items related to a specific, “assigned” country. We’ll have a multicultural feast to celebrate the cultures we have studied! Should be F-U-N!!

Share your opinions, thoughts, tips! Would love to hear your insights.

My Name Is Earl

In My Life, Writing on 08/05/2009 at 6:00 pm

I love my name. Do you? Not necessarily because it’s mine and I’m special like that, but because of whose the names were before they were mine. Both my first and middle names come from two incredible women–two very different women–who are my aunts and who have passed on to their reward. I can honestly say that I have never considered changing my name, and couldn’t be paid to do so. My name is as much a part of me now as the skin I’m in…and this skin’s not going anywhere without a fight.

There are some of you, dear readers, who do not feel so cozy toward your given name, however, as I do…and rightly so. Allow me to speculate some reasons as to why:

  • You are named after an undesirable, perhaps utterly despicable, character in your family.
  • You share the name with some has-been actor or public figure who has since fallen from grace or otherwise embarrassed him or herself.
  • Your name has earned you real bruises–of the black and blue variety.
  • Your name has earned you more figurative bruises–the kind that send you to the self-help section at the bookstore and/or to therapy. (People can be so callous.)
  • You prefer a new name for religious reasons. (A preacher named “Judas Priest Smith”?)
  • You are “larger” than your given name, i.e., “Destiny” or “Napoleon.”
  • You are humbler than your given name. (a “Mary” trapped behind the given name, “Vixen.”)
  • Maybe you just *know* in your spirit that you are someone else. Your parents, while good-intentioned, just got it wrong.

Whatever the reason, you are justified to take action and do something about it. The time has come to change the gateway to your identity–your soul’s identy–by changing your name. Here are the simple steps:

The process is a LEGAL one, and not at all uncommon. A Petition for Change of Name of Adult must be filed in the county court in which you live. (This form may be obtained online for a small fee from a variety of sources.)

On the form, you must provide a reason for the name change. Any lawful reason is typically adequate to satisfy most courts. However:

  • You can’t change your name for a fraudulent reason. Hiding from creditors with a new name would be considered a fraudulent reason.
  • You can’t change to a name that could affect the rights of another person (such as a celebrity).
  • You can’t change your name to a vulgar name.

Contact the Court Clerk in the county you reside to determine filing fees, docket number, & other special requirements.

AFTER your name change is formally granted, you will need to contact various agencies, like Social Security administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, Voter Registration, credit cards, IRS, etc., etc. But let’s save that for another day.

The Bard expressed the supreme value of the rightly-given name so well when he penned, “A Rose by any other name is not as sweet.” So true! But in the unfortunate case that a “Rose” finds it’s given name is “Bitterroot,” there’s a blessed remedy–a legal process to the rescue.

Duran Duran

In My Life on 07/05/2009 at 6:07 pm

Okay, I was thinking about how/where to begin this new blog venture of mine and considering a point of departure. Where to start? So many topics. So I’ll start at my core. (not my VERY core–that’s God’s) More the “if your gonna ‘get’ me, then this is part of it” core.

It all started with DuranDuran.

They bridged me from child to adolescent. They bridged me from naive acceptance of everything to “what the crap?”. From concrete to abstract. From safe to uh-oh. They took my brain & shook it up like a little snowglobe–making all my synapses spark & bounce & float in a little real groovy swirly dance. It was the summer of 1983. Here’s the top 100 from that year.

100. Your Love is Driving Me Crazy – Sammy Hagar

99. Why Me? – Irene Cara

98. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads

97. China Girl – David Bowie

96. Far From Over – Frank Stallone

95. I Know There’s Something Going On – Frida

94. Faithfully – Journey

93. Always Something There to Remind Me – Naked Eyes

92. Take Me to Heart – Quarterflash

91. My Love – Lionel Richie

90. The Look of Love (Part One) – ABC

89. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You – Laura Branigan

88. Lawyers In Love – Jackson Browne

87. Hot Girls In Love – Loverboy

86. I’m Still Standing – Elton John

85. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

84. She’s a Beauty – The Tubes

83. Promises, Promises – Naked Eyes

82. I Won’t Hold You Back – Toto

81. Don’t Cry – Asia

80. Crumblin’ Down – John Cougar Mellencamp

79. Heart and Soul – Huey Lewis and the News

78. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club

77. Human Nature – Michael Jackson

76. Family Man – Daryl Hall and John Oates

75. Our House – Madness

74. Come Dancing – The Kinks

73. Solitare – Laura Branigan

72. Delirious – Prince

71. It’s a Mistake – Men at Work

70. (She’s) Sexy + 17 – Stray Cats

69. Twilight Zone – Golden Earing

68. Suddenly Last Summer – The Motels

67. Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club

66. Heartbraker – Dionne Warwick

65. Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) – Sheena Easton

64. Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

63. Affair of the Heart – Rick Springfield

62. Allentown – Billy Joel

61. Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran

60. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson

59. King of Pain – The Police

58. Heart to Heart – Kenny Loggins

57. All Right – Christopher Cross

56. The Other Guy – Little River Band

55. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – Human League

54. Don’t Let It End – Styx

53. Rock the Casbah – The Clash

52. One on One – Daryl Hall & John Oates

51. Back on the Chain Gang – Pretenders

50. Stand Back – Steve Nicks

49. One Thing Leads to Another – The Fixx

48. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats

47. Puttin’ On the Ritz – Taco

46. Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant

45. True – Spandau Ballet

44. Cum On Feel the Noise – Quiet Riot

43. She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby

42. Union of the Snake – Duran Duran

41. Overkill – Men at Work

40. Little Red Corvette – Prince

39. We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

38. Der Kommissar – After the Fire

37. Dirty Laundry – Don Henley

36. The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

35. You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins

34. Love Is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar

33. Mr. Roboto – Styx

32. Jeapordy – Greg Kihn Band

31. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

30. Time (Clock of the Heart) – Culture Club

29. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

28. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)- Journey

27. You Are – Lionel Richie

26. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

25. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes

24. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

23. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All – Air Supply

22. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

21. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club

20. Tell Her About It – Billy Joel

19. Africa – Toto

18. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

17. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer

16. Say It Isn’t So – Daryl Hall & John Oates

15. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

14. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

13. You and I – Eddie Rabbit w/ Crystal Gayle

12. Maniac – Michael Sembello

11. Baby, Come to Me – Patti Austin w/ James Ingram

10. Shame on the Moon – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

9. Island in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

8. Down Under – Men at Work

7. Beat It – Michael Jackson

6. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

5. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

4. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

3. Say, Say, Say – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

2. Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara

1. Every Breath You Take – The Police

I was hanging out with my super-sweet, tres cool & funny cousins Kristi & Lori & Becky in Albany, GA….and hanging out in Kristi’s orange bedroom, ….and over her little radio, came the sounds of magic….little sparks of musical flavor of all sorts that summer….(Rick Springfield was very important)…but Duran Duran with “Is There Something I Should Know” did something crazy wonderful inside of me. It was diff-er-ent. Everything else fit into a box of one sort or another. But Duran Duran. uh-uh. I didn’t “get” them right away….and that’s what got me.

Their looks didn’t hurt anything either. They did, and still do, look amazing. Stylish & different.

Their lyrics, to this day, are some of the most puzzling, talked-about lyrics of all time. In the early days of formation of the band, Nick, John, Roger, & Andy needed a lead singer. In walks Simon LeBon in leopard skin pants carrying a notebook full of hand-scribbled lyrics.

They’re wack. They’re perfect.

The ones everyone knows, but nobody ‘gets’, from “The Reflex”:

The reflex is a lonely child just waiting by the park
The reflex is in charge of finding a treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover isn’t that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark

Who knows what that crap means. Who cares?

All I know for sure is…music for me to that point was safe and predictable and all good, but just…um… normal. Then Duran Duran showed up.