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string of lights.

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“today is the last day i will ever be 3.” 

“tomorrow when you wake up you will be 4.”

“that is magic.”

“yes, that is magic.”

(conversation i had in my classroom today)


“it’s alright, just wait and see, your string of lights is still bright to me.

who you are is not where you’ve been. you’re still an innocent. it’s okay…. ”
― taylor swift

image credit: bbc, listicle

all.

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at the asian new year birthday celebration

of our young friend, y

wearing her traditional korean holiday dress

and bowling shoes

with

basketball, rock and roll, and football 

playing on the big screens

of the american bowling alley

celebrating with grandies and more friends 

indian, african-american, lebanese, irish, iranian, korean

adults, children, babies

all enjoying the fun

all bowling

all sharing a meal

all languages

all blowing out the candles

all toasting

all.

“preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

-cesar chavez

marvelous.

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what a birthday for grandie j

on an afternoon spent with family and friends at

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imagine a mash-up of

barnum and bailey

music

guiness book of records memorabilia

carnivals, cotton candy, prize tickets

vintage

coin-operated animatronics, mechanical games

and

collections of very imaginable oddity

along with some 

you could never imagine. 

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it was a boy’s dream come true.

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“once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.”
-neal stephenson

special ops.

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such a wild adventure

grandie m’s 9th birthday fun

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special ops teams, nerf guns, fairy bread, burger bar, headbands, sunglasses and laughs

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one powerful team member even offered a great tip

when she warned me:

“never trust a panda with a gun.”

lesson learned. 

‘it’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye, then it’s just fun you can’t see.”

-james hetfield

magic.

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“books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,

flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

-plato

i stopped over to surprise

little grandie b

on her birthday

brought my gift

gave her a flower

shared a hug

then

she asked

if she could read to me

i had ‘read’ with her

just months before

when she pretended to read

a chapter book

imitating readers

she had seen and heard

excited to be like one of them

but today

she opened a book

read me every word

her little brother

said

“i don’t know how it happened.

but she can just read now.”

i told him

” it is magic.”

i was in awe of her

and

this surprise gift of magic

that she gave to me on her sixth birthday.

“once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

– frederick douglass

 

secret joys of living.

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a sweet niece, baron the dog, and a family of ducklings

inventing the day as they go.

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“some of the secret joys of living

are not found by rushing from point A to point B,

but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. “

~douglas pagels: These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You



“like father, like daughter. i’m not surprised.” – carol maturo

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watched an episode 

of this iconic show 

in honor of my late father’s birthday.

he told me a secret

about this agency

when i was young.

one day

he showed me his special

man from u.n.c.l.e. card.

told me not to tell anyone.

i was always fascinated by the world of spies.

made perfect  sense to me

i thought advertising was his cover

why he traveled so much. 

told everyone i knew immediately

 told them not to tell anyone.

 they told everyone they knew immediately

with the same request.

when i got married

i asked him about it.

he told me

that he thought 

i had figured it out long ago. 

we laughed for a long time.

he had

the most incredible imagination

and

he always made me laugh.

 i still laugh

even when i think about him now.