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most unusual day.

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today is the first day back at school

i imagine the kinder calmly gliding into nature with me

all possibilities are on the table

 could be more like the picture below

most likely will fall somewhere in between. 

“today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

-william arthur ward

 

photo credits: vintage pinterest, gamma-keystone london

 

a special kind.

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a little girl

who was once my student

and still a friend of mine

opened up a treasure chest

to show me

one piece of clothing after another

that she created all on her own

after teaching herself to sew

and I couldn’t be more proud.

rain or shine?

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cold, morning rain does little but make one anxious to reach their destination, even if that is work or school. this innovative student solved the problem of hands free walking on one such campus morning in 1969. “U-M engineering student gary keck of detroit is too unconventional to raise an umbrella. he wards off the morning rain with a stylish sombrero. ole!”

“optimists are neither in denial nor naïve about challenges and difficulties in life.

they simply attend to and acknowledge the positive.”

– eric kim

credits: oldnews.aadl.org, ann arbor townies

effort.

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(translation):

miss kennedy you are invited to my birthday party.

she worked very hard on this

for such a long time

what an effort this took to create

asking me

how to spell each word

letter by letter

putting it in an envelope

sealing it

giving it to me to open and read

causing 

big smiles on both sides.

and

i don’t know that it’s even her birthday.

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“effort only fully releases its reward

after a person refuses to quit.”

-napoleon hill

are you a parking ticket because you’ve got fine written all over you? – author unknown

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ann arbor.com

every time

i see a parking meter

i think back

to my days

in grad school

it was a frenzied time

driving

everywhere

running

to classes

day and night

not sleeping much

running

to substitute teach

running

to student teach

running

to cater

running

to family events

running

to drive my daughter

back to college

ironically

we were university rivals

running

to interviews

and all that jazz

and

no money

and

no time

and so

parking

was not

on the radar

i was

always looking for a spot

close to class

in a hurry

playing the odds

parking

with construction crews

or

at almost expired meters

or

halfway in and halfway out

of legal street spots

and

tickets were piling up

until

one day

i came out

in between classes

and

my car was gone

  i called the police

they said they had it

but

 i had to

pay off all of my tickets

plus the new one

they had given me

before they towed it

to get it back

they had reached

their tipping point

i walked to the station

and got in line

neatorama.com

with about 200 thousand or so

other students

paying off tickets

i waited patiently

i planned

when it was my turn

to tell them

that

i was a single mother

 working 2 jobs

 going to school

trying to balance everything

with no money

and

that i was doing all this

to follow my dream

and i hoped

they would grant me

compassionate dreamer’s amnesty

and call it even

but instead

they said

we’ll need 450$

cash or certified check

which seemed like a fortune

and so

 i called my daughters

to come to the station

and

pick me up

and

take me

to ransom

my car back

and

this meant

ramen noodles

would be back too

and

my amnesty bubble was popped

but my dream was still intact

wsj.com

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i was complimented on my driving today.

someone left a note on my windshield that said, ‘parking fine’

– author unknown

 

image credits: annarbor.com, neatorama.com, wsj.com

* ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’

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s, age 4, has taught himself to read. here, he has a teaching moment, when he reads a challenging non-fiction book, about the amazing story of two unlikely animals who became the best of friends. the animals were drawn together, through circumstance and fate, and each found what they needed in the other, becoming somehow better, and changed forever, by being together. as s reads aloud to his classmates, they begin to understand this, and learn that all things are possible.

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”- Scott Hayden

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* title quote credit: a saying, alternately attributed to Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni and the Theosophists.