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Showing posts from June, 2015

Incoming Mail--Michele

Suzy's Zoo card from my sister in New Mexico.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay

Card made by Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Incoming Mail--Michele

Beautiful Southwestern card from my sister in New Mexico, aka William's grandma.

Zoo Camp--6/24/2015

Maya is the one in the blue-and-white shorts in these photos from the official zoo camp site.

 Maya also has her phone at zoo camp today.  This is Maya holding Freckles.

 This is Maya holding Yoda, one of her very favorite zoo residents.

Welcome, Sweet William!

Incoming Mail--Sue

Card from Sue in North Carolina.

Quotes I'm Feeling Right Now

“You’re mad.  Bonkers.  Off your head.  But I’ll tell you a little secret—all of the best people are.”   ~~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Americans are the best in the world at burying existential anxieties under a mound of French fries and a trip to Walmart to save a nickel on a lemon and a flamethrower.”   ~~Sheldon Solomon

“People who demand information that’s none of their business aren’t entitled to candid answers, especially when you know they’ll handle the truth badly.”   ~~Alison Green

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.”   ~~Paul Farmer “Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give your attention to what you do or fail to do.”   ~~Buddha

“Hate, in the long run, is about as nourishing as cyanide.”   ~~Kurt Vonnegut
“No matter what happens, always be yourself.”   ~~Dale Carnegie

“I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart.…

Recent Reads

Interim by S. Walden (2015).“A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out.That space is called the INTERIM.”This is a very timely, difficult fictional read related to school shootings.Did you ever think you could never identify with a school shooter?Try this book, and you might be surprised at how much you can identify with the pain and frustration, if not the actions.This book comes with hope and sadness, redemption and loss.Highly recommended.
It’s All Too Much:An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh (2006).While not really anything earth-shattering in terms of working on decluttering, this book can serve as a good reminder to stay motivated.I liked the concept of differentiating between “lazy clutter” (junk mail, unfiled papers, etc.) and “stored treasures” (your child’s drawings, Grandma’s collection of porcelain figurines, etc.), yet still letting go of what you don’t value and/or need in your life.Walsh uses lots of exampl…

Outgoing Mail--June 1-15, 2015

Cards and letters to Wanda in Canada and Shane in Kansas.

Letters to Penny in Canada (2), my sister in New Mexico, my niece in Iowa, my niece in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Dana in North Carolina, and Barbara in South Carolina.

Postcards to lots of people.  Maybe you???

Happy 11th Birthday, Maya!

Incoming Mail--Claudia

Woof!  Card from Claudia in California.  She blogs over at Moncy3.

Incoming Mail--Sue

Card from Sue in North Carolina.

Breakfast with the Penguins--June 6, 2015

Lighthouse Public Art Project, 18-21

Recent Reads

Have No Shame by Melissa Foster (2013).Coming-of-age story set in 1967 Arkansas.Alison “Pixie” Tillman, age 18, experiences a perfect storm of things that cause her to question the world around her and her status of privilege as a young white woman in a segregated society.She finds a body in the river—a black man beaten to death.She meets Jackson, a young black man who is going to become very important to her.Her sister comes back for a visit from New York with talk of what’s happening in other places in terms of civil rights.Pixie’s path in life is permanently altered.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900).I read this classic tale to Maya a few chapters a night at bedtime.I remember seeing parts of the Judy Garland movie as a child, particularly the terrifying flying monkeys, yet this was my first experience with reading the book.The story is engaging and imaginative, and I don’t know why I waited so long to read it.
Sick Bastard (Sick and Twisted Series) by Jaci J (2015).…

Outgoing Mail--May 16-31, 2015

Cards and Letters to my sister in New Mexico, Dana in North Carolina, and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Letters to Tami in Oregon, my niece in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Barbara in South Carolina, Penny in Canada, and Steph in Minnesota.

Postcards to Becky in Oregon, Jenn in Texas, my niece in Iowa, and Joel in Arizona.