Practice What You Preach

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As you may know, I work with myself continuously on becoming a better person: more compassionate, accepting, loving, and grateful. I try to consciously spread love around, even if the objects do not display any love towards me (rude drivers, nasty sales people, people knocking o my door to involve me in their religion, etc.). Sometimes I slip into “I just want to let those people know exactly what I think about them!!! [insert angry face here].

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Autumn

18 Oct

It has been a long time since I have walked around my lovely neighborhood. Since I started my doctoral classes this semester, I have not had ANY time for walks or any other kind of activities for the soul. I admit that my life right now consists of the following three things: my teaching job (which I absolutely love), three doctoral courses (which I also absolutely love), and taking care of the house (wait for it, which I absolutely love).

I have bailed out of our Speak to Me group meeting last night – because of my tremendously complex and huge paper. In reality, there are three papers that are due at the end of the semester: a 10 page essay on the history of American Higher Education, a 10 page literature review on affirmative action policy in college admissions, and (oh God) a 25 page faculty personnel paper… The first one is done. The other two are in progress and I feel like I am in good place with both. But: IT IS SO MUCH WORK!! :)

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An abundance of acorns keeps squirrels happy and busy

This morning I finally carved out time for my morning walk and snapped some pictures of my neighborhood as I was walking. Autumn in New Jersey is the loveliest time of year, I am certain. Such crispness of air, slow rustle of leaves, smell of burning wood, colorful decorations on my neighbors’ houses, acorns crunching under your feet, pumpkins everywhere…

I finished my walk with a hearty bowl of oatmeal with fresh apple, honey, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Today’s walk has made me realize yet again how privileged I am. And for that, I am grateful.

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Very few cars – still early

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Our street, I love the quietness of it…

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Black bats on our mailbox :)

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Lovely foliage on neighbor’s front tlawn

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Ghosts on our property. Don’t worry, they are friendly :)

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Pumpkins and mums – what else do you need? :)

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Leaves, leaves everywhere! The minute you clean them up, it looks like before! :)

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Majestic sequoias on our street

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The sound of rustling leaves is priceless…

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Our own “national park” ;)

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Main Avenue – just love the colors!

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Our neighbor’s awesome decorations. Happy Halloween! :)

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A beautiful Victorian on Main Avenue

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The combination of fall leaves and blue sky is astounding

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LOVE their house! :) Haven’t met them yet

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An old tree stump at the intersection

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Our backyard looks so different from summer

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Red berries

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Hearty, healthy, heavenly oatmeal. perfect for any fall morning

Please share some pictures of your town in the fall, I’d love to check them out! Have a delightful weekend!

Weekend Edition – The Power of Happy Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

18 Oct

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

What if “happy” comes first?

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The pursuit of happiness.

What about just “life, liberty, and happiness?”

There is a cultural misconception that happiness is a conditional state that depends on external factors.

  • I’ll be happy when I get the right job.
  • I’ll be happy when I meet my true love.
  • I’ll be happy when I can fit into a size six.
  • I’ll be happy when I’m published.

We mistakenly assume that we must jump through all kinds of hoops in order to “earn” happiness, and we routinely trade in-the-moment happiness for a maybe-sometime-in-the-future happiness that may or may not ever materialize.

We turn “being happy” into an If-Then statement to which there is no resolution, because each time we meet the conditions we’ve set, we immediately set new conditions. We move the goal line another ten yards out (to use an uncharacteristic sports…

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If I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns

18 Oct

Originally posted on Live & Learn:

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Is not this a true autumn day?
Just the still melancholy that I love –
that makes life and nature harmonise.
The birds are consulting about their migrations,
the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay,
and begin to strew the ground,
that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air,
while they give us a scent that is
a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

— George Eliot, [Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]


Credits: Wild Bird in Autumn Leave by myu-myu. Poem Source: Stepsonmysunlightfloor

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Resources: Day of the Dead and Halloween

16 Oct

Originally posted on SpanishPlans.org:

It’s October, and if you’re a Spanish teacher that means getting ready for Halloween and the Day of the Dead. We’ve compiled some of the best resources around to give you a one stop shop for great teaching materials.

Readings

We’ve recently added 2 products featuring excerpts from a Colombian magazine. The first one talks about Hollywood stars such as Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga’s experiences with ghosts. The second one features teen asking questions about their fears with responses from the magazine. Each features questions so you can use print them and use them in your classes right away.

Spanish Halloween ActivityPhobias

This twiccionario de Zachary Jones features authentic tweets in Spanish about fears.

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Our favorite reading has been this article from Univision that compares Halloween and Day of the Dead titled Calaveras contra calabazas.

This reading is in English, but it discusses Disney’s request to copyright the name “Day of the…

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The Problem With “Maybe”.

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Originally posted on Life, Love & Luxury by Brenda Della Casa:

There are three kinds of people in this world; those who say yes to life, those who say no to life, and those who exist in a purgatory with only their “maybe’s” and “we’ll see’s” and “play it by ear’s” to keep them company.  I really have a problem with the latter. Now, I have always been an “as long as it does not harm another, live and let live” kind of woman, and I still am.  My issue is that, maybe, babies tend to screw everything up for the rest of us.

Let’s be honest; ninety percent of the time, maybe is really just a cowardly and noncommittal no. It  pussyfoots around, afraid to speak its mind while everyone else frustrates themselves trying to get them to just commit already.  It’s also slightly passive-aggressive and deeply arrogant without even meaning to be.  In its selfish attempt to keep an escape hatch…

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A Weekend in Boston

11 Oct

This weekend my hubby and I are in Boston for our brother-in-law’s wedding. A. Is performing a ceremony as justice of peace and I am just along for the ride, to celebrate our sweet brother and sister this weekend, Paul and Brooke.

I have never been to Boston before and, so far, I am loving this town. We are staying in a hotel on Tremont street, right in Boston theater district.

Last night, at the rehearsal dinner:

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This morning we got breakfast, walked around and snapped some pictures. And although it was raining and cold, we had a nice time exploring this part of town!

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Fascinating manikins at Newberry Street:

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Boston Public Library:

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A tiny chocolate shop sandwiched in between two huge buildings:

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Their wedding is tonight, so I will try to post some more pictures soon.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

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