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NJEA Convention in Atlantic City

6 Nov

This Thursday and Friday New Jersey teachers are flocking to NJEA convention for some professional development, collegiality, technology updates, networking, reflecting, best practices and strategies and, of course, some soul searching with colleagues and presenters.

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I have been to six full hours of learning. Although I feel a bit tired, I just love it! And although I have gone down to Atlantic city by myself, I have met up with a few colleagues, from both my job and my doctoral program.
All of the workshops have been very stimulating but, of course, I have my favorites. One workshop was dedicated to the amazing thing called CHANGE and what steps to take in order to implement it successfully.

Plenary session has been conducted by a world famous speaker from Finland – Pasi Sahlberg. What a fascinating presentation, and so inspirational. There are so many things that Finland is doing right and the U.S. Is doing wrong… For instance, the U.S. looks at this whole idea of education as competition, while in Finland the approach is completely different – they look at wellbeing and success of individual child.

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Hubby has been checking in with me periodically throughout the day. I miss him. I have also been tweeting away any takeaways from my workshops.

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At this moment I am sitting at Atlantic City Bar and Grill that is a restaurant famous for its’ seafood. Guess what I am having? Soft shell crabs, of course!

I am sitting alone. At first I was like “ok, this is weird” but hey, a woman can’t eat alone? It just so happened that no one has been staying for the second day of the convention. Except me.

After dinner, I went back to the hotel. For a while, I stood by the window, brushing my teeth, looking down at Atlantic City. Such contrast. Blinking lights of casinos next to unbelievable decay of half-way houses, run down apartment buildings and empty parking lots.

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My mind and body needs rest. Today was a day well lived. And for that, I am thankful.

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!

Good morning. Pokhara, Nepal

23 Jul

I am sitting in Baba’s Kitchen waiting for my breakfast to come out. Our group is staying at Baba’s Lodge (Father’s Lodge) for one more day before moving on to Kathmandu.

Baba’s Lodge is just the right name for this place. It is cozy, clean, and extremely helpful. Baba himself selves breakfast and inquires whether his guests slept well and whether they need anything. Baba is an older gentleman, tall and big. He speaks wonderful, almost academic, English.

The building itself is made of a terra cotta color brick (again, warm) with bright orange marigolds in planters everywhere. I love this place!

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Baba knows how to make coffee nice and strong (for us, Americans) and his breakfast is hearty and filling. Baba also likes to discuss the U.S. and have been to New York.

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Good morning to all from Baba’s Lodge in Pokhara, Nepal!

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One Journal Is Finished…

23 Jul

Another one is on its’ way.

I am sitting in small organic cafe, in Pokhara, Nepal. Our group came back from our a trek and the rest of the day is at leisure.

My sweet, dear friend Heeni gave this diary to me for my birthday, a few years ago. I kept saving it for a special occasion and decided to use it as my travel diary during this trip to India and Nepal. I finished writing in it today so it lasted a very long time and provided a listening ear and lots of space to express myself.

On the back flap, it said it was made in Nepal from elephant dung for Barnes and Noble, NYC. When I saw that, I said, whoa, this is made in Nepal and I’m using it in Nepal to write about Nepal!
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For my friend, I am bringing a new, blank journal made of tree bark FROM Nepal that was made IN Nepal. I hope she likes it!

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Lastly, for myself, I purchased a new journal to start writing in tonight.

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New journals symbolize new beginnings for me. All that writing that is left behind has benefitted me directly and indirectly. Using a journal puts things into perspective for me, allows me to reflect and see that things are not as bad as they appear. Vice versa, journaling allows me to be grateful for things that ARE going great. And lastly, journaling lets me practice mindfulness.
When I write, I pay attention to how my journal paper feels, the sound my pen makes, and how thoughts lay themselves out on paper.

Rajastan, India Highlights

2 Jul

For the past three days we were in Rajastan, India. Apart from wondering the markets, we rode camels into the desert and camped out in the desert. We had a camp dinner and listened to music. As the desert grew dark, we looked at the night sky. It was mesmerizing.

We have made our way from Jaiselmer, to Johdpur, to Udaipur. Every city seems to have a fort (pretty useful in times) and vibrant markets.

I am having such problems uploading with pictures so those will have to wait until I come back home. Hope everyone has a good day!

First Few Days in India

29 Jun

Today is my third day in India, with twenty seven to go (with Nepal).

My first impression of India is that it’s a very beautiful country with so much culture. In some places dirty, smoky and corrupt, yet the people are amazing. Here are some pictures from my initial days here:

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Collect moments, not things…

29 Jan

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