The beautiful thing about getting older is the view and being able to see both sides of the hill
Thursday, July 10, 2008
What lovely surprises!
I started my blog a little half heartedly, not sure I had anything worth saying or putting out for the blogging world to see, but I have been so very moved by the response and comments that I have received. For the first time in my life I feel as though others could see what I have seen and felt and responded because they have seen and felt the same things. I have always written because trying to put into words all the things that I felt -- good and bad -- was the only way I had of working through the hurts or expressing the joy and excitement that I felt at any given time. I truly never considered myself talented enough to succeed at writing although that was the only real passion that I had. Not that I didn't love teaching because I did. I loved trying to reach inside each of my students to help them find their dream, their passion and to encourage them to reach for it in ways I was too frightened to follow. It may have come late in my life, it won't result in bookstore appearances, but it has brought a joy, an excitement that I never thought I would experience -- at least in this life. And, isn't life full of wonderful surprises when we least expect them? To all of you who have responded to me and my thoughts, thank you!
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
- Maya Angelou
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- Mahatma Gandhi
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Another Lovely Washington Getaway
He settles into his chair, sitting very straight, looking out the window, Bushy white eyebrows and distinguished, well groomed white beard. He’s the perfect, argus-eyed professor-knight with eyes alert and aglow. Perhaps a pince nez for a final touch, well, maybe that’s a bit too weird, Keeping watch, guarding, protecting me and our small, cozy castle. Men and women, young and old, dogs and cats and birds, friend or foe, None are ignored or given passage without a menacing growl. But as the light fades and the shadows deepen he leaves his post, and with a sigh ruffling his beard, he curls up at my feet as I fall asleep.
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.