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The number of days in November: 30

The number of posts I was able to make in November: 33

The NaBloPoMo posting exercise was fun and interesting. Admittedly, I didn't post one day at all...though I had the photo taken, I simply didn't have time to sit down and post it before crashing into bed at the end of the day. But I would say the awareness of my commitment to posting was a welcomed exercise. Who knows, maybe eventually I'll even become official and join the community on the NaBloPoMo website. The jury is still out on that one.

I will say that when I go through the day with the intention of being aware and present to my activities and thoughts in order to put together a post, it helps to keep me grounded in the moment. Yes, I think blogging makes me more present in my day to day life at times. There are so many meditation/awareness activities and tools, apparently blogging seems to be one that works for me.

So, while I won't promise to keep up this posting everyday business, I have every intention of being here often, sharing as always everything and anything that speaks to me, that fuels my passions, that humbles me, that pisses me off, and most of all that I LOVE.



My Most Read Thoughts


Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.