Not only is it Friday today and Easter coming up, but I am off to see my two grandsons today as soon as their Dad picks me up after he gets off work. Charlie will have spent the afternoon in pre-kindergarten (he's 3) and Lucas got up to his usual antics and hit the TV cabinet so hard that David's VERY expensive camera and lens fell off to hit the floor!
He is only 13 months old so we can't be too upset with him--that's Lucas, not David!
The sun is shining and I think this is part…
The old Volkswagen Beetle is iconic in Mexico, its little dome ubiquitous in thousands of vehicles zipping around major cities and chugging along country roads.
The Huichol Indians of Nayarit and Jalisco states are known for their intricate beadwork.
What better way to juxtapose ancient and modern than with … a beaded beetle? It is named the Vochol, a combination of the Beetle’s nickname, vocho, and the tribal name Huichol. Artists Francisco Bautista Carrillo and his daughter…Continue
Added by LadyHawkღ on March 28, 2012 at 6:35pm — No Comments
Thank you all for your concern . . .it is very appreciated. We finally back now from Neurological Diagnostics at local hospital. They got all their testing done, took close to 3 hours. They are not disclosing anything as my wife has her follow up with her Neurologist on April 10, but if it was life threatening, they obviously as they stated, would have to disclose it immediately under perjury of law. So it seems on the 10th of April we will know full story. In mean time my…Continue
Bird Droppings March 28, 2012
Thinking back to each piece of the puzzle
Officially spring is here and around here daffodils are finishing up and most flowering trees are near full bloom which of course in Georgia means voracious amounts of pine pollen, everything is yellow between rains. While cloudy this morning the air is slightly cool and hidden behind clouds the moon is just starting to come back. The clouds are low lying and creating a haze with the lights from around the…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 28, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments
Today is the day. My wife has her EMG to find out what is going on and if there is any nerve damage. Of course, this test being such that it is, we may not know results right away or it may just be forwarded to her doctor. We will keep all up to date however. Thank you.
Two faces to wash, and four dirty hands
Two insisent voices, making demands
Twice as much crying, when things go wrong
The four eyes closing, with each slumber song
Twice the garments, blowing out on the line
Two cherubs in the pram,soaking up sunshine
Work I do for twins, naturally comes double
But four arms that hug me, repay all my trouble.
*I don't know the author of this poem, I just read it in the newsletter of the multiple birth society that I belong…Continue
Bird Droppings March 27, 2012
A morning meandering here and there
Sitting in my classroom which in many ways for me is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of reality I wonder as I sit writing pondering the day ahead. I sit listening to the haunting notes of R. Carlos Nakai a Ute Indian playing a handmade cedar flute and the constant flow of water through my aquarium filters a calming effect and wonder. I had my annual evaluation yesterday and was reminded of my major…Continue
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Bird Droppings March 26, 2012
We are where we need to be at the moment
“We are discovering again that we live in a deeply mysterious world,
full of sudden coincidences and synchronistic encounters that seem destined.” James Redfield
Throughout my life I have felt a sense of belonging to that specific moment in time. Often I will pass by a spot that I have passed by hundreds of times and see something new that had previously never caught my attention before but at that…Continue
Bird Droppings March 25, 2012
A beginning or end in a circle is where?
“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” Albert Einstein
Over the past two days we have had family visiting and friends and family coming to the house to celebrate the upcoming marriage of my cousin’s daughter. Last night we had a quick change as a cold front…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 25, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 19, 2012
Seeking that one moment midst the many moments in life
“Life isn't a matter of milestones, but moments.” Rose Kennedy
In a world filled with near misses everyone seems to be always seeking that one big one that perfect moment and lets close ones pass by unnoticed. I was thinking as I started this morning of my past life experiences in Loss Control Management which I was directly involved with for nearly 25 years as I worked in designing and…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 19, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 17, 2012
Sadly far too often children will become who we assume they are
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” Stacia Tauscher
So often I watch teachers treating students simply as things in the class room, items to be dealt with when needed and or if needed. Looking at a semester end test score yet to be, a number in an electronic grade book, or a number to be attained through the curriculum map and…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 17, 2012 at 7:05am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 16, 2012
Actions speak so much louder than words
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 16, 2012 at 2:54am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 15, 2012
When leaving behind and moving beyond a piece is always left
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!” Gail Sheehy, American journalist, author
Yesterday we were informed our current principal was going to the county office a significant advancement for him and a great loss for us. As I look around my room and wonder…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 15, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments
From The Daily Cat
How do you know if your relationship with your cat has crossed over into an unhealthy obsession?
If caring for your cat has heavily interfered with everyday aspects of your life, you may be obsessed, according to Debra Rothschild, clinical psychologist and addictions expert.
Putting off work deadlines or…Continue
By Jeanine Byers Hoag
Native American Spirituality
If you were born during one of the date ranges listed below, you are part of the butterfly clan.
In Native American spirituality, humans and animals are considered to be part of one big family. Our animal companions are brothers and sisters in spirit and they offer us support and help in developing the strengths we need and learning the lessons we are here to learn.
Native American Astrology
by Ron Cherry E.R.E.C.,
Because of the beauty, power of flight, and complete metamorphosis found in butterflies an moths, these insects frequently are found in Native American myths. In an early article, Grinnell called attention to the belief held by the Blackfeet that dreams are brought to us in sleep by a butterfly. Their sign for a butterfly was a design roughly…Continue
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In this day and age, it's hard to believe that animals are imprisoned for the sake of human entertainment. Animals at zoos are housed in cramped, barren cages that can't compare to their natural habitats, causing many of the animals to exhibit neurotic behavior. Please boycott zoos and sign PETA's pledge today!…Continue
Added by Lady Cherokee Angel (aka linda) on March 9, 2012 at 11:12am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 9, 2012
Thinking about Dr. Carl G. Jung and Billy Jack
“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” Carl G. Jung
Over the years I have seen this with myself, so often those attributes we see and are upset with we too have within ourselves. Yesterday I got mad at a student who is very self-centered and focused almost entirely on himself. I…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 9, 2012 at 3:56am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 8, 2012
Examine carefully the threads of life
“Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Seattle, 1854
When I walk out into the darkness of a morning to give thanks for my day previous and for all to come this day I am always amazed at how I see something new even in the darkness. I was standing listening to the spring peepers chirping away in the small drainage ditch…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 8, 2012 at 3:44am — No Comments
Bird Droppings March 7, 2012
A difficult journey
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke
I was visiting with my mother Monday evening and I walked by my fathers and brothers grave site or I should say stood by recalling the day I was called from work almost sixteen years ago that my brother had passed away during the night. I looked about the hillside where he was buried and now my father as…Continue
Added by Frank Bird III on March 7, 2012 at 3:52am — No Comments