Friday, September 27, 2013

Dot Day

A teacher friend recently told me about Dot Day.  All because she was purchasing sweaters with dots, which she would use on Dot Day at school.

But Dot day isn't about sweaters. It's about pondering what kind of  mark we want to leave on the world.  Mine is slowly expressing itself in my work with gardens, specifically school gardens.

How are you making your mark?  Check out this website.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I like hair very much.  I like touching it.  More than most people.

That is all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Intoxicating elixir

I am constantly on the receiving end of brain stimulation.  Phones, IPads, computers, radio, and my mind travels to far away possibilities and that is how I like it to be. Information is my intoxicating elixir.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

One Community

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and community with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

This month’s words were selected by Rebekah. They are: Work, Gold, Centerpiece, and Balance.

Work -  The girls work hard in the clean up stage in the life of a school garden.

Gold -  Yes, he is gold. The backbone that makes many things in my life possible, even while he is being silly.

Centerpiece - They are the centerpiece of everything I do.  Becoming a better person in order to be a good mother has been a focus of my adult life.

Balance - The bicycle as a metaphor for life.  A family, each a bit different from the other, hanging together, in California, pictured above.

One Community participants include:

Sarah Sarah is a life-long Missourian who shares her home with her husband, two sons, and an old grumpy dachshund. Like every good Midwesterner, she can (and will) talk to you at length about the weather.  Sarah blogs at

Colleen lives with her handsome hubster and two feisty felines in Portland, Oregon. She loves rain and sun (in that order), words and pictures, and chatting up the neighbors. She blogs at:

Rebekah lives in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband. An American by birth, she’s discovering what it means to be an expat on the Emerald Isle. She blogs at: 

Kara is a cheerful nerd living in downtown Phoenix, AZ with her law-studying husband and an anxious pound puppy. She works full time in the mental health field but in her off time enjoys sunshine, great food and the occasional craft beer. She blogs at:

Wife and Mom to a houseful of boys in sunny San Diego; word geek and all-kinds-of writer; maker of things both creative and useful. Sue is now blogging again at

Teresa lives in Massachusetts with her husband, college aged daughter and two crazy cats.  She is a creative spirit who tries to find the lesson, blessing and humor in everything and she blogs at

Stephanie is a lifelong Wyomingite with ranch girl roots.  She has her own marketing and graphic design business and in her free time, she enjoys knitting, fishing with her boyfriend, and team roping.  She blogs at:  

Kelli Kelli lives in Phoenix with her dog, Willie Nelson Mandela. She is a novelist, public health advocate and United Methodist. She blogs at:

Eduarda  is a curious, visual creature who believes all pictures tell a story.  She hails from Mozambique, via Portugal and NJ, and now is desert rat living with her husband and two teenage daughters in Chandler, AZ.  She blogs at:

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Monday, September 02, 2013

Education Innovation Summit

Having the Education Innovation Summit take place right in my backyard made it irresistible and I promptly registered.  I was introduced to the start up world in the education space.  Fascinating stuff.

A panel

A panel

Ava, Media

Mr. Crow,ASU

 KIIP schools.

Small panel

Night view from the pool.

Another panel

  1.  Great speaker.
Grand Ballroom for a panel.

I was a bit apprehensive about the choice, but I went and did what I do best - gorge on information and learn all I can.  This was a new arena for me, and a missing piece in my puzzle. 

Despite the fact that most people were there to do business, I managed to run into people like me who are involved in education in some way and needed to know more. 
And did I say it was held at the Phoenician?  Special!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Cadet Chapel

The Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO is one of the most amazing places I have seen.  With my heart on my sleeve, I was aware I was standing on sacred ground, so to speak, for the Schroder family. It was a home for them for several years, twice.

We spent time in all three levels and I was scooped up by the beauty of the building, where future soldiers of many religions can live there temporarily and feel the silk embrace that lingers in the air.  This is more poignant now that Ken is gone.  He loved the place.
It was love at first sight.

If your door could talk!

What would it say, this gate/door?


Click pic to enlarge.


This end of summer activity is what I bring to my urban life from farm life I see others having.
Amanda is deep into harvesting and preserving for the winter.  I am very content with a bunch of pesto that I will freeze and enjoy all year long.

I used peanuts instead of pine nuts because I was committed to using ingredients I had in the pantry.
And I have a nice supply of pasta too.