* The Liebster Award

liebster-awardI want to thank Palak of Expressions for her nomination of the Liebster Award.  I enjoy her witty comments and strong opinions, I appreciate her courage, and I laugh when she shares her views on television shows (check out this post on 7 women who should be removed from TV).  Take a look through her site; this young woman is an excellent writer, has fun images, and covers a lot of ground!  Now I must answer her 11 questions.

  1. Name one fictional character that you could completely identify with, as if it were your own self on paper or screen.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  2. If you wanted one superpower, what would it be?  Becoming invisible
  3. What is the one quality you think defines a good writer?  Authenticity
  4. Which one is your favorite post on your blog?  Any of the case studies
  5. Has your blog turned out be exactly how you imagined it, at the time of its inception?  It’s better than I hoped
  6. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?  Why have you loved me so much that you sent your Son to die in my place, that I might live with You forever?  
  7. If you were presented with an opportunity to travel in time, where would you go- the past or the future?  The past
  8. If you were to teach a class for a week, what subject would you teach?  Haha, social skills to special needs kids
  9. What’s your favorite ad commercial?  Anything with the Budweiser colt (of Super Bowl fame)
  10. What is the one thing that you’re addicted to?  Chocolate
  11. What is the one luxury that you cannot live without?  AIr conditioning and heating

Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I can focus on tasks like a laser, oblivious to time and environment.
  2. I love teddy bears.
  3. I have always wanted to take great photographs but my pictures are mediocre at best.
  4. My sense of design is terrible, but I recognize beautiful blogs when I see them.
  5. I love science fiction anything.
  6. If it snows, I am outside enjoying the flakes.
  7. My husband and I never celebrate our anniversary.
  8. I am clumsy for a Tuesday’s child.
  9. I don’t like nicknames.
  10. I am ambidextrous.
  11. Charles Dickens is probably my favorite author.

Now, for the best part.  Here are 11 new blogs that I am nominating for the Liebster Award:

Listen to the Babe– This blogger from Thailand shares her Interesting views of the world with a focus on travel with great photos.

Abundant Heart Blog– The writer has a warm heart and a generous, sweet spirit.

Specimanx17–  This is a gorgeous blog featuring a gorgeous woman who writes lovely poetry.

Mint Creativ–  The blogger is a beginning writer (not that you can tell) who is not intimidated by fear of the unknown.

Fill Your Own Glass– The brave soul who writes this blog is looking at the world with new eyes, starting a new writing career.

Yellow Belly Mummy– This British mum has lots of great insights and questions, including a hilarious list of things she wants to live without.

Flicks and Pieces– This blogger writes fresh and intriguing reviews of films and games along with super pics.  His review of Destiny is top notch.

A Nap in The Sun–  This is a poetic site, with a strong woman’s perspective, great photos, and much to enjoy reading.

Rach’s Thoughts– This blogger shares her Christian perspective, is concerned about persecution, and writes an interesting article about the amazing faith of children in Iraq.

Plastic Arctic– This blog has a narrow but fascinating focus on pollution at the ends of the earth.

The Other Side of Regular– Check out this blogger’s fascinating and candid posts on being real, with a unique and funny post on wearing painful shoes.

For the nominees:

The Rules for the Liebester Award

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself

5. Nominate 11 blogs

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post.

8. Inform the people that you nominated them for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

Here are my 11 questions:

1.  What personal goal do you have for the next year?

2.  What is your favorite food and why?

3.  Why should someone read your blog?

4.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

5.  What is your favorite digital device?

6.  What is your favorite book?

7.  If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

8.  What is your favorite holiday?

9.  What person has had the most influence in your life?

10.  What would you do if you won a fortune in a lottery?

11.  What bothers you most while shopping?

Thanks for reading this post, be sure to check out these new blogs, and thanks again, Palak, for nominating me!

* One Lovely Blog Award

I hope you enjoy “Ginger’s” post as much as I do. Her list of 7 made me laugh! Enjoy!

Ginger In A Snap


I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Teachezwell, an absolutely wonderful blog I highly recommend to my teacher friends. She has posts on a wide range of special education and teaching topics, and I’ve gotten several good ideas from perusing her blog. I was incredibly flattered to receive this award, and I’d love the share the honor and let you all know about some of the blogs I enjoy.

The rules for accepting this award are simple.

1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.

2. List the rules and display the award image.

3. Include 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.

5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

So, here…

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* Reflections: an endless chalkboard

How come no one has mentioned that this “chalkboard” I’m using is about a gazillion miles long?  Wouldn’t you think that someone would notice?  I just discovered that I actually have an eraser and pieces of chalk at the bottom, if you can get there.  Who uses chalk anymore?**   Perhaps I should offer a prize for any reader who makes it that far down.  Or offer some painkillers.  

On the other hand, the endlessness of this blog is much like my writing and speaking.  Ask my husband.  I can go on forever.  I never run out of words.  One of my favorite ways to spend Saturday is chatting with a teacher friend for HOURS.  Oops, we talked for 5 hours??

I find it ironic that I teach social skills.  (Here I go….)  But it’s the “typical” kids who need the most direction to stop talking and listen.  My kiddos would do a super job if they could ever get a word in edgewise.  We watch the videos and conclude that they would have asked a question or made a comment if the other kids took a breath.  

**  Yes, I use chalk.  Spelling practice can be awfully boring, but chalk transforms it into a work of art.  Get a real chalkboard and moisten it (wet but not dripping).  Write the needed words in white chalk (boring color).  Once the board dries, those words are not erasable without water.  Give kids some colored chalk and have them write their words in rainbows of color.  These chalkboards are from Stones Education Superstore, a terrific place to shop.  No, I do not get commission.  I just like excellent stores for teachers that are actually run by families.  The last time I was there, the (smiling) son of the owner was running from car to car with his umbrella, escorting us into the store, nice and dry.  What a sweetie. Mini chalkboardsLike I said, endless.  

* One Lovely Blog award

one-lovely-blog1   Many thanks to MeaningfulMommy for this nomination!  I’ve been following her blog for a while, enjoying her thoughtful comments on parenting kids, many of which are great teaching tips as well.  That makes sense because she was also a teacher!  No matter what she writes about, from mental health to vacations, I find her comments thoughtful, humorous, and worth reading.  Dig deep into her blog- there are many treasures to be found!  And that’s why her nomination is so special to me!




The rules for accepting this award are simple.

1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.

2. List the rules and display the award image.

3. Include 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.  This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.

5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.


Here are 7 facts about me:

1.  I learned to read at age 3.  When I was 4, my father said, “You can’t read!” and held out the newspaper.  I read it.

2. I have always wanted to be a teacher.

3.  When I was 10, I taught a neighboring kid to read.  Long but happy story.

4.  When I was 10 and 11, I held summer “circuses” for the neighborhood kids.  I bullied my sister into performing in my theatrical productions and put on wild animal shows (with my trained dogs) for everyone who could pay 5 cents to enter.  There were other hidden costs, like carnival events and refreshments, so I told everyone they might as well bring a quarter.

5.  I have always loved to swim.

6.  A few years ago, an on-deck swimming coach said I should be called Captain Cork.  Why?  Because I cannot stay under water.  I can hardly get under the water.  Great lungs.  Maybe I am really a bird….

7.  I have always wanted to be a writer.

Now to the nominations!  Check out these awesome bloggers:

1.  Nerd in the Brain: My math mentor, resident genius, sweet person, and now my book club mentor- and MUCH more!

2.  My Two Sentences:  How this man paints his words is truly amazing.

3.  Exceptional Delaware:  A loving father’s passionate efforts to change the world of special education, one meeting or poll at a time!

4.  Square Peg in a Round Hole:  Insights and touching stories by a loving mom with a special son

5.  Teacher Talk:  An insightful blog written by an experienced special education teacher whose specialty is literacy

6.  Autism Thoughts:  This blogger is a young woman on the autism spectrum who shares her unique perspectives.

7.  Special Ed From a Mom’s Point of View:  Intense reading about the life of a very special kid whose mom is really making a difference

8.  Loud Thoughts Voiced Out:  I so enjoy this young woman’s candid thoughts about her life experiences, poignant and brave.

9.  Idioms of the English Language:  This blog is a humorous and appealing approach to our everyday expressions (here in America)

10.  Tales of a Carolina Girl:  A spunky teacher with lots of tips and interests, all presented in a beautiful blog.

11.  Ginger in a Snap:  Tales of a resource teacher who actually has a life! I love it!

12. Robert Loves Pi: Written by a math teacher and Aspie, his blog represents challenges for me as well as admiration.

13. Expressions:  A fascinating glimpse into the life of a New Delhi student who is sharing her candid views on all sorts of topics.

14.  Mr. Lynch Science:  I love this teacher’s use of visuals to share what he’s doing.  I bet the kids love him, too!

15.  Talking Math With Your Kids: This is a simply amazing blog.  It’s written by a math teacher with kids of his own.  You can search the blog by your child’s age, but all of it is fascinating.  Great tips for teachers and parents.  The wealth of resources on this site is also impressive.

* If you want to comment or reply anonymously

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* Reflections #2


This is my 18th day on WordPress!  My blog feels like a real place to me now.   So do other folk’s blogs.   It’s like I’ve moved to a great neighborhood with people who take time to say hi.  I continue to squeal with delight when I see flags from all over the world on my stats page.  Yes, I still check my stats at least three or four times a day (that’s down from every ten minutes).  I actually trash some of my drafts now.  I’ve written so much (or my memory is so sketchy)  that I’ll have to start a system for remembering in what posts I added “More on that later.”   I just figured out how to “claim” my blog on Bloglovin, thanks to a WordPress post by Michelle W. And in the past few hours, I learned how to add a Bloglovin icon instead of those words at the top of each post.   I’m making my way through the Daily Post tips and downloaded a free ebook,  I love this new experience and am thrilled to be a part of an online community.   Thanks for all your kind comments and encouragement.

Any other words of wisdom?  I’d love to hear from my neighbors!

* Reflections #2

By the numbers, it’s day 11 in my bogging adventure and this is my 35th post.  What fun!   Here’s what I have learned:

  • As a species, bloggers are really kind.  They encourage one another, take the time to read what others write, and comprise a HUGE library of voices, images, events, ideas, and everyday life.
  • WordPress makes it easy to blog.  There’s even a little tab that pops up once in while to see if I need help.  I’m not sure what triggers that, but I feel supported.
  • I am too focused on my stats.  I watch those blue boxes rise and fall, fall, fall.  Then I fret, fret, fret.
  • I am too focused on my stats.  That prompts me to remember why I am doing this: I’d like to contribute to the wonderful world of special education.
  • I am so grateful to be in special education.  It is the perfect fit for me!
  • Blogging enables me to communicate with folks from all over the place.  I love that!  I love looking at the flags from all the countries where people have read this blog.  It’s my vicarious world traveling.
  • I have a new definition of “slug.”   Thanks, WordPress.
  • My husband is wondering if this is a good idea.
  • I am drawn to blogging instead of Spider Solitaire.  I think that’s probably good.
  • Blogging is not what I had imagined.  I thought it was going to be impossibly difficult, but it’s a delight.

Can you tell me: What is it like to have blogged for a month?  A year?  What have you learned through your blogging experiences?

* Wow. And the nominees are…..

I have been trying to find my way back to loudthoughtsvoicedout since I first read her blog in the Community Pool. We shared only a couple of comments but I was so drawn to her story.  Stories.  Her voice.  What a surprise that you nominated me, beautiful blogger! Thank you!


Now the rules, copied and pasted..

  1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. (above)
  2. List the rules and display the award. (here and above)
  3. Share seven facts about yourself. (below)
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (below)


Seven facts about me:

1.  Words are always gushing out of me, usually spoken but now also written.  I talk nonstop about teaching.  My family gets sick of hearing about school. (That was one fact.)

2.  I love chocolate and could eat pounds of it in one sitting.  It goes straight to my brain and tells me that I am really happy.

3.  I love Jesus.  Yes, the J word.  I used to think that was stupid and I made fun of Christians.  I still make fun of Christians at times.  I make fun of myself all the time.  (That was just one extended fact, people.)

4.  I have strong opinions.  Duh.

5.  I always thought LOL meant ‘little old lady’ and well, I still do.

6.  I stay up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay  too late, like now.  I mean, I do not live in India, beautiful blogger, but here I am, at the computer.

6.  I love to swim and pretend that I am a nuclear submarine.

6.  I lack confidence in my math skills but I have a good intuitive understanding of some math-like concepts. Sort of. When I was tutoring a kid in algebra (SOME YEARS AGO) I had to call my son for help with the homework assignment.  OK, I had to call him this year, too.  He’s one of those brilliant mathematicians who likes to talk about math problems out of the blue, like when I call him for help.

7.  Can we talk about teaching?

OK, what’s next?  Drum roll.  My 15 nominations for Very Inspiring Blogger are:

1. nerdinthebrain

2. harrisclaire07

3. saremaj

4. squarepeginaroundhole

5.  Stardust

6. Cristian Mahai

7. thewishfactor

8. sweetandweak

9. exceptionaldelaware

10. Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane

11.  Insidethelifeofmoi

12.  The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

13.  New Teacher Life

As for 14-15, this is just my 8th day of blogging.  I KNOW there are many inspiring blogs out there, so perhaps you can suggest a few and I’ll round out my list.  Thanks for reading.