* Sharing my world- please bear with me

I love this week’s Share Your World challenge from Cee.  Her questions came from neighborhood kids, via The Happy Quitter (who successfully quit smoking- yea!).

Why did you start blogging?  I have a friend who started blogging a year before I finally jumped into the deep end.  I loved reading her posts because it felt like we were talking.  She’s my inspiration for many things, including this blog!  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

A piece of clothing you still remember?   I remember many of my dresses, undies, socks, and shoes from an early age, probably because of yucky memories associated with them.  I did enjoy wearing the same dresses as my sister when my mother sewed some of our clothes.

Who are you trying to reach with your blog?  I am a special ed teacher, first and foremost, so I hope my blog is helpful to parents and teachers of kids with special needs.  Since I discovered Cee’s site, I am a wannabe photographer with an iPhone.  With Suzi’s kind advice, I have also shared more of my personal life and faith.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?  There are 5 bear beauties in my bedroom, three of them Bed Bears and two Travel Bears.  There are bears in most of the rooms downstairs, but they often gather in the living room to chat.  And watch movies.

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The best birthday present ever?  On my 39th birthday, the first birthday after I was born again, a friend gave me a painting of a little girl kneeling by her bed in prayer, with Jesus standing behind her. I never knew he was there, all those years ago.  I thought God was either a hateful and dangerous character or a powerless wimp.  Now I understand and can answer the question, “Why do terrible things happen to people?  Where is God when those things happen?”

What would surprise me about you?   To quote a friend, I am “an ambi-vert.”  I am equal parts introvert and extrovert.  On top of my social skill deficits, this makes me feel both energized and enervated.  I love to speak in public and hang out with groups of ladies or kiddos, but sometimes I feel that I’ll go nuts if I can’t be alone to recharge.

To answer Cee’s bonus question, I am grateful to be off antibiotics once again but even more grateful that my one-and-only antibiotic is still effective.  Oh my.  I look forward to a special trip with our son and his wife in the near future.

* 50 Easy Steps to Make Life Better — Suzie Speaks

At first glance, you might run as fast as possible from this post.  50 STEPS?  Are you CRAZY?  You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that these are DOABLE.  As Suzi points out, you don’t do all of them in one day.   You’ll find many that resonate, so start there.  Consider these as timesavers for the school year that looms ahead.  Many of them are perfect for keeping your classroom well organized.  Teach them to your students (I wish I had learned some of these when I was younger).  I am going to make them my Bucket List for the next month and keep you posted on how I’m doing.  Thanks, Suzi, and let the journey begin!!  

This was a list of physical, psychological, financial and emotional things that I created a couple of months ago to make life that little bit easier… and it really works. Of course, it’s impossible to do all of these in a day, but I have broken it down into smaller chunks – I’ve found that […]

via 50 Easy Steps to Make Life Better — Suzie Speaks

* Vote!

Sacha Black is hosting her second Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. There are all kinds of categories, from Kindest Blogger to Best Overall.  And much more.  Some of my faves are in the running:  Suzi Speaks, Cee, Ned Hickson, Steve Says, Sue Vincent,  Ronovan HesterSally Croninand Helen Jones.  It will take you 3 minutes or less to find them on the voting page.  There may be others you adore, as well.  Suzi and Cee are at the top of my list!!

  Suzi Speaks!!   best-overall                    Cee!    inspirational





* Blog Of The Day: Meet Teachez Well!

Suzi81 Speaks was amazingly generous. She “edited” my blog and I see that my dear widower must have his own page. I’ve already heard from a sweet woman who was called “extremely lazy” as she battled with dyslexia. After failing her first attempt at college, she went back! And graduated! Books on tape made all the difference. Way to go, Floridaborne!

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imageMeet Katherine!

She’s the creator of Teachez Well Blog, a site dedicated to teaching children with learning difficulties and special needs, and with over forty years of experience, she’s more than qualified to provide assistance to anyone who has children that have certain needs!

She has a wonderful sense lf humour, and her About page (and indeed every email she has ever sent me) makes me smile when she discusses her husband, the blog widower…

I am a semi-retired special educator with 40+ years experience. Yes, that makes me pretty old and I was probably teaching long before many of you were born. I always wanted to be a teacher, probably because I had some amazing and loving teachers myself. I have taught kids with a wide variety of disabilities, primarily in the public school system at the elementary level. My specialties are reading and social skills. Have you…

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