Project 52: Week 4 – Words

 

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Here we are the end of January and the 4th week of the photo challenge.  I am going to admit that I took this photo a week and a day ago, but I am still using it.  I took it when I was participating in the Women’s March in Salem on the 21st.  I am new to this whole activist thing but for a lot of reasons I am feeling the need to become more involved.

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Week 4 – Words

Honestly, when I picked words for the list, I assumed that I would take a picture of whatever book I was reading or a picture of one of Taelin’s stories.  But instead, here is a sign that I saw at the march.

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Here is Taelin’s photo of the week.  It is a picture of one of her newest favorite series starring Mercy Watson.  It has been a great in between series as Taelin transitions into chapter books (which she is looking forward to)!

If you have a Week 4 photo, please share it in the comments!

The word for Week 5 is “GLASS”.

Ginger Tea and Twitter

Sigh.

I should be in bed right now.  I am trying really hard to get a good eight hours of sleep but I don’t think that is going to happen tonight.  Here’s a picture of what was happening just 10 minutes ago.

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Ginger tea and Twitter.  The ginger tea is because of Twitter. Well, kind of.  I should say I am not blaming Twitter directly.  A few years ago I had a Twitter account that I used for professional development.  I followed my favorite teacher leaders, children’s book authors, publishers, and education news.  I ended up deleting it the beginning of 2015 because my one little word was ‘simplify’.

There is nothing simple about the state of politics in our country right now.  A new president was sworn and and 24 hours later I was out marching with others that were marching around the world.  I, like many others, have been woken up.  Our vote alone is not enough right now.

So, I now have a new Twitter handle and I am following 19 accounts.   A former president, news organizations that are dedicated to actual facts, my two senators and my representative.  A rogue NASA account and an alternate national parks account leave me hoping that no one was fired.

Enter the ginger tea.

My worry about the events that are unfolding are important for me to be a part of.  And because I am paying attention, my worry has manifested into heartburn.  So as I continue to try and stay informed, I will be buying ginger at the store.

Ginger tea and Twitter…because

love is love

womens rights are human rights

black lives matter

climate change is real

immigrants make america great

kindness is everything

 

Project 52: Week 3 – Round

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This last week was a tough week.  Taelin was sick with strep plus Joe gone traveling for work.  Then there was that inauguration thing at the end of the week. I will admit that I didn’t give much thought about my Week 3 photo until I headed to the grocery store Sunday morning.

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Week 3 – Round

For the first time, in what felt like forever, the sun was shining.  After the snow and the cold earlier this month and then the rain that followed, the sun was welcome.  I closed my eyes and looked up and it hit me.

I wish the clouds had moved a little faster because I would have loved to get a picture without them but they didn’t and I was trying to get to the grocery store.

And here is Taelin’s Week 3 photo.

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She was pretty excited about how she made something round with things that were round.

If you have a Week 3 picture, please share it in the comments or link up if you have a blog!  It isn’t too late to start!

Our Week 4 word is “WORDS”

Young at Art: Owl Moon

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is one of my favorite picture books.  The language is beautiful and the illustrations are stunning.  When I was choosing books for this month’s Young at Art classes, this one was a no-brainer for me.

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It was a small class, just 8 painters, but it was quite lovely.  Most of the people were new to Young at Art so that was really exciting.  We talked a lot about blending colors when we were painting the snow and the light coming off of the moon.  We also talked about how to start with a familiar shape if you aren’t sure how to painting something.  (You might notice a Y in each of the trees.) It was fun to see how each painting turned out!

Here were some of the paintings…

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This coming Saturday, January 28th, I am doing my second class of the month.  I haven’t quite decided what we are going to paint but I am reading another one of my favorite books!

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Click here to sign up the class!

 

Project 52: Week 2-Home

Well, I’m a few days late.  Taelin woke up sick Saturday night/Sunday morning and a doctor’s appointment Sunday morning confirmed she had strep.  This is the second time in a month and a half.  Taelin started to feel better not too long after starting antibiotics and I think we are almost caught up on our a sleep.

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Here is my photo for Week 2-Home.

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Week 2- Home

While there is a bit of my actual house in this picture, I realized that whenever I was thinking of what I wanted in this photo, it was Joe and Taelin.  They are in a very real way, my home.

Here is Taelin’s Week 2 photo.

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This is Marabelle (Taelin’s treasured doll) in her new home that Taelin created. 

Did you take a photo for Week 2?  Please feel free to add or link up in the comments.

The word for Week 3 is…round!

The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy

I think my current memoir kick is coming to an end. It was bound to happen. This book is the first book in a long time that I just didn’t connect with and really had to force myself to finish. 

This book followed Tara Clancy as she grew up in three very different environments because of her parents divorcing when she was very young. In a lot of ways, she lived three completely different lives. One with her dad in working class Queens, one with her grandmother in a old folks community and another one with her mom and mom’s boyfriend in the Hampton’s. 

As Tara tells her stories, we meet the characters that shaped her childhood. There is a humor in her storytelling that I appreciated.  That said, it took me forever to read.  I read several books in between which for me is unusual. 

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. 

I was given this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review. 

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” -Rainer Maria Rilke

I have, like many people, made quite a few New Year’s resolutions over the years.  And I, like many people, have failed to keep most of them.  After awhile, I stopped even making them. Then I found out about a tradition that one of my favorite scrapbookers, Ali Edwards, started. She chooses One Little Word to focus on for the year.  It is nothing short of brilliant. If you are interested, and you should be, you can read about here on her blog.

A few years ago, I started to choose a word for myself. Some of my past words have been “peace”, “be”, “grace”, “simplify”. One year I took the course that Ali Edwards offers and it was wonderful but most of the time I just try to live my word as much as I can.

This year, my word came to me pretty easily.  I am excited to live it.

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I took the picture of this primrose last week.  The final week in December after a 4 day snow/ice storm.

Thrive.