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Hugs and blessings,

Sunday, July 27, 2008

OSI Week 22, Sacred Life Sunday, BYBS#12

The prompt for Week 22 is Faces
When I was teaching
resources like this could help
kids speak about their

feelings fluently.
Now this site provides
free downloads to all.
On this Sunday my
face looks much like this one does ...
I am contented.

Click for my 1st Week 22 OSI post at Small Reflections
other OSI Week 22 participants.

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Six Really Good Things
1. I've enjoyed, captured, and shared beautiful sunsets, skies, and sunrises here this week (in case you missed them and/or need reminders of the 'face of God' in nature.

2. Although I missed my Wednesday appointment for a cut & perm, the guy who does my hair had time on Thursday afternoon to fit me in ... so I've got 'wash & wear' hair again for the next 3 months.

3. My Intermediate Photoshop Class is over and I've got 4 weeks off before the Advanced Class begins in late August ... so perhaps I'll be able to 'catch up' at last as I practice & apply the skills I've learned in the past 10 weeks.

4. I've shared this previously, but would like to pass this award on again to all who've visited & commented here at Sacred Ruminations during the month of July ... and encourage you to pass this award on to others to 'share the love' as well. I received it some time ago from Chuck at Foster Me Up, but it was created by Memoirs of a Mommy in honor of the donor who saved her son Noah's life with a heart transplant. Her hopes are that we can create more awareness of the importance of organ donation by passing this award on to others.

The rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same**
5. I've viewed this cute video clip of Twin Baby Moose playing in a sprinkler (shared at UR Olive) a few times and will probably do so again. It could bring YOU a smile too.

6. This morning my 'writing buddy' gave me a link to brain specialist, Jill Bolte Taylor delivering an 18 minute talk entitled 'My Stroke of Insight' following her own experience of & recovery from a stroke. I believe it's an amazing & informative presentation about the workings of our 'dual-hemisphered brains' worthy of your attention when time permits. I hope you'll watch and share it with others as well. For more information, this is the link to her website.

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Thought for Today
"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." Victor Hugo


Raven said...

I love your faces haikus. Good list of blessings. I have a morning and evening blessings ritual and I think it has really changed my life. There is something very powerful and healing about paying attention to what's good in our lives.

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed your blessings and your poetry. I love the energy with which you engage your readers.

Anonymous said...

nice haiku and being content is never easy, but I'm glad you are content

Anonymous said...

The weather has been beautiful in Texas, too. You have a hairdresser? What a blessing! I would love to learn Photoshop, but I would have to buy the software!


Karen said...

I love the face pictures--when I get on my computer that's actually hooked up to a printer, I intend to print them out and share them with Nathan. He actually has a hard time sharing his feelings, and also, recognizing what other people are feeling. This may help!

Don't you just love wash and go hairstyles? I get mine cut once every three months, too--and it's a style that's so, so easy!

Wonderful blessings!

Paulie said...

Sounds like blessings all around!

storyteller said...

Raven – I agree with you fully and write of my blessings daily as well … and I know it’s made a huge different in my life.

Sandy Carlson – Thank you for your supportive words. I marvel at how you manage to visit regularly and appreciate you kindness.

Lissa – Initially, contentment seemed challenging … but counting my blessings regularly helped me embrace all that comes my way with contentment … whether or not it’s what I want. I believe what I need comes to me … and it’s up to me to learn from it all.

Cybercelt – I'm glad you're enjoying good weather too. I see the fellow who does my hair every 6 weeks. He perms and cuts it one time, cuts it the next, then perms & cuts … and so forth. I’ve decided I’m worth this regular ‘luxury’ ... As for Photoshop, I’ve owned various versions for years, but this is the first time I’ve taken classes to learn how to put it to good use. I’m quite delighted with what I’ve learned thus far.

Karen – I’m happy you think these faces may be helpful to Nathan. I found such things helpful in the classroom, but the sets I had were not nearly so colorful and ‘with it’ … so when I came across these I knew I had to share. Yez … I love wash and wear hair! It makes life so much simpler in the mornings.

Paulie – Rereading the list now, I’m feeling blessed all over again ;--)

Thanks to each of you for spending a bit of your Sunday here at Sacred Ruminations. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and that the week ahead is filled with interesting experiences.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

This is such an uplifting post to end my day with - my chosen face right now is TIRED. I enjoyed your haiku and the six really good things and the quotation. Have a good night.

Blue Panther said...

You must have got really good at photoshop now after your Intermediate class. I would love to see the results of your practicing & applying the skills you have learned in the past 10 weeks.

Have a great week ahead!

Maude Lynn said...

I love the faces! I used those with my daughter when she was younger.

Anonymous said...

Nice little image poem. I remember those faces from working at Head Start. What fun it is to see them again. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love the faces! Wonderfully done!

weed it out

maryt/theteach said...

storyteller, love the faces and can see how the kids would love that in class! You must have been as great teacher! Thanks for the poem and the Hugo quote! :)

me ann my camera said...

So true about all those faces... and I recognize so many of them from my teaching days also.
ann at nature tales

spacedlaw said...

Fun faces. Thank goodness for content being the one you wear.

Barb said...

I love house teaching children, teaches me much. Thanks for this wonderful faces haiku, Storyteller.

Quiet Paths said...

Very fun and quite meaningful post. Thanks for sharing your blessings.

Whatever said...

I heard the interview that Jill Bolte Taylor gave on NPR about her experience. The thing that struck me was how she described feeling happy or at peace and how she could revisit that feeling whenever she wanted to. The notion that she could find something so profoundly good out of such a potentially horrible experience is truly amazing.

storyteller said...

April – I’m happy you found it uplifting at the end of your tiring day. I hope you had a good night as well.

Blue Panther – Thanks for your interest. I have learned a great deal … though there’s lots more to learn. I’ve shared some of my PSE ‘skills’ and projects on each of my blogs during the past 10 weeks and will continue to share in the future. If you’d like to see what I’ve already shared, click the “Photoshop Lessons’ link in my sidebar. It will take you to a ‘Directory’ with links to PSE posts on each of my blogs.

Mama Zen and Pam – I’m glad the ‘faces’ brought back fond memories.

Gautami Tripathy – Thanks so much ;--)

Mary, the teach – I thoroughly enjoyed teaching for all my 34 years in the classroom, and I always did my best. You’re quite welcome. It was my pleasure to share both.

Me Ann my Camera – Resources such as these did make teaching more relevant and meaningful for our students didn’t they?

Spacedlaw – It’s easy to be ‘content’ when one is ‘happily retired’ … no matter how busy I get, it’s never as busy as when I was working.

WillThink4Wine – Methinks all the best teachers are fascinated lifelong learners themselves.

Quiet Paths – I’m delighted that you found my post both fun and meaningful. Sharing my blessings seems the most natural thing in the world to do each week … and sometimes more often than that.

Whatever – I was fascinated by what Jill Bolte Taylor shared as well … how she remembered the experience so vividly and was able to speak of it with clarity and humor in such a relevant, life-affirming way … and, like you, find it astounding that she sees it all as a blessing to be shared with others. I suspect those 8 years of recovery were challenging, but she’s one amazing gift to the world today.

To all – I’m always delighted to find comments and appreciate your feedback greatly. I enjoy visiting your blogs as well. This ‘virtual’ world is a blessing, is it not? I hope you’ve had a lovely day. Thanks so much for dropping by Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

What wonderful faces, poetry and blessings!

storyteller said...

TeriC – I’m sorry I didn’t find your comment until today (as I get ready to create this week’s BYBS/SSS post), but I’m delighted you enjoyed the ‘faces,’ my poetry and the blessings. I hope you’ll visit again as time permits.
Hugs and blessings,