Bobbi’s Birthday


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My lovely sister would have been 65 yesterday. She always made me feel welcome, whether it was upstairs in her room or in her own home after she got married.  Today, my thoughts go to visiting with her in her backyard.  Old-growth shady trees and flowers and bird feeders made it a haven for wildlife and me.  Actually, she was the haven.  We would sit out under the trees and talk over homemade iced tea.  I can’t recall exactly what we talked about since there were so many afternoons spent this way.   It was a deep sharing of thoughts and feelings.  I can remember the way I felt though.  Heard, seen, cared for and loved.  It is no exaggeration to say that she had a way of creating a little heaven on earth.  There was laughter and good-natured teasing too.  I hope I made her feel as good as she made me feel during out times together.  I always felt more whole and complete when I came away from our visits. More ready to face the world.  The world didn’t seem like such a bad place with a special sister like I had.  She left it too soon; but, gave so much while she was here that the world remains so much better for her having been in it.  And, I am a better person than I would have been without her love.  So many feelings abound today, but gratitude for having been so blessed is the strongest.

Startling Early Literacy Statistics


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Startling Literacy Statistics Come read with me!

I was reading a blog by Edmentum ( a blog about Educational Issues) called ‘By the Numbers; Why Early Literacy Matters’ and it gave some startling statistics such as the following:

“1 in 6 children who are not reading proficiently in 3rd grade do not graduate from high school on time –4 times greater than the rate for proficient readers1″

However, if you do this, you can make a major difference

“Children who are read to at least 3 times a week by a family member are twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading as compared to children who are read to less frequently1″

Reading is necessary in our world. Reading and writing is a large part of how we communicate, especially in our digital age. If you can’t read and write an email, read Google searches and put together…

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Patricia J Grace

020Each morning I awake and try hard to calm the anxiety. No, I don’t want to get up at 4:30 so lay in bed half sleeping till after 6. Sometimes I just have to get up, but I was still so tired from the egg dying get together yesterday I lay quietly. 

A few times these past weeks I’ve had to take Xanax in the AM, a very unusual occurrence for me unless I have a medical appointment. Just a half and it helps. But more times I use meditation to get below the buzz. Most of it is irrational like believing my breathing was a problem, but it was only congestion in the back of my throat.

I ponder why this spring I’m affected with fear and anxiety when other years it just felt like big highs then some lows till leveling out by May. I think it is…

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