Art of Words

Yeah I believe in words, I believe that words can inspire. I believe that word can divide. I believe that words can unite. I believe all art has the ability to do this…..I believe we all need to find our medium to connect with each other!

A quote by Mike Smyth

Thinking Man

Why Vaginal Steaming could be the Best Thing we’ll Try This Year. | elephant journal

Read the article ladies. Sometimes at the first sign of trouble we reach for chemical medications. Those are great at times; however, how about a more holistic approach of remedies?

Let me know what you think.

Why Vaginal Steaming could be the Best Thing we’ll Try This Year. | elephant journal.

A Lotus, Compass Rose, and An Om Sign

My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.”
Lana Del Rey

Our oldest daughter loves tattoos. She says its her way of expressing her artistic personality and tells a story of different stages in her life. Roger Price did an awesome job with what she was wanting. He was able to incorporate the lotus and om with the compass rose. A huge shout out to Roger who works for Filament Tattoo Co. in Wabash, Indiana. I appreciate and respect Roger’s talent with a tattoo gun.

As her mum, I have a different opinions of course. I don’t like so many tattoos on her body. Although, I think this is the largest and most obvious one she has. There’s no hiding it. I do wonder what her tattooed body will look like when she is old and wrinkly. I think I’m just a tad bit old-fashioned. I think they are beautiful on other people, just not my own daughters. 🙂

Do you have tattoos and what do you think of them?

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New Student and A Not So New Book

Our oldest daughter graduated from high school in 2009. Our second daughter is now attending the same high school the older siblings attended. While this is probably no big deal and I’m sure it happens all the time, we thought it was funny and quite a coincidence that 6 years later, our second daughter is using the exact same book as her oldest sister. Alex was the first to use this book.

How many times does this happen and has it happened to you or your children?

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Changing Our Name, Sort of….

I woke up this morning in a blah mood and no inspiration what so ever. After speaking with my husband, I was so inspired, I decided to do something with my blog. Perfect timing I’d say since the assignment from The Daily Post, Michelle W., says, “Say Your Name.”

My blog has been in a rut lately. There has been so much, and I do mean SO MUCH, going on in our lives that I’ve neglected my blog. I personally love to blog; although, you wouldn’t think so from the lack of activity.

My first post in the boosting direction is to change the title and tag line. I’ve decided to go with Still Times – Capturing Glimpses of Times With Words & Photographs and a tag line reading, “Because everyday should be filled with laughter, joy, tears, and a sense of fulfillment.”

Why the name? Well, that’s me, I try to be positive and look at the positive or beauty of all things and people. I’ve always tried to post with a good attitude. I’ve failed at times; however, for the most part, I feel I do a good job of posting with a joyful heart. I love laughter, I feel as if when I laugh, I am in a way cleansing myself of bad thoughts or impurities of the heart. The joy and tears go hand in hand for me, I can laugh and cry at the same time for both good and bad reasons. I’m a sympathetic crier and will cry when I see someone crying (not kids though). At the end of the day, I like to feel a sense of fulfillment or accomplishment. My to-do-list grows faster than what I cross of as completed, but every check-mark I make is an accomplishment.

Why the change? We’ve moved from China to the great USA! We are living in Indiana for now. I’ll write more on this soon. Although, I’ll still post about China as I have an archive full of wonderful photos to share. My Indiana canvas is empty; but, I’ll soon change that as well. Untitled

The year has started out rough and so very busy. I’ll be sharing soon all the changes we’ve made in our family. It’s a journey for sure…. Cheers to you!

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Regrettable Decisions

Have you ever had to make a decision that was so right in your mind but ever so wrong in your heart? Intellectually, you knew it was the right decision. Emotionally, you wish you didn’t have to make such life changing decisions.

Watch this beautifully composed video of my students and coworkers wishing me well and saying farewell as we prepare to leave China and return to the USA. I’ll share more about our move in a different post. 

Teaching in China is so rewarding and life enriching. Our elementary school is not all about numbers and scores, it is more about teaching children to have passion for education. It was an absolute joy and pleasure to have been a part of these young lives that will remain forever in my heart.

So, with tears in my eyes, sorrow in my heart, and love for my children (students), I share this wonderful video in hopes that you can see why these students brought me so much joy.