The Real Neat Blog Award

I’m really happy to be nominated for this award by the lovely Geraldine at https://adhdourfamilyjourney.wordpress.com Thank you so much. It’s such an honor when a fellow blogger picks you.  I was drawn to her blog the minute I discovered it. I could immediately relate to her family’s experience with ADHD, and really love her  writing…

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Sheltering Mindfully with Teen ADHD

Teens have no frame of reference when it comes to sheltering in place.  These are strange times, life as we know  it doesn’t exist. They definitely have an opinion about everything, along with the usual why, how long, must we? Some handle it, others not so much. How do you begin to explain mindful sheltering…

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Thriving and Driving with ADHD

I recently shared that my oldest has been diagnosed with ADHD. It’s new to us. We’re learning something new everyday. When she was 6 months old, she was diagnosed with pretty serious food allergies, while simultaneously beginning a battle with weeping eczema. We didn’t go anywhere without an Epi pen or a travel case filled…

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My teen and ADHD

I’ve missed writing and commenting. I’ve missed my community. Being away, collecting thoughts, teaching, keeping track of life, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes challenging, I’m quite spent. I find when life is full, my mind boxes things, sort of like being at the Container Store, I love that place – there’s something for everyone. If I could…

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Silent Mornings

When I run, I  watch, I breathe, purposefully, mindfully, and everything seems to have an ease. It is a simple place, this trail, the grounding it gives me, the sun’s reflection on the water. And yet, it feels big. Bigger than me, my worries, my sadness. A place where nature takes over; birds, otters, owls,…

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Anxiety in my house

Anxiety usually creeps into my house at night, when all are tired and moods have shifted. It surrounds us with a gloomy shroud, a fine mist of dread, ambivalence and upset, enough to make the strongest of minds find doubt and feel weak. We have experienced much of this in the past few months with…

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2018 is here

It’s strange to see myself as a statistic on my blog. 2017 must have been a terrible year for I have not posted since July they say. That’s five months.  I did have a wander around the world though, it brought us all great joy. Loved working on the post that followed with photos that…

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I miss courtesy

I miss courtesy. I want it back. Courtesy knows how to accept insults and move beyond. It knows a simple handshake isn’t a nod to I like you or I loathe you, It is just a gesture of jolly good, let’s get on with it and see how we do. It seems to me when…

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Book Review – Longbourn By Jo Baker

Longbourn is all a flutter, Netherfield has a new master, a ball is to be had and the Bennet girls are beyond excited as they prepare to be at one of society’s most elegant events. Mrs Bennet who finds it insufferable that her daughters aren’t married, makes procuring a husband  at this event her sole…

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Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clarke is vulnerable. She’s survived, only barely. Lou’s survived love, loss, friendship and the judgement that came with her decision to love a man so much, she watched him leave her; physically and mentally. When I read Me Before You, Jojo Moyes heartbreaking novel about a paraplegic and his view of the world, I…

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Book Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

 Chris Cleave writes of war, relationships, jam making and blackberries with a natural ability to craft language into something so subliminal, this novel about World War II is an ode to the written word. It is my first time reading anything by Cleave. Little Bee and Incendiary are now on my TBR list. Cleave’s words…

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Away

Away isn’t always good when you want to be blogging, posting and commenting, but away I’ve been. Spring break, volunteering, teaching art and job hunting. I’ve hiked, I’ve read, I went to the beach.  We took photos –  they will speak their own story. Hiking in the rain at Helen Putnam regional park – I…

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Book Review: The Storm Sister ( The Seven Sisters#2) by Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley’s Storm Sister swept into my home on a chilly, blustery day and I was immediately immersed. Cup of tea and chocolate in hand, I fell headlong into her exquisite follow-up to The Seven Sisters( Maia’s story). I read the book during my Christmas break, and sort of held on to the review, until…

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The Flu is Truly an Artist

The Flu is an artist. A special virus. Flashy. Modern. Not unlike Picasso, Miró and Gaudi. Although it isn’t Spanish and they are incomparable. It’s slightly odd comparing the flu to art but I tend to think in color. I recently taught my daughter’s class how to express like Miró. Maybe that’s why. This flu is…

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I accept The Bookfangirling Award

  I love an award. I always hope to take the time to thank the person who nominated me, and then nominate others in my community, so we can all celebrate each other. I’ve not been able to post on any of the awards this past year. So I’m starting afresh with this fun award…

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Not Forgotten. Loved Always.

With the words Expecto Patronum, a silver doe appeared. An enduring love we did not expect. We read, then watched, as only he could portray the man who uttered that most feared killing curse, Avada Kedavra. In utter disbelief I read and re-read the words, a baby in my arms, as Professor Dumbledore fell to…

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Blog Tour: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend By Katarina Bivald

Katarina Bivald’s character driven novel about the sheer love of reading, gave me a such a joyful reminder of why I like to live among words, and why books are scattered all over my house, that I sat down with my cup of tea and blanket, as I escaped with a strong curiosity about Sweden…

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Book Review : Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham #3

I’ve been consumed and riveted by the Poldark series whereby I’ve abandoned writing, posting, and my entire stack of reading just to be cocooned in Winston Graham’s masterful writing. Graham’s narrative authority is nothing short of brilliant. He creates scenes and characters with such honesty, they are at once lovable and despicable; you are torn between…

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Je Suis Parisien

  Je suis sincèrement dèsolé Paris      

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Twenty years

Twenty years since he left us, suddenly and too soon. It wasn’t a difficult passing, his suffering didn’t last long, but it wasn’t instant. One night, a cough, turned into a rumbley chest, it rattled and hummed. Sounded painful. Asthmatic, so difficult to breathe. Off to the hospital with my uncle who had a team…

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Fired, Gone, Locked Out

Four beloved teachers were fired two months ago. It happened after graduation and the  last day of school. Kids didn’t say goodbye, they said… see you next year. The following week when the teachers got to school, they were locked out of their email, given two hours to pack up 5-6 years of worth of…

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Book Tag – Reading Habits Tag

I love the book tag. I’ve been tagged to answer eleven questions by one of my favorite book loving people -Babus at http://ajoobacatsblog.com/ She is an avid reader like me and reviews many different genres. She has such a fantastic blog .. I hope you take a look. Here we go then… Do you have…

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