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  • 19 Sep 2008
    Well Toto it's Friday again. Have we had a good week? Writing in the second or third person is strange - surreal but sometimes it's fun.My week has been good. I've been doing water arobics in a heated pool - the Arthritis Foundation has trained instructors. It works; my back injury becomes more tolerable. Do that three times a week for one hours each time. I get to teach art tomorrow morning - that'll be fun. I'll make it fun (the little darlings)- kids(meaning children) have more capacity for fun and imagination than adults. The kids haven't been told "you can't do that." Adults on the other hand worry about "suppose I do it wrong." I've tried to tell them that there's no right or wrong when it comes to art or making art.I'm off on a tangent. I'm off to another water arobics class - maybe it will help me lose twenty pounds so I can be a size 16. My wife says I live in a fantasy world (sometimes) and I tell her it's so much more fun to fantasize.My mantra is "If it ain't fun don't do it."
    782 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Well Toto it's Friday again. Have we had a good week? Writing in the second or third person is strange - surreal but sometimes it's fun.My week has been good. I've been doing water arobics in a heated pool - the Arthritis Foundation has trained instructors. It works; my back injury becomes more tolerable. Do that three times a week for one hours each time. I get to teach art tomorrow morning - that'll be fun. I'll make it fun (the little darlings)- kids(meaning children) have more capacity for fun and imagination than adults. The kids haven't been told "you can't do that." Adults on the other hand worry about "suppose I do it wrong." I've tried to tell them that there's no right or wrong when it comes to art or making art.I'm off on a tangent. I'm off to another water arobics class - maybe it will help me lose twenty pounds so I can be a size 16. My wife says I live in a fantasy world (sometimes) and I tell her it's so much more fun to fantasize.My mantra is "If it ain't fun don't do it."
    Sep 19, 2008 782
  • 12 Sep 2008
    I hate to be a whiner but the TW house of games is a very tough house. Everytime I think I have a good hand - down comes the "silver hammer." Maybe I shouldn't be betting $100.00 per hand. If it was money I'd be on the street corner with a sign. "Need help"Thanks to the goddess I'm not a compulsive gambler - come to think of it, I think most of my compulsions have dwindled - guess it's part of the aging process. At least that's what I tell myself. My only compulsion is being Gracie, dressed femme or not. Gracie has better posture and she has a better mental outlook. My bride said the other day that Gracie was younger than "you know who" and even didn't wear glasses - except for reading. I guess I'm a bit vain - hah! Vanity, vanity etc.I'll be very happy when this election campaign is over. My dad used to say "they all tell you what they think will get them elected." Promises are cheat. I can undeerstand why some people get fed up and wont vote. But I'll vote hoping the lesser crooks gets elected. As Porky Pig used to say "Th ..Tha..That's all folks."
    759 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I hate to be a whiner but the TW house of games is a very tough house. Everytime I think I have a good hand - down comes the "silver hammer." Maybe I shouldn't be betting $100.00 per hand. If it was money I'd be on the street corner with a sign. "Need help"Thanks to the goddess I'm not a compulsive gambler - come to think of it, I think most of my compulsions have dwindled - guess it's part of the aging process. At least that's what I tell myself. My only compulsion is being Gracie, dressed femme or not. Gracie has better posture and she has a better mental outlook. My bride said the other day that Gracie was younger than "you know who" and even didn't wear glasses - except for reading. I guess I'm a bit vain - hah! Vanity, vanity etc.I'll be very happy when this election campaign is over. My dad used to say "they all tell you what they think will get them elected." Promises are cheat. I can undeerstand why some people get fed up and wont vote. But I'll vote hoping the lesser crooks gets elected. As Porky Pig used to say "Th ..Tha..That's all folks."
    Sep 12, 2008 759
  • 28 Aug 2008
    I received a comment from Rae about my last blog. I was thrilled that I wasn't just blogging  into the ether.Rae had never encountered the American slag word "snit." Well I guess now that word will become international. I didn't invent it and as far as I know it isn't copyrighted(I' not sure of my spelling on that word). (For a retired teacher, my spelling is getting bad.)Rae did find a definition for "snit.". She got me thinking about all the words we use to express our or someone else's distain or dislike or mood. "Huff" is a good one. My mother used to get in a "huff" if she thought someone slighted her. Then she would "brood" all day about it. My first wife would give me the "silent treatment" - unfortunately it didn't work. I love to read - he, he.The love of my life "vents" when she's unhappy - I still quake when she raises her voice. (old habit-from my mother's ranting).I vent too.  The students (pre-teens) would "whine" a lot. I when I'd call them on it they would whine some more saying "I'm not whining." That's just a few of the words I can think of right now. Just don't ask me to conjugate any of the verbs. Me thinks maybe I've opened a Pandora's box.
    770 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I received a comment from Rae about my last blog. I was thrilled that I wasn't just blogging  into the ether.Rae had never encountered the American slag word "snit." Well I guess now that word will become international. I didn't invent it and as far as I know it isn't copyrighted(I' not sure of my spelling on that word). (For a retired teacher, my spelling is getting bad.)Rae did find a definition for "snit.". She got me thinking about all the words we use to express our or someone else's distain or dislike or mood. "Huff" is a good one. My mother used to get in a "huff" if she thought someone slighted her. Then she would "brood" all day about it. My first wife would give me the "silent treatment" - unfortunately it didn't work. I love to read - he, he.The love of my life "vents" when she's unhappy - I still quake when she raises her voice. (old habit-from my mother's ranting).I vent too.  The students (pre-teens) would "whine" a lot. I when I'd call them on it they would whine some more saying "I'm not whining." That's just a few of the words I can think of right now. Just don't ask me to conjugate any of the verbs. Me thinks maybe I've opened a Pandora's box.
    Aug 28, 2008 770
  • 26 Aug 2008
    I suspect the new hair do is behind my problems.  Yesterday I typed out a heart-wrenching blog - brought tears to my eyes - then I hit the wrong key and it all disappeared. I said to myself - Self? Do you want to type that all over again? Self answered NO!I guess I was in a snit yesterday. Not that I'm not in a snit today but just not as much. I never used to (or should I say - I used to never) get into snits. But I've noticed that blonds do get into snits - I'm married to a blond. Is that a bad combination? Time will tell. I noticed that I'm chewing more gum - at lease I haven't started snapping it --yet.Blonds seem to have some nasty behaviors. They add certain tones to their voice - so you know you're in trouble. They can't seem to pass a mirror without stoping. I've been doing that more and more lately. They run their fingers through their hair - almost constantly. They check their makeup quite often. These little habit are creaping into my life. Is it from becoming a BLOND?I wonder if Katy and Lucie Diamond have this trouble.
    774 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I suspect the new hair do is behind my problems.  Yesterday I typed out a heart-wrenching blog - brought tears to my eyes - then I hit the wrong key and it all disappeared. I said to myself - Self? Do you want to type that all over again? Self answered NO!I guess I was in a snit yesterday. Not that I'm not in a snit today but just not as much. I never used to (or should I say - I used to never) get into snits. But I've noticed that blonds do get into snits - I'm married to a blond. Is that a bad combination? Time will tell. I noticed that I'm chewing more gum - at lease I haven't started snapping it --yet.Blonds seem to have some nasty behaviors. They add certain tones to their voice - so you know you're in trouble. They can't seem to pass a mirror without stoping. I've been doing that more and more lately. They run their fingers through their hair - almost constantly. They check their makeup quite often. These little habit are creaping into my life. Is it from becoming a BLOND?I wonder if Katy and Lucie Diamond have this trouble.
    Aug 26, 2008 774
  • 20 Aug 2008
    Maybe summer is over.....maybe. At least the temperature isn't in the three digits and we finally got some rain that did more than dirty the windshield. School started this week - my wife is off to the "inspirational" sessions. What a waiste of time.(in my humble opinion). She had one speaker yesterday who maybe knows about as much as we do on brain functions...that's a plus. Not to brag but the 90s was the decade of the "Brain." More research was published during that period about the brain than ever before. I followed all the releases and also the interpretations of the data. It was very thought provoking and luckily some of it was useable on a daily basis with my Special students. I'm glad to see that someone is still preaching from the same book, so to speak. Otherwise it's the same old, same old....possibly with new names given to the "same old."  Back in the 80s when I was in university getting my grad degree in education. The professors would quote "authorities" who did their research in the 19th century. I asked for the new data and was told there wasn't any except for the Bloom's Taxonamy and that was from the 60s. I guess the brain studies wont become part of the cirriculum until the 22nd century.As for me - I've got a new hair do - blond. It really has given my ego a boost. Happy daze....days.
    704 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Maybe summer is over.....maybe. At least the temperature isn't in the three digits and we finally got some rain that did more than dirty the windshield. School started this week - my wife is off to the "inspirational" sessions. What a waiste of time.(in my humble opinion). She had one speaker yesterday who maybe knows about as much as we do on brain functions...that's a plus. Not to brag but the 90s was the decade of the "Brain." More research was published during that period about the brain than ever before. I followed all the releases and also the interpretations of the data. It was very thought provoking and luckily some of it was useable on a daily basis with my Special students. I'm glad to see that someone is still preaching from the same book, so to speak. Otherwise it's the same old, same old....possibly with new names given to the "same old."  Back in the 80s when I was in university getting my grad degree in education. The professors would quote "authorities" who did their research in the 19th century. I asked for the new data and was told there wasn't any except for the Bloom's Taxonamy and that was from the 60s. I guess the brain studies wont become part of the cirriculum until the 22nd century.As for me - I've got a new hair do - blond. It really has given my ego a boost. Happy daze....days.
    Aug 20, 2008 704
  • 30 Jul 2008
    Here it is the end of July-almost....one more day left.Have settled back into a "sort of" routine. Still coming down from the high of traveling. We went thru Chicago so fast that I didn't have time to check out the tourist attractions - like the Psycho Ninja....sorry 'bout that.Been thinking...it took three days to go from Dallas to New York City and that's only half of the country. A train trip from Dublin to Galway takes a matter of hours and that's a whole country. I guess time and distance are relative to where you want to go and what you want to see.Getting a new wig - exciting. My wife made a remark about me going out en femme yesterday....surprised me. Also, she asked what I wanted for my birthday.....I'm thinking.Life gets more interesting everyday.
    720 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Here it is the end of July-almost....one more day left.Have settled back into a "sort of" routine. Still coming down from the high of traveling. We went thru Chicago so fast that I didn't have time to check out the tourist attractions - like the Psycho Ninja....sorry 'bout that.Been thinking...it took three days to go from Dallas to New York City and that's only half of the country. A train trip from Dublin to Galway takes a matter of hours and that's a whole country. I guess time and distance are relative to where you want to go and what you want to see.Getting a new wig - exciting. My wife made a remark about me going out en femme yesterday....surprised me. Also, she asked what I wanted for my birthday.....I'm thinking.Life gets more interesting everyday.
    Jul 30, 2008 720
  • 21 Jul 2008
    Golly gee - riding on the train for such a long distance was great fun. Met some interesting people and some nice children too.Glad to be back home.tired
    766 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Golly gee - riding on the train for such a long distance was great fun. Met some interesting people and some nice children too.Glad to be back home.tired
    Jul 21, 2008 766
  • 19 Jun 2008
    I think I'm spending more time getting ready for vacation. Trying to minimize luggage and miscelaneous items. Have already sent my paints and paper ahead. The clerk asked me the value of my paint box. I had to tell him "priceless." Some of my brushes can't be replaced - I bought that back in the 70s at a bargain price. I figured out I might have 14 days of painting opportunity. Hope the weather holds good - although I have painted out the front window of a van, during a heavy thunder storm. The painting came out well.....I think I left it in California.Willl be carrying some paint and paper on the train. I could do some blurry pictures and claim they are my impression of moving fast over the terrain.
    703 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I think I'm spending more time getting ready for vacation. Trying to minimize luggage and miscelaneous items. Have already sent my paints and paper ahead. The clerk asked me the value of my paint box. I had to tell him "priceless." Some of my brushes can't be replaced - I bought that back in the 70s at a bargain price. I figured out I might have 14 days of painting opportunity. Hope the weather holds good - although I have painted out the front window of a van, during a heavy thunder storm. The painting came out well.....I think I left it in California.Willl be carrying some paint and paper on the train. I could do some blurry pictures and claim they are my impression of moving fast over the terrain.
    Jun 19, 2008 703
  • 03 Jun 2008
    Don't ask why I waited until the 3rd of the month to celebrate June but I'm kinda/sorta slow these days. What with 90 degree heat and higher - it does slow you down. The humidity is high and the bugs are vicious.I wish Mere would get her computer fixed. We'll be in Chicago on the 26th and I don't know my way around. Haven't been to Chicago since 1971 - just yesterday- right? Of course it's only a 6 hour stop-over -between trains that is if we get into Chicago on time. On our return trip the schedule calls for only a 4 hour stop-over. I don't want to be a drag but it's nice to have a contact along the way.
    732 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Don't ask why I waited until the 3rd of the month to celebrate June but I'm kinda/sorta slow these days. What with 90 degree heat and higher - it does slow you down. The humidity is high and the bugs are vicious.I wish Mere would get her computer fixed. We'll be in Chicago on the 26th and I don't know my way around. Haven't been to Chicago since 1971 - just yesterday- right? Of course it's only a 6 hour stop-over -between trains that is if we get into Chicago on time. On our return trip the schedule calls for only a 4 hour stop-over. I don't want to be a drag but it's nice to have a contact along the way.
    Jun 03, 2008 732
  • 25 May 2008
    Time flies when you're having fun - or so I've been told.Just now time is flying by 'cause we're getting our final plans together for a vacation. We'll be on the "rails" from June 25th to July 20th. When I say rails I'm not kidding. We're taking our trip on AMTRAK - we figured why bother with the hassel of flying. It was a good decision since the airlines have now cut back on flights. We'll probably see more people traveling via rail. That reminds me - I must contact Mere - we have a 6 hour layover in Chicago -  going east and returning. That should give us some time to visit the museums in The Windy City....check out the submarine.  ....humm why is there a WW II German submarine in Chicago? Have no fear - I'll have access to computers and will check in during those three weeks.
    710 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Time flies when you're having fun - or so I've been told.Just now time is flying by 'cause we're getting our final plans together for a vacation. We'll be on the "rails" from June 25th to July 20th. When I say rails I'm not kidding. We're taking our trip on AMTRAK - we figured why bother with the hassel of flying. It was a good decision since the airlines have now cut back on flights. We'll probably see more people traveling via rail. That reminds me - I must contact Mere - we have a 6 hour layover in Chicago -  going east and returning. That should give us some time to visit the museums in The Windy City....check out the submarine.  ....humm why is there a WW II German submarine in Chicago? Have no fear - I'll have access to computers and will check in during those three weeks.
    May 25, 2008 710