2016 Calendar – Order Now!

After so much positive feedback over the last two years, I am once again putting calendars together!

I have included the pictures expected to be in the 2016 calendar below.

If you are interested in purchasing a calendar this year let me know via
~comments here
~email at 135.Sweetwater@gmail.com or
~facebook

Calendars will be ready by mid-October 2015.
The price is $20.00 +s/h (if I ship to you.)

The size is approximately 8 1/2″ x 11″ closed – 11″ x 17″ when hanging.

Cover

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January

January


February

February


March

March


April

April


May

May


June

June


July

July


August

August


September

September


October

October


November

November


December

December

Roasted Cabbage

Somewhere along the way I found a recipe for roasted cabbage, tried it out, and OMG, it is amazingly awesome!

You must try this.

It’s too simple not too.

And tastes great.

And did I mention it is wicked easy.

All you need:

1 head cabbage (or more – you’re going to want more so you might as well cook 2 heads)
spices
olive oil

Slice the cabbage in 1/2″ slabs

Layer flat on a cookie sheet and brush olive oil on the top.
Sprinkle with spices of your choice – asian spices are good – salt and pepper works – really, whatever you like.
Turn each over and repeat with olive oil and spices

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until the cabbage is soft to touch with a fork and looks like this:

roasted cabbage

Those very dark pieces are nice and crunchy and the soft middle is sweet and spicy and YUMMY!

Bon Appetite!

Gratitude #21

Today, and EVERY day, I am thankful for my husband!

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That’s his handsome self.

I so appreciate him for so many reasons. Let me count the ways:

~he lets me be me
~he will stop to ask for directions
~it is rarely necessary for him to stop to ask for directions
~he does his share around the house, and MORE
~he enjoys being active and living a full life
~he has a strong work ethic
~he is a nature lover
~he is smart
~he has a great sense of humor
~he listens to me vent and doesn’t try to fix things for me
~because he respects that I am perfectly capable of fixing my own stuff
~he goes along with my whims
~he drives me around for photo shoots
~and responds when I yell STOP!
~he has four great kids that have supported him in his new life with a new wife
~he is a lifelong learner
~he is a good listener
~he supports my family as if they were his family
~he is respectful
~he married me – *sigh*
~. . .

Love you honey! XOX

First Days of School

Today was the first day of school for students at the high school where I work. It’s an exciting time that I enjoy each year – seeing returning students, happy to be back and excited to be moving forward – closer to graduation and adulthood.

It’s also an exciting, and anxious, time for new students. The freshmen class typically worries about whether they will be able to find their classes, of if they will know anyone. Many of our students come from towns, or countries, far away and have not yet met anyone in this new community they will be a part of.

For me it was a pleasure to roam the halls between classes, greeting familiar faces, meeting so many new students, and helping others to find their way.

In a new position this year, I too am trying to find my way. It is a good thing to be forced to have a “beginner’s mind” – to be always looking at things as if for the first time.

Beginner’s mind is Zen practice in action. It is the mind that is innocent of preconceptions and expectations, judgments and prejudices. Beginner’s mind is just present to explore and observe and see “things as-it-is.” I think of beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement. “I wonder what this is? I wonder what that is? I wonder what this means?” Without approaching things with a fixed point of view or a prior judgment, just asking “what is it?”
~Abbess Zenkei Blanche Hartman

As we face the many challenges of change this year, I most often find myself asking how will I do that? or what will it take to get that done?
We often believe that to teach we must be the experts. The truth is that education must be about change because the world is an evolutionary place and it is impossible to be an expert each and every day. Donald M. Murray says the reason he writes is “to discover what I am thinking, not what I have already thought. I write not to confirm or document what I know. . .but to discover what I do not yet know. If I am to surprise myself with fresh insight, I need to be disloyal to what I have written – thought, felt, believe, remembered before. I want to discover what I know that I didn’t know I knew…”

This is not only true for the writer, but for every learner. In order to look at life from many perspectives we must never be too certain of what we know, but always aware of what others think they know, and what none of us yet know. I have learned that when you go through life with a beginner’s mind you launch more possibilities than you ever imagined before. The world seems to open up and become filled with opportunities.

“The very nature of beginner’s mind is not knowing in a certain way, not being an expert.” As Suzuki Roshi said in the prologue to Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few.” As an expert, you’ve already got it figured out, so you don’t need to pay attention to what’s happening. Pity.”

New Viola

New Viola

Gratitude #20

Overnight with a bunch of teenagers!

I know. You’re probably thinking, has she lost her mind???

It has been awhile since I have done this, but back in the day I went on many, many trips with middle school students and I have to tell you, they are a lot of fun.
My experience with most teenagers is that they are very open. This group we had overnight, and the bunch that joined us the following day (for a total of 98) were no exception. One of the first opportunities they had when we arrived on site was some high ropes challenges – basically swinging through the air or climbing a 30 foot wall and zip lining down.

Many did not hesitate, harnessed up, and flew. Some were very clear that they had height “issues”, but were willing to be swayed by watching their friends. A few said flat out that they wouldn’t get off the ground period, but were happy to assist the others. They put where they stood right out there and I appreciated that.

The excitement of coming together as a new group lets us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves and that is what I am grateful for today.

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