Favorite Tweets of the Week

July 12, 2011

Do you Twitter? Follow me @lavalily for some wonderful quotes from other Tweeters. Here are a few of my favorites from the past week: NutriliteHealth NutriliteHealth “The greatest wealth is health.” -Virgil OutofyourBox_EN Fred Krautwurst Stay connected with younger people. They can help you understand new paradigms #networking BabaRamDass Ram Dass Ambition does to intuition […]

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Why I Love Teaching In A Community College!

April 23, 2011

Sharing what I’ve learned along the way, knowing that some might never “get it”, but those who do will be ready to take that knowledge to the next level; Finding new ways to present old material that will make it more relevant to today’s young people; Watching students struggle to understand a new concept in […]

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February 1, 2011

One of my readers hoped that the reason I hadn’t been blogging recently was because I was off drawing with my new-found pastel chalks. I wish I could say that was my excuse for being absent this last month, but the truth is that I have been doing my best to lift the spring semester […]

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Day of Enlightenment

December 8, 2010

There are thousands of lights decorating homes, yards, and businesses at this time of year. There is one light that doesn’t get unplugged or taken down after the holidays and that is the light that shines from inside each of us. December 8 is Bodhi Day, celebrated in Japan as the day when Siddhartha Gautauma, […]

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Remember Typewriters?

November 30, 2010

One reader sent an email in response to Sunday’s post that has great appeal for me. It makes so much sense, I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself. He suggested that I start something completely new, and to set aside all the “old” stuff I’ve written. He said “You don’t need to suffer the […]

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Thoughts for the Day

September 27, 2010

Canterbury Cathedral Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was not only a Jesuit priest but he was well known as a palaeontologist. Among other accomplishments, he was involved in uncovering the skull of the Peking man. As someone with a mind of both the spiritual and the scientific worlds, he has inspired me in several ways. A […]

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A Season of Changes

August 16, 2010

It has been a summer of emptying old boxes full of junk, planting seeds, watering because of (or perhaps in spite of) the drought, reading delicious murder mysteries, writing a little here and there, and even spending some time being totally slothful. Now on this sixteenth day of August, 2010, I am officially back to […]

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Comfort Zones

August 9, 2010

One of the weather announcers this week talked about the seasonal climates and how people react to them. On the mainland, almost every area is experiencing some horrendous heat, and people wish it would cool down. This person showed pictures of the same geographic area complaining about the extremely cold weather and snow conditions earlier […]

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The Magic of A Book

July 26, 2010

There is one book I have read over and over ever since its first publishing date in 1959, and that is The Magic of Thinking Big (Paperback) by Dr. David Swartz. No other book has had quite the impact on my life as this one. In the early months of 1973, when I was a […]

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Too Old To Dream?

July 12, 2010

In the mid-thirties, The Night Is Young, a movie with Nelson Eddy and Irene Dunne, featured the song “When I Grow Too Old To Dream.” Most of you reading this will remember that song. I was a mere babe in arms when it came out, but I know the song from having heard it over […]

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Our Little Battles

July 4, 2010

  July 4 is our day to party. We grill out, drink and eat too much, then look for the best place to watch the excitement in the sky. Even our National Anthem glorifies the “rockets’ red glare.” Our view of war is that of Major Battles, usually taking place “out there.” Yet we have […]

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After the Rain

June 28, 2010

  My family loved to backpack in the high Sierras. One year, after a refreshing afternoon rain, my youngest child, about seven at the time, looked down at his feet and picked up something shiny. It was a perfectly formed arrowhead of black obsidian. Evidently the rain had washed it out from an ancient hiding […]

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Old Recipes

May 27, 2010

  From time to time, for as long as my emotional stamina can handle it, I go through boxes of stuff left over from my parents, primarily my mother. Such was the case this morning. I found an old Sunset cookbook I’d given her years ago when I first moved to California. She had transformed […]

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