Oh sweet Summer!

When I was teaching, summer was everything. Once spring break was over and we headed into the home stretch, summer came a calling. Everyone had vacation on the brain and signs were evident. Children began wearing shorts and flip flops to school. Teachers were happier as they envisioned days of sitting on their decks, margaritas […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Focus

This photo for the Daily Post Photo Challenge is a lesson in Focus.  My focal point was set on the tea cup, so the tiny rose and the tea are clear, but the lilacs remain slightly out of focus even with an f-stop of 4.0; they are in danger of looking like large white blobs. I […]

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Liebster Blog Award

I am excited to say that I have been nominated for a Liebster award! Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. I was really happy to hear that Lou and Lea  liked my blog so much that she nominated me for the Liebster Award! The […]

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Top Ten Reasons why it’s cool to have Adult Children.

by Kathy Pardell Prologue I never wanted my children to grow up to be adults, at least at the beginning. I tried to appreciate and soak in all those charming little moments when they were small and adorable and they went to bed early. Those sweet baby days are long over and the teen years […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Order

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Order For this week’s Photo Challenge, we have the topic of order. As an A-type personality, the concept of order runs in my DNA and I have fought the tendency to live a tidy and regulated life with all it’s restrictions and anxiety. Over time, I have successfully married […]

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Mini travel series-The Road to Hana

by Kathy Pardell Hello readers! A recent trip to Maui provided a lovely family vacation and a chance to spend quality time with my younger brother and his family. I love the sunshine and Hawaii never disappoints. We were able to stay together on the beach in an executive home which had the privacy and peace that […]

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Saying Yes

My sister in law recently gave me a novel entitled, A Man Called Ove, which introduces us to a curmudgeonly senior who approaches life with a good dose of negativity. He yells at neighbours, hurls blame toward everything and everyone and keeps others at more than an arms length. He essentially says “No” to life. Undoubtedly,  as […]

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The Perfect Parent-Don’t look here!

“I  was a wonderful parent, before I had children.” -Adele Faber We all make mistakes in life right? No one is perfect right? There’s no such thing as a perfect parent…right? With Mother’s day just oh so briefly behind us I got to reflecting on my own stardom in the motherhood realm. And just as I consider all […]

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I am a Collection

We are all collections , the sum of our parts, our histories, bundled and packaged into one body. Inside my 56, I am the 5 year old blowing  dandelion seeds in the wind, learning to a ride bike on gravel roads, making mud pies on the farm. I am 10, scouring the bookmobile library for […]

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Weekly Pleasures

I saw a blogpost using this topic and thought it lent well to the theme of gratefulness which I had written about previously. Being thankful for those little things that we would normally overlook but if truly practicing mindfulness, are wonderful little treasures that renew the spirit. So for this week, I have culled the […]

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