These photographs were taken in the spring a few years ago. I especially love that Clover, one of my favorite sheep, seemed to enjoy watching the chickens scratch in the grass and chase bugs.
A few weeks ago, I decided to coax cuttings of a flowering cherry tree into an early performance in order to speed up spring. Persuading plants to flower out of season is known as forcing. You can either trim branches from your yard or buy them from a florist. There are a number of flowering trees and shrubs that […]
As I was lying in bed tossing and turning between 2 and 4 this morning, a wonderful poem by Jack Prelutsky crossed my mind. Mr. Prelutsky, an American writer of children’s poetry, was named the first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006. He lives in Seattle, Washington and spends much of his time presenting poems to children […]
I had to do quite a bit of digging through family photo albums to find these gems. You can probably tell by my lovely, patterned trousers that these time capsule treasures are circa 1970’s. I am an only child and the daughter of a mother who documented almost every moment of my childhood. I am fortunate that she took […]
I met the lovely Becky last weekend at a charity dinner event and discovered that not only is she a fellow blogger, but she’s also a fan of Champagne. She is the author of BubblyBEE.com. This is a fantastic blog about Champagne and what to enjoy with it. I hope you will visit her blog. Cheers!
In April 2013, my husband and I traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium at Springtime. While in the Netherlands, we visited Keukenhof Garden. For those who may not be familiar, Keukenhof Garden is the world’s largest flower garden following Dubai Miracle Garden. It is located in Lisse, the Netherlands–southwest of Amsterdam. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, […]
As a speech and language pathologist, I’ve worked in a number of settings, including hospital, public school, and private clinic. I’ve also worked with adults as well as children. Although I enjoy working with people of all ages with varying speech and language issues, I find that working with children is especially enriching and rewarding. Children who have limited communication skills are typically identified and treated for their speech or language delays between the ages of two and eight; this is usually due to having difficulty expressing themselves effectively and/or having limited understanding of language. Children who have delayed speech and language skills may also demonstrate challenging behaviors, such as, tantrums, hitting, and biting. In my opinion, behavior IS communication; and, for many children without effective communication skills, it’s their only method of expressing themselves. After all, not being able to tell someone we’re hungry or really need to use the bathroom may just evoke a kicking and screaming fit from us as well. It is my job to help these students by providing opportunities to learn speech and language in a meaningful way. This may include instruction on sound, syllable, and word production as well as language treatment, including sign language and other forms of augmentative communication. This is sometimes easier said than done; as I mentioned earlier, there may be challenging behaviors to overcome. When I first began working in this profession, I would sometimes feel overwhelmed by the […]
Originally posted on Riddle from the Middle:
Listen, I know this has been addressed in many forums in various ways, but for the sake of my people’s collective sanity I’m going to add my voice to the fray. And by “my people” I mean the incredibly large and diverse community of families that are considered “untraditional” for whatever reason. Since my…
A number of years ago my husband and I had the great pleasure of meeting Carla Dirlikov, a mezzo-soprano and world class opera singer, at a dinner event for our local opera, Opera Roanoke. A performance of Bizet’s Carmen was planned with Ms. Dirlikov in the lead. Not only is Carla Dirlikov an amazing talent, she is also a humanitarian, animal lover, […]
Originally posted on barnraised:
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” –unknown I was teaching a “saddle club” group lesson the other day with my teaching partner, a lovely lady who is passionate about teaching “riding lessons”. She does not, however, have the background I have in working with children, children with special needs and in…