Eeeeeek!

We had a skunk in the building at work the other day!

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But wait, what’s with the golden tail and feet?

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Oh, it’s just Coraggio!! What a cute little skunk! Happy Halloween everyone!

RAEYC Conference

Yesterday I attended the RAEYC conference held at Monroe Community College. The keynote speaker was Rafe Martin, and let me tell you, I was entranced. He is an author and storyteller. One of the many points he made was that we have basically lost the art of storytelling and replaced it with TV. TV, the thing that puts images in our head so we don’t need to use our imagination. Storytelling is all about imagination, and each person you tell a particular story to will have completely different images in their brain as you tell your story. And if you open up a person’s head, you won’t see any of these images, just brains and blood. Which took me back to when my Dad was dying. I was thinking about all of his stories and images just disappearing from us in a flash when he died, and I think that’s one of the big things I miss about my Dad.

Anyways, back to Rafe.  Another point he made is if children don’t hear stories and read books but instead just watch TV, they won’t know right from wrong and the consequences of wrongdoing, and will go out and cause trouble because they haven’t learned about consequences.  Storytelling is becoming lost, and we are the last link to our past, so we need to tell our stories now!

Okay, I’ll let that sink in, start thinking about your stories and telling your family your stories, or writing them down at least.  I need to start doing this.

Next we had a choice of workshops, and I chose the one about bringing Digital Photography into the classroom.  First, the idea is to have the children take the photos with something like a Fischer Price Kid Tough Digital Camera.  There are several ideas of what they can do, from creating books of any type, to taking each other’s photos to help them to get to know each other,

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to documenting a process on a storyboard (like Making Apple Prints)

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to documenting what they do on a field trip.

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We ate a boxed lunch, then the next workshop I chose had to do with ideas for getting kids out in nature.  I learned quite a bit, but since my boss isn’t a nature lover like me, I’m sure I won’t be able to sell her on anything.  But the digital photography, I just might be able to.

Wordless Wednesday

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Comfy, Warm PJs

I’m always in search of warm pajamas, especially at this time of year when the temperatures start dipping below freezing at night.  As I have to sleep with the window open at night year round, finding warm, comfortable, fuzzy pajamas is a must.  And now I have a new favorite, oh my.  PJ’s made from non-pilling fleece.  I was freezing before I went to bed the other night, and my Land’s End order had just come in.  Mmmm, I ripped open the bag with the pants first and put them on and instantly felt warm.  Then the top.  And warmer yet.  Yummy. Nice and toasty.  I highly recommend these Lands End pj’s to keep your freezing self warm!  It’s like wearing a fleece blanket made into pj’s.

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And no, they don’t *breathe* like natural fibers like cotton or wool, but they’re so toasty!

A Beautiful Place

Today we went for a walk in one of my favorite places to walk (yes, I have several favorite places).

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Mt. Hope Cemetery

The reason this is one of my favs is this is one of the only places where there is evidence of glacial activity that I know of in the city, thus there are lots of hills in this relatively flat county.

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A kettle hole pond

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And an esker named Indian Trail because Native Americans used to travel along this esker from the Bristol Hills to Lake Ontario.

And there are several famous people buried here, including Frederick Douglass and his wives
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And Susan B. Anthony:
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And there’s tons of beautiful, different types of trees, shrubs and trails.
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These were all sights for sore eyes, so to speak. And very refreshing. I hope it was for you, too, to look through my photos.

The Dog

I was downloading photos off my boss’s cell phone and came across some of the cutest photos of her dog.

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I never noticed before, but it looks like he has a little mustache.  Senor Coraggio.

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Not for nothing, but he is one of the cutest little dogs I’ve seen.

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He looks so pathetic with those big eyes.

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“It’s tiring work trying to rip this thing apart.”

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“How do I get this thing moving!”

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping dog?
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Or a dog that chews his toys with his hind legs sprawled out like this.
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Or a dog that just had his bath.
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Or a dog that has to endure stupid Halloween costumes yet again this year.
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“I am NOT a devil.  And this thing makes my ears stick out.  Take it off NOW!  Please?”

Seeds

are so cool.

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Clematis seeds

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Box elder tree samaras. Even though box elder trees are “weed” trees, you have to give them a lot of credit. They are bound to multiply with all of these seeds!

And I have to give some blog time to my Mom’s kitty so she doesn’t get jealous.  As you know, she is very hard to capture in photos because she doesn’t sit still:

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Cat eyes are so cool.

National Feral Cat Day

I saw that it’s National Feral Cat Day on Julie Z’s blog.  I didn’t realize it was coming up, otherwise I would have taken pics of my brother’s cat, who was a feral cat, and is the biggest lover boy around.  The first time I saw him in person, I said he looks like expensive furniture.  His fur is beautiful, but these photo’s don’t really show it.  I’ll have to capture him in photos another day.

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My brother rescued this feral cat.

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Showing some of his beautiful fur as he sits as close as possible to my brother.

Wordless Wednesday – Fall Produce

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My Mom’s quince tree produces beautiful quince.

Peaceful Thoughts

There’s nothing like driving down a quiet country road.

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Or looking at old barns and wondering what they have seen in all of their years of existence.

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Or walking down the Erie Canal towpath into the setting sun.

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These peaceful thoughts are much needed by myself and others in these crazy times.  Thanks to my brother for sharing these photos with me.

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