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Aug.25.2012
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Neil Armstrong. I must admit his passing makes me feel old. It seems as if a whole generation of our heroes, and favorite entertainers are dying at an alarming rate. Thinking of the Apollo astronauts particularly, I think of a time in the future, when every...
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Aug.23.2012
  In the deepest part of the night I awake, reaching for you, but the bed is empty. The sheets are cold to the touch.   I hug your pillow, inhaling your faint scent. It's not enough to bring you back. The whip-poor-will calls out for his mate. I cry for you.   © annettealaine-2012...
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Aug.22.2012
I wear many hats: Teacher: leader, mentor, problem solver. Writer: Blogger, journal keeper, creator, memory keeper Mom: chef, stain remover, dish washer, tech support, tutor, chauffeur, bank clerk, psychologist, cheerleader. Wife: friend, lover, listening ear, ally, partner, confidante,...
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Aug.21.2012
It was a day spent in acute discomfort. I have an infection, and the body was on high alert as it fought the alien bacteria cells in the body. My body was feverish, I felt pain, and my blood pressure shot up as I struggled to concentrate at work. It's hard to do. I felt like I was swimming in...
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Aug.20.2012
The art of detachment served me well today. It was the first day of school- always stressful for teachers, but made worse when the school is still struggling to find its footing. The procedures were in place, and my role well-defined. I stayed at my post answering questions, and point both...
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Aug.16.2012
      I spent the day at a workshop learning about the changes in funding for Exceptional Student Education. I actually enjoy getting together with other ESE teachers and "talking shop." The presenters were patient with us as we asked numerous questions and often continued our...
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Aug.14.2012
I usually find a mantra to begin a new year of school. The mantra I choose in  August can be amended by June. Year One's, "I can do this" was changed to "I will survive" by year's end. Last year I began the school year chanting, "I Got a New Attitude." By year's end I firmly believed my...
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Aug.13.2012
"Sometimes we're all too quick to count down the days, that we forget to make the days count."~ Unknown This quote struck me today as I prepare to start a new school year. It's been a challenging few years, but I realize that wishing the time to pass is no way to live. If I constantly look ahead,...
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Aug.10.2012
The infant was wrapped loosely in a blanket. I held "her" in my arms, but she was barely responsive. As I went from place to place, she became lighter, more transparent. I realized that I was losing her, she was going to become so light that I would not be able to hold her to the earth much longer...
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Aug.07.2012
I've been in this particular place in time once before. It's a deja vu moment. I'm fighting the tide that threatens to consume me. I'm filling my day with busy-ness: chores, activities and distractions. I don't want to think too deeply. I am afraid. I know what is coming. The emotional amputation...
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Aug.05.2012
Ever since I was a little girl, the start of the school year was my new beginning. I loved shopping for new school supplies. Sharp pencils, a new box of crayons, and a shiny lunchbox.  Along with the new supplies  came a fresh set of resolutions: to study harder, to try something new, or...
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Aug.03.2012
I love Savannah. It has always been my favorite southern city. I've been to St. Augustine, Charleston and Annapolis. They all have their charms, but Savannah has captured my heart. I love the well thought out city squares that James Oglethorpe first envisioned in 1733. It's a true walking city....
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Jul.30.2012
Author Maeve Binchy helped me grow up, although she never knew it. I was an adult, but my taste in fiction was still quite immature. I liked stories that ended with all of the loose ends tied up. I wanted the hero and the heroine to ride off on that white stallion, or at least a red corvette, into...
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Jul.30.2012
I'm in the countdown mode. Only ten days of freedom remain before I am hitched to the plow, and pulling that heavy workload again. This has been a good summer. The best I've had in many years. I started my summer break with a trip to Georgia with my two sons. The time together was rare, and very...
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Jul.27.2012
I've been pondering the blog prompt this week. Exactly what is a mentor? Have I ever had a true  mentor? Who were they? What did they do? I first learned of the idea of a mentor while reading an article in the business section of the newspaper many years ago. In the corporate world, many young...
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