What Goes Up Must Come Down. So Says Sir Isaac Newton.


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With other words, we might say…what ascends must descend


This is gravity. Gravity is a force that we are not able to see. Gravity is like a magnet attracting objects back to Earth. When we throw a tennis ball up into the air, the ball comes right back down. When we are hiking and encounter a large hill, we might find hiking quite a bit more difficult. Why? Gravity brings the ball down, gravity makes it harder to walk up an incline.  The Earth’s gravity is pulling the ball back down and trying to pull us away from climbing the hill. If we did not have gravity, the ball would continue upward and float away to outer space…and so would we. 

Gravity literally pulls everything towards the center of the Earth. When the object is heavier and solid rather than hollow, gravity attracts the object back to earth with a stronger force.


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Why do you think that we need gravity besides the fact that we would not want to float away into space? There are two more reasons why we need gravity…


1. Gravity makes certain that the Earth revolves around the sun. Therefore, we can survive on Earth because we are warm and not freezing.

2. Think about what other important property descends to Earth…water that arrives as rain and snow. 


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So…how do we know so much about gravity? Thank you to Sir Isaac Newton for his discovery of gravity! Newton was a brilliant, eccentric and at times mentally stressed English scientist. 



“I have no new ideas for my science book. I’ll be the laughing stock of the scientific community!”


Suddenly an apple fell on his head. He began to wonder, “Why did the apple fall down and not go up?”


Just then, an idea struck Newton. “I’ve got it! Some force must be pulling it down! I’m going to call it GRAVITY.”


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1939 Recipe for Lemon-Cream Doughnuts! From American Cookery Magazine!

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Published by the Boston Cooking School, American Cookery is a like a slow stroll through yesteryear. The January, 1939 issue is a favorite that I have found on my recent antique mall search and rescue expeditions! It better be one of my favorites…I tried to balance on a stack of books to reach the old magazines. I could not find any salespeople at all. I finally found a yardstick to try to knock off just a few of the magazines. This 78 year old American Cookery magazine was the only one to fall to the floor. 


I sort of had to buy the magazine after I pushed it on the floor and then proceeded to (by accident!) step on the magazine. Since I was receiving stares from shoppers and becoming rather notorious…I bought the magazine and rushed to my car.


I think that I will wait a few more weeks before going back to that particular antique mall. I think that there might be behavior rules posted…like…do not get any items down by yourself.

Ask for help immediately!!??!!


A Delicious Recipe from American Cookery Magazine

January, 1939


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Lemon-Cream Doughnuts



6 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice plus enough Carnation Milk to make 1 cup

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

4 1/2 cups cake flour or 4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg



Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, beating while adding. Add Carnation Milk and lemon rind. Sift dry ingredients together and add to first mixture. Place in refrigerator for five hours. Roll out 1/4 inch thick and, using a doughnut cutter, cut into doughnut shapes. Fry in deep fat (365 degrees). Yield: 3 1/2 dozen doughnuts, 2 1/2 inches in diameter.



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Doughnuts pictured above have also been dipped in sugar. Cinnamon may also be used. The amount of sugar and/or cinnamon is your choice! This addition was not included in the original recipe!





The Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you to lifeofangela.wordpress.com!

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Thank you to Angela at…


for nominating me for…


The Blogger Recognition Award!

Angela…I so appreciate you for thinking of my blog for this award. I have been following her blog for several months and I have enjoyed hearing about her life in New Zealand. Angela writes from the heart with honesty and excitement. She is a newlywed and she posted pictures of her beautiful wedding! Her blog is growing very quickly and she is involved in several challenges. You can tell immediately that Angela loves to write and share…read her blog!


I know that you will enjoy it as much as I do!


Now for my part of the award!!


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

  • Write a post to show your blog award.

  • Give a brief story about how your blog started

  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

  • Select 15 bloggers you want to give this award to.

  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post that you created.

    My Answers!

    How did I start my blog? 

    I began my blog in late March, 2016. I was planning on retiring from my 18 year teaching career in June and I thought that it would be fun to begin writing again. My first degree was in Journalism and I worked at newspapers for seven years…until we had our first child and I decided to stay at home for a while and just be a Mom! I absolutely loved working at newspapers, but the hours were very long and not conducive to family life!! I really intended to go back to working at newspapers. I had worked in Editorial and also in Retail Advertising. I also was involved in the “Newspaper in Education” program and loved going out to schools to give talks about the role of the newspaper in the community! So…after our children were a bit older, I started another career…this time in teaching…first at our church Day School and then in Title I public elementary schools. These are schools for the economically disadvantaged…an unbelievably rewarding career. However, I really missed writing and that is why I decided to try blogging! So far…blogging has been a wonderful experience and I have met so many new friends from around the world!


Advice to New Bloggers!!

  1.  Be friendly to as many other bloggers as possible! Comment on their posts! Learn about their lives and customs! I have found bloggers to be thoughtful and kind… with hearts of gold. We all have different interests and different opinions, but I think that we are all dedicated to increasing as much positive communication as we can in our world.

  2.  Write about a variety of topics! Do not be afraid to talk about decisions that you need to make or about something difficult that you encountered or about the exciting things in your life! Be honest and open!

My Nominees!!!

  1. mumsthewordblog1

  2. Dr. Tina

  3. beaconsoflife

  4. houstonphotojourney

  5. peggyjoan42

  6. thechickengrandma

  7. MM

  8. Tina

  9. rabbitpatchdiary.com

  10. Jonno

  11. craftyboutiquebytam

  12. jazmynpatterson

  13. crazyloveparent

  14. susieshy45

  15. misstalkaholic

Thank you again…Angela!!


No Doubt a Ride On the Precipice of Danger…Telluride Jeep Trail!

I absolutely love Colorado.

I totally realize that I have made this statement before…no new information here! I like the beauty of the mountains, the cool mountain air, the friendly mountain people and I like the mountain jeep trails. These trails define the word “precipice” to me!!


CRAZY…Did I hear you call me crazy? There must be a lot of crazy people out there…the jeeps are rented continuously! Anyway…count us in on the jeep trail ride…again and again and again!!


The following fun, frightening, ridiculous, exciting, dangerous, exhilarating video is of the ride to Imogene Pass near Telluride, Colorado. Honestly, the views are the best… just do not look down to the side of the trail. Look to the right, to the left, straight ahead…you will see all of the natural beauty of Colorado. Amazing! I will never tire of being in the mountains! Now for the video…




Looks fun…right? Well…anyway…think about riding the jeep trails someday! All you need are your camera, your sunglasses and most assuredly a large amount of nerve!!! 



No Qualms. Why? Evidently Student Felt Entitled To Bring Python to Graduation.


A student at Texas Southern University (located in Houston, Texas) brought a three year old Ball Python to his college graduation this past Saturday. Sadly, the young man finished college before he learned how to consider the serious and quite possible ramifications of his decisions. The students does not seem to have any qualms about bringing a snake to graduation. His statement to the news media…


“I told everybody this is my graduation, so I’m going to do what I want to do. So I’m going to bring it and that’s what I ended up doing.”


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Oh really? Your graduation? Your very own individual graduation? What about your fellow graduates? Do you actually think that you are more important and unique than them? 

Do you honestly think that you can do whatever you want to do…anywhere you go? That is how your behavior appears.


Texas Southern University included the following information on the school website regarding their graduating seniors and the importance of the event:


“Commencement is a solemn and special occasion in the lives of students, and they are expected to behave in a manner commensurate with the magnitude of the occasion. While attending commencement exercises, students and their guests are expected to maintain decorum that is reasonable and befitting of a public event of special significance. Since commencement exercises are formal events, graduates are expected to abide by the University’s policy on appropriate attire that is announced in advance of the ceremonies.”




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Yes…you were evidently entitled to graduate from college. You were not entitled to bring a Ball Python into an arena filled with graduates, parents, children and friends. All it would have taken to disrupt the entire graduation was one person screaming at the sight of the snake…and that easily could have happened. Just think about the results of just one person yelling!










Collaborating With Music…Success. Collaborating In Politics…?


Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette sing at “We Are One”: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

Bettye LaVette is a soul and blues singer/songwriter…   renowned for her dramatic stage presentations. Jon Bon Jovi is best known as the founder and lead singer of the rock band, Bon Jovi as well as being successful in business as well as being a philanthropist. The two musicians have differing backgrounds, at times quite different musical styles, and differing success stories.

Yet, they collaborated singing “A Change is Gonna Come” (written by Sam Cooke) at the January 18, 2009 “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial”. I am not particularly a political person and do not lean particulaly right or particularly left. I lean towards what seems best for my family, my state and my country.


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However, listening to this stirring collaboration between Lavette and Bon Jovi brought me to tears and brought me to a deeper thought process regarding the extent of struggles in our country…and the world. The words are just as timely now as when they were first written. Take a minute to listen, to watch, to quietly be touched by the collaboration…the sincere vocals, the eye contact, the smiles, the pride, the honesty, the honor.




This collaboration may have taken place in Washington D.C. and there was certainly boundless hope for the future held by many at that time. My point is not to say whether I think Obama’s eight years in the White House were successful. What I think is not really important. My point is to say that collaboration appears to be coming across as blatantly absent today. Looking back, it appears that  politicians also did not work together for Obama.


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There was a time during Obama’s years in office that I came very close to refusing to turn on any of the cable news reports…particularly ones that are broadcast at and after 7:00 pm. There was such negativity on both sides. He said. She said. They said. Please…someone change the channel to Fixer Upper or the Property Brothers…immediately.


I thought…can we please just hurry up and get to the new election?  I did not want to hear this constant bickering. 2009, 2010, 2011…speed ahead to 2017. Surely the political pundits can tone down their prohibitive rhetoric.


Wishful Thinking. The News Reports are Worse, If Possible. The Political Pundits are Showing Rare Form in Disturbing Ways. More Bickering. More Accusations. Nothing is Right. Really? Nothing Appeared Right Last Year…Or the Year Before Or The Years Before That.


The following quote is from part of the coursework for “Live Exchange”, the foundational course on communication for: The MBA Design Strategy Program at California College of the Arts…


“The best teams quickly build a safe environment of respect and trust where collaboration can thrive. The Methods of Communication graphic examines how real-time versus delayed communication methods map across collaborating versus coordinating tasks.”


The writer (Shawn Ardaiz) goes on to expound on the subject of communication methods that promote collaboration…

“I believe emails and other sensory-deprived methods are susceptible to misinterpretation and interpersonal communication failure. Non-visual cues and voice inflections are essential to deciphering true meaning, all of which are required for successful team collaboration”















Turn out the lights in room #119.

On the final day of my teaching career last year, I placed the following post on my site. It is a heartfelt remembrance of the children in my last class. Since it has been almost almost a year since my retirement…I decided to reblog the post…especially since the prompt for today is the word “final”. Being able to move on to other new endeavors is wonderful, but I will always hold a special memory of the children I taught.



A child asked me on Thursday why I was putting their books in boxes. “Teacher, we are not finished reading the books in the reading center! Do you think that we don’t even like those books? Put them back on the shelf! PLEASE!!”…other children quickly started asking questions. No matter what I said, they could not understand that we had reached the very last day of school.

I normally do not start totally taking apart my classroom until the children are gone home on the last day of school. They get very sad because they usually think that the school is the prettiest place that they have ever seen. It is true…many of the children have never been very far out of their neighborhood. Our school is very important to the structure of the neighborhood. I always have many parents who also attended elementary school in this very  location. I’ve never felt or seen such…

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Tyler Texas! Where Pink Azaleas and Red Roses Abound!

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Home on the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

Bright colors of a multitude of flowers, a floral scent in the air and the natural beauty of East Texas describe Tyler, Texas. Known as America’s Rose Capitol, Tyler presents the annual Texas Rose Festival in October. Tyler is home to so many wonderful flowers that the city also hosts the annual Springtime…

 Azalea & Spring Flower Trail… a driving and walking tour through the historic and absolutely beautiful Azalea District. 


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Located just 95 miles east of Dallas, Tyler is a city of over 108,000 with every cultural opportunity coupled with a strong business base. However, Tyler maintains a friendly Texas ambiance that makes a visit fun for the entire family.

I have loved Tyler for as long as I can remember…I grew up in Longview, Texas…about 37 miles east of Tyler. I even played my accordion at a Friday night variety show at a Tyler city park that just happens to have an amphitheater! Located very near the Azalea District, Bergfeld Park is still vibrant today.


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Azalea Trail History

quoted from the following link…

Azalea & Spring Flower Trail


“While oil booms gave Tyler an economic head start in the 1930s, azaleas and rose blooms gave the city its beauty. Azaleas were introduced to Tyler in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger, one of the city’s early nurserymen. Pleased with the results of a test garden of azaleas, Shamburger shipped the colorful plants here by the boxcar loads from Georgia.

After completing his garden in 1929, Shamburger discussed the beautification potential of azaleas with Mrs. Sara Butler of the Tyler Courier Times Telegraph. Mrs. Butler not only encouraged Shamburger to promote azalea plantings in the city, but planted a number of bushes at her own home on Charmwood St.

That home site, along with several other gardens on Lindsey Lane, soon became springtime showplaces with their colorful azalea blooms, and Tylerites began buying the plants by the thousands. Some of the thick, towering azaleas at older homes on the Trail date back to the 30s and 40s.

By 1960, the blooming azaleas were attracting much attention and that year the Chamber of Commerce established a marked route. The first Trail featured 60 homes on a five-mile route.

The Trail was an instant success.”


Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

Tyler, Texas


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Franklin the Turtle. His Mother’s Day Gift. The Best!

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I am crazy about Franklin the Turtle books…that turtle has a place in my heart. If you are familiar with the Franklin series of children’s book, you know that they always teach an important and timely lesson. My own children liked to hear them over and over again and later on they read them over and over again. What could be better?


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Some books are meant for receiving awards for writing outstanding children’s books. That does not always mean that those books can truly relay a message to a young child. Certainly, many award winning books are well written with beautiful illustrations. There is no doubt about that.


However…as an elementary school teacher…when I wanted to completely capture a four, five or six year old’s imagination…I pulled out one of the dearly loved “Franklin the Turtle” books!

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In the book, Franklin’s Gift…the little turtle made a really wonderful homemade gift for his Mom for Mother’s Day. Franklin soon found out that his friends were talking about what they had bought for their Moms! He was so very worried and thought that he had made a bad decision…but, Franklin was SO proud of what he had made! Should he pursue another present?



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Do you think that Franklin made the right decision? Maybe as grownups, we too are faced with confusing decisions! I never underestimate the power of a Franklin the Turtle book…they simply are wonderful books for children and also for adults!