Pay Attention

teachersWhen you think of teachers and their importance in your life, you want to think of them in a good way.  After all, you spend a significant part of your childhood in classrooms with these people.  The teachers in my life have made both positive and negative impacts on me.   Continue reading

Great People Make Great Teachers

teachersI was taught at an early age that teachers were meant to be respected. All through grade school, I had teachers that I felt positive about. I loved school and identified with each of them. In elementary school, I looked up to our music teacher. She was very positive and taught us to be proud of ourselves and our voices.  Continue reading

Needed to be Heard


Teachers have a great impact on your life.  Unfortunately, I can remember only some negative incidents with teachers in my past. I feel this was unfortunate.  I was shy for the most when I was younger especially while in a group. If a problem came up I never seemed to be able to stand up for myself. Continue reading

Make It Interesting

  As a teacher myself, you would think perhaps that I wanted to be a teacher because I was inspired by all the wonderful teachers I had growing up–not so much.

Well, maybe I was inspired by one very special teacher–nope.

As a matter of fact, I went to the counseling center in college to figure out what to major in. I scored the highest in my affinity to careers in education or as a YWCA/YMCA director. I was maybe not inspired, but at least open to education because of shows like Electric Company, ZOOM, and Hodgepodge Lodge. Learning could be fun…

When I explored the education options more specifically, I thought of teaching elementary education standing at a big chalkboard and kids sitting at desks in rows. Arghhh.

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Swimming With the Cool Kids

swimmingWhen I was a kid swimming was not of great importance to my family.  I did get sent to swimming lessons which were held at the beach on the outskirts of Beaver Dam.  We didn’t have a wonderful pool available to us, so this is where we went.  I remember there being a lot of rain dates and cold weather.  Consequently, I did not learn to swim for whatever reason.  This would probably be the first item to accomplish on my bucket list at an early age. Continue reading

Another Family Requirement

swimmingIn our family, it was a requirement to take swimming lessons as a kid.  This involved weekly trips to the local YMCA and moving through the different levels of skill.  I don’t remember all of the levels, but you progressed from tadpoles to guppies to minnows, etc.  I don’t remember what level I finally got to, but I think I finished right before the lifeguarding level.   Continue reading

A Secret From Dad

swimmingI always wanted to learn to swim. For some reason, my dad repeatedly intervened and said no. It was very frustrating. Finally, I went to Mom and asked what was up with Dad. She told me the secret. Dad was afraid of water.  Continue reading

Let Me Google That

I’m trying to think of something that I’ve always wanted to learn how to do and I’m not coming up with anything.  Throughout my life, if there was something that interested me enough, I managed to figure out how to do it.  I was never the type to just leave the topic alone if it was important enough. Continue reading

Building Confidence

building confidenceThe topic of “What is something you always wanted to learn how to do?” brings up a whole boatload of ideas. T thought I wanted to write about my desire to be someone who could build things or even go so far as becoming a contractor. For example today, I was looking at the four tiers of spices sitting on my cupboard.  Continue reading

You Can’t March With a Piano

I have always wanted to learn to play the piano.  From the time I was little, I thought this would be fun and something I would enjoy all my life.  At my grandma’s house in Black Earth, she had a piano player.  My dad would sit at it and play “The Wild Irish Rose” and The Old Rugged Cross”.  I don’t remember having the opportunity to play this piano as we were kids and it was thought that we might break something or whatever.  Probably our plunking would just annoy everyone. Continue reading