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Five Things Friday

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Today for Five Things Friday I decided to feature....Five Photos from the Past


El Jimador 2009


12 Hour Road Trip 2010


Hill Billy Hoedown 2009


St Pete's Beach 2009


Our summer place....June 2012.


Thursday Therapy: Five Tips for Being Happy

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Happiness is more an internal trait than an external one. Oh there are things that make us smile, make us laugh and lift our spirits but in the end it's what's inside that really produces happiness.

1. Don't compare yourself to others. What's the point? There will always be someone thinner, prettier, richer, more successful. Sound depressing?  It's really not...once you realize that there will NEVER be anyone just like you! 



2. Find stories to treasure. Memories, random stories that you collect from others, folktales, stories of your adventures, family stories. I believe that stories are the fabric that holds our lives together. Live! Make stories!


3. Don't take life too seriously. Sometimes we get so hung up on the should haves and could haves and all that other stuff that we forget to breath. We forget to look around us, to be aware of life. It's the ebb and flow of life that has meaning....not all the things that pound us and worry us and cause us t…

Wordless Wednesday

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What I'm Reading Tuesday: City of Ashes

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This is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I haven't gotten very far into the book but it is continuing the characters and plot from book one: City of Bones. My days have been busy so finding some time to read is difficult right now and for me...I like to really delve into a book and just come up for air every so often. That's not an option right now! This series of books is all about a whole separate world that exists right here along side our own but because of glamor and other tricks we can't really SEE the people in this other realm or if we do they look "normal". The world is inhabited by Shadow Hunters, demons, werewolves, faeries, and vampires. Some of the things like the Silent Brothers remind me a bit of the dementors in the Harry Potter series with their ability to read minds.

Moonlight Madness: October Full Moon

We just experienced a full moon this past week in all of it's glory.  This full moon is the Ducks Fly Moon and it falls between September 23rd and October 23rd. It's the first full moon of Mudjekeewis, the Spirit Keeper of the West. It is also the full moon of my birth. The clan (my birth clan) that influences this moon is the Butterfly Clan. My birth totem animal is the Raven.

When Raven appears  magic is imminent. Raven is about rebirth, recovery, renewal  recycling and certainly reflection and healing. He signifies moving through transitions smoothly by casting light into the darkness. The Ducks Fly Moon can show one how to show affection and how to be comfortable in both earth and sky. 

Other names for this moon include "Harvest Moon", "Blood Moon" and "Hunter's Moon"

Five Things Friday

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I've been pondering what to use as my topic for Five Things Friday this week...There's so many possibilities but none seem to strike my fancy at the moment. So then I thought I can do Five Things from last October:


Last October's Halloween party....we had a blast "witch hunting".
Mystery Dinner Theater at the Lemp Mansion. The Haunted Huntsman. I won a Little Dickie. (it's an award...get your mind out of the gutter!!) Haunted Hannibal for the Schenck Girls Weekend!! Last years Halloween Art Journal!! Ghoul Friends dinner party favors....They still make me smile!





Thursday Therapy: Mexican Food, Birthday Wishes and Talk Therapy

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Well my birthday was Tuesday but evidently the celebration goes on and on. At MT (Margarita Thursday) We enjoyed wearing the hats and having a simple dessert to celebrate. (Thanks a lot Missy)  At least it wasn't the whip cream in the face! I appreciate all the great birthday wishes this year and the fun things we have done in October to celebrate. I consider them ALL birthday celebrations.

Tonight we covered a wide range of topics from hauntings, to childhood memories, from sad stories and painful memories to present day school talk. Its good for the soul to share things that are interesting and inspiring and make us question our daily lives and just what life really means to each of us. I never tire of hearing some stories as every time I hear them something new presents itself.



Wordless Wednesday: Lemp Mansion

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What I'm Reading Tuesday: Christmas Travelers

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This week I'm reading a book called Christmas Travelers. First let me tell you it is a free copy I received from the author for review on my blog (Rudolph Ramblings). I have to read it before I can review it so that leads to this post here at Ginger's Journey. The book is about six strangers that meet on a flight on December 24th. They are all very different and traveling to different places but their plans go astray.  That's about all the details I can give you right now as I just started reading it. It does seem and easy inspiring read so far. I will say I appreciate the fact that it is available in Kindle version, as well as, paperback. By the way...after I review it over at Rudolph Ramblings I am planning to offer my slightly used copy as part of a blog give away. So if you like entering giveaways be watching for it. I know its not even Halloween yet but if I want to get it reviewed in time for people that like to read Christmas novels during the holiday season...th…

Moonlight Monday: Baying at the Moon

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It's Monday...time for a new week to unfold in life and here at Ginger's Journey. I wonder if this week will be quiet or will there be baying at the moon?  I never know what the work week will bring. It can unfold quietly like the stillness of a winter night cloaked in snow or  it can lap at my senses like the ocean waves.  Then again it can be filled with people baying and howling. I can't always fault them...sometimes one has to howl to be heard.  It's just very draining.

The world seems clogged with sound, whether it's people or technology or the constant need for entertainment. One seldom encounters quiet anymore. Even as I type I can hear the sounds of distant traffic. I didn't use to appreciate quiet, a leisurely day without TV or chatter. I do so more now. Even though I am definitely an extrovert, I have come to cherish quiet moments. It is in these times that stress eases, the mind stops its frantic searching and understanding surfaces.

That's wh…

Five Things Friday

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So I've decided Fridays will be Five Things Friday here at Ginger's Journey. I'm a person who likes to keep my options open...so it might be five random thoughts, five things I love, five things I hate, five pieces of advice or whatever seems to be stuck in my mind at the time!

This week will be Five Things I Love About October:


Schenck Girls Haunted Weekend. We do our haunted weekend the first weekend in October and this year we went to Alton for the Haunted Alton tour, some great food (and drink) and a lot of laughs.



Feeding the animals at Big Joel's Safari. This is a great little afternoon adventure. There are so many cute animals and it is so relaxing to stroll around feeing them and watching their antics.


Witches Night Out at Kimmswick.....with some of my favorite witches! This is our second year attending the event and it is so much fun to relax and see all of the creative witch outfits people come up with!


Next up is the Haunted Tour and overnight at Lemp Man…

Conferences, Conversations, and Call Outs

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Last autumn parent teacher conferences!  We still have another round in the spring. Parent teacher conference days can be helpful but they can also be long and rather tedious.  I spoke with about 8 total parents during the two days, although of course, teachers spoke to many more.  Most of the ones I spoke with had to do with bullying. This is something that seems to be a difficult thing to eradicate.

At times some of the conversations seemed to go like the cartoon above.  :)  Conversations are something that have been on my mind of late. I think I mentioned somewhere before about the surreal feeling I get sometime from people that I know are not being upfront and honest. Now honest does not mean brutal. I do not expect people to rip into others but I HATE the way some people sugar coat and smile and act all wonderful when I know inside they have questions, comments, beliefs, thoughts, etc they are not sharing. I don't like fakes or pretenders. While I also know that behind the…

Wordless Wednesday

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What I'm Reading Tuesday: City of Bones

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is book one in the Mortal Instrument series. This series is written for teens/young adults but since the story line appealed to me (And I didn't have anything else to read) I thought I'd give it a try. I'm currently on page 331 (out of 485) and I have to say its sort of lost it's punch. I'm not sure why but all of the sudden I've lost interest. The story line is at a stand still or seems to be dragging. Oh never fear, I'm going to finish it...it's not a dismal loss. Just yearning for a little action or some type of resolution.

Since it's the first book in the series I doubt I get any real resolution (or what would be the point of book two?) The book starts out with Clary and Simon who are best friends. They're on an adventure at a club when Clary notices some weird looking characters and encounters the Shadow Hunters for the first time. She discovers the world she has always known is also inhabited by demons, we…

Word for the Week: Unearthly

A few years back I did a couple of posts where I took the previous week and summed it up in one word....I thought I might try doing this again. It's a nice way to summarize and reflect on the past week.

The Word for the Week is unearthly.  Unnatural or mysterious (in a disturbing way).

I think it's a pretty good word to describe a week that ended with a ghost hunt in haunted Alton.  There are however other aspects of the week that made it unearthly. I've been observing people again and some of their actions and reactions just don't add up. I have used the words Stepford Wives to describe this more than once. You may remember the movie where husbands create their ":perfect" wives by turning them into robots. There's something afoot here and I'm not sure what it is. Whole groups of people don't change their reactions to things without some indicators. I'll just keep observing but for now I find it interesting AND unearthly.

Haunted Alton (Sneak Peek)

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Schenck Girls Weekend was October 5th and 6th. We decided to do Haunted Alton. There's lots I want to write about the haunted tour but for now I am just giving you a sneak peek of the weekend.


Now from this picture you might think we are alcoholics....but honestly we didn't drink all of this. It's just that the yummy sounding names and the great fall labels made us want to buy all kinds of drinks!

Here's a picture of the girls at this cute little place we had lunch in Alton. It's called State Street Market and the food was delicious!
Sometimes we end up at the strangest places and the Alton trip was no different. We went to the Torture Museum at The Mineral Springs Hotel (which is haunted by the way) and they had all sorts of torture devices. This is a chastity belt. UGH. It looks dreadful.

So that's it for now....I'll do another blog post with more details later!!


Numbers, Memories, and the Cafeteria Boycott

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The number 30....number of years I'll have been in education when I retire at the end of this year. Really it is mind boggling where the time has went. The years flew by and it seems like only yesterday when I started that first year with 9 first graders. 56....the age I will be when I retire. You know I realize how lucky I am. The Missouri School Retirement System is a real blessing in my life because otherwise there is no way I'd get to retire at the "young age" of 56. The year I started teaching....and NO comments about how some of you weren't even born at the time. I did take off a couple years when my daughter Katie was born which is why I didn't retire two years ago!! The money I've made in education......NOT! Impossible to count the number of friendships over my teaching career. That's one of the thing that makes me saddest about turn over in the district....people come and people go....it has sort of hardened me to really connecting with &…

The Last Year: Goodbye September

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I haven't blogged in a while....too busy living life...and working....yea working....that little task that eats up a lot of time!

Well Goodbye September.

We ended September with one of those most beloved (not) Professional Development days. We talked a lot about Smart Goals. Yes and we even made a flip book. S.M.A.R.T. We in education LOVE our little abbreviations and "slang".  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound.

 Seriously, I don't know how much smarter I can stand to get. Goal setting is one of those things that we've had in one manner or the other for as long as I've been in education. We can write one MEAN smart goal but the truth is in the implementation. Goal writing and data...all pales in comparison to the art of teaching. YES, that's what I said...the ART of teaching. That's what we've lost...

Teaching is exhausting. You can say what you want about Christmas breaks, summer vacations and the like …