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August in Pictures

August 31, 2016

That beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

De rigueur

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de ri·gueur də riˈɡər,rēˈɡœr/ (adjective) required by etiquette or current fashion.
synonyms: fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, modish, up to date, up-to-the-minute, all the rage, du jour, trendy, with it, customary, standard, conventional, normal, orthodox, usual, comme il faut; compulsory, necessary, essential;

As educators scramble to set up classrooms while students decorate lockers and unwrap new school supplies (Don't you just love new notebooks, pencils, markers, etc.?!), I am inspired by Charles Schulz's creative space in Santa Rosa, California. "Sparky" surrounded himself not only with the necessary tools to do his work but also with photos of his travels and family, with words of inspiration and notes of gratitude, and a not-so-subtle reminder that « Ici, le sourire est de rigueur! » -- "Here a smile is fashionable." What a great reminder as a new school year begins to greet people and challenges with a welcoming gesture and a positive attitude.

3 Little Birds

August 30, 2016
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"Rise up this morning. Smile with the rising sun." ~ Bob Marley

Timeless Advice

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“Seeke out ye goode in everie man and speke of alle the beste ye can; 
then wil alle men speke wel of thee and say how kynde of hearte ye bee.” 
~ Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)

Peace Like a River

August 28, 2016
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"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, 
the mountains and the sea are excellent schoolmasters 
and teach more than we can ever learn from books.  ~ John Lubbock

A Great Perhaps

August 27, 2016
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« Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-être. »
"I go to seek a great perhaps..." ~ John Green quoting Rabelais

National Dog Day

August 26, 2016
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“We may have pets, but when it comes to unconditional love, 
they are the masters.” ~ Donald L. Hicks

With the help of Piper, Owen, Roxie and Sadie, 
Alec should earn his Dog Care merit badge in no time! 
Happy National Dog Day!

On the Horizon

August 25, 2016
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"Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think..." ~ Robert M. Hutchins

The sun is quickly setting on the summer of 2016. As of today, my colleagues are back in school, learning and preparing for the arrival of students on September 1st. It is both daunting and invigorating to plan for what's on the horizon as another school year begins. Here's to a year of wonder and adventure, of balancing challenging conditions and smooth sailing while keeping an even keel.


August 24, 2016

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"Nature will bear the closest inspection. 
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, 
and take an insect view of its plain." ~  Henry David Thoreau


August 23, 2016
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"Study how water flow smoothly and freely between the rocks. 
Also learn from holy books and wise people. 
Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - 
should be your teacher." ~  Morihei Ueshiba


August 22, 2016
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"Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional." ~ Liz Vassey


August 21, 2016
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"We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots." ~  Jean Toomer

Fairy Garden

August 20, 2016
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"Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie folk may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
~ Elizabeth T. Dillingham, A Faery Song

[Whimsical fairy gardens are quite popular in craft stores and on Pinterest these days. 
Yet it's much more fun to discover a perfect, natural abode for a tiny sprite 
and to imagine that she's lurking somewhere just out of sight!]

Gone Fishin'

August 19, 2016
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"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, 
there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." ~ Doug Larson

It's my own tradition, my own personal holiday. Each summer right before school starts, I take one day to do whatever I want to do, in fact, to do nothing -- dolce far niente. Today's the day that I hang out my virtual "Gone Fishin'" sign. 

Dog Days of Summer

August 18, 2016
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“Every dog must have [her] day.” ~  Jonathan Swift

After the Rain

August 17, 2016
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"And in the morning when the sun returns to claim the earth  
the mist surprises, rising unabashed and clean again  
to grace the nascent waiting skies after the rain."   
~ Ivan Donn Carswell, "After the Rain"
...and in the evening.


August 16, 2016
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“What's life without whimsy?” 
~ Dr Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

What's more whimsical than this kitschy amphicar?!

It's a sign...

August 15, 2016
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“A feather is a sign from the angels. It is a response to a question, a thought, or an emotion. 
It's their way of saying, 'You are loved and are being guided through this'...” ~  Eileen Anglin


August 14, 2016
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"Don't you believe what your eyes are telling you? 
All they show is limitations. Look with your understanding, 
find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly." 
~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Wooden Boats

August 13, 2016
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Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

“There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing 
as messing about in boats.” ~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

August Rain

August 12, 2016
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“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. 
The odd uneven time.” ~  Sylvia Plath


August 11, 2016
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“I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle 
and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Racines | Roots

August 10, 2016
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« Changez d'opinion, gardez vos principes;
Changez de feuilles, gardez vos racines. » ~ Victor Hugo

["Change your opinions, keep to your principles;
 change your leaves, keep intact your roots."] 

Rose of Sharon

August 09, 2016
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"This divine Rose of Sharon so perfect and fair,
Brings me peace, love, and joy beyond compare."
~ Evelyn Locke Irvin

[While most trees bloom in the spring, this one blossoms in August. What a pretty surprise!]

Lavender Fields

August 08, 2016
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"The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, 
with fields of lavender blushing in tufts all over the meadows" ~ William C. Bryant

In control

August 07, 2016
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"If life had a remote control, we could rewind to all the good times, 
fast forward all the bad times and pause all those moments 
you never want to end!" ~ Anonymous

[Take a closer look at these boats: Who's in control?]

Solomon's Seal

August 06, 2016

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"Set me as a seal upon thy heart..." Song of Solomon 8:6


August 05, 2016
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"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


August 04, 2016
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"Be vewy, vewy quiet! I'm hunting wabbits!" ~ Elmer Fudd

Morning Light

August 03, 2016
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"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Nearly every morning this summer, Piper and I have taken a long stroll through the woods and gardens in our yard. Most days, we immediately notice the need for more digging, weeding, and planting; so we abandon our walk and get right to work. Other days, like this morning, we revel in the dampness of grass, the cool breeze, the fragrance of roses and phlox, and the sunlight dancing on the leaves.

Summer is winding down and soon I'll be back in school. 
I think it's mornings like this that I'll miss the most.
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