September 30, 2016

September in Pictures

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul, but I must confess 
that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” ~ Peggy Toney Horton


September 30, 2016 (274/366)

“Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies as youth fades..." ~ Anonymous
September 29, 2016

Double Date

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“Happy as a duck in water." ~ Proverb (or in this case 4 ducks!)
September 28, 2016

Mum's the Word

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"The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique." ~  Isaac Bashevis Singer
[Are you singing, "One of these things is not like the others..." in your head? I am!]

September 27, 2016


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“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; 
all will come back to you in abundance. 
This is the law of nature.” ~ Steve Maraboli
September 26, 2016


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"I thank you God for this most amazing day, 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, 
and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, 
which is infinite, which is yes." ~  e. e. cummings
September 25, 2016


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"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, 
With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer." ~ Helen Hunt Jackson
September 24, 2016


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"Faith is like a kernel of wheat." ~ J.B. Briggs
September 23, 2016


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"Creative experiences can be produced almost daily. 
It requires openness and a spirit of adventure." ~ Steven Covey
September 22, 2016

In the fall...

September 22, 2016 (266/366) Happy First Day of Fall!

Maybe it's because my life runs on an academic calendar, 
but fall really does feel like more of a beginning than an end. 

 It's time for:
  • crisp mornings with low-lying fog.
  • clear, starry nights by the fire.
  • brilliant foliage that changes every day.
  • long walks in the woods with the smell and sound of the dried leaves beneath my feet.
  • bundling up in cozy sweaters, scarves, skirts, tights, and comfy boots... I just feel more "me" at this time of year. 
  • Sunday afternoon football games.
  • hot cider, coffee, tea, and bold red wines.
  • hearty soups, roasted pumpkin seeds, and apple pie.
  • observing, reflecting, planning, starting over...
September 21, 2016

World Peace Day

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"Imagine all the people living life in peace. 
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. 
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.” 
~ John Lennon
September 20, 2016

Misty Morning Fog

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"Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog." ~ Joseph Conrad

September 19, 2016


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"Look at the rainbow, and praise Him who made it." ~ Ecclesiasticus 43:11
September 18, 2016

Twenty Years

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"No one is truly gone when they remain in the
hearts and minds of those who love them." - Kirsten Beyer 

September 17, 2016

Au soleil

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« Quand l' idéal se déplace, il faut bien qu'on s'oriente différemment. 
Le tournesol reste fidèle au soleil. » ~ Jean Rostand
September 16, 2016


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« C'est un vin qui ressemble à son terroir. »  ~ Louis Pasteur

ter·roir terˈwärnoun: the complete natural environment in which a particular crop is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. The characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

September 15, 2016

Spaces Between...

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"But let there be spaces in your togetherness 
and let the winds of the heavens dance between..." ~ Khalil Gibran

Night and day, summer and fall, sleep and consciousness -- times that seem absolute; yet this morning, I feel caught between spaces. The French call the moments between day and night entre chien et loup -- between dog and wolf -- a time when things are unclear, uncertain, unsettling. I feel restless as I simultaneously cling to these waning days of summer and long for the crispness of autumn. This in-between place makes me uncomfortable and challenges me to find meaning. I crave structure, but force myself to leave space for dancing.

September 14, 2016

Cool Rider

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"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. 
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
~  Franklin P. Jones

[Piper loves going for a ride with her Daddy!]
September 13, 2016

A little pink

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"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." ~ Lilly Pulitzer

[Just a little something to brighten this gloomy day]

September 12, 2016


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Perhaps it's because I'm a francophile, but I quite fancy this 
friendly froggie who has become a frequent feature among my flowers.

[This post has been brought to you by the letter F.]

September 11, 2016

One nation under God, Indivisible

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"What happened on September 11 compels us to focus 
on who we are as Americans, what we stand for, 
what really matters in our lives: family, friends, faith, and freedom." ~ Bob Taft
September 10, 2016

100 Years

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Celebrating St. Mary School's 100th Year

“The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful...
True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.” ~ Pope Francis
September 09, 2016


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“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... 
but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude 
to my beloved October.” ~ Peggy Toney Horton
September 08, 2016

Apple Tree

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"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, 
I would still plant my apple tree." ~ Martin Luther
September 07, 2016


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"There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, 
go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading the right way." ~ Nelson Mandela

September 06, 2016


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“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, 
can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” ~ Oscar Wilde

[You know I love white flowers, but sometimes I crave color!] 

September 05, 2016

Ladybug | Coccinelle | Bête au Bon Dieu

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"This lucky little lady bug has landed here to stay
To make my garden pretty and keep the weeds away."~ Author Unknown
... and this "Good Lord's Pet" is a francophile too :)
September 04, 2016

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

September 4, 2016 (248/366)

"Not all of us can do great things. 
But we can do small things with great love.” 
~ Blessed Saint Teresa of Calcutta

"Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers. May she be your model of holiness. We might have some difficulty in calling her "Saint Teresa." With great spontaneity, I think we'll continue to call her, 'Mother Teresa.' Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give that smile to those we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we'll open up so many horizons of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and in need of understanding and tenderness." ~ Pope Francis I

September 03, 2016

Being Green

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"When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why, 
but why wonder why wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, 
It's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be." ~ Kermit the Frog

September 02, 2016


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"Everything is awesome!
Everything is cool when you're part of a team..."
~ Tegan & Sara, The Lego Movie

Inspired by Kid President's video honoring a retiring teacher, the Pewaukee High School Medal of Awesome was created as a fun way to recognized the awesome things that happen in our school. For two years, the medal has passed from adult to kid and back each day, from educator to student to custodian, secretary, lunch lady, etc. Last year, all educators at PHS were awarded our own mini-MOA's to wear along with our badges. These medals remind us that together, we are building a culture of awareness, recognition, and gratitude.

I was honored to start this 2016-2017 school year with the Medal of Awesome and to pass it on to the first student today. Here's how I  made my choice: "Awesome is often defined as extremely impressive or inspiring great admiration, yet it's the little things that regularly happen at PHS -- those small acts of kindness that often go unnoticed -- that make this place truly awesome. Today, I would like to pass the Medal of Awesome to Zenkar. On the first day of school, he lingered for a moment after class just to ask me how to say, 'Have a great day!' in French. What an honor to work with both staff and students who go out of their way to make each other feel welcomed! Today, I wish Z a bonne journée as he wears the Medal of Awesome, and I challenge everyone here at PHS to pay attention to the little things that will make this an awesome year!"
September 01, 2016

Back to School

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"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, 
and instill a love of learning. " ~ Brad Henry

What a noble and daunting challenge!

[Thank you, Pewaukee parents and students for this wonderful welcome back to school!]