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Redemption songs

Many thanks to Prego and the Loon for tonight’s thought:

“Focus on the gift of today, and throw those reminders [of the past] in a fire to create a brighter future.”


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You know your life is busy when you take a day off to clean. My plan for today was to sleep in a little (as in 7:30 a.m. instead of 6:00 a.m.), turn in paperwork for my home care job, then catch up on housework and laundry until early evening, when I would go to see one of my clients. I’m great at taking care of other people’s houses, but when I get home, I can think of a million things I’d rather do than housework.

Instead, I’ll be spending the afternoon with my oldest client, who passed her 100th birthday several years ago. I was privileged to attend her birthday party this summer and heard so many stories about the things she’s done in her long life. She’s left a mark on the world and is surrounded by people who love and respect her.

Sometimes I feel like I should “know better” or “be smarter” by now. Other times, I look at the students I teach and realize that I could be their mother, without having been a teenager myself when they were born. Then, I spend time with someone like my client, who reminds me how much time I still have left.

Sometimes I hear people say, “Life is too short to ___________.” This is sometimes true. I also believe, “Life is too long to live it without joy or purpose.”

What are we doing with the time we have?


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So here I am . . .

with an unexpected day off, finally starting my new blog. I’ve blogged in the past but either ran out of things to talk about, neglected to budget time for writing, or decided blogging was an exercise in ego. Now I have plenty of things to talk about, I’ve made writing a priority, and I’ve decided that the desire to create something trumps ego.

“What will she be talking about?” you might ask. A fair question. You want to know why anyone outside of my family and immediate circle of friends would be interested in reading.

I’ll start with my day jobs. Please note the plural. On weekdays, I am a guest teacher (a term I much prefer to “substitute”) in grades K-12. I’ve wanted to teach since I was in school, and now, in my late 30s, I want to see if I’m any good at teaching before I commit time and money to a master’s program.

After school, I tutor, mostly ACT and SAT preparation, but some reading and math as well. Evenings and Saturdays, I work as a home care companion for seniors. I cook, do light housekeeping, run errands, and keep clients from 65 to 104 company.

On Sundays, my one regular day off, I am active in my mainline Protestant church community, I volunteer at an animal shelter as a dog companion, and I spend time with my family. I also read a lot, experiment with various creative projects, and spend time with my two spoiled cats, called here Big Trouble and Little Trouble (these epithets relate to their sizes; Little Trouble is actually the bigger troublemaker).

I have pledged not to let my blog die on the Internet vine, so I may alternate long, rambling posts with reviews of books I’m reading, links to articles or videos that interest me, recipes, and pictures of Big Trouble and Little Trouble.

I’m excited about this new adventure and glad you’re joining me.

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