Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Animals Adopt Too!!

'Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.' - Rachel Naomi Remen, MDA

A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa , officials said. The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean , then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

'It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother',' ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

'After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together,' the ecologist added. 'The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it follows its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother,' Kahumbu added.

'The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years,' he explained.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

This is a real story that shows that our differences don't matter much when we need the comfort of another. We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures of God, Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.
~Author unknown... at least to me! This beautiful story is circulating in an email and unfortunately I don't know it's origins.

Parts of Speech Poems... Teaching Kids Grammar

Before I get the ball rolling on this new blog, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite posts from my soon to be deleted homeschooling blog... a blog I started back in 2007. We haven't homeschooled in 5 years and it just seems silly to try to keep that site alive. 

Here is one of my favorite little somethings from my "other" blog:

Learning anything is easier if you can say it in rhyme or sing it to a melody of some kind. I just love this particular poem designed to teach the parts of speech...
Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town;
In place of noun the PRONOUN stands
As he and she can clap their hands;
The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring;
The VERB means action, something done-
To read, to write, to jump, to run;
How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well;
The PREPOSITION shows relation,
As in the street, or at the station;
CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;
The INTERJECTION cries out, "Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!"
Through poetry, we learn how each
of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.
Here's another one:
Three little words you often see,
Are articles- a, an, and the.
A noun's the name of anything
As school, garden, hoop, or swing.
An adjective tells the kind of noun-
Great, small, pretty, white, or brown.
Instead of nouns the pronouns stand-
Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.
Verbs tell of something to be done,
To read, sing, jump, or run.
How things are done the adverbs tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.
Conjunctions join words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.
The prepositions stands before
A noun, as at or through the door.
The interjection shows surprise,
As ah! How pretty- Oh! how wise.
The whole are called nine parts of speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.
I'd pick your favorite and teach just one, as to avoid any confusion! ; )
To find the source for these poems, just follow the links (click on titles).

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I Wanna Be.... More

I'm already many many things, but I'd like to be many times better at those many things, while at the same time adding to those many things, many more things at which I can hope to get many times better. 

That's it in a nutshell. I was trying to find just the right words, and there they are.

So, while I'm working on this goal of getting many times better at one of the many things I already am, why not become a better blogger? I've had so many blogs that benefited me for a season, but ALL have perished into nothingness, as most things do.

I've blogged for the right reasons and I've blogged for the wrong reasons. For money, attention, to kill time, to show off, to experiment, and to test myself. It was fun, it was exciting, it was time consuming, it was profitable (at times), and it was a way to keep my sanity when I had no other creative outlet... and um, not a lot of friends or social life to speak of. 

Time passes and life changes and today I am a very different person than I was when I first started blogging. I'd like to think I'm a lot more interesting than I was 7 years ago. I guess we'll see. 

Hopefully, you'll find this new blog entertaining, but at the very least I hope you find it unique. 

I intend to share my wannabe journey with you.

Better mom, friend, and a blessing to everyone I know. 
More patient, understanding, and empathetic
More financially secure
More physically fit
Someone who NEVER drinks a Diet Coke
A volunteer for children with special needs
A mentor to my children
A mentor to my students
The neighbor who waves, smiles, and says hello
The lady with the new living room furniture
A registered nurse

What do you wannabe?