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Rules, rules, rules


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Bed of Roses

Long, long ago, where the tall grass grows
and the still air is sweet with summer flowers;
in the shade by the stream I would lie awake and dream,
and in dreaming I would while away the hours.

Long, long gone yesterday,
and the castle and the prince and the God to whom I prayed.
Well, I made, and I’m gonna lie in this bed of roses.
I’m tired of trying to be free.
Gonna lay down like a sigh in my bed of roses.
Bed of roses I believed my life would be.

Well, I wasted years,
all the useless, bitter tears.
If I’d known I’d have stopped it at the start.
I knew life was long,
and I knew life could go wrong,
but I never knew my life would break my heart.

Dreams die harder than pride.
I have learned my lesson well.
I will put them both aside.
‘Cause I made and I’m gonna lie in this bed of roses.
I’m tired and I’m dying to be free.
Gonna lay down like a sigh in my bed of roses.
Bed of roses I believed my life would be.

Roses die, and all the fairy tales are lies,
and I guess that’s just too bad for poor old me.

‘Cause I made, and I’m gonna lie in my bed of roses.
Bed of roses I believed my life would be.
Bed of roses I believed my life would be.

by Bonnie Hayes
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You said?

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“In the End,

  we will remember not the words of our enemies,

but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr

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“The beauty is that,

through disappointment,

you can gain clarity,

and with clarity


conviction and true originality.”

Conan O’Brien

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tune it out,

just tune it all out.


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true that…

got that right

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I want my kids to be like Albert Einstein…

Maybe they already are…


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“ I am not discouraged,

is another step forward. ”
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F  alse
E vidence
A  ppearing
R eal
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“I am only one,

 but still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

but still I can do something;

and because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale

“It takes a lot of courage

 to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. 

But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. 

There is more security in the adventurous and exciting,

for in movement there is life,

and in change there is power.”

Alan Cohen, author

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When you are a gardener

you are compelled

to plant the seeds.

Churn the earth

bring up to the top,

to meet the poppy’s needs.

If you are a gardener

you know how time will foil,

those best laid plans,

with weathered demands,

growing surprises in the soil.

When you are a gardener,

you know the meaning of time.

You weed, you pick,

you water, you wait,

and hope, again, that all will be fine.

When you are a gardener,

you know right now isn’t it.

But  to work you must,

because in goodness you trust,

others will have shade under which to sit.

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

– Irish Proverb –

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

– Helen Keller –

It’s coming soon…

that time again
to pat each other on the back.
Teacher Appreciation week says
we should thank even those missing
the “teaching, caring” knack.

I never got a thank you card, remembering when
a parent said, “My kid enjoys your class.”
I still treasure that time
No one else ever knew,
but It made my heart light shine.

I never got a special award
For making my boss look good.
I only took a lonely student
Trick or Treating all around the neighborhood.

I never got a merit raise,
My students didn’t test too well.
But I did make sure they had my phone number
And knew they could call me, if they ever fell.

Some students never knew my name
and really, I didn’t always know theirs,
but my efforts live in pictures
of their graduations and prizes at science fairs.

We didn’t have much school spirit
in hospitals and the prison.
but, I hope in adulthood, they’ve found a life
which has a meaningful rhythm.

I believe all children do deserve
the very best of us.
Not being told to please these teachers,
while others standing watch
With children only learning distrust

Now, I am supposed to say some thank you,
cook a lunch and buy some gifts.
I don’t believe that matters much. It never did to me.
Demanding accountability for all those adults
Is the best thank you for “good” teachers
this Mom can really see.

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.

~Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Do not look back

in anger,

or forward in fear ,

but around in awareness.”

~James Thurber

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Say What You Need to Say

“She didn’t fear anyone enough to lie to him.”

A quote by Maya Angelou

in hallelujah! The Welcome Table.

When Order is maintained though fear,

The natural consequence

is for people to spend energy;

Removing suspicion,

Redirecting inquiry,

Covering up the impotence


Having no Power.

When Order is maintained through;

Welcoming others,

Communicating with each other,

Supporting each other,

Speaking up for each other,


Collaborating together

There is no Need for fear or lying



is where

It belongs.


“When you know

who you are

and what you stand for,

you stand in wisdom.”


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