One Word Photo Challenge: Lake

What perfect timing for the word lake. Tuesday I spent the day with friends visiting another friend who lives on a lake. We sat under her covered dock all day and drank coffee and chatted. We watched the Blue Herons that flew gracefully by, and the subtle changing colors of autumn on the trees surrounding the lake. Blue skies above and water stretching out below. Nature in abundance.


Cee’s Share Your World

This week Cee asks:

A class you wish you would have taken?

I suppose it’s not really a class, but I have always wanted to take voice lessons. As I have gotten older my voice no longer sounds as it once did. I would love to learn to harmonize and learn to breathe properly when singing and hit all the notes I want to hit. In the meantime I sing in the car wherever I go with the windows rolled up- and love every minute of it!

What’s your favorite comic figure and why?

Snoopy and Woodstock from Peanuts.

Name something you wish you could like.

I think I like most things as I can’t think of something off hand right now. I don’t like Sushi, but I don’t want to like it- the idea of eating raw fish or rice wrapped in seaweed just doesn’t do it for me.

Tell me about your first crush / first date / first kiss.

First crush: David Fishman First grade. Wonder whatever happened to him, he moved away in 4th grade and the crush was forgotten by then.

First date: Can’t remember- I do remember dating someone the summer of 1972- I was 15.lisa-rich1972

First kiss? Don’t remember. First time I kissed someone who really mattered me to me I do remember- oddly enough I can remember where I was, who it was, and what I was wearing.

Who was your best friend when you were 10?

Lauri- she lived 2 houses up the block from me. We were best friends until we hit our teens and life changed and we grew apart. We reconnected on Facebook and have seen each other over the past few years.3girls2

What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology?

Capricorn. I can’t say I believe in it, but I do think there is some value to it and I find it interesting.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Grateful things in school worked themselves out somewhat and that I have the support of friends in school to get me through when the going gets tough.

Share Your World- Join in!


The Journey of A Thousand Miles Begins With One Step

The Adler Aphasia Center in New Jersey is a place where people who have Aphasia come to take classes, come for the camaraderie, come to improve their speaking, come to learn and laugh and know they are not being judged. Aphasia is a language disorder, usually brought about when a person suffers a brain injury (from a stroke, a car accident, an aneurysm.) It makes remembering words hard, communicating those words difficult when they are remembered, or using the wrong words. The brain is thinking one thing, the mouth another. Some people are not able to speak at all. It is a frustrating and misunderstood disorder. Very often intelligence is not affected, but people assume it is when they are not able to understand what someone is trying to say. I volunteered at the center for 10 years and I wrote about the impact it had on my life hereWhen I started working full time last year I was no longer able to volunteer, so today I paid a visit to the many friends I made there over the years, that I haven’t seen in a while.

The front lobby had been redone since I was there last, and a beautiful tiled mosaic wall greeted me as I entered, with this message written in the tile: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”20160809_142041

So many that have come through the doors of the center had to take that first step- to enter a world unfamiliar to them, a world sprung upon them unexpectedly. Taking that step has led many of them to a better place than they were after first suffering a brain injury. My friend Bill had a brain aneurysm 8 years ago and when he came to the center could not utter a word. Today we sat together and he spoke in full sentences. It is still not easy for him, but how far he has come through his sheer determination and constant pushing to improve. He was a football coach in a school which he someday would like to return to. I hope he gets there.bill

The mosaic in the lobby contains mosaic flowers, each one made by a member of the center.

Here’s my friend Ken showing me which one he made.kenwall

The  mosaic artist who created the finished piece says, “The design contains a curved path representing a journey, a journey isn’t always straight, or clear or easy. Many of our journeys need courage and strength to travel. But along the journey we can be inspired by the beauty of the scenery around us and by those who help us travel along the way. This pathway goes through a bright uplifting garden of mosaic flowers.”  To my mind each of those flowers represents the person who made it and their personal journey.20160809_142130


Once again I was reminded of the different paths and journeys we all are on, and to remember how important it is to take that first step.


The Weekly Smile

This week my weekly smile was enjoying all that summer has to offer. As an assistant teacher I have the summer off and when people asked me at the end of school what I intended to do with all that free time I told them drink coffee with friends, shop, and go to the beach. That is pretty much how things have gone so far.

Yesterday the weather was wonderful and we headed to the beach once again. Getting out of the car and seeing the glistening ocean against a beautiful blue sky made me smile and kept me smiling all day20160804_100322

I think this seagull wanted to join us for lunch. He was maybe 12 inches from our blankets as you can see, but made me smile20160804_115654

Even yesterday’s beach tag made me smile with its half moons and stars. (please ignore all the age spots)

and here I am with a fellow assistant teacher after we had our coffee we walked the mall and did some shopping which made us both smile20160803_135201

Weekly smiles, summer smiles