Time Flies

It’s about four months into 2016, and the cliché expression rings true. There’s so much to do and so much more to be as we tackle the challenges before us. Time flies. It sure does, and they sure exist. Huh? Have you ever had those lingering pesky thoughts that come and annoy you in the les opportune times? They’re the flies that buzz  and make you throw your hands in the air smacking all but that two-winged insect. They usually are found around old decomposing items and in one’s house, they come in when there’s an opening. Let’s get rid of our “TIME FLIES” and leave no room for regrets. Out with the old. Close open wounds. Let time take its course without the distraction of old buzzing things.cropped-b-in-eyes.jpg

Confession #3 of 2014

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Something is UP! 2013 for me was a year of sowing and working under the brutal sun rays of trials I thought to be unbearable. Still, the hope of all this having a greater purpose peeked into the lowest of my meadows.  All year I lived with a feeling of “something is up”…”I can’t quite put my finger on it”.  But, sure enough it hit me like a tidal wave crashing my most sacred walls of protection.  Those who knew me well knew I was not well at all.  Getting up was like pushing through layered bars of unmerciful steel.  Again, my spirit whispered, “something is up”.  While it all seemed like a never-ending story of a roller coaster of emotions, I later realized something was up. And, while I spent almost half a year looking down and around, I entered 2014 accepting something is up all along.  I’d like to confess today, SOME THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE UP…I must remember to not let them carry me away into an aimless unknown or taint the beautiful portrait God is painting of my life with unresolved fly-a-ways.  No. When something is up I need to check my spirit.  I need to look up first.

Confession #1 of 2014

Confession #2 of 2014…I had to google how to adjust the settings of my own blogs!

Wings In Motion

Fear has kept me from blogging. 

What? Yes. Fear of being ungrammatical. Fear of writing too much. Fear of writing too little. Fear of not having any readers. Fear of having the “certain readers”. Fear of MY OWN VOICE might be the root of all this.

You see, I’ve lacked to accept the fact that my voice carries all those elements.  It is many times not grammatically correct.  It sometimes does say too much while other times it does not say enough or anything at all.  Sometimes, I stand alone when I lift my voice.  Other times, I say things “certain people” misinterpret or add to my message. But, all in all, it is MY OWN VOICE. Unique. Beautiful. Eclectic. God-given, God-created, God-leading.  

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Confession #1 of 2014

Fear has kept me from blogging. 

What? Yes. Fear of being ungrammatical. Fear of writing too much. Fear of writing too little. Fear of not having any readers. Fear of having the “certain readers”. Fear of MY OWN VOICE might be the root of all this.

You see, I’ve lacked to accept the fact that my voice carries all those elements.  It is many times not grammatically correct.  It sometimes does say too much while other times it does not say enough or anything at all.  Sometimes, I stand alone when I lift my voice.  Other times, I say things “certain people” misinterpret or add to my message. But, all in all, it is MY OWN VOICE. Unique. Beautiful. Eclectic. God-given, God-created, God-leading.  

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The Young Need the Old & Vice Versa

My professors taught me that should not take credit for someone else’s ideas, thoughts, or words.  Most English professors encouraged me to avoid using long quotes in my writing because it questioned my credibility as an original writer.  The exception, so they claimed, is when I find a quote where it serves a greater purpose by not paraphrasing.  The following is something I read on Cottonwood Church’s website for their weekly Sunday’s night service called FUSE.

In the world/Church today, there exists a wall of age separation.  Young and Old don’t co-exist, they don’t intermingle, and they attend separate services.  We are fusing the generations, bridging gaps because no generation can exist by itself or on its own.  The Young need the Old– their wisdom and experience and the Old need the Young– their excitement, passion, and raw energy.  We are not separate, but one generation welded together in heart and character.  Basically, we are in this to change the world.  -FUSE
I saw that happen tonight at OCC’s TLC class.  A group of ladies ages 16-50+ gathered under one roof to be nurtured by the Word of God through Lisa Bevere AND to nurture the younger generation.  I wish I would have taken a picture as I saw a “grandmother” embrace and impart her wisdom into a “daughter”.  It’s so easy to live an isolated life in our American culture.  As a whole we value independence, but when is it too much?

Why does our culture live as if we can succeed without “mothers” and “grandmothers” and still be holistic “daughters”?

Augēre in 2010

Sometimes, all we need is some fresh air, an open mind, and some warmth in our lives to make way for a new perspective.  Sometimes, our world seems upside-down; but it’s not.  Just tilt your head a little.  Choose to see things in a different light, and you will see the beauty of what’s laying before you.

After a long break from “blogging” here and taking a more primitive style of expressing my thoughts (pencil and notebook), I’m ready to share with you this season of my life.  But first ….

August 1997- First Fall Semester at CSU Fresno

December 1997- Dropped Fall Semester due to an unexpected Gynecologic hemorrhage while studying on the 3rd floor of the university’s library.

June 1998- Two Summer Classes at Merced Community College

August 2005- May 2007- Full-time Classes at Merced Community College

August 2007- First Semester at CSU Stanislaus

June 2010- Graduation!!! (B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration on TESOL) and most of my Credential Program Courses finished.

Now here we are in August again, except it is the year 2010.  I start school in 22 days.  I am now almost 33 years old, and 15 years after graduating from high school, I am still not letting go of that dream to be an educated women with a voice.  A voice that not only this world can hear, a voice that she follows herself.

Did you know, according to word-origin.com, the month of August was named by the Romans.  The Senate granted Caius Julius Caesar Octavian the honorary title Augustus in 27 BC.  Its connotation was ‘imperial majesty’, and this word was used as an adjective to describe magnificence.  It is said that the word “august” may have derived from the verb augēre (increase).

May you Increase and Prosper in every area of your life!

(3 John 1:2)

Senior Seminar Topic

Those of you who have kept up with my blog know that 2010 came with new surprises as I streamlined the categories of my posts due to a very special lady whose passion for education served as a catalyst to begin to discover my own “Spiral of Literacy”.  Her name is Dr. Joan Wink.  Though we have not met face-to-face in person only through Elluminate (Video Conference Type) and cyberspace communication tools, her lectures have stirred up a storm in me.  I have always known that I want to teach language arts especially to ELLs.  Avid reading was a longing tucked within my heart without evidence.  I questioned myself many times why I could just not finish reading a book or devouring literature as many of my colleagues.  Then I met Joan, and her testimony regarding literacy development hit home.  I began to trace my own literacy development.  New questions merged up:  Is there a critical age for literacy development?  What academic/cultural/environmental factors influence a child’s literacy development?  What are the most effective remedial techniques for early age truncated lit development?  What role does bilingual education play in Literacy Development?…and so much more!

We will be writing our own textbook for my TESOL concentration’s Senior Seminar.  Our class is an elite group of individuals drilled in TESOL methodology, language instruction for English learners, and theoretical constructs in the field of second language acquisition.  All of us are either graduating LIBS/TESOL Seniors or Grad students in the TESOL M.A. program.  Each one of the 20 students will write a chapter with their own chosen topic.  We will work on it for the entire semester.  I did not  think twice on my topic.  It is one that will give me ample opportunity to research past investigations, present projects, and future dilemmas in conjuncture with my personal experiences and pedagogical philosophies.  My research topic is “Literacy Development” focusing on early literacy such as K-3.  Ta-Dah!

Thanks Joan!  You know you are at the top of my list for experts to interview 🙂

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