Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I appreciate

I’m driven to share.

My “awareness” card this month is, “When I focus on positive energy, I am aware that I attract more of it.”

So….I just returned from lunch in town and as I was walking from my house to the main office I noticed some things.

The weather. It just cooled off as a storm of clouds has rolled in. A few sprinkles have managed to hit my arms and head. The breeze is great and I love the smell of rain.

As I continued to be in the moment with the weather I noticed one of our therapists walking down another road of ours past one of our ponds. He had a student with him and they were most likely having a therapy session. The canter of their pace showed they were in some deep conversation. I was deeply touched to see this therapist put his hand on the shoulder of the student reassuring the strength of their relationship and the confidence he had in the student.

I began to reflect on the serenity of the moment for them, and for myself seeing them in this moment. It was uplifting. I appreciate them.

I then noticed another therapist having a session with a student over by one of our animal pens. They were feeding the horse and llamas by one of our girl’s homes. Working with animals is such a positive tool in relationships. The body language resembled more of a difficult conversation than the other session. It looked as though the student was struggling to let go of something in his life. That can be so hard.

I appreciate the opportunity to be a part—even from a distance, of that moment. Watching others change helps me stay humble about the need for self-awareness and reflection of my life.

Last but not least, as I pressed on towards the main building I had to pause as our seven turkeys walked right in front of me. I’m still smiling. How can I not smile? Have you seen a group of turkeys taking a stroll lately? Perhaps I need to put a “Turkey Crossing” sign…

I appreciate those turkeys being a part of my life and for them feeling comfortable and secure on our campus. There is no other place or time I would rather be than right here and now.

Oh…there go the turkeys wandering past my office window. Yeah, I’m still smiling…

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood come much more
naturally and easily.
~Stephen Covey

Friday, September 3, 2010


Here is an illustrated fairytale by one of the English students. It's a good example of the fun the students have with 'publishing.

English 12 Fairytale

Here is a story written by one of the twelfth graders as a fairytale. It's a good example of the 'publishing' stage of the writing process--turning the story into an illustrated book.

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