Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Snippets of a Song... Hide Me

originally published

7/20/2013
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Watching my son and his younger cousin play
"hide and seek" this morning was hilarious

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The younger...

(who has yet to understand the concept of the game)

could not stay put 
long enough 

to conceal his hiding place

while the elder...

(played along)

pretending to be surprised,
upon "finding" the restless younger

I could hear them roaming throughout the house,
and when they found their way into my room

I tried to help...
really wanted to help...

the younger...

learn how to find and keep
his position a secret from the seeker

But I quickly realized...

a lesson like that only comes with

time
patient practice
experience

And...

that it is two lessons really

Learning to find a valid hiding space
Learning to be quiet while in that space

It is impossible to teach 37 years worth
of hiding knowledge to a 3-year old

in a moment

But if he only knew...

there is a perfect hiding place
(a place within a place)

that can be hidden inside of

a word
a song
a moment

of quiet reflection

And I'm glad that I've found that place

A place in plain view
where I can remain hidden

while learning to be

still
quiet
calm

not anticipating

which direction He will show up
which direction He will take me next,

but learning to just
go with the flow

relax
enjoy
hide

in the beauty of His presence

Psalm 91

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Dreamers)

Everyone has a story to tell

Every parent...
Every child...
Every person...

and Yuyi Morales

(the author and illustrator of this month's story)

reminds us 

as she shares some of her unique first
experiences after migrating to the US.



Her use of colorful words
and beautiful drawings 

help 

"paint the picture"
while reinforcing 

the power of books and storytelling.



First Fridays- 
A Story. A Song. An Activity.

Virtual Storytime

A Story




A Song


The Library Song| What's New Today| Sesame Studios


An Activity

"Bringing Storytelling to Life"
with Paper Bag Stories


We each have a unique story to tell, and we can learn
new things about one another when we share them!  


Check out how we used simple brown paper bags to
showcase how creative and unique each of our stories can be...


Three thoughts to guide you...

1. Use what you have
2. Provide the materials
3. Step back


Everyone has a story... what is yours?

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Slow Path to Embracing All Seven Domains of Wellness

We've spent the last 3 years 
focusing on wellness

researching...
learning...
leaning in...

to experiences so

fascinating...
liberating...
humbling...

we just want to discover
more and more

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Grab some tea
Find a cozy seat

and SLOW DOWN
with us here each week

for

resources
tools
tips

as we embrace the
slow path to supporting the

Seven Domains of Wellness

Physical
Mental (Emotional)
Financial
Environmental
Grief and Loss
Spiritual
Social


Prepping for the relaunch our 7-week Vitality series
presented through weekly Wellness Cafes
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Physical

the well-being of your body maintained by
the act of taking proper care of yourself physically
through the balance of diet, movement, and rest

What this looks like to me:
(walking/weights/sauna/green juice)
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Mental Emotional

the health and well-being of your mind as
it relates to the balance of your state of emotions

What this looks like to me:
(mindfulness/meditation/creativity/self-care)
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Financial

feeling secure in the capacity/ ability
to meet your material needs

What this looks like to me:
(seeking balance/ "minimalist"-slow living
mindset/ consuming with intention)
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Environmental

well-being maintained through the understanding 
of how your environment effects your overall health;

being mindful of how past, present, future moments
intersect to bring either chaos or calm

What this looks like to me:
(candles/oldies records/ watching sunsets) 
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Grief and Loss

the ability to maintain health, consistency, and
well-being during the midst of uncertainty and change

What this looks like to me:
(writing/ Biblical journaling; moments of pause/ therapy)
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Spiritual

feeling complete and full of positive energy;
a sense of purpose leading to a deep inner peace;

What this looks like to me:
(prayer/meditation/spiritual awareness)
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Social

well-being as it pertains to your interpersonal
relationships; your support system and the joy
that friends and family can add to your life

What this looks like to me:
(self-reflection/ setting boundaries)
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Join us as we dive in...

Social Vitality
The Benefits of Cultivating Adult Relationships

Friday, June 3, 2022

First Friday- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The ABC's of Black History)

Black History touches our lives every day
and in an unlimited number of ways


This month's story "The ABC's of Black History" 
by Rio Cortez provides a glimpse into the richness of
Black American History while reminding readers that...

Black History is not limited
to 28 days in February

Theme: 

J is for Juneteenth- 
A Celebration of Freedom and Hope



First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity.

Virtual Storytime

A Story


then...

sing along w/ Elmo and friends as we learn the 
history of Juneteenth, the cultural relevance, and the 
significance of setting up a "red foods" snack table

A Song


An Activity

J is for Juneteenth
Juneteenth Celebratory Activities


Bring children, families, and your local community
together by hosting a Juneteenth celebration.  

Check out the video for four things to consider:

The conversation
The setting
The music
The food


and since...

Black History benefits and uplifts us all,
we should ALL celebrate!

How will you celebrate Juneteenth?

Friday, May 6, 2022

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (I Am Peace- A Book of Mindfulness)

 Sometimes the waves of life seem 
as if they will overtake us and

(during that feeling of overwhelm) 

we need an opportunity to

Stop.
Take a Moment.
Take a Breath.


Introduce mindfulness and deep breathing to children
as self-regulation strategies to use during moments of stress


First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity.

Virtual Storytime


A Story



Then share this short guided meditation
song with children for a calming experience

A Song


Safe and Calm | Meditation for Children
The Learning Station


An Activity


Float or Sink?
Play Provocation Space

Use what you have to facilitate this inquiry based approach
to exploring density, weight/weightlessness and buoyancy

"I don't need to worry about before or after. 
I am in THIS moment. I am peace."

Friday, March 18, 2022

First Friday - A Story. A Song. An Activity. (The Doctor With An Eye For Eyes)

We take time each year in March
 to celebrate Women's History Month 

noting...

the 

brave
amazing
innovative 

contributions women and girls 
have made all throughout history


Let's celebrate women and girls every day!!


First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story



A Song


Kidz BOP 2020 Vision

An anthem for children who have
the vision to make the world shine!


An Activity



Dr. Patricia E. Bath used her gifts to help the world see!


Invisible Art- Wax Resist Art

Introduce this activity to bring together art and science,
amplify the message of female empowerment, and start a
conversation about using your gifts to change the world

Be strong, stay focused,
push forward, shine bright...

and you'll find all your dreams
will be well within sight!

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Find additional stories and activities...
that highlight the work of Amazing Women Scientists

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

What? Why? How? (One Hundred Days of Grace)

What?

One hundred consecutive days 
(my journey begins March 1) 

of noticing...

something
one thing

each day

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Why?

We let so many moments of grace slip past by 
failing to see the beauty in our everyday lives

So...

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How?

Stop.
Notice.
Appreciate.

and when you see grace...

take it in!

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There's no wrong way to
start your journey...



You may choose to document it with a photo
journal the moment, or share with someone else


One Hundred Days of Grace
March 1- June 8