"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Sunday, June 1, 2014

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

It's time for another Nostalgic Sunday
 


Why is today a "Nostalgic Sunday?"  Hmm, where should I begin? 

  • The Ronald and I met friends for breakfast this morning, which is something we hardly ever do. Having breakfast at a restaurant usually occurs when we're out of town on vacation. It's a real treat! And I'm feeling very nostalgic for.... vacations..... *sigh*

  • Last Tuesday, I spoke to three each - 2nd Grade classes at a local elementary school. It was Career Day and I spoke about being a writer. In addition to my talk, I handed out decorative pencils, envelopes, lined paper, and a questionnaire/fact sheet I wrote. I was actually surprised to know they still use pencils that need to be sharpened! Also, I learned a generation-gap kind of lesson. The students responded excitedly about the pencils, but when I asked if they'd also like loose-leaf paper, they all stared at me in complete silence. I was so surprised and couldn't imagine why they wouldn't also want paper, when one of the teachers stood up and said, "Mrs. Povich means notebook paper." Ahh....more cheers!

  • Tomorrow, I'm doing the same thing at another nearby school. I'll be speaking to one each - 2nd Grade class, and two each -5th Grade classes. I'm all ready to go and looking forward to it. I love speaking to students and adults of all ages.


              And why do these two speaking events make me feel nostalgic? There are quite a few reasons: it seems like yesterday when my two sons were in grade school and high school. And it doesn't seem that long ago since I was that young! Where did those years go?!


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Tomorrow I'm a guest on Karen Lange's blog! There's an interview and a giveaway, so please stop by!!


I have lots of additional writerly news to share in the next few days, so please come back for that, too: Contests, Calls for Submissions, etc.
 
 
 Welcome to my newest follower Patti of Magnolia Cottage!  I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see! Thank you!
 
 
“It shocks me how I wish for...what is lost and cannot come back.” -- Sue Monk Kidd, Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
 
 
"There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left." -- David Guterson

20 comments:

  1. Sunday nights can be very nostalgic...light or darkly so. Sounds like you have a full day lined up tomorrow...have fun.

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    1. Hi Bookie! Thanks, and yes I'll be busy tomorrow...and will be having fun, I'm sure!

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  2. Your school visits sound like fun all around.

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    1. Hey Terra! Thank you! They really are great.

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  3. How I wish that time travel had been invented and you could have visited my school (all those centuries ago). You would have left our usual visitors (who gave no gifts) for dead. Interesting, fun and relevant. Which the ones who did visit - weren't.
    I hope you inspire some budding writers - and am sure you will.

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    1. Hi EC! Thanks so much. Time Travel is something I'd really like to try. I love the first Back to the Future movie! I don't know if I'll inspire any students, but maybe some of the teachers! :)

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  4. Oh your school visits make me nostalgic for the 80's when I also spoke to the school children about skin-care and especially beauty without cruelty. I'd taken my niece's pet bunny, my own young Scottish terrier, and our household kitten which the children petted and stroked while I spoke. Later years on a goldmine in West Africa, I used to hold weekly motivational meetings for the ladies on camp who were miles from their own homes and trying to keep healthy and fit while the men worked in the offices and on site. Ah you certainly brought up good memories for me... (((Hugs))) Jo

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    1. Jo, I just LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing this info with all of us! How would we ever have known? You're such a special person! And this would make for a great memoir chapter! hint, hint!

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  5. Nice one speaking at the school. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly the Wally! Thank you! You are so good about always stopping and commenting. I'm sorry I can't say the same about myself. :(
      I'm trying to do better....

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  6. Ah nostalgia. I often experience that during supers for some reason. Makes me hearken back to the days of summers spent in the woods :)

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    1. Hey there Mr. OE! Thanks much for stopping and commenting! Oh..and I see you became my newest follower! Thank you for that, too!!

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  7. Well, thank you for the welcome, Becky. You do know I am the same Patti as They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To, right? I didn't want more than 1 blog showing on my Blogger profile, as it gets confusing as to which blog to visit, so I opened a separate account for the Magnolia Cottage blog.

    Anyhow, I am right there with you on wondering where the years have gone. Last month, I received graduation announcements from 2 girls whose families we've been friends with for years. Funny, I still think of both girls as 5 years old! How can they be graduating from high school already? And then thinking of them graduating reminded me that I've now been out of high school for 35 years. Seriously---that just can't be!

    Anyhow, blessings on your day. Have fun at your speaking events.

    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti! Thank you! Yes, I know it is you! :)
      I still wanted to welcome you because you're writing a new and different blog now! ....Wow! I can't believe you've been out of high school that long. You look much too young, dahhling! :)

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  8. Even before I began writing, I always liked school supplies, so I'm sure those kids had a real treat with your goodies!

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    1. Hi Lynn! I'm glad you mentioned this, because I have always been a lover of school supplies, too! And now as an adult, I love to browse in office supply stores, and teacher supply stores! I much rather buy a cool journal and some pens than a new pair of jeans! LOL

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  9. Karen is a real nice gal so good luck on her blog! Sounds like you are getting around there girlfriend - good for you. Just stopping by to say hello.

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    1. Hey Chatty! Thank you! I've been a follower of both your blog and Karen's blog for a long time! Hello back to ya! :)

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  10. I love the smell a newly-sharpened #2 pencil!
    This reminds me of our elderly neighbors: Each Halloween they sit out front with 2 baskets - one containing candy, the other decorative pencils - and let the children choose their treat. Who'd guess, those pencils are far and away the most popular.

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    1. Hi Myra! Great to hear from you! That's a neat idea about the Halloween pencils! I think I may have to borrow their idea. The kids really were excited about getting one pencil. In fact, a couple of kids in the 2nd grade class I spoke to today, thought they were supposed to give the pencils back when they left my class! They were happy to keep them!

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