Shaker eggs followed by a rousing puppet show sing-a-long of "Baby Birdie." Puppet shows always bring out the best in us. Don't I have the best view in the house? I get to watch these beautiful children. I get to marvel at their capability and their camraderie, their laughter and their spunk. What a blessing. I'm such a fortunate person. Their enthusiasm, energy and delight are a joy. Especially today. Especially on this day. I just want to sit here and clap and clap and clap for their generous gift to me. They are rock stars in my eyes. They give me a glimpse of tomorrow and that always brings a smile.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
What started out as one child's idea of how to conclude my "Shaker" song has now morphed into a tradition that stands the test of time. Quite a while back someone had the idea to balance their shaker upon their shoe as the song wound down and concluded thru it's 'out-ro.' I can remember it like it was yesterday, though years have unfolded in the interim. At the time that it happened I say there and said, "Wow! What a great idea!" Now, balancing your shakers upon your shoes is the gold standard for growing up. It's proof positive that what was once an impossibility is now attainable. You should see their eyes light up, when after attempting for numerous, numerous trials, it finally happens and VOILA there it is: balance!!!
[And how about those red sparklie shoes and heart socks? Or are you partial to camaflage fatigues? It works just as well for the boys as for the girls.]
It was a veritable dance-party!! From the wee-tiny littles to the great-big toddlers...... we had a great time together and started our new year out in style. There was some serious singin' & dancin' & smilin' this morning. This is year #14 for me at Children's Hospital. How amazing is that? It's good to be back among friends. Let the fun begin!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
How fortunate am I to get to spend an entire day with my grand-kiddos?? I realized that it seemed like forever since I'd played "photographer" with them as subjects. They may have felt like the paparazzi had escaped the asylum, as I was following everyone & flashing in their faces over & over -- throughout the entire day. But now I can go about the week at hand, knowing that I've documented a "one-day-slice" of their lives & it's many moods. (It's much easier to pose daisies or my hat, than to capture these peeps-on-the-go..... but it's a glimmer of just how cute I think they are..... and how they are growing!)
Photographer's footnote: all three children fit nicely INSIDE of the family's over-sized, rectangular footstool. With the lid up it creates a lovely black backdrop & the majority of pictures were snapped against that setting. McKenna is not overly fond of the 'pirate ship' that her brothers adore, so many of her individual shots were snapped over lunchtime instead.
Friday, September 25, 2009
BUT..... opening my email moments ago I received a notice from Dr. Love & her Campaign to enlist one million women in research about breast cancer. There is an amazing cinematic competition for the 'best' PSA (public service announcement) being hosted over at Glamour magazine. All four of the one minute finalists are there for your viewing and voting. Click on http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/09/vote-now-and-help-find-a-cure.html add your vote. (Sorry I don't know how to 'hide' all the gobble-di-gook of the address. If someone can teach me how, please post a comment, or email me.)
I think their server's not quite strong enough for the interest. Be patient. They're not quite tracking perfectly. Please take four minutes of your world and go and see and vote.
My recommendation is to have some tissues handy if this is a personal campaign for you. Sharing this info seems fitting for this day. As soon as I hit the publish-post button I need to head out to my oncologist appointment. Oh yeah. This is personal for me. This is my regularly scheduled 6 month appointment and I have no new concerns, but driving into that parking lot reminds me of my mortality all over again. We have just lost our Mena to this disease and we are in a vigil for dear young Heidi-Ho whose family stands together round her and waits. Heidi was initially diagnosed at Stage Four just over six months ago and will be leaving her young children so very prematurely. Our current technology failed her utterly, despite her youth & fitness & all the intervention following her diagnosis we have been helpless in her journey. The speed of Heidi's descent has us all reeling. "There but for the grace of God go I." Literally.
I know too many stories. There is too much sorrow. Please vote for your PSA and then consider joining the army of women who are depending on your involvement to move beyond a cure.
Edited to add a picture. This is the t-shirt that I'm wearing today. The caption below says: "Many Strong and Beautiful Women." We play a little game about these necessary appointments, we tease that we'll climb in each other's purses etc to keep each other company, today I have my own army with me -- on my back. Again, literally. [The artwork on the shirt was created by one of my faves: the artist known as Kiki.]
Edited a second time, at the end of the day. My onc appointment was uneventful: whoohoooo! My bloodwork has all come back normal & now I go another 6 months before I see him again.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Hi Debbie! You probably do not remember me, but I tried to get you to make a personal appearance at Discovery Elementary in Palm Bay, FL a couple of years ago. Are you still doing school programs? If so, when would you be available?
My kindergarten team absolutely loves your music!!! We have used "You're Wonderful" for our end of the graduation ceremony for the past two years! We play your CD's daily. We purchased one of your DVD's at a conference a couple of years ago.
Your talent has not only enhanced lessons for teachers, but have thrilled students on a daily basis. We appreciate you!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
......at the end of the rainbow! There are so many things to be excited about with getting the new school year underway in earnest. Of course I'm excited to see the children -- and the teachers. Of course I love the singing & the dancing. Of course it's fun to see how my pips have grown over the summer. Right near the top of my list of "favorites" is the opportunity to see the children's artwork. A couple of weeks into the new year, the bulletin boards are already singing with color. I just couldn't walk past these two dazzling rainbows. Memorable. Well done, junior masters. Renoir, Degas, or maybe Georgia O'Keefe in the making?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Good morning, friends!! Pictured above is the first recipient of my blog-follower contest. Meet seven year old Emily, beloved grand-daughter of Sherry. (I've snatched up these two photos from Sherry's FB page to share with you.) This family is 'following' my little diary -- all the way from Oklahoma. Do you just love it?
How awesome to have a reading seven year old join my fanclub! I think you can see from Emily's smile in the first picture that she thinks it's pretty sweet to have a personalized book from an author/illustrator. It's a thrill to me that my work can travel across the country and land in the lap of a mature reader.
As of this minute we are up to a little FB follower-tribe of 86. Here's the most amazing part. There are now actually people 'following' our little steam engiene who I'm neither related to, nor have I met at conferences, nor are they BCO members. OMGoodness. Actual "followers" from the big cyber world!! My widget shows me that some of you have sent followers from your family & circle of friends. Oh happy day!! Oh happy day and an enormous thank you!!
In my thirteen years of music-lady travels, I've received such 'wonderful' support & feedback from those who meet me @ schools & libraries & conferences. People fall in love with my little ditties when they hear them, but for 13 years I'm scratched my brain about how to get my work 'out there' into the bigger world with my non-existant budget and even less existant skills for marketing. Word of mouth apparently only takes you so far. Wouldn't it be wild and crazy if FB's NetWorkedBlogs ap brought me a little further into the light of day??
This is year number fourteen of travels and it promises some brand new potential and that's exciting. The next drawing will be when we reach 113 followers. There's plenty of time to get your family & friends entered. I am now #18 of FB's top 50 blogs with the subject: children. I'm looking for the light of day. Your 'following' me could quite possibly boost me onto someone else's radar screen. Did I say thanks??