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SCHOOL DIARY #1: First Day of School Jitters (and how to deal)

My grandson who is seven shared with me the other day that he is “scared” of second grade. Now mind you he’s a very bright student and a confident child…(Spoken like a true grandmother!). But still, he expressed what many of us feel each year as the summer winds down and the new year –with the first day of school and other firsts — creeps up on us. Fear. Worry. Concern. How will things go?All beginnings are hard, our sages tell us. As a teacher of high school, I have my own share of jitters in the weeks leading up to the first day of school. Will my students do well? Will they behave? Will I have a good lesson planned? And so on. I shared how I’m also nervous, but not to be a student. I’m jittery about the first day of school (in a few weeks) when I will be an teacher after a 6 year hiatus from that job. … Continue reading

10 Similarities Between Zumba and Life

I’ve been taking Zumba classes on and off for the past few years. I enjoy the fast paced music, the steady beat, the can-do feeling I get from the simple (ish) steps. The hour session really flies by quickly, and I love the satisfaction I get afterward knowing that I’ve put in a good, calorie-reducing hour of exercise. About a month ago, while dance-moving around a few feet behind the teacher and focusing on doing things more or less correctly in an attemped  coordinated manner, I suddenly realized something. My insight was that many of the Zumba  instructions (and with other exercises as well – swimming, aerobics, physical therapy) mirror rules for life. Each time I would come back for my twice weekly session, I would feel as if I was getting a session in self esteem and relationships.  It was funny (to me) how I just kept thinking about these things over and over while the teacher called out her Zumba prompts.  I had to put it down in a blog. What was stranger was that about … Continue reading

Women Worriers – My Guest Post on “Friend for the Ride”

Confession: I worry a lot. And when things turn out well, and my worries are unfounded, I try to remember to stop for a minute. Wait. Think. And take a deep breath to say “Thank G-d.” Things are good. All is well. Relax. Don’t worry so much next time. Usually these little mantras help me. Today I’m featured on my friend, Barbara Younger’s blog, Friend for the Ride.  Barbara and I are part of a middle-aged clique of ladies who blog, share (and vent) about stuff that we experience in our stage of life. On Barbara’s blog, I tell a story that happened to me. It’s a very personal  story that Barbara and I felt was important to put out there. TMI and all, it is something women worriers of all ages need to know. Here’s to taking one day at a time…with less worrying in the mix. Now check out my post, “Some TMI with a Happy Ending” on Barbara’s blog and … Continue reading

The Rope in the Swimming Pool

Remember the rope in the camp swimming pool?  If you were only able to swim in the “shallow” water, you stayed on one side of that rope. The more skilled swimmers who were deemed able to swim in The Deep, ventured out to the other side of the  rope. But everyone – all swimmers – knew the cardinal rule, that when the lifeguard blew the whistle and called “everybody out,”  we had to swim to the steps and get out of that pool. Fast. We stuck to that rule like our lives depended on it. Restrictions can be a very good thing. Boundaries. They’re important in raising children, following religious laws, enjoying friendships, keeping to a nutrition or diet program, and relationships. I don’t always follow every single rule (that’s for another post!) but when I do,  they make me feel safe and in control. For example, I feel really great and at peace when my food is in order, and when I pretty much stick to the number of … Continue reading

Drizzles Can Become Showers


Today, my husband and I took our grandsons to the park so their Mommy and Daddy could have a break (and my husband and I could enjoy the cutie-pies). It was a beautiful, sunny day with gorgeous blue sky, but very hot and dry, so we headed out in the mid to late afternoon, after the heat of the day. As the kids rode their bikes in the residential area and we followed behind them, I thought of how it hasn’t rained here in Southern California much for the past two years. We are in the midst of a drought. Something so mundane as rain is so huge for us. While some of us (especially East Coasters like me) may have grown up taking rain for granted, we no longer do that. These days we kind of have to ration our water. As dictated by the Department of Water and Power. Yep. There’s a limit to how much water we … Continue reading

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