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Meet McKenna

We have a new family member…a six-week-old puppy whom Sam named McKenna. He’s a full-fledged mutt; he is mountain cur/Australian shepherd/Rottweiler/blue heeler. Yes, in case you were wondering, he is going to be a large dog!

“McKenna” is Irish for “son of the handsome one.” I told Sam that was typically narcissistic of him. He said he had settled on that name before he knew the meaning, so, “It’s meant to be…”

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Jan 20

  

What I’ve Learned

A friend of mine posted this on facebook a couple years ago and again a few days ago. I posted it here back then, and I decided to post it here again because it is so profound and true. The truths in bold are the ones that jumped out at me as I read through it. The ones that speak to you may be different than the ones that speak to me, but I’m sure something in here will speak to you.

I’ve learned that you can’t make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back. I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you better know something. I’ve learned that it is not what happens to people that is important. It is what they do about it. I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides. I’ve learned that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. I’ve learned that it is a lot easier to react than it is to think. I’ve learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t. I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice. I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it. I’ve learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. I’ve learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you are down will be the ones to help you get back up. I’ve learned that sometimes when I am angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel. I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have. I’ve learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you have had and what you have learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you have celebrated. I’ve learned that you should never tell a child her dreams are unlikely. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if she believed it. I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they are going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief. I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions. I’ve learned that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I’ve learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life. I’ve learned that many things can be powered by the mind, the trick is self-control. I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you. I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains. I’ve learned that the state we live in is not all that is offered to us. I’ve learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon. I’ve learned that although the word “love” can have many different meaning, it loses value when over used. I’ve learned that it is hard to determine where to draw the line between being honest and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Duolingo

I am constantly being told about apps that I should get for my phone. I would need a 64-gig phone to hold them all if I were to actually download all of them. As it is, I happen to be picky about the apps I have on my phone. I admit I have a handful of games on there, but most of my apps serve a useful purpose. Every now and then, I’ll come across an app that I think is so great that I have to tell my friends about it. That is the case with Duolingo.

Last week, I had parent-teacher conferences with Sam’s teachers to make sure everything is being done to ensure that he gets caught up as quickly as possible now that he is back in school after being out for three weeks with mono. His German teacher, Mr. Blevins, told me about Duolingo. He said it is a great app to aid in learning a new language, and he recommends it to all his students. I checked it out, and I love it! (If you don’t have a smartphone or would just rather not download the app to your phone, you access it online as well. Just click here.)

Since it was Sam’s German teacher who told me about the app, I tried it out with German first. I soon discovered that it is most helpful if you already have some knowledge of the language. So, I switched to Spanish, and now I’m addicted. It turns out, I already knew more Spanish than I realized, and Duolingo helps me add more knowledge every time I use it.

Since it is formatted like a game, it doesn’t seem like drudgery. In fact, it’s quite fun! It has many, many levels to be completed, higher levels being unlocked as lower levels are passed. It has a variety of question types, given in random sequence, and even utilizes your phone’s built-in microphone to test your pronunciation. It is available for several different languages, both for English-speakers to learn other languages and for speakers of other languages to learn English. If you’ve ever wanted to learn a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) language, or if you just want to bone up on a language you already know, I encourage you to check it out.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

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I Have Learned…

A friend of mine posted this on facebook a while back and again today. It struck a chord with me as I was reading it today, and I decided to post it here. The truths in bold are the ones that jumped out at me as I read through it. The ones that speak to you may be different than the ones that speak to me, but I’m sure something in here will speak to you.

 

I’ve learned that you can’t make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back. I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you better know something. I’ve learned that it is not what happens to people that is important. It is what they do about it. I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides. I’ve learned that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. I’ve learned that it is a lot easier to react than it is to think. I’ve learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t. I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice. I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it. I’ve learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. I’ve learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you are down will be the ones to help you get back up. I’ve learned that sometimes when I am angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel. I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have. I’ve learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you have had and what you have learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you have celebrated. I’ve learned that you should never tell a child her dreams are unlikely. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if she believed it. I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they are going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief. I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions. I’ve learned that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I’ve learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life. I’ve learned that many things can be powered by the mind, the trick is self-control. I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you. I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains. I’ve learned that the state we live in is not all that is offered to us. I’ve learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon. I’ve learned that although the word “love” can have many different meaning, it loses value when over used. I’ve learned that it is hard to determine where to draw the line between being honest and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe…