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Left over yarn project

I wrote this article on hubpages. One of my many projects. I’ll share my posts here from time to time. This one was especially fun to write and to do. It made me feel good about saving and not being wasteful.


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Lowering the costs of international education

When I was an international student at a local US community college, I realised that it was not only the cost of my tuition but also my books and art supplies that were going to be a challenge. International students do not receive any financial assistance. I was able to buy second hand text books and did a bit of research to find a reasonably priced store for my art supplies. I was also not allowed to work for extra money because that would have violated my visa conditions as a foreign student.

Any advice to a student studying abroad is appreciated and welcomed.

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Our Online Charter School Experience

A big success for us was to change location every so often. This was Math on the Deck.

A big success for us was to change location every so often. This was Math on the Deck.

I decided to enroll my son in an online charter school last year. I really did not know what I was getting into, until we started the school year in September 2011. If I had known the measure of work and commitment involved, I might have thought twice. I was his learning coach, the administrator of his online account and his Mom, all in one day. It scared the living daylights out of me. I kept wandering if I had made a huge mistake.

After the initial shock, mixed with a healthy dose of fear, I decided that I was not a quitter. How could I give up? That would be sending my son the wrong message. He counted on me to pull him through, guide him, support him and ultimately teach him. Thank heavens I am a stubborn person, and methodical.

I decided to get organised and connected.
First things first, I had to organise our work space so that we could breath, move and work.
I put our home room teacher on speed dial. I think I drove her batty, but she was amazing!
I actually read the parent handbook. Yawn! It did help alot to understand what was expected of us.
Then we just took it slow. One day at a time.

I made many mistakes, and cried a little, threw pencils on the floor in frustration, and cursed Algebra daily. I tried to be creative with lessons, and tapped into my wacky side to keep it all as light as possible.

When the State testing dates arrived, I cringed, because this was the true measure for us both. Did we do all the work? Did we do it correctly? What would I do if my son failed? If he failed, it would all be on me. It was nerve racking to say the least.

My little man walked out of each testing session, Math, Science and Reading, saying that he felt confident. He was right, and passed all subjects with flying colors, right on target. We did it together, as a team. I am so proud of him, my cheeks hurt from all the smiling.

Ok, so it is a new year, and we are in 6th grade with the same charter online school. My son and I are closer than ever. We laugh at silly things and even make fun at the questions we can’t do or get wrong. I am not throwing pencils on the floor, and we finish on time daily, but I still curse Algebra!

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Haiku poems

I recently learned about Haiku poetry from my son’s English teacher. I am not one for long drawn out projects, but I do love to write. This creative outlet fits me like a glove. I could sit and jot down ideas all day long.

A Haiku is an old form of Japanese poetry that reaches as far back as the 9th century AD. They consist of 3 lines.

The first has 5 syllables

The second has 7 syllables

The last has 5 syllables again.

I found, in examples, that the topic/theme is usually singular. There is little ‘space’ for more than one theme when writing only 3 lines of poetry. Haikus will almost never rhyme.

Here are some that I wrote, just for fun.


Wings direct your sight

Wings direct your sight



I flutter by you

In the morning suns soft light

Wings direct your sight



Lazy old hippos

Lie in their watery home

They have not a care



Foggy mist is eerie

Shadows slinking through its sheets

Hazed appearances


Try some and send them in a comment to this article. They are a lot of fun.

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A wonderful simile! Fallen by Kristen Heitzmann

Sometimes I think similes are over rated, but I just read one that shot the image into my mind so quickly that I could not help but be impressed.

I am currently reading a book by Kristen Heitzmann called Fallen. It is about a woman who stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with amnesia. She is plagued with a sense of urgency and frustratingly tries to remember her past. More importantly she tries to remember what happened to her on the mountain, and why she has a head injury. There are many layers to this story and I am not here to review the book, but I loved one of the comparisons where she compares her memory to Swiss Cheese. She remembers chapters of her past but they don’t make sense becuase so many details are missing. Like the holes in a slice of Swiss cheese.

As a writer I just think the simile works perfectly. Love it!

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Why are Sea Turtles endangered?

Loggerhead Turtle at Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa. Photograph attribution to Tyrone Crossman Photography

Loggerhead Turtle at Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa. Photograph attribution to Tyrone Crossman Photography

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