Friday, June 4, 2010

For openers, our Linda is über: ~> talented, generous, loving, brilliant, and has a sense of humor that’s belly-laugh-delightful.

Whilst am writing ~> know when she reads this, she’ll probably turn a cute shade of pink, because …our subject is also extremely humble and prefers not having a spot light turned on these God-given gifts; all impossible to hide under a bushel basket… or even a led-lined nuclear power rod container.

She has dedicated her adult life to working in underserved communities as a public school educator. First as a class room Teacher: working with students and proactively reaching out to parents; mentoring peer teachers; uplifting all along the way. In TN: in conditions similar to those found in Appalachia; currently in Dallas, where English is the 2nd language for 95% of students.

Presently, her role is one who trains & mentors Teachers to improve their education processes in same bi-lingual environment. As such, developed and wrote a bi-lingual puppet show whose impact to her local & surrounding clientele has been significant. Training the students to put-on the entire show, including hosting & ushering their peers, Teachers and guest Administrators… development opportunities abound.

Linda’s language arts program and puppet show is of a quality and efficacy that it gained attention & momentum across the school district…now on its own new and exciting journey. Where all seed planting aspires.

All of this and ~>>she also ~ for 6 years, has been Leader/developer/teacher-wrangler/writer/creative director of a children’s curriculum & program for a Retreat held each Thanksgiving weekend in Germany. The Retreat’s attendees are US Service Men & Women, Missionaries: Medical, Chaplain and Spiritual; all working in Balkan and countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain; the families include their children.

Linda is simply: sister, friend, nanny, teacher, mentor, advocate, singer, writer, chief-cook-bottle washer, care-giver-extraordinaire … oh & nose-wiper … yes, I mean mine too!

Fall 2010, she moves on to a new school (in Dallas); much to the shock & awe of her current mates, teachers and student-constituents. They are having a tough time with this transition ~ not a surprise.

As with all new Chapters … this means a fresh white page for all parties in the relationship, in the equation.

How will *we* make the very best of this?

Well, let’s borrow a bit of advice from the song written for the Broadway production of Mary Poppins ~> "Anything can happen if you let it"

To Listen:

Anything can happen if you let it
Sometimes things are difficult but you can bet it
Doesn't have to be so

Changes can be made
You can move a mountain if you use a larger spade

Anything can happen, it's a marvel

You can be a butterfly

Or just stay larval

Stretch your mind beyond fantastic
Dreams are made of strong elastic

Take some sound advice and don't forget it

Anything can happen if you let it

I wonder...

Anything can happen if you let it

You won't know a challenge until you've met it

No one does it for you

No one but yourself
Vacillating violets get left up on the shelf
Anything can happen, just imagine

That should be epitaph
I wear the badge in
Hhonour of this world's free thinkers

Those who see beyond their blinkers

Jelly isn't jelly

'Til you set it
Anything can happen if you let it

Anything can happen if you let it
What good is a whistle

Unless you whet it

Broaden your horizons

Open different doors

You may find a you there that you never knew was yours

Anything can happen

Raise the curtain
Things you though impossible

Will soon seem certain
Thought at first it may sound clownish
See the world more upside-downish
Turn it on its head then pirouette it

Anything can happen if you let it

If you reach for the stars
All you get are the stars
But we've found a whole new spin
If you reach for the heavens
You get the stars thrown in

You get the stars thrown in

If you reach for the stars
All you get are the stars
But we've found a whole new spin
If you reach for the heavens
You get the stars thrown in

Anything can happen if you let it
Life is out there waiting so go and get it
Grab it by the collar, seize it by the scruff
Once you've started living life you just can't get enough

Anything can happen, it's official
You can choose the super or the superficial
Sally forth the way we're steering
Obstacles start disappearing
Go and chase your dreams you won't regret it
Anything can happen
(Anything can happen)
Anything can happen
Anything can happen

If you let it

~>The End <~

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