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Dear 2020, I see you coming

Happy Very Nearly New Year!

It’s that time of year when we look at the last year’s goals and ambitions, see how we stacked up, and (best part) make new (or renew) goals for the New Year.

My report card didn’t come in to so hot (based on my ambitions) for 2019. Even the parts that can be checked off as done, weren’t necessarily won.

Yet, onward! New spreadsheets full of ambitions, new books to read and things to learn, new words to write, and new adventures await!

In 2014 I learned the “Word of the Year”

Measuring the Year

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?”

 

I measure in lessons, in losses, in failures, in wins, and of course, in words. Each of these are compiled in spreadsheets (as I force the abstract into quantifiable cells) and many bits shared right here, under the public eye. Hmm, the public forum. For those of you following along, you may recall the first post of 2019 began:

Oh. My. God. This effing January.

So, there’s that.

I didn’t “triumph” over 2019, like my public facing plan. And for 2020, I’m still

2019-12-22T11:05:32-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Can Time Stand Still

I wish had a time machine.

One where I could stop time for just myself. I could work. I could create. I could sleep. And then, when I step back into the spinning world, I would spend new time with those I care for in a most enjoyable and leisurely way. Oh, I could give so much more!

In the machine I could learn! I could learn between the minutes to be better prepared for the next. To improve. To grow.

It’s the biggest cheat I ever wished for.

Down Syndrome and Creativity

WOW – Let’s Flashback, this post originally went live 5 years ago, November 2014. So much still applies, I’m reposting it.

Via Puppets in the Early Years

Marcus being Orange Marcus being Orange

When Marcus was much younger, just beginning school, he used to form his hands into puppets and they would chatter away. Not all of it was understandable, but words slipped through. One of his early teachers suggested we discourage this, but we resisted. I felt then that if that’s how he wanted to process and share

2019-11-22T11:50:11-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |1 Comment