Reflections on Sunday

  • A new month, and I realize I have been blogging every. single. day. in the last month. For me, that’s huge. Scheduling posts ahead is what works for me. And my Big Book of Everything is what helps me doing that.


  • While I have a lot of ideas jotted down in that book, and there are zillions of prompts that sound interesting, I do get the feeling sometimes that I just don’t know what to write about, or how to put it exactly. And I’m still working out that whole blogging community thing. I love comments, but to get them, there’s a whole lot of work involved.


  • I’m planning on shooting some personal stock photos, and to do that, I’m looking for inspiration in photo challenges. I’ve always liked the one on Fat Mum Slim, but the one on I heart faces is a nice one too. I won’t take up the challenge on itself, but I hope to get some lovely, inspiring pictures I can use for my blog posts. And maybe have some post ideas along the way.


  • I came across many christian blogs lately, mostly through blog challenges. While I’m very hesitant to share my personal ideas about my religious beliefs on my blog, I’m a christian. Catholic. And teaching about religion, catholic religion in particular, is what I do for a living. Even in my own society, there are lots of people rolling their eyes when they discover that (for two reasons: teachers have lots of vacation AND everybody has an opinion on religion…). I’ve learned to live with that, and I think it makes me a better teacher. But the idea of a controlling God, who was a Big Plan for everyone and for the whole world, that’s just not my cup of tea. And I don’t feel less catholic for that.


  • Anyway, on a lot of those christian blogs, while there are ideas that I don’t share, I’ve found also very beautiful, well-written posts about subjects that concern me too. Like this one, on how we forget to teach children about how to cope with failure, so busy trying to value each child. I think it’s important to value each child for his own talents and personality, that’s no excuse to just make everyone a ‘winner’. Many of my students struggle with that, and it’s happening more and more. And when there’s a parent meeting, I can see where it’s coming from. Not judging the parents, it’s hard to be a parent these days… but if children never hear anything but how great they are and the things that need work are covered up… it’s just not OK. It needs some perspective. That also resonates in this post.


  • And strolling the internet, I also found the lovely blog of Iris: the colored married life. While its layout is not completely what I’m naturally attracted to, I have a thing for organizing blogs, even if my own house would be a huge mess if it weren’t for the cleaning skills of my husband. She and her husband just had a cute little girl, Rachel, so it might be a bit quiet over there the next few days (in their house not so, I suppose…)





Reflections on Sunday

  • I schedule most posts ahead, but today I had to anyway. Because at the moment this post goes online, I’m counting. Yes, counting. Counting votes, to be exact. There are elections, and I was elected (gnagna) to count votes in the afternoon. People have warned me that I would be in for a very long afternoon. The kind that lasts til midnight. *Sigh*


  • Last weekend I had lost my voice for some reason and I’m still feeling that it isn’t the same. It doesn’t hurt though, it just gives me a sexy, low voice. And some extra attention from my students. Which is nice. I should do this more often.


  • In a few groups I have given the last class of this year. Somehow that’s quite a special feeling, especially if it are senior students. I’m going to miss them and without a doubt, remember them. They were good students, smart and eager to learn. Open-minded, polite and kind. They asked me for a little speech and I told them that often teachers learn more from their students than the other way round. And they were one of those groups that made me realize every day how I love this job…


  • Little Boy is starting to talk. The one word he keeps repeating is our word for ‘car’. So sweet, as there are cars everywhere!


  • On my quest to be a better blogger, I stumbled upon these 25 quick WordPress Tips for beginners. I really loved this post and I immediately implemented the first tip (about linking to your own blog).


  • I decided to try a few link parties and I’m thinking about creating a link party page to my blog, as a reference to myself and maybe you are also interested.


  • It was in one of those parties that I found this heartfelt post on PND. I’ve been blessed not having to go through this, I can only imagine the pain, the guilt and the despair. It’s a post really worth to share, in my opinion.