Thursday, October 30, 2014


 photo DSCF6748.jpgKnock knock.

Who's there?


Boo who?

Please don't cry. It's just me.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How you live...

 photo DSC01707.jpgHow you live in the moment affects how you live in the hour, and the day, and the lifetime.
photo of Schuyler Waynforth, by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy and the future

A reminder!

If you haven't bought candy yet, get the best candy you can afford. If no one comes by, you still have it! If it all goes out into the community, it makes you a better person and your house will have sweeter associations for children who might grow up remembering.
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from Halloween Candy and Choices or "Candy Gets Dusty"
photo by Sylvia Woodman

Monday, October 27, 2014


 photo DSC00833.jpgSometimes, if you're lucky, you'll come across something unexpected, like a full-sized inflatable coach.

Your life will be better if you smile and think "cool!" than if you have a less cool and smiley response.

Sometimes someone will unexpectedly come across you! Be smiling. Be cool.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A feast!

This morning I brought my 8-year-old son a snack as he was busy playing on the computer, and he said "Wow! A feast! One, because it is big. And two because it has yummy things on it." And he carried on playing. And now I am smiling.
—Dominique Trussler
photo by Dominique Trussler

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Joyce Fetteroll, to someone writing about "reassurance":
Seek reassurance in your daughter's smiles. Trust that it's a good thing if it makes her happy.
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She doesn't want a textbook-perfect mother. She wants someone who is happy, relaxed, shares her interest in life, is delighted in her delight, who helps her get what she wants (in ways that are safe, respectful and doable). She wants you to look at her and see her rather than what the words "out there" say you should be seeing. She wants you to trust and support her, to be her partner as she explores life.
—Joyce Fetteroll
photo by Sandra Dodd

Friday, October 24, 2014

Little meals make big memories

Some days lunch is medicinal—one child is sickly and could use soup or juice. One is off to a sports event, and carbohydrates are a good idea. One is sad, and would like comfort food. One is bored, and her sandwich could use a face.

Be as loose as a dancer, as variable as an actor, as thoughtful as a chessplayer, when you decide to make for lunch sometimes!
Some holidays
photo by Sandra Dodd
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