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Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar

Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness. My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we …
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I love this idea!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 2, 2:00 PM
Although I think kindness is an everyday way, this might help some teachers who are unsure how to go about being kind.
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All sizes | Coastal Cottage - Ocean View, DE | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

All sizes | Coastal Cottage - Ocean View, DE | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it

I LOVE this sign. And this is from a girl who mostly finds putting sayings on walls a little to twee! 

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These are sayings that I could, should, & try to live by!

 

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21 Positive Quotes That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life and Work

21 Positive Quotes That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life and Work | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
can't have a positive life with a negative mind
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"You can't have a positive life with a negative mind"

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David Bowie & Iman: Is This Love Or What?

David Bowie & Iman: Is This Love Or What? | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Let's all come together for a collective "aww shucks" because after two decades of wedded bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Jones seem to still be going strong. The examples of their shared values and similar goals are key for a relationship to thrive. David Bowie and Iman | Mr. and Mrs. Jones They met on October 1990 on…
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This makes my heart happy. My heart belonged to Bowie in 1980 when Ashes to Ashes came out. My soul belonged to Andy Partridge that same year when Black Sea was released. I traded my Import copy of Sid Sings (Sid Vicious) for it - I still have the album & paper sleeve.


Two English men who have seemingly created the soundtracks to my life. Thank you.

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Be Thankful - It's ALL about the Perspective

Be Thankful - It's ALL about the Perspective | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
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In this time of year in America where we try and be thankful - maybe share this with our kiddos to show it's all bout one's perspective.

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Anne Says: Lessons from Green Gables | The Daring Librarian

Anne Says: Lessons from Green Gables | The Daring Librarian | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
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Yeah, sugary sweet with a side of snark. That's Anne of Green Gables!  Like an effin redheaded Pollyanna! That's her, alright!

(& sorta me, too!) 

Heh heh heh

[cue eyeroll]

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Under Armour Just Made This 5-Year-Old Dog Attack Survivor Feel Like A Superhero

Under Armour Just Made This 5-Year-Old Dog Attack Survivor Feel Like A Superhero | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
When a dog attacked 5-year-old Jasper Poole last April, the only piece of clothing that remained intact was his Under Armour shirt.

He was playing with his cousin at his aunt's house when the family's 2-year-old Pit Bull attacked him. According t...
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Dag, my eyes are leaking. @#$!#$ Under Armour! <3 You!

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Dr. Phil.com - Advice - Stop Being Controlling and Critical

Dr. Phil.com - Advice - Stop Being Controlling and Critical | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
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Great advice from Dr. Phil - "You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought of you if you knew how seldom they did."


Great advice to give to self-conscious 7th grade girls! LOL

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Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker)

Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker) | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it

Zoe writes:"But, bread in a crock pot? Over the years we have gotten requests from readers to develop a method of baking our dough in a crock pot. I had my doubts, lots of them. I didn’t think the slow cooker could get hot enough, I thought it would take too long, I didn’t think it would bake through or have a nice crust and I resisted trying it. I was so convinced it would be a fail. Oh, how wrong I was. "


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Bread = Love!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 14, 2014 9:32 AM

This may look completely off topic, but it reminded me of  elementary lessons when I paired books with food: The Big Hungry Bear with strawberries, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! with carrots. Imagine The Little Red Hen, or even better The Stinky Cheese Man paired with freshly made bread! Imagine how wonderful your library would smell!

Wanda Ortiz's curator insight, March 16, 2014 4:44 PM

Lo intentaré y luego les diré cómo me fue.

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Heath Calhoun

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Heath Calhoun - Just another WordPress weblog
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Olympian Heath Calhoun aka @LeglessHeath is brilliant, inspiring, bearded, & brave! Represent!


Profiling him on our MHTV to our Middle School students!

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Everyone has a battle.

Everyone has a battle. | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Explore The Daring Librarian's photos on Flickr. The Daring Librarian has uploaded 6579 photos to Flickr.
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My guidance counselor at school shared this with us and it touched my cold tiny shriveled coal blackf evil little heart! ;-)

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The Secrets Of The World's Luckiest People

The Secrets Of The World's Luckiest People | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
We tend to think of a bout of good fortune as a random act of kindness from the universe.
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Optimism rules! It's not just fuzzy feel good crap, it's a real tangible difference you can make in your life.

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47 Percent of Young Girls Are Held Back By Low Self-Esteem, and That's Not OK

47 Percent of Young Girls Are Held Back By Low Self-Esteem, and That's Not OK | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
A recent study by the Dove Self-Esteem Project (DSEP) reveals that a whopping 47 percent of girls between the ages of 11 and 14 refuse to take part in
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I'm worried about our girls.

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Day 8 - A Year off from being a Librarian to be a Mom

Day 8 - A Year off from being a Librarian to be a Mom | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
9.10.16 People : This afternoon we attended the wedding of two of our good friends. It's funny how sometimes you have friends tha
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Danielle is an amazing librarian. She's also an author. She's taking a year off from being a HS TL to be with her kiddos - she has twins & toddler. AND now she's going to blog EVERY Day! Not just weekly, EVERY. Day.

She's obviously nuts. READ it!

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One day about ten years ago, when I lived on Coronado Island in San Diego, I was driving around town...running errands and taking care of the daily business of living, and, like I always do whilst ...
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a lovely post by @muffybolding

and sorta exactly why I teach Middle School!

One kid, one book, one smile, one coat,

one cell phone case, one hoodie, one gift card

one side hug, one grin, one knowing nod

one "I'm here if you need me" one scratch and sniff bookmark

one kid at a time.

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▶ XTC - Senses Working Overtime (1982) (HQ) - YouTube

From XTC's album Black Sea from 1980.
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Two Englishmen have seemingly created the soundtracks to my life. @XTCFans  (Andy Partridge) & David Bowie. Thank you.


My heart belonged to Bowie in 1980 when Ashes to Ashes came out. My soul belonged to Andy Partridge that same year when Black Sea was released. I traded my Import copy of Sid Sings (Sid Vicious) for it - I still have the album & paper sleeve.


I remember dancing around my bedroom before I left for the bus stop to High School, blasting and singing this song at the top of my lungs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Senses working Overtime!


Then changing the numbers into Russian singing them trying to make them fit. (Because I was taking Russian language in HS - it was the cold war, don't judge me) Adin, dva, tree, etc. Then screaming out

England's Glory!

A striking beauty!

(Victorian matches)

When those subtly layered tracks were heard. It wasn't until later, years later, when the Internet came around to me in the early 90's that I could Look up what was "A striking Beauty" and found out.


Thank you, Andy.

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Abe wants you to be happy. So do I.

Abe wants you to be happy. So do I. | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Explore The Daring Librarian's photos on Flickr. The Daring Librarian has uploaded 7975 photos to Flickr.
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Why? Sometimes you have to remind yourself and
Sometimes you need a mantra!

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Hope (A Zen Perspective)

Hope (A Zen Perspective) | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is being present in the given moment. Parker Palmer speaks about fidelity and faith as being linked together. The faith we have is not that we follow a predetermined, linear path where ...
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Breathe deep, smile, live NOW. I have certain things I think about when I meditate or get massage and body work done. Guided imagery. It's so important to try and get quiet, clear your mind if interfering thoughts and ideas...and just be.


I imagine a burlap sack of wheat or grain on the back of a wagon on the main street of an old west town. Strange, I know - but it works. I can hear it, smell it, feel it. I am the grain. OR sometimes just a babbling brook in a wooded green area is lovely, too!


I also think @ivon_ehd1  is pretty amazing. I'd suggest following him on Twitter.


Great post - LOVE the first 3 paragraphs! But the "battle-blind birds pecking for seeds between the corpses" sorta a little too graphic for me! LOL Darn pecking birds!

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Eminent Tech: Attention

Eminent Tech: Attention | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
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This is a lovely and important post to read. It made me think and feel and really, can you ask for any better than that?

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The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward

The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
For so many people, Memorial Day is about the start of summer, family cookouts and trips to the beach. And while all those things celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans, for the families of our fallen troops Memorial Day is deeply personal....
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To all members of our Armed Services & Families: Thank you for your sacrifice and bravery!  This article is very moving.

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Tonight I Made Karma Kits - Chachi In Charge

Tonight I Made Karma Kits - Chachi In Charge | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
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This is just a brilliant idea! Love this!

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Winter Olympic Hero Shaun White Has A New Look And Is Nearly Unrecognizable

Winter Olympic Hero Shaun White Has A New Look And Is Nearly Unrecognizable | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has a new look and is no longer "The Flying Tomato."
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Fellow Ginger & Winter Olympic Hero @shaun_white Has A New Look -Dyed down the RED? Say it Ain't So!!!


I ADORE me some Shaun White! He's amazing! I really hope he hasn't grabbed some hair dye & toned down his gorgeous ginger locks - sad enough he cut his long hair but to tone down the RED? Noooo!

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Kindness Elves: An Alternative Elf on the Shelf Tradition & WAY Less Creepy!

Kindness Elves: An Alternative Elf on the Shelf Tradition & WAY Less Creepy! | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Create a new tradition with the Kindness Elves, an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf, and focus on positive, character-building activities for kids.
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You know in a sometimes child worshiping hellicopter pandering & super spoiling society that can create ego driven self-entitled & absorbed selfish hellions this is an AWESOME GIVING alternative!

 

Not that I have ANY opinion about this at all! LOL 

 

Ask yourself - do kids have chores? Do they contribute? Is every pout pandered to? Let's get kids thinking OUTSIDE themselves and help create a charitable character! Choose civility!

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10 Things Not To Say At Work

10 Things Not To Say At Work | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
We all know that presentation matters. You need to dress for the job you want, and you want to generally represent yourself as a competent, intelligent, professional human being, if you want to be taken seriously — and get your way as often as...
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Grrls, Down with the UPTALK!

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Cori Araza's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:51 AM

It's amazing how often we subconciously communicate what we may not want others to think about who we truly are.

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The Simple Habit That Can Save You Years Of Self-Doubt And Angst

The Simple Habit That Can Save You Years Of Self-Doubt And Angst | Heart_Matters | Scoop.it
Most of us know from experience that having a sense of humor about things can make life a little easier.
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This just feels right. Self-mockery is a good thing!

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