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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fun Monday Signup for January 5

Fun Monday Signup
January 5, 2009

I began participating in Fun Mondays exactly a year ago. Thanks, Peter over at Holties House in Australia for teaching me the ropes (by the way, just checked out his New Year's greeting and those Aussies sure know how to have fun!). Since then I've met so many interesting, creative, and amusing people from all over--now friends in the great blogosphere.

Last January a regional magazine profiled a group of high achievers in the Louisville area. Each one of these women and men answered this simple question at the conclusion of their profile article: "What's on your mind lately?" Their answers ranged from silly to deadly serious. But the most striking thing was how similar their responses were. Their lives were very different, but their concerns and priorities shared a common thread. I believe the same will be true for Fun Monday participants on January 5.

So, as your host this week, I give you this question, to be answered as briefly or extensively as you like:

"What's on your mind as we close out 2008 and begin 2009? Large and small. What are often your first thoughts the minute you wake up? When you're alone and unguarded? Working? Stuck in traffic? Playing with the children? Walking the dogs? When you can't sleep?"

I'm deliberately not providing any examples, because I don't want to influence your answers. I suspect that, like the Louisvillians profiled, our answers will be the same as well. We may live differently, but we mostly want the same things out of life--and face the same challenges.

I hope you won't think this assignment is too difficult--or worse--too "crunchy granola." I'm sure that you have been spending time lately thinking about 2008 and wondering how your life will go in the new year. For sure, I have.

If you'd like to participate on January 5, just leave me your name and web address in the comments below. On Sunday, the 4th, I'll provide an updated list with links. The following brave people have already signed up without even knowing the topic:

1. Jan (will also be our host for January 12)
2. Swampy
3. Ari
4. The Misanthrope
5. Sayre
6. Tracey
7. Cruise Mom
8. Karisma
9. Janis
10. Sandy

Added after January 1:
11. Pitts Academy
12. Molly
13. Pensieve
14. Hulagirlatheart
15. ChrisB
16. Jo
17. Alison
18. Grace
19. Gattina
20. Hootin' Anni
21. Celeste
22. Margaret, Brand New Mama

So get your thinking caps on, but before you do that, have a
Happy New Year!


Pitts Academy said...

This will be my first stab at this. Sounds great. I have been involved in regular meme's and look forward to doing this..


Ari_1965 said...

I just explained to someone what I meant when I described a certain couple at church as "crunchy granola but very nice."

Molly said...
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Molly said...

Please, add me to the list of particpants. Your assignment should produce some interesting posts.

PENSIEVE said...

Hmmm...sounds interesting :).

I'll add your link to the master list (it's so easy to get behind on that) and I'll start working on a post now. Thanks for hosting!

Happy New Year, Faye :)

hulagirlatheart said...

Sign me up, please. Thanks for hosting.

ChrisB said...

Please add me to the list http://mscellania.blogspot.com

Jo said...

My thoughts as I drive down the road? This could be interesting.



Alison said...

great topic Faye, sign me up please!

grace said...

I am ready for the challenge,sign me up. Happy New Year

Gattina said...

Please sign me up too ! Hope I'll find something my head is just empty for the moment.

Hootin' Anni said...

Okay....I'm in. But I must admit, now you got me thinking of granola!!!

Count me in.

Celeste said...

I'm late to getting around, but I would like to participate.

Mrs. Really Long Last Name said...

I want to participate.

Please sign me up as Margaret, Brand New Mama


Sugar said...

Is it too late? I'd like to have a Fun Monday!


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