Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monthly Archives: July, 2015

Learning to Be a Cockeyed Optimist

I come from a family of singers. My parents both sing; I sing (or at least sang); my sister tried to sing. 🙂 Our house was always filled with music as my parents rehearsed for a Barbershop show, or church choir, or the local chamber chorus. I took voice lessons and was in the school musicals …

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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

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The Happy Discovery of Sharon Creech

I was well past the middle grade reading level when I discovered Sharon Creech. When the stress of being an adult gets to be too much, I sometimes walk down to the neighborhood library and rummage through the middle grade and young adult section for authors I haven’t read yet. A few summers ago, I …

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The Kindness of Strangers

  As many of you know, I have a day job. I am the practice manager for an anesthesia group in New York State. Every morning I start my day at the hospital OR, picking up the previous day’s charts, getting signatures from my docs, and taking care of any business they have there. Then …

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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

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Alaska, Paper Towns and Stars

When I posted a video by John Green last weekend, I realized I hadn’t spotlighted him yet! Time to remedy that. 🙂 John Green (1977- present) has written some fabulous young adult books. He was born in Indiana and has lived in Florida, Alabama, Chicago, and New York City. When in college, he had planned to …

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The Gift of Inspiration

I had a great birthday this year. I took and passed my certification exam that weekend. Though I wouldn’t know I actually passed until later that week, I found myself with a shocking amount of downtime when my birthday rolled around because I didn’t have to study. We had a lounge-y, quiet few days. I …

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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

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