Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thursday’s Doors ~ March 31, 2016: Closing a school

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The trio of arches protect three doors

in this photograph. They are each

painted black over solid metal

doors. The antique scroll designs

below some windows have cream

stonework displaying intricate

carvings.

This is a sturdy building labeled,

Frank B. Willis High School.

This building which has

withstood the

“Test of Time,”

over the years

until recently.

List of current dangers and

drawbacks are numerous.

Poor inner conditions, fire hazards,

limited classroom spaces mean

this building will need to become

an office building for adults.

Dangerous areas will either be

Repaired or blocked off.

Fifth graders will have their final

elementary school experience

back where they attended their

Primary grade levels.

This building for many years was

Delaware, Ohio’s high school.

When I moved to this town in

1986, it had become a middle

school where I substituted.

The cost for daycare, before

and after school for my family,

ages 6, 4 and 9 months old,

was too high to continue teaching.

I applied for full time positions but

did not have any particular staff

nor administrator~

“Who knew me.”

Happily, I started a professional

babysitting program, attracting

two full-time families and an

“Open space” for guests.

I did this caretaking

for nine summers and

seven full school years.

When I returned to subbing,

I lasted a year and took some

Activities Director courses at

Columbus State Community College.

Four years of this, once again turned

to education becoming

an Early Intervention

preschool teacher.

This school will close its doors

to students, at end of

2015 – 2016

school year.

All 3 of my Grown children

expressed a certain

amount of regret.

Jamie had played in a spoon band

called, “Tipping Cows,”

on Willis’ wooden stage.

His two stepkids,

Lara and Landen,

plus Marley

have sung

there.

Oldest daughter

recalled recently the

theater productions she

had assisted with set design

and building, along with applying

makeup to middle school actors.

Youngest daughter remembers

the annual talent show try-outs,

the fun times of practicing being

like “Charlie’s Angels” (remake)

and Destiny’s Child (lip-synching).

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There are two moldy large stone

Scrolls which have antiquated

Quotes on either end of

Willis middle school.

They are interesting to me:

~ One ~

“NEW OCCASIONS
TEACH
NEW DUTIES”

~ Two ~

“EDUCATION
ADORNS RICHES
AND
SOFTENS POVERTY”

This rambling Thursday’s Doors

post is part of a weekly challenge

to take photos of unusual,

interesting and historic doors.

Check out Norm Frampton’s

Doors Challenge, with links

to other participants at:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Thanks for checking this one out!

Don’t wait to try things . . .

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When two coworkers suggested

Try the new steakhouse

in a strip mall by joining

them called, 

~Asahi Japanese Steakhouse~

I hesitated.

It used to be a matter of budgeting,

trying to save more than spend.

Not sure why, but I used to

have this “bad” habit.

Let me tell you a longtime habit,

of leaping before looking.

Many times regretting

First instincts.

Over the years,

I made a new resolution,

to think before I leaped.

So, I later saw one of the two
friends, both widows who
had included me in other
outings that we had
enjoyed, laughing
and joking.

“Yes.”

This will be
my
Mantra:

Forget
worries,
concerns,
and leap!

It was amazing!

First time ever
to see knives
doing acrobatic
Steely shining stunts.

Clever repartee with
Comments flying.

Volcano,
Fire blazing
Triumphant:

“Yes!”

π ∆ π ∆ π ∆ π

Carl Sandburg’s
Quote about Time:

“Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have,
and only you can determine
how it will be spent.”

π. π. π. π. π.

Photo of Japanese chef
by reocochran,
New day “challenging
thoughts” by Robin.

This goes out to Osyth,
my friend named Fiona,
who also admitted to
making a lemon face
before she used to say,

“No.”

Check out her blog
with international
flair, transplanted
and homesick:

http://osyth.wordpress.com

Diamonds in the sky

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Although a little theatrical,

I wished to see how the

image of a tree silhouette

framed by six-sided black

Almost diamond looking,

would appear to bloggers.

Too much editing?

Unnatural?

Pretty?

Eerie?

X X X

There were two
framed trees today.
Hope you will let me
know what you think. . .

Here is naturalist,

John Muir’s

Quotation for the day:

“Everybody needs beauty
as well as bread,
places to play in
and pray in, where
Nature may heal and
cheer and give
strength to
body and soul alike.”

Playing with frames

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Over a year ago,

I wrote about the

different uses of the word,

Frame/Framed/Framing.

I had fun playing with the words.

I am terrible at re-blogging and

adding a photograph so I took

my favorite uses of the words.

My sentence examples are first

and the ~general topic~ follows.

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You can frame in a barn

~ Construction usage ~

Framing compliments a painting

~ Art usage ~

Hair “bangs” frame a face

~ Cosmetology ~

Glasses frames come in metal

called “wire rims” or plastic,

along with popular 60’s

cat winged frames.

~ Optometrist’s Office ~

Famous photographers use doors

and windows, other structural

devices to frame their shots.

~ Photography ~

The lawyer chose carefully

how to frame his question.

While the policeman was not sure

if the prisoner had been framed.

~ Legal Terminology ~

The thin girl’s body frame consisted

of a delicate bone structure, while

the heavier, solid person blamed

his weight on his forebears’

big boned frame.

~ Physiology ~

There are many ways the different

tenses of frame are used but one

I am proud of is how the

United States Constitution

was framed.

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Hope you enjoyed the photo
Framed in white, using cell
phone Editing tool.
Also, hope you liked the
wordplays using
Frame,
Framed
and Framing.

Shadows in the Night

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This is a simple profile,

recognizable silhouette.

As I got out of my car, in

my own apartment building

parking lot, I noticed it.

What some may consider plain,

I, who like to use pen and ink,

see beyond the basics.

Living,

Beauty,

Branches,

Reaching,

Metaphors,
 
Shadows in the Night.

Photograph by
reocochran.
Questioning our
Night visions and dreams.

Springtime arrangement

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Youngest daughter brought me

an Easter or Springtime floral

arrangement. My little Micah

ran around the apartment and

found brown and white bunnies,

glitter Easter eggs with sheer

loops of green and yellow.

We agreed would be okay

to leave burgundy runner.

I am heading to Mom’s

on Good Friday,

hope you

enjoy

your

time

off.

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Photo by Robin
of her table.

Arranged by
grandson,
Micah.

Flowers
gift from
Felicia.

May you
have a
very
blessed
Easter!