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Educational tree, Woodward Elementary School


Examining the words, 

it took some time to~

~ Read,

~ Process,

~ Understand

~ Put into action.

Here are the Wall Mural’s words:

“Sharpen the Saw”


“Seek first to Understand,

Then to be Understood”

“Think  Win-Win” 

“Put first things first”

“Begin with the end in mind”


“Be Proactive.”


Author’s Interpretation

~ Robin 

I liked the concept of a tree to hang

words on, growing and searching.

Then building from roots and

using branches as scaffolds.

I like also idea of stretching,

growing,  gathering  strength. 

In a tree’s lifetime, it must

rely upon sun, water and air.

What did you learn from the 

teacher who may have painted this?

Thursday’s Doors ~ OWU building leads to blank door



This Thursday’s Doors is featuring

one of my favorite buildings:

~ Stuyvesant Hall ~

It was built in 1930, paid for by

generous donations

from the Stuyvesant family.

Not sure if a front facing

“dummy door” will “fit the bill.”

The real Doors are on the sides of

this lovely entrance which includes

a red brick-laid courtyard with

elegant statue and fountain.

Once the “winter morning freezes”

(despite calendar declaring Spring)

give way to warmer weather,

there will be water flowing in

fountain to keep algae at bay.

This building has some

fascinating outside features.

You may notice red bricks, cement

window sills and edging on the walls.

White Colonial style details and

accents with accommodations

for  bicycle riders with racks to

park them, no university decals needed.

A sheltered outdoor area to study in,

which seemed much warmer due

to protection from brisk winds.

There are generous expanses of grass

surrounding the entire building.

Old, tall trees providing shade to relax

after students’ busy days of classes

and studying.

The bell tower really

has a functioning bell.

The brick wall with elegant light

features feel like they are lanterns

or beacons for the students who

come sometimes stumbling home

from the local watering holes,

including the “Back Stretch,”

Roops, and Clancey’s.

Please check out

next post for

amazing and

personal details

about this co-ed

popular dormitory.

Today’s Thursday’s Doors

is, as always, part of weekly

experience hosted by

Norm Frampton.

Please check out

the gathering of

Doors and links at:


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



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


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


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).


There are two moldy large stone

Scrolls which have antiquated

Quotes on either end of

Willis middle school.

They are interesting to me:

~ One ~


~ Two ~


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:


Thanks for checking this one out!