Libbie the Lobster

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Reading to Kids: Pure Joy

I feel as though I’m a passenger who is along for a ride to where I do not know. It is an adventure for sure. I don’t know whether we will turn left, or right, or go straight to wherever it is we are traveling. I don’t even really know who’s driving–not really. I see something different every day along this unfamiliar road–faces mostly, of children. Never before in my life have I seen so many children for so long. Little children just being children. I don’t remember what it feels like to be a child so I don’t know them. It was a long time ago. So I watch them as I travel this road. I watch them smile and laugh as they hear our story of Saving Libbie the Lobster.

Even today as I stood next to my friend and co-author, Heather Chalmers, in front of about 80 children every half hour telling our adventure with Libbie, IMG_2852 my eyes scanned the large room filled to capacity with children and their teachers, and I was filled with wonder. Heather, so comfortable with the children, having been a first grade teacher for many years, became my teacher. Unbeknownst to her, I followed her every move, and pretended I belonged there, although I might as well have been in a foreign country and knew not the customs and the language.

I was somewhat intimidated by these little ones, I realized. Are they a simpler version of who they will someday become, I wondered. I watched the shy children being shy; the talkative ones, talking (despite chiding from their teachers); and the thinkers were very obviously thinking. My knowledge of psychology and experience as a psychotherapist, flooded my brain trying to make sense of the many little personalities in front of me. My incessant need to understand was rivaled only by my joy at hearing the kids laugh at all the right, funny places in our book.

And when I arrived home to my familiar, comfortable surroundings, I sat by my window listening to the roar of the ocean and I wondered where I had been and how I arrived here–to this place in my life.

At sixty-three years of age, I am on the ride of my life. Without much forethought, without a plan, and with no end in sight, I allow myself to enjoy the journey. In many ways, I am like these children I think. Learning quickly from every new experience, my eyes are wide open and filled with wonder. Could it be that I am coming full-circle, becoming child-like again, untainted by the weariness of intellectualism? Whether or not that be so, I enjoy this ride and I am grateful. I will let the experience teach me.

So Heather and I will do this again tomorrow and for the rest of this Literacy Week, in   a different school each day. I will again enter this foreign land and hopefully I will emerge knowing it better. Maybe I will meet your child on my journey.

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Writing: Seeing It Through to the End and Beyond

My days were going along as usual procrastinating about writing and filling my time doing everything but writing, other than those few short bursts of fluid creative thought that seemed to pour from my mind as though someone had taken me over. typewriter_quote You know the feeling when after writing a few hundred awesome words that flew through your fingers onto the page, who wrote that?

For over a year my apartment was cleaner than ever before because I had to clean before I could write, right? Then I had to go to the gym because if I didn’t keep up my strength, how could I ever finish my book? And of course keeping up with friends, the myriad of unnoteworthy emails I received needed to be seen, and generally enjoying beach-life all served to distract me and provide excuses for not writing.

But the truth is, I didn’t believe in my heart that I could write well. quotes-about-writing-writers-block-doubt (1) Somehow I thought I had to write the novel of the century! Growing up I learned that if you can’t do a thing well, don’t do it at all. Somehow I heard, “If you can’t do a thing ‘perfectly,’ don’t do it at all!”

Despite friends and strangers who have heard me read excerpts from my book, telling me I write well and exhorting me to complete it, I continued to struggle. What if I did complete my book? What then? I knew nothing of how to publish a book, where to get it printed, who would do the cover, or how to market it. A few good friends who are accomplished authors promised to help with those things but the job seemed monumental.

Somehow I think I am not alone in this dilemma. I hear many who say they would like to write a book–far more than those who actually do. Perhaps they struggle like I did with the daunting task of seeing the work through from beginning to end. To those who feel as I did, I say, do it anyway! The help is out there! If you can write a book, you can learn to do the rest. And honestly, if I can do it, almost anyone can.

Having experienced the labor of love seeing our book, Saving Libbie the Lobster, through to it’s completion and beyond, has taught me much. I see once again in my life that I am my own worst enemy. I alone will stop myself from fulfilling my highest hopes. So back to my novel I shall go. I will see it through to the end and beyond.

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Inspired Mic Spotlight – January 2015 – Marybeth Jeitner and Heather Chalmers

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January is upon us and the  Inspired Mic returns to Leroy’s 19th Hole, the Country Club restaurant and bar for the Cypress Knoll Golf Course in Palm Coast. In the coming two weeks this site will display the presenters who will be on stage on January 20th. One of the beauties of Leroy’s 19th Hole is we have a capacity of nearly 100. In December, more than 60 people showed up for the event! We are excited about our growth and the community’s interest in local talent. Please check back each day for a little insight into our Inspired Mic Event presenters!

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Heather Chalmers originally from Harrison Township, Michigan, grew up on the banks of the Clinton River. She ice skated in the winters and sailed or swam in the summers. When she was not ice skating or sailing she could be found reading. In fact, the only…

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As A Child Growing Up I Learned That Life Is…

Would you like to know the people you communicate with better, to learn something about how they see the world and their place in it? Here is a small exercise of sentence completion that will help us all know each other a little better. Here’s how this goes:bfdd953dc713b8cf68d06d6d18d9ee49

Repeat the sentence stem to yourself and write the first word(s) that comes to mind. No editing or changing it please. You may surprise yourself.

In the past six months of blogging and participating in several social media sites, I have become friends with and followed many people, most of whom I will likely never meet face-to-face. And yet my curiosity about the psychology of us humans and a desire to be connected to others, drives me to want to know you.

So lets get to know each other! Complete this sentence, “As a child growing up, I learned that life is___________.”

Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know you better.

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Inspired Mic Spotlight – January 2015 – Steve Boone

Knowing Steve Boone has been awesome and what a great addition he is to our creative community here in Flagler County, Florida.

Michael Ray King

January is upon us and the  Inspired Mic returns to Leroy’s 19th Hole, the Country Club restaurant and bar for the Cypress Knoll Golf Course in Palm Coast. In the coming two weeks this site will display the presenters who will be on stage on January 20th. One of the beauties of Leroy’s 19th Hole is we have a capacity of nearly 100. In December, more than 60 people showed up for the event! We are excited about our growth and the community’s interest in local talent. Please check back each day for a little insight into our Inspired Mic Event presenters!

10858527_626218817482716_7022980539117390300_nSteve Boone

Steve Boone was born in September 1943 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. just as the war in the Pacific was beginning to turn in favor of the Allies. After the war was over Steve’s dad left the Marine Corps and returned to the hotel business and as…

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17 Emotions Only People Who Hate Winter Experience

Every single one of these applies to me! Haha!

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1. The dreaded first day when you have to wear a winter coat, and all you feel is utter hatred that you live in a place with “seasons.” Seasons are severely overrated.

2. The daunting feeling you have when you get up in the morning and you know it’s bitterly cold outside. So you stay in bed way past the amount of time you should, hugging your covers tightly for dear life.

3. The desire to complain relentlessly for the entire duration of the season. I mean sure, you can’t change the weather but continuous vocal remarks about how much you don’t like being cold helps.

4. The internal cringes you feel when you’re around people who LOVE Winter and insist on trying to convince you to love winter too. We get it, you love hot cocoa and snow angels. Everybody and their mother does. You know what’s better than that…

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