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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, December 04, 2017


Vitality refers to exuberant physical strength or mental power. Lately, my physical energy has felt drained, which in turn has felt like my mental energy is flushing away as well. It may have something to do with the time of year, as November is always such a dreary month and looking forward to Christmas is not as full of excitement as it used to be. It's been raining heavily a lot and the trails are muddy and slippery with rotting leaves.  But sunlight today and the forecast is for more sun, so I'm sure my mood will pick up. You can see in the photo below it looks like Chernobyl...
Tutoring helps me to be in top mental form, and this year I have all boys!  I have two new Grade 9s and I still have two Grade 11 boys and one Grade 12 boy.  I work 10 hours a week as some of them come more than once a week.  The province is in the process of changing the curriculums so I have a lot more to learn so that I can help my students.  I need to read and study up on topics that have never been taught before. However, I do think that not only my education and experience helps, but also simply my maturity and having lived through many historical events, as well as keeping up with the news on the environment and politics. But, just like the kids, I am looking forward to vegging for a couple of weeks. 

I'm stunned at the level of comprehension expected of students in this day and age. I'm also stunned by the topics studied, but then I guess kids at this age are more "aware" than we were in my prehistoric days. I do wonder, though, why kids in their early teens need to read books with themes about rape, sex, and murder. Ah well, it keeps my brain ticking along trying to keep up with them all while at the same time, I feel like one worn-out woman.

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Photo Cache said...

I solve puzzles to exercise my brain. It's getting mushy.


Anonymous said...

and yet, it seems as if they don't learn enough

ABC Wednesday said...

We all need some vitality extra at certains points, don't we.

I don't know if you know it, nor if it is available there where you live... I even don't know if it can be purchased but since juny I use one drop a day of CBD-oil...(canabidoil) its organic but it gives me al the vitality I need, physically and mentaly!
Maybe you want to reed about it? : https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/what-is-cbd-hemp-oil/

Have a ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Great post for V ~ think we all need a good bit of vitality these days ~

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
(aka, A Creative Harbor

Ann said...

I feel like the gal in the chair today!! I need to muster up some vitality to Christmas shop.

Roger Owen Green said...

keep up with that Vim and Vigor!

Beverley Baird said...

I know I could certainly use more vitality, especially at this time of year. Great choice for V.

Powell River Books said...

All this fog is sucking all of the vitality right out of me. - Margy

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

writing is my compulsion and gives me vitality.