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Monday, July 28, 2014

Today I Learned What "Eid" Is

The end of the Ramadan fast is here, and some of my students at the ELI dressed up all nifty for it. The holiday after Ramadan is called "Eid." One student even gave me chocolate - I'm always up for an excuse to eat chocolate.


Here we are in color...




And in sepia!



I've just learned all kinds of things this summer! Where will life take me next??



Update: I got attacked by some different photo hounds again the next day! Here are some shots from that shoot. (Also I got told I needed to pay them $100 a picture because they're "famous." Goobs! ;)



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Definition of Family

Sometimes family is blood. Sometimes blood isn't family. Sometimes family isn't blood.

Make any sense?

I think the people in our lives who return our love and don't use, abuse, or take advantage should be considered family. Whether you share similar DNA or not makes no difference, in my opinion.

Today in class, my students had a discussion about adoption. I informed them after the discussion that I'm a big proponent of adoption, that my little brother was adopted, that my newest siblings are adopted. One student asked if I'd adopt internationally, or if I'd discriminate, and I said, "I'd adopt from anywhere!" Because to me, we're all human beings, and that qualifies us to be family.

Now, if you've got a blood relative who is a horrible person, I think you should have equal rights in considering them Not Family. People who say they have a moral obligation to blood are missing the point. And they're causing themselves a lot of grief in the process.

Life is too short to be manipulated and taken advantage of, all in the name of "family."

So I say, choose who you take on as your family. Make it the people who bring love and joy into your life, and screw the rest.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindle Unlimited & The Divided Trilogy

Hello, everyone! I have just discovered this evening that The Divided Trilogy has been selected to be part of Kindle Unlimited, which is sort of like Amazon's version of Netflix. I'm not totally sure how this works, but from the looks of it, if you subscribe to it for $9.99 per month, you can get access to something like 600,000 different titles to choose from. And right now they're doing a promo now where you get the first 30 days free. So if you're interested, or you already have Kindle Unlimited, please give my epic angel trilogy a try! You can start with book one!:


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Some Awesome Aquarium Pics from Today's Excursion!

The Windows Phone has such a great camera! Here are some pics I took when Drew and I went to the Dallas World Aquarium today. Enjoy!




















































Saturday, July 5, 2014

Have a Relaxing 4th of July Weekend!

I hope everyone's getting some R & R this holiday weekend. It's the first 4th of July weekend in 3 years that I haven't had to work! So I've been enjoying it immensely. We went out to Joe Pool Lake yesterday and had a nice time with some of Drew's extended family, and I brought along a couple of mine.


Chillin'



Taking life very seriously


"Cheese!"


Madre e hijo