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A-Z April Challenge; Z is For Zee End!

Cheat! Foul play! Okay, but there is no score and we aren’t playing Scrabble, so ZEE END, it is.

The A-Z April Challenge has helped me in several ways:

**It kept me writing at the onset of spring, when I probably would have put up spot lights and worked in the garden around the clock.

**It got me out of my blog cave to meet new blogger friends.

**Sometimes when I am overwhelmed by so much to do, focusing on ONE thing (A-Z) helps me get re-aligned. I think it worked out well this time, although the results of the algebra post are a little sketchy.

If you missed any of my A-Z posts, I have them all in the tab here  A-Z April Challenge.

Happy A-Z Finale,

Patti

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Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

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A-Z April Challenge; Y is For Yardbird and Yellow signs

yardbird

Yardbird Gone Native,  Centralia, WA. Yardbirds is a local store/mall.
PHALL PHOTO 2014

 

Happy Signage,

Patti

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Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

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A-Z April Challenge; X = Nightmares About Algebra

caution slippery sign

X + 2 = 5

X, even more than Y, brings back algebra angst—to the 10th power. In my sophomore year of high school my math teacher actually patted my hand and told me, “You’ll pass, don’t worry.” I was sobbing over pre-pre-algebra. The tears were not about failing the class. I was crying about not understanding and about him teaching me as if I already understood the secret fundamentals of math.

Fast forward to college. Still not a member of the secret society of math, I pulled up my big girl panties and gave it the old college try. This teacher was not willing to give me a passing grade and he had no idea how to speak the math-for-dummies language either. Math, especially algebra, brought out a lot of hidden anger in me. I was finally able to express that anger with some damn fine cussing. Not at the teacher. At least not to his face.

Later, I passed a basic algebra class (with a little help from my friends), but was still not given the secret codes to get me to the next level. Many years later, I had to go back and take, either college level algebra or probabilities and statistics. I took the p & s class. Somehow I achieved a “C,” that felt miraculously like an “A+.” It was the first “C” that I was ever proud of.

However, that p & s class really took the fun out of my lofty ideals of chance. When everything can be precisely predicted and calculated down to exact numbers…well, where’s the fun in that? I mean, if you look at the back at your lottery ticket and see that your chance of winning is 1 in 400 thousand trillions, why even get your hopes up and waste your dollar? I so wanted to waste that dollar, but p & s class prevented me. See what that class did to me?!

Of course, had I taken the college level algebra class, I don’t think I’d be sharing this nightmare with you…it would be difficult to type wearing a straight jacket.

Post script 

I give you, my faithful readers, one absolutely beautiful fact (the ONLY beautiful one) about algebra. The word “algebra” means “a reunion of broken parts.” Poetic, isn’t it? So, poetic, that I used it for the title of my book of poetry. I will let you know when I publish it.

Happy Equations,

Patti

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Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html


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A-Z April Challenge; W is For Waterfall

Even though it is not large or dramatic, this little waterfall and the peaceful setting was drama enough for me.

pond and ducks

Waterfall on a small pond with several friendly ducks.
South Bend, WA
Phall Photo 2014

In Loving Memory of my grandson, Tiven:

TCD Sand Dollar

My mother and I drew on these sand dollars for friends and family at Tiven’s service on May 6, 2013. Mom drew and colored the Forget-Me-Not, which has since faded…our love and heartache has not.

 

Thank you for visiting,

Patti Hall

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

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A-Z April Challenge; V is For Vertical

glass wall

Glass wall in new secret garden.
PHALL PHOTO 2014

I could have waited for tomorrow and placed this glass wall photo in “W” for Wall, but I can be a bit impatient at times…that last part would fit in “U” for understatement! The camera continues to be an issue. I’m learning to use the camera on my phone, until I can find a teeny tiny screwdriver to repair my camera—no, the ones made for eyeglass repairs are too big. My neighbor even made me one, but it only lasted for 4 screws.

My secret garden is coming along. Neighbor/friend, Greg, brought more beach stones in today. I finished lining the bicycle basket with moss, then filled it with potting soil, an azalea, pansies and alyssum. I wired a basket to the front and planted seeds in it, and there is the mossy clay pot on the seat, filled with flowers. When I decide the bike’s permanent spot, I’ll plant ivy below each tire.

The glass block wall climbs up along the fence. Soon the annuals will spill green leaves and multi-colored flowers over the sides and down the front of the glass blocks.

This garden is growing into more than a memorial to people I have lost. It’s also a celebration of wishes fulfilled; I have hauled those blocks along with me (with a lot of help from family and friends) for three home moves over 15 years. I have collected special pots and garden trinkets all of my adult life. The glass wall incorporates two wishes into one: to use the blocks in a garden, and to fill all of my special pots with flowers.

Many of the plants and paraphernalia came from gardens past, and friend/family gardens. This garden will be filled to overflowing with memories of people, places, hopes and dreams.

If you see a plant you would like a piece of, just let me know, as they are pretty easy to mail. If you see a spot in my garden, for something you are growing in your garden, I would be happy to add more friends to the secret garden. Mom is sending me some starts from her garden, as soon as the snow melts!

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Happy Gardening,

Patti

garden bike

Garden Bicycle
PHALL PHOTO 2014

 

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

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A-Z April Challenge; U is For Understory

 

forest stream

Forest stream.
Packwood, WA
PHALL PHOTO 2014

Understory in forestry and ecology, refers to the plant life that grows under the forest canopy. Kevin and I saw many photo-worthy examples on our walks in the forest near Packwood, WA.

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Though I don’t lay the blame for my silliness at her feet, Michelle at http://www.writer-in-transit.co.za/  , inspired me to combine “U” words into sentences, as she has done for her A-Z Challenges.

“My ultimate ulterior motive is not to appeal to the ultra urbane members of society, but to uplift the unusual and underrated unique members, who unite in the understanding of the uppity nature of the ubiquitous and unctuous other.” P.Hall

http://www.yourdictionary.com/ includes these and many other great words.

Thank you for visiting,

Patti Hall

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html


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A-Z April Challenge; T is For Think About It

Set Fire To The Cloud Blanket; Day Ends PHALL PHOTO 2013

Is the sky falling? Or is it just another awesome sunset?
PHALL PHOTO 2013

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― AristotleMetaphysics

I left this comment on Facebook today, “I’m proud to see my cousin’s daughter, Racheline E. Davison, thinking about our government and the sources behind the numbers and info that others offer up. That is how I learned to think in college; who is supplying the info and why? It would be so easy to just LIKE and SHARE (and repeat) what others say, but she is asking important questions and making thoughtful comments. This is not meant to slam anyone, but to give kudos and encouragement to someone (of any age) not willing to take any information, numbers or broad statements as fact until she digs deeper. xo P”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” [Is this ironic that I’m using this quote? I believe so.]
― Oscar Wilde

An argument or discussion usually begins with WHAT happened, HOW it happened and concludes with WHY it happened. So often these day, people are presenting the WHAT all by itself, or in addition to a WHO. The sky is falling and it is all Chicken Little’s fault, for example. Soon, everyone is creating *memes about it and passing it on as fact. They haven’t even looked up to see if they sky is indeed falling, or asked who the hell Chicken Little is, and why is she/he making the sky fall.

The moral of the Chicken Little/Henny Penny story is the also point of this blog post: don’t believe everything you are told. The band wagon is loaded down with people running away from the falling sky.  I suggest that we not jump on the band wagon, until we know where it is going and why it is going there. Oh, and I’d like to see the printed schedule please.

*Meme: You see them all the time on Facebook and blogs; a quote or saying on a photo. (Etymology : meme : derived from the Greek mimëma, ‘something imitated’, by Richard Dawkins in 1976) : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media) from http://www.urbandictionary.com

Thanks for thinking about it,

Patti

 

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

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