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Travels With Ella

 As a big John Steibeck fan, one of my favorite books is Travels with Charley   his 1960 travelogue depicting a roadtrip with his standard poodle Charley. The trip was Steibeck's chance to see the country one last time before his death. I love the idea of the book, and while I have not made the estimated 10,000 mile trip Steinbeck made with his dog, Ella (my rescue pup) and I have made plenty of journeys over the last year. Ella on a foggy morning walk You see, pre-Covid Ella would get two, maybe three walks per month if she was lucky. It was not until the shutdowns hit that I realized how much time I really have in a day (and how much I wasted I laying around doing nothing). I made a decision to walk every Ella at least two miles every day that I could (the only reason we would skip a day would be due to poor weather).  In previous visits with my doctor, he would always say it only takes two weeks to build a habit, and I have to tell you he was correct. It was not long before Ella

July 2021 Read of the Month

 It sure is nice, that when randomly texting with a friend they ask what you are reading this summer. I explained that I had started a book (my May read) but was in a funk and looking for something new. Within an hour there was a knock on my door and my friend had a new book for me to read. My July "Read of the Month" that a friend was so nice to share is The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews. July 2021 Read of the Month I have started the book and it is on the path of a self-help book intertwined with fiction. I am over 50% complete and should have a review soon. I guess I really don't like term "self-help" and will use "leadership" in its place. I do enjoy leadership books, as I use information from them both in my personal life and in my role as a teacher/student council adviser. Look for a review here in a week or two. Happy summer reading everyone!

The End of the School Year Got Me

 I was on a roll, I was enjoying reading and writing and then May exploded. In a normal year mid May to mid June is crazy for anyone working in education. When you throw in COVID restrictions coming to an end during the same time period my final weeks of work were exhausting. I had a May Read of the Month selected and had intentions to finish the book and review it, but life got in the way.  Once my school year ended on Friday June 11th I was simply mentally and physically exhausted. I had no desire to read or write that much. I decided to give myself the month of June off to truly let my brain relax (I did not take the month off physically, as I walked twenty-eight of thirty days in June.) So now that it is July I am mentally well rested and ready to get back into reading and writing more. I did not finish my May Read, The Girls I've Been, so I am sorry there is no review. I did like the book when I started, I just never found time to finish it, maybe one day I will go back and p