Monday, December 22, 2014
"Mom, you're weird."
When I heard those words many emotions flooded through me. First, I was happy then laughed. This is a typical thing for a teenager to say to their parent, right? Then I felt at peace and agreed. I do have my own way of looking at things. Then I was uncomfortable and self-conscious. Am I so "weird" that I'm still embarrassing myself in my middle age?
Do you remember having someone make you feel dumb in grade school? Or, middle school? High School? You raise your hand to give an answer only to have the class laugh because the answer is completely wrong. But, in your mind, you see how your answer could work? I mean, I get it. Why don't they? That's pretty much me and my brain, my spirit.
Having a brain that works this way requires knowing when to keep quiet and/or having a thick skin, of which I have neither. I am super sensitive to feelings and vibes and even when I hear the words 'Don't say it. Don't say it.' swirling in my brain my mouth forms these words and out comes my "weird" thought.
If people had warning labels mine would read: 'I make no sense'. But I do make sense - to myself.
I'm not weird, or dumb. I just see things differently sometimes. Hopefully some day I'll feel more comfortable about it.
Friday, December 19, 2014
As you plan your next vacation, consider focusing on fun yet educational
getaways where children and adults can learn something new each day. You'll
have plenty of time to relax and unwind, but adding an educational experience
will make the family trip more memorable. The best way to accomplish both goals
(and have a great vacation) is to consider lesser known family travel
destinations. Oklahoma's Chickasaw Country has just about everything you could
want in a family vacation spot, from lots of history to engaging activities for
the kids, easy access to national parks, and opportunities for everyone to
relax and unwind. This history-rich area is sure to leave a lasting impression
regardless of how long you stay.
The website ChickasawCountry,com is a great starting point. They offer suggestions for rather unusual but rewarding getaways for the whole family. Whether you want to focus on a specific topic (history or culture, for example), or want to cover a little bit of everything, it's easy to plan ahead. The first stop along the way should be the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center, which will give you virtually all the information you need to know about the area's history and culture. Trained staff members can provide even more information, while informational kiosks and printed brochures tell more about the local history and culture along with recreational opportunities.
Named the "Best Museum Winner" in The Best of Chickasaw Country 2014 awards, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is another essential for families. Aside from being the largest tribal cultural center in the country, the modern center gives visitors a detail look at the culture of the Chickasaw people through community outreach activities, demonstrations, interactive media stations, and theatrical environments. After you're done exploring the exhibit center, head to the sky pavilion, garden village, or amphitheater for a unique perspective. If the weather permits, take the kids and head to the Kochcha’ Aabiniili’ ("outdoor seating") Amphitheater in the middle of the campus, where you can watch plays, cultural ceremonies (including bow-making) and dance or sing along during concerts.
Exhibit C opened in the summer of 2014 and is already making a name for itself as a hotspot for learning more about the area's arts and culture. The 7,500 square foot facility is Bricktown's most recent art gallery and retail space. Here you'll find everything from genuine hand-crafted artwork from Chickasaw artists to various other local artisan selections, from paintings and clothing to jewelry and pottery. Even younger kids won't mind doing some shopping here, with store selections including Chickasaw Country branded items and the full lineup of famous Bedré Fine Chocolate goods, which are made by Chickasaw natives.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the area's best attractions, and for good reason. Even during the height of summer you can easily find a refreshing spot to swim or just relax. There's a generous selection of water forms here, including numerous streams and springs, not to mention Lake of the Arbuckles, with 2,300 acres of open water, and the 67-acre Veterans Lake. You can fulfill your educational experience here with a trip to Travertine Nature Center, which has everything from dioramas to live reptiles and an interactive learning area for visitors of all ages. There are daily ranger-led programs along with night hikes, creek walks, and much more.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I'm participating in Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
My chosen writing prompt: Listen. Write about what you hear, right now.
It's 4:30 am and I wake to the sound of rain. Pounding rain. I live in the Pacific Northwest so this sound shouldn't startle me however, when it sounds like you are living within a rushing river, it takes your senses by surprise.
My mind starts reeling with thoughts of mud, mudslides, trees toppling and flooding. Yes, I worry a lot. There are still some leaves on the trees and with hard rain they fall and clog our neighbors street drain which leads to not only their driveway flooding but the sidewalk, the street and surrounding driveways as well. We've had our own little mudslides that have taken parts of our backyard with it. A tree one time. Ah, memories.
It's days like these where this song plays over and over and over in my brain: