The Reason for Music

February 9 2018:

“People have forgotten the reason for music. It’s supposed to make you feel something.” -Thomas Darnell

Thomas hears things in music that I have never heard or paid attention to hearing. He does this with movies too. The performers pitch and tone, the mix of instruments, and the like. He analyzes it in a way that is so foreign to me. He doesn’t get some modern music and certain genres of music either.

What Does Age Have to Do With Intelligence

February 10 2018:

“Age doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence.” – Thomas Darnell

Thomas continues to educate and humble me. The pure beauty and simplicity of how “young ones” view the world is magical. xoxo

He has never understood why kids are treated as second class citizens, why they don’t have any “rights” until a certain age … He enlightens and teaches me so much … xoxo

He Helps Keep Life Un-Boring

January 13 2018:

Conversations with Thomas are always interesting and varied …

“The Dalai Lama has a twitter account and I’m following him.” ….

This after talking about the FBI and the CIA and the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet …

I like him. He helps to keep life un-boring …. xoxo

January 19 2018:

“In politics it doesn’t matter your morals, it just matters how you deliver it.” – Thomas

Yep. I like him!

He Brings Incredible Joy


November 28 2011:

One more of my favorites from today at Red Rock Canyon . . . I’ve got to get this kid in some type of drama/acting/improv class . . . he cracks me up!!

Thomas Vegas Thanksgiving 11.28.11

What’s “interesting” is that not even a month after this I won a semester of classes at a local acting/dance/theater agency and Thomas did indeed take some acting classes!!

I Get This Funny Good Feeling


November 27 2013:

“Whenever I build Lego sets I get this funny, really good feeling!” -Thomas …

He’s so excited, his eyes are almost sweating! This afternoon he received the two sets he ordered with birthday money .. The cottage and the treehouse! Cottage is put together. Now he’s working on the treehouse.

Thomas LEGO Set 11.27.13 #1 Thomas LEGO Set 11.27.13 #2

Patience is the Word of the Day


November 27 2012:

Invested about an hour of time after school with Team Member T working on emotions/anger/appropriate responses and suggesting different alternatives when anger begins to set in …. (with an uncooperative Mr. T) …

He was returning to an awesome young man by the end of our time … He offered to do the dishes after dinner and then wanted to clean the stove!!! Man, that 80/20 rule is right on!! 20% invested gives you 80% of the results or something like that!!

Word for the day for ME ….. PATIENCE!!!

Thomas Cleaning Stove 11.27.12

Dearest Thomas: May You Ever Know

January 19 2018:

Finished Thomas’ Gift! Now I can move on to the 2018 Theme Poster!!

Who else likes to use recycled items for gift making?

I so much loved making this. I like to use recycled items so this is on a piece of cardboard. The top and bottom border, flower stem, and two hearts are candy wrapper (Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints) as Thomas loves the color and we save them (and I love that they are only 3 ingredients).

The tree is from an old calendar, the cow is from an old issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, the house and cat are from an old Trader Joe’s circular, and the rest is glitter glue! Made to hang with a piece of old hemp shoe string. About 5 years ago a friend gave us rolls and rolls of this hemp string. Still using it!

He loves trees, cows, and cats, and I know he would love living in that house … xoxo

Dearest Thomas

May you always ask questions,
May you always engage others in conversation,
May you always seek to understand.

May you ever know there are times when silence is the Way.

May you continue to be an explorer in the sea of knowledge,
May you filter that knowledge through the knowing of the Heart,
May you love this life and live it to the fullest.

May you ever be connected to the knowing of your Heart,
May you ever still …. Go here to read more …

Poetry: May You Ever Know

Thomas Christmas Gift 2017 #1

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Thomas Christmas Gift 2017 #3