Words of Alchemy – A Celebration of Family and Adaption

April 22 2020:

“Words of Alchemy is warm and personal, like being invited to sit on the author’s couch and listen to her talk to family and friends. Intimate and loving, these poems are a celebration of family, of friends, of life, of nature, and of adaptation.”  – Amazon Customer

Throwback Post: Parent’s Perspective With No Lunch

**THROWBACK POST**

May 30 2013:

Just finished speaking to Manal’s class of undergrad med students. Sharing a parent’s perspective regarding advocacy and inclusion. Loved it. Thanks tons for asking me Manal!!

May 30 2013:

Thank you to Frank C. Romano Jr of the The Romano Duo for saving the day this morning. I got halfway to driving Thomas and Lillian to school this morning and realized I forgot Lillian’s lunch and Thomas’ snack. Oops! I was headed to speak to Manal’s UNR class straight from T & L’s school. My fabulous step-daddy went to my house, got the lunch and snack and took up to the school for them! YAY! I’m so blessed to have The Romano Duo! Here’s some throwback pictures …. One on the top is from about 1993. One below that is about 1996 or 1997 and bottom one is 1998.

Movie Night: The Little Mermaid Live!

May 2 2020

Team TLC Movie Night – Lillian’s choice: “The Little Mermaid Live!”

Lillian says, “Good, musical, and my two favorite characters are the two Ariels (Auli’i Cravalho and Jodi Benson).”

I say, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. I’ll be okay if it doesn’t happen again. I did like two of the songs, ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Les Poissons’.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Vegan Eats: Giant Salad With Sunflower Seed Butter Cups

April 28 2020

Giant salad for dinner. Good grief. That was good!

I had fun making it. Made my own butter garlic croutons. It had garbanzo beans, white beans, cauliflower, spanish and kalamato olives, artichoke hearts, arugula and romaine lettuce, cashews, raisins, shredded coconut, Daiya cheese shreds, sweet and hot jalapeno, and a kale, cashew, basil pesto.

May 2 2020

With the coffee this morning.

As a child and teen my absolute favorite candy was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I stopped eating food with artificial ingredients over 12 years ago and it was such a delight to come across these. They are decadent!!

Warm Electrifying Beauty Makes Me Feel Like Dancing

April 27 2020

Afternoon walk for me, bike ride for Thomas. Getting too warm for afternoon walks. Time to switch to morning or early evening.

April 29 2020

New to me walk this afternoon – Scripts Wildlife Preserve –

The beauty is electrifying. I keep wanting to use the word, giddy. So, there you go. I’ve now used it. Every time I get home from one of these walks, I feel like dancing. I put on music and dance while making dinner.

The Decision to Feel – Camilla on Syllables for Swathi

April 8 2020:

Thank you to Priya of Syllables for Swathi for having me on her beautiful “all things books” blog … “To Feel or Not to Feel” …

I had a decision to make. I could continue to be stuck in a place of self pity, of feeling like I’m not one of the chosen who gets to have a peaceful, abundant, and joyful life. By no means was this an easy decision to make. I struggled on and off for more than 20 years with a core belief that people like me do not get to have an easy, peaceful life.

A charmed and privileged life of knowing what one wants, how one wants to contribute to society, and for this to effortlessly flow into one’s experience. No, as much as I tried to affirm …. Follow the link to read the full post …

https://syllablesofswathi.com/2020/04/08/guest-camille-downs-on-the-decision-to-feel/

 

Throwback Post: Anger with a Smile Wordle

**THROWBACK POST**

May 30 2014:

I happen to have some 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders in my charge a few weeks ago. Besides some of the students being adamant that I’m 15-20 years younger than I am, I was quite the experience for them! HA! Had them do a wordle for their favorite book, movie or hobby, gave them a mini lesson on blogging, and had them do some breathing and yoga!

Overheard one young man telling another that he uses cuss words. I asked him if he liked using them and how it made him feel. He said he didn’t but people made him so mad. I suggested to him that we are the only one’s in charge of what comes out of our mouth and it is always our choice how we respond to others. No one can truly make us mad. Anger is a choice we make for ourselves. Here’s one of the wordles. Cool!

Smile Wordle May 30 2014

Movie Night: The Princess and the Frog

April 24 2020

Camilla and Lillian extra movie night: The Princess and the Frog – We watched this years ago. So …. second time around.

Lillian says, “Good, favorite character is Tianna, liked the songs, my favorite part was the 2 weddings, and the end, and recommend 100% for this time.

I say, “Like the music in this one!”

 

Thomas and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

April 24 2020

Thomas and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

First “stop”: Lunch from Teriyaki Madness. Spicy chicken bowl for Thomas. Spicy tofu bowl for me. Eaten at The TLC Casa. 💚💚💚

Tip for vegans: Ask them to cook your dish in a wok, otherwise it is fried in the same oil as the meat dishes. They were happy to make it work so I didn’t have to order lunch from two different places.

Second stop: Washoe Lake