YOU Are a Shining Star


September 22 2014:

Some days you feel shiny as a star. But some days you don’t feel shiny at all and can’t find your star. A little something dedicated to you, to me and anyone else who has misplaced their star!

Courtesy of Earth, Wind & Fire:

“Yeah, hey
When you wish upon a star
Dreams will take you very far, yeah
When you wish upon a dream
Life ain’t always what it seems, oh yeah
Once you see your light so clear
In the sky so very dear

You’re a shining star, no matter who you are
Shining bright to see what you can truly be
That you can truly be”

Which Teacher Most Influenced You


February 26 2016 (Camilla’s Birthday 2016):

Thomas gave me a sweet hug. Lillian gave me a wonderful card that she hand made. I received a beautiful birthday card and birthday money yesterday from Mom n Frank. I’m receiving all of your brilliant birthday wishes! (Thomas took this picture of me on one of our Fall 2015 Date Days – Bartley Ranch Loop, Reno, NV)

On the way back from dropping Thomas at school I heard Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”, Duran Duran’s “Rio”, and then Stevie Nicks’, “Edge of Seventeen”. I was absolutely floating. Rio caused me to think of junior high at Oaklawn Jr. High and the awesome friendships made there. I love all y’all!! Then that caused me to think of Ms. Eschete (I am not spelling her name correctly!), my homeroom teacher and also the drill team facilitator/sponsor.

I’ve never known how to answer, “Which teacher most influenced you?” It would be her. She believed in me. She believed in an awkward, inexperienced, tall, and lanky girl who tried out for the drill team …. and did a horrible job! She still chose me and it was the most wonderful experience.

I have wanted to be a dancer since being a young girl. In fact, I AM a dancer. I just don’t do it in front of an audience. I become the music. I can feel it in my soul. Nothing else exists in that moment. I become one with it. So, THANK YOU amazing teacher for believing in me!!

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to Magnificent ME!! Oceans of love to all y’all! xoxo ….. I’m going to go for a walk today and write, write, write!!

Camilla Bartley Ranch Fall 2015