Work & Joy

 

I need to complete the genogram and write a case conceptualization, Easy? Breezy? May be. But it is taking me a LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLooonnnggggggggggg time. I spent the week synthesizing material, worked on it several hours  yesterday and today….., I realize I had misread the directions.  Though I will be able to use most of the  material, I will need to redo a big chunk of paper.  Back to board we go.  As I am trying to complete the assignment before clock strikes last bell of midnight, words of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai comes to mind.

 

hmmmm! Wiser words were never spoken. 

Here we start again! 

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

How R you?

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How are you doing?

Did you smile at a kid today? 

How about the one in mirror?

Wait in a line today? Why?

Picked up a phone to say hi?

Or bring some goodies to home bound?

 

How are you today?

Choose to believe.

We are stronger than this.

Work from home if you can.

Lose some income? Please lean on.

Try to stay sane.

This to shall pass.

Stay calm.

This too shall pass.

We are here 

to Remain. Strong. Together. Alive.

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Please lean on 

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

#SOL20  #HowRYou #Today #Stay Calm

What’s in a Name? You Ask.

What is in a name? You ask.

Not much and everything.

Is it the hill I want to die on?

Is the the reason I want to dig my heel in?

 

Would it have made a difference for Herman?

Would he have fame?

Would he have enjoyed the riches?

And not died heartbroken, a dockworker, a layman

an not so famous author?

If he had only chosen to name his narrator

Tito, Jimmy, John or Alex  rather than Ishmael

?????

for Moby Dick?

 

Go ahead

Call me Corvette, not Purvi

TrIII ve DDDa not Trivedi

Call me Zaa EM ba, not Ziemba

Scramble up my name,

Call me a maa’m,

At end of the day,

I will remain the same.

 

But really,

would it be too much to ask

that you call me Purviben?

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

 

Toilet paper Anyone?

 

 

Disasters, even impending ones, seems to turn us into hoarders.  Sometimes all the preparations and concerns are legit and other times we must shake our head and chuckle on our worries. Remember, Y2K?  The worry, the talks of impending dooms and how world was going to turn Topsy-Turvy on January 1, 2000?  Remember, how the Sun still shined, and societies kept on going without any glitch? On the other hand, if you live in Florida, preparations during hurricane season is a way of life. The worried, hurried evacuees of Florida in 2019 was no small matter. Those people prepared, got their stuff together and yet had to flee their homes as it was going underwater.

Yes, the loss of lives, income and disruption to day to day lives as a direct result of COVID-19 is real. Everyone wants to make sure that in case of quarantine or major shutdowns, they will have enough resources to carry on. The shelves in supermarkets are getting spare and hoarding of necessity items is going on full force. Let us not even talk about price gauging and worry about families stuck abroad. My only hope is just like in movies, we will find a cure in days, and life will get back to normal soon. 

Until then, did you make sure to buy enough milk to last for the impending quarantine? What about toilet paper & water?

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

Today is the day

Today is The Day to make a list and check it twice.  Once I submit this week’s assignments, very first class of Marriage and family Therapy will be in the books.  wow! 

 

Today is the day to tackle the laundry and start a war on clutter.

Is today the day to go out and shop for more?

Would it be tacking Corona or hording more?

Today is the way to make decision.

Do I need to spend 2 hours browsing or spend it  on whatever?

Today is the day for the family supper, 

Today is definitely the day to cook the supper (and not the goose).

Today is the day to submit that paper

Today is the day to be me, just the version that is better.

 

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#Sol20, #Today

I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

Quizzes Bizzies

 

I am BBBBEEEEhind (add some scary faces, or not 🙂 )

Plan:

Mon – Tuesday: Study, Watch videos, review, take notes,  let ides percolate

Wednesday: Take Quiz

Thursday – Friday: Write & Submit ” What I Bring in Therapy Room”

Saturday – Volunteer for Solo & Ensemble, Attend Twice told Tales

Sunday: Complete & submit “Use of Crisis Text Lines in Mental Health Care”

Reality: 

Mon, Tuesday, Wednesday – Study, watch, video

Thursday – Completing Quiz,

My Superman is under the weather so plans need to change for Friday & I am driving to and from to pick up Amaze for Spring back so I can be at Solo and Ensemble at 8:30 AM

This means, I need to find the fortitude and borrow Superman’s time turner.

 

Did you say you have one too?  Feel free to lend it to me.  On a second thought, I bet you need to keep it for you. 🙂

Let’s dig in and check off the tasks.

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I am  participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday

A day when political future of many President wanna  be is being decided by general population.  Or is it, really?

For democratic party two female and two male candidates are still standing.  But if we here media hype, we will not even know Tulsi Gabbard  is in running.  When pundits are discussing Biden & Bernie, Warren is mentioned in passing.

No, I will not call it a conspiracy or old white men’s ways to keep capable candidates away.  I will call what it is.  Apathy and inaction from general public, media’s greedy grab for TRP and …… .

Did you vote in primary?  Are you looking forward to the general election?

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#SOL20

I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

Laundry

Laundry

Laundry.  Never ending one task.  I remember the time when my daughter was itty bitty and into changing clothes.  I had to sit her down and explained that if she changes 5 outfits in a day, all of them does not need to go into wash.

Today, the washer was kid of quiet.  When I went to do washer-dryer exchange, I realized, I had closed the lid but forgot to press start.  Getting old anyone?

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#SOL20

I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

Sitting other side of the desk

Other Side of the Desk

 

I am going back to school for Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Sitting on other side of desk is…. 

Enjoyable

Exhilarating

Scary

Overwhelming

Hard work

Allow me to have study dates with my kids

Let my kids boss me around about need to stay on task 🙂 

 

In nutshell, being on other side of the desk gives me a perspective from my kids, my students’, view.  This week I have a quiz and 3 papers due, each 7-9 pages with at least 5 scholarly, peer reviewed references .  (OK. It would have been two, if I had managed my time right and have earlier submission on time. Still working on time management.  

I am learning so much, fast paced and enjoying every minute of it, OK almost every minute of it.  Now, if I have this time management thing under control, then I will be rocking.

 

 

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I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

 

Stay a child

 

To my child(ren)

 

Kids sitting on porch, only their shoes is seen
©Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba

 

Summer afternoon,

Lazy, Breezy, Carefree.

Enjoy, Relax, Be a child.

 

Before long, the calendar will move the pages.

Summer will be gone

and….

so will this carefree days.

 

Be

A Child,  A Girl & A Boy  Little longer

Before Becoming A Woman, A Man

And shepherding the responsibilities.

Stay.

a child little longer.

For me.

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#SOL20

I am again participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of  lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?

 

Rafael?

Candor De La Alborda (Candor of Dawn) Oil on Canvas painting by artist Rafael Soriano
Candor De La Alborda by Rafael Soriano

 

Mom holding her peeps

Kids connected by a kiss

or is it a breath of bliss?

Skull crushing the kids

or mom holding her peeps?

 

Heat

Heart, leg

red nails, yellow heads

holding, touching hands, 

touching, kicking leg(s)

 

Chopped, curved, tangled

Are you mouning what you have lost?

or celebrating what you must?

Rafael? Mr. Soriano?

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I wrote Rafael? for 5-day writing challenge from EthicalELA.   The aim here is to enter the art and explore with all senses; let the art guide the poem creation. Neat ya? Rafael Soriano’s painting Candor-De-La-Alborada spoke to me, intrigued me with its layers of being loving and macabre at the same time.  Reading about him, I learned that when this university professor and renowned Cuban artist exiled in Miami, USA, he changed how he presented his art.

What does Rafael Soriano, the artist whose oil on canvas painting inspire my poem says about his art?

“I do not pretend to transmit a message of reality: I am moved by the longing to travel through my paintings in a dimension of spirit where the intimate and the cosmic converge.” – Rafael Soriano

Want to know more about Rafael Soriano?

Soriano at Smithsonian

Soriano rediscovered: The Artist as Mystic

Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano (painter) Wiki

Want to write and share with us? Come and join us for writing challenge this month or next at Ethical ELA 5-day writing challenge.  Share your thoughts, share your passion.  Let our voices be heard.

 

#EthicalELA

#RafaelSoriano

#Candor-De-La-Alborada

#TrivediZiemba

#Letartspeaktoyou

Deep Thoughts from A Mother

 

Deep Thoughts from A Mother

Sitting at my desk,

Not the desk.

Is it just a table?

is it even mine?

Glass table

Fragile  fragile  functional

Cuttered  Cluttered  Cramped…

Just like my life.

 

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I wrote Deep thoughts of a Mom for 5-day writing challenge from EthicalELA  Come and join us for this month or next.  Share your thoughts, share your passion.  Let our voices be heard.

The title was suggested by by son.  I created the poem and then asked him, what should I call it.  Hmm.

#EthicalELA

#Life

#TrivediZiemba

 

 

Knock

Knock

Knock brings a hole in my gut, a shard in my heart

Anxious, afraid, unsure yet with a resolve.

Tape, knock, bang on the door, are youn bent on ruinging my future.

Removing my padre from me casa?

ISIS, I am here to stay.

Not to be thrown away, like yesterday’s garbage

Ask me my value,

 

Me. The Future. The Dreamer. The Warrior. Knock away. I AM HERE TO STAY

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Sunday Fun day

Yesterday, we attended Sonya Kovalevsky Day at UW Eau Claire.  In the evening we attended a fundraiser for Friends of the local Library. 

Fun?  yes.  Work-life balance?  Definitely.

Today is the crunch day.

I need to grade gazillian papers from all 6 of my classes AND prep lessons.  

  • Spend time with kids – Check
  • Papers Grades – None
  • Algebra lesson plans  – check
  • Intermediate Algebra  lesson plans – Check
  • College Algebra  lesson plans – Not started yet
  • Blog Post written and posted – almost check
  • Comments on March Slice of Life slicers  – Next item on agenda
  • Comments on Student Blogging Challenge bloggers – Not yet

It is already 10 PM.

I better get going and get on with my task completion. 

Sleep can wait, the students can’t 🙂 

 

 

 

Tell Me

Tell Me

 

Tell me how can I go on, 

Take rest,

Get a job

Get good grades,

You can do it, 

You will excel, 

Just try hard, harder,

You will make it.”

 

Tell me how? 

I am only one.

There are all these classes, 

Then the masses, 

Training for games 

 

ACT / SAT > COllege Applications > Scholarship

Accepted / Wait ….listed /….

How do I choose?

What I have to lose?

Where is the gain?

Is their pain?

How do I know it?

 

Running from rain 

of expectations

 

Working, studying, playing,

How I am going to keep on going?

I am still a kid

and I feel a need

to scream and shout and get a hand out

Tell me, 

 

How can I go on, 

Why can’t I stop & breath.

Can’t life wait for me?

Will I waste it?

Will I make it?

Will you be proud of me?

Tell me. 

Tell Me.

Tell ME

TELL ME.

TELl ME

TEll Me.

Tell Me

Tell Me.

Tell ME