Slice of Life: 3 Good Things & 1 you want to Change

Embrace the Art of Life

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, one of the definition of tradition is Characteristic method, manner or Style. Some traditions are passed down the generations, others we start brand new.  When our kids were little, we started a tradition which was aimed at having open communications as the kids grow up.  


Choose KindnessBefore kids started Kindergarten, we realized that having open communication is important at all stages.  Sometimes, when kids grow up, they close off and we need to come up with ways to make sure that does not happen.  We need to pave the way so without prying, kids will share what is bothering them as well as their achievements.  We want our kids to be problem solver.  Therefore, they may share a thing that annoyed them during the day but they have to come up with a way to solve the concern or at least take steps toward it.  We came up with a simple and effective way to achieve this goal.


Suppertime Tradition  of  Trivedi-Ziemba Home: 

Think back on your day. Share 3 good things and 1 thing that you wish was different; share how you will change it.

Today, I want to use the same concept but for the March Blogging Challenge.

Three Good Things that I like about the Slice Of Life March Challenge

  1. Two Writing Teacher for providing a place for reflective bloggers to share their musings and converse with others.  Kevin Hodgson, a shout out to you for introducing me to Slice of Life among zillion other.  It was a coincidence or fate when I left a comment on your blog post and got a mentor in return. 🙂  
  2. Welcome Wagon and return visitors: Writing a blog could be an exercise in loneliness. Thanks Molly, Mark, Brian, Andy, Deb, Carol, Laura, Sheri and Glenda for encouragement.  Having your feedback on multiple posts made me feel heard and acknowledged.  Your blog posts have made me laugh out loud, search within myself and inspired me.  Molly & Brian, I owe you the full details of conference with mom.  Glenda, I did listen to your feedback, even if I did not acted on it immediately.  🙂 
  3. Feedback and conversations with colleagues:  Thank you each and every person who visited my blog.  Your visiting my blog & reading the post(s) is an honor, your leaving feedback and continuing the conversation is a delight.  Similarly, visiting different blogs made me a better person.  It taught me about poetry, life, how talented, tenacious and kind my peers are.  Hopefully some of your knowledge will rub off on me.  Christie, thanks for your grace in sharing the padlet and voicing the need for comments on blog posts.  Jay, Your grit and empathy is a class apart.  I tried to visit each and every person who left a comment on my blog.  Sometimes, it was hard to find you as your comment name and your blog name are different; I can’t find you on Two Writing Teacher’s website.  I also tried to comment on several random blogs each day just because they hooked me by their byline.  Thanks everyone who participated.  We are 300+ strong.  Ye!


Now the One Thing I wish was different & How I will Change it:  

Concern: Shortchanging my family

Solution: Better Time Management – Allot time to SOL & stick to it

FamilyI struggle with time management.  Writing posts takes me wwaayy longer.  I like to read, to know about how others think and  to learn.  As a result, I shortchanged my family while taking part in the March Slice of Life challenge.  There were times when I ignored my kid’s needs while writing blog posts or commenting on some one else’s post.  I want to have better blog-family balance.  The way I will change placing my family second  will required me sticking to time frame and press publish at the end of the allotted time.  I also need to make effort to spend more time with my family and listen to them.  It sounds very easy but it is not.  In order for keeping track of time, I need to use be vigilant of guarding my time. 

Should I say Hurrah?  Should I look back longingly?  Should I pat myself on back for writing 1 blog post each day and sharing it?  None of the above.  The challenge is just starting.  I need to take a deep breath and keep on going.


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I am writing this post as a series of post for March Slice of Life challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  You can find similar posts by searching for category Slice of Life or Hashtag #SOL18.  You are invited to join too.




Slice of Life: My Overprotective kids n Me

My kids are …..



….OVERPROTECTIVE and it drives me nuts.


Our daughter sometimes thinks she is my mom not other way around.

I am taking this Georgia Professional Learning Class to add to my GA teaching certificate.  Like my students, I want to make sure my work speaks for itself.  Studying during quiet of night, I often lose track of time.  The 5 more minutes turns in to 2 more hours.  Often, for a while our daughter sits next to me and watches Netflix / studies and bugs me to go to bed.  Sweet ya?  Not really 🙂 

To remedy my staying up late, my kid made this sign for me.


Make sure Mom goes to bed by 10 PM

Role reversal anyone?


This is one of the posts in a series of post for Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.   You are invited to join the reflective writing community every Tuesday and during whole month of March.  You can find similar posts by searching for category Slice of Life or hashtag #SOL18

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Paint n Sip


Paint n sip @ Library My Daughter n Me


Today, my daughter and I participated in an Adult Craft night paint-n-sip event at our local library.    This popular,  paint n sip event is offered on alternate months;  it has a waiting list.  The talented instructor provides step-by-step information to create an acrylic based painting while we sip soft drinks and create our masterpiece.  Thanks to Ms. B., the project coordinator at the library, all I had to bring was my daughter 🙂  and I was all set.   

It is fun to compare paintings from everyone at the end of the class.  No two paintings are alike.  Each person brings their individuality and artistry to the painting.    Let me show you the paintings from the artist -instructor & then look at mine above.  Fun ya?


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Now your turn to share.  

Have you participated in paint-n-sip party?  Would you like to share your creation?

What kind of  activities your local library offers to to its patrons?


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Thank you Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge.  We slice each Tuesday and whole month of March.  Come and share your slice too.  Hashtag #Sol18








Love, kindness, family



Kind, Joyful, Hopeful

Beating heart, bringing luck

Blessing to Family, friends, community, 

Sharing, caring, daring to be different.

Respect, Grace, Courage to live with freedom

Take charge, forge ahead, Honor thy parents

My beating heart, Listen.

The heartbeat of your child, your love.

Do you hear, the song of solitude?

Are you playing a catchy tune?

Be still, race ahead, stay rooted while soaring to sky

Be yourself. 

Before you can be anything else.



I am writing this post for March Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  You are invited to join the reflective writing community too.




Does my mother knows of my Despair?

As parents, we wish our kids’ to do better than us.  We want them to excel in life.   In our quest of a legacy, to have a secure future for our progeny, have we stopped and ask them what they want?


Drop whatever you are doing.  Be still and listen to this unspoken plea.  Yes, it is written by me but it comes from many kids.

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Slice of Life I am writing this post for Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  We write & post each Tuesday and whole month of March. Come join us.

Thank you Kevin, for introducing me to plethora of experiences, including Two writing Teachers and connected learning MOOCs.




Mamma, Here For You

               Artist: AmilyShree Trivedi-Ziemba


MAMMA, Here for YOU


Looking at you, I knew.

Did Something happened?

Did someone harmed you? 

Did they let you go, at end of your first day?

What …. happened ….. I thought?

Who broke my bubbie’s hopes?


With tears held back, 

You said: 

“Mamma, the Boss’s Boss came & said 

I am too young for the job”.


What can I say?

My heart ached for you.

Before I step forward & give you a hug, 

You took charge,

Extended your hand, grabbed me for a hug

and said with a radiant smile

(reminding me of the sun peaking out from clouds

after torrential monsoon rain)

“Mamma, they did pay me.

Here.  This is for YOU.

The $$ I made, my first pay.

Use them Only for You, I love you“.




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I am sharing this post for Slice of Life challenge hosted by  Two Writing Teachers .   On Tuesdays, we write about small moments in life that brings us greater joys, at times  sorrow and a meaning.  You are invited to join too.  






If I Die

If I Die,

 Would you go on?

Like wisp of a willow

Or, would you hold together & Keep on walking

Keeping one foot in front of another

 Till the day we meet again?


If you die,

Would I die with you?

Lost amid sea of life without my anchor?

Or would I gather the broken pieces of my heart

     & keep on walking till I find you again?

Will we Perish or Go on?


We know the answer.

We will go on.


at one time

we would have walked …..

barefoot over the desert of hot sand

 to answer the call of each other

But No more.

Now, we have our kids to look after.


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