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This was “Bonus Sunday Prayer” from The God Article on Facebook today. I loved it to much I had to share it; hopefully you will be blessed by it, too.

Good and gracious God,

We come before you now
with deep concerns
and restless hearts.
When we look at the world around us
we see clearly
that it is not what you intended it to be.
Nations war over differences.
Religious tensions rise over differences.
People judge, marginalize, attack and kill
… over differences.
And it all takes place
in the midst of your Creation
where the differences and diversity
you created abound.
Call this, your Creation,
back to a holy celebration
of diversity.
Bring your healing power
to a world sorely in need.

Remind us that
the healing begins with us –
your hands and your feet
in this world.

We pray for those
who are singled out for their differences —
we ask you to be with them
and strengthen them
in the times when they are in need
and we ask that you remind us
that you are with them
when we are with them.
So, continue to encourage us
to be with them.

In the times that we are the ones
being singled out for our differences
we ask for the presence of your Spirit
to encourage us
and for the presence of mind
to seek out supportive communities
where we can be accepted and loved.

We also pray for those who are
sick, lost and alone.
May they find comfort in your Spirit
and may we become part of that comfort.

Remind us of the work in front of us
and teach us that to do that work
we must find time and space
to be renewed.
Strengthen your servants,
O God,
that we may continue
to run this race.

We ask this and all things in your name,
Amen.

Happy Sunday!

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Remember back in the good ol’ days, there’s always someone who wanted to show you their endless vacation reels at family gatherings? Welcome to the modern version of that.

Dance Recital, 6.22 and 6.23

Dress rehearsal with the Ballet Threes, Day One

Photo by Mama BUtterfly

Photo by Mama BUtterfly

Kiddos warming up onstage before the first show (pictures blurry/from the back to protect privacy, also because moving subjects + no flash).

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Mama and me after the first show. I had flowers from students and Craig. 🙂

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Dress rehearsal for the second show:

Photo by Mama Butterfly

Photo by Mama Butterfly

Mama’s photo of the Supermoon after the second show:

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Kemah Boardwalk/Aquarium 6.25

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Oh, Texas.

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Humble Independent School District Refuses to Bus Kids Nearly Two Miles From Elementary School.

I’m not even a parent, and I’m outraged at this.

Right now I’m watching a story about it on a different news channel; this one following the families who live in a subdivision 2 miles (a 45-minute walk) from Ridge Creek Elementary. Parents are worried about the dangers of traffic; worried that their young children will get lost on all the twisty turns in the 2-mile distance (we’re talking about kids as young as five, here). One father voiced his concern that once the children make it to school, they will be too tired to pay attention and learn (and learning is supposed to be the entire purpose of school…or so I thought).

Not all parents can drive their children to school, and not all parents can afford to hire a babysitter to take their kids to school. This is creates a dangerous situation for the parents of those kids.

(Tangent rant: Crap like this is another reason why I don’t like public schools: Even if they do manage to give you a decent education, some of them endanger you just trying to get there [this isn’t the first local news story about students having a dangerous or long walk to school]. Maybe if they cut the football coach’s pay they could afford more buses? Tangent over, now back to the main rant.)

And while I’m all about “exercise is important, rah rah rah, kids need exercise;” it’s entirely different when child safety is at risk. Yes, walking miles a day will make the kids fit and strong, but at what cost? Four miles a day is a bit much for a child (especially one as young as five or six). In addition to the safety concerns, there’s also the possibility that the students will be too worn out from the walk to concentrate on their studies.

And if the kids aren’t learning, then that long walk was for nothing.

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And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do some yoga and calm down.

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Praise Update

Tim is doing better! He is still in the ICU– neck broken in places, can’t move his right side yet– but he is healing. The road to recovery may be long, but this sassy, energetic, lovely dancer is going to be okay. Thank you, thank you, thank you God.

I’d mostly been keeping up by the updates his family and close friends have been posting on Facebook, but yesterday afternoon my whole day was made when I came online and saw that he had posted, to let everyone know he’s okay.

He’s so strong, I knew he would pull through. We will continue to pray for his recovery.

God bless you, man. ❤

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Also, the closing show of Texas was a beautiful and moving tribute to the fallen performers. God bless the cast and crew for going on with the show in the wake of such a horrid tragedy.

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There’s been some sad news in the dance community this week. Monday morning I woke up to the news that inspiring and inspired ballet teacher David Howard had passed away. He was really, truly an amazing teacher, and I regret that I didn’t have more classes from him. He was such a force in the dance world– he helped many dancers improve not only their technique, but their performance, bringing them to, as Cynthia Harvey put it, a higher place.

This happened on the day Houston remembered Jeremy Choate on the anniversary of his death.

Then, on Monday night, six performers from the musical Texas were in a serious accident with a tractor trailer. Five of them were killed, and the only survivor– a Houston dancer/choreographer and friend of mine– is in the ICU. It’s terrible and tragic and sad, sad, sad. My heart goes out to the five families who are suffering a terrible loss right now. And everyone in Houston (and in Portland, and many other places) are worrying about and praying for Tim. Tim is an energetic, talented dancer and choreographer who makes brings a smile to everyone he meets… and right now he’s sedated for 72 hours after surgery. I’m praying for his speedy recovery (he’s a strong guy, I have faith he’ll pull through….).

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In happier news, Monday was the first night of dance classes and it went really well. My Contemporary class of 9-12 year-olds is wonderful; the dancers seem really excited to learn and eager to work. I’m excited about the year with them.

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Until next time, enjoy this dance that Tim choreographed for my ensemble in 2008.

Hang in there, buddy.

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Back-To-Dance shopping list

Some must-haves before fall classes begin:

Hand sanitizer: Anyone who works with kids in any capacity can tell you this is a no- brainer. Not just for yourself, but for the kiddos as well– especially the little ones!

Stickers, for those of us who teach littles:

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Three hundred and sixty of them, to be exact. Wonder how long those will last me?

Tights: Pink and black. By the end of last season, all of mine where ripped (plus the black ones were fading, and the pink ones had that sad grayish tint of tights that have passed their prime).

Shoes: I’ll be working with a beginner pointe group this year, so it was time for a new pair of these:

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Studies show that new pointe shoes are prettier in black and white.

Notebook for lesson plans/choreography/rehearsal notes: I tend to go through 2 of these a season, at least.

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Hello Notebook, we will see a lot of each other.

Music/Bag to haul it in: Taken care of already.

That’s it for me!

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Blissdom

This is my last week of summer vacation. Classes begin one week from today.

As much as I love being busy with dance things, I’m very thankful to have this little period of downtime. Lots of time is spent in the water, or by the water with a book in hand. I’ve  had time to go take dance classes (in addition to giving myself a little class every day), get caught up on reading, and most importanly, spend time relaxing and enioying life with my husband.

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In other news, I picked up another choreography gig! Last weekend I got an e-mail from an actress in town who has a new job teaching and directing at a parochial school. She needed a choreographer for her upcoming production of Oklahoma!, and would I be interested (or could I at least recommend someone)? Would I!
I’m auditioning dancers on Wednesday, and rehearsals for the dance numbers will begin in September. Performances are in November. Yippi-okie-ay!

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I need to go fold laundry and start figuring out dinner, but I’ve got a sleepy cat on my lap. Maybe I’ll read some of my new book instead…
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