Rules Schmoolz

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

A man, dressed in full Japanese garb fromrepparttar 19th Century (with a bit of an unusual twist) slowly walks to center stage. "Welcome torepparttar 123868 Melodrama Musical Theatre! Ready to hear our rules?" A collective groan fillsrepparttar 123869 North Bakersfield Theatre asrepparttar 123870 audience plays along with a cast member from "The Mikado." He responds emphatically, saying, "Rules, Schmoolz!" People complain about following rules. As a second grade teacher, I instead of rules I used a list of simple guidelines. We reviewed these guidelines daily inrepparttar 123871 beginning ofrepparttar 123872 year. If infractions were made, we simply pointed torepparttar 123873 guidelines. The kids knew what was expected (instead of focusing on what NOT to do). There were only 7 guidelines which were as diverse as "We keep our hands and feet to ourselves" allrepparttar 123874 way to "We respect, honor and love one another." In my garden, I learn even more aboutrepparttar 123875 fuzziness of rules. My front yard houses a flower garden. My backyard plays host to a wide array of vegetables in my mini-farm, vegetable garden. And never, neverrepparttar 123876 twain shall meet. Veggies, back, with other veggies. Flowers in front with only other flowers. Until Emma and Shauna, that is. One of my Coaches used to say, "You can't grow zucchini if you plant tomatoes!" That may be true in some yards. It is not true in mine! Emma and her friend spread some seeds they discovered without my knowledge. I kept wondering what those things were growing amongrepparttar 123877 roses. They did not look like any weed I had ever seen. And in fact, they were beginning to bear a striking resemblance torepparttar 123878 zucchini and cucumber which were,

How To Discover The Hidden Knowledge Inside Of You

Written by Dien Rice

When I was a kid, I loved to lie back inrepparttar grass, staring up towardsrepparttar 123867 sky.

Sometimes, while lying back, I'd stick my feet up inrepparttar 123868 air and look at my little feet withrepparttar 123869 clouds moving behind them. Then I'd pretend that I was walking acrossrepparttar 123870 sky. These are some ofrepparttar 123871 fun things we do as kids, and as we grow up we forget about this kind of magic...

Another thing I used to do was to look atrepparttar 123872 clouds and see what sort of shapes I could find.

Sometimes I'd see a bird of some kind, sometimes a boat floating acrossrepparttar 123873 sky, and sometimes I'd even see a person's profile... And countless other images!

These shapes are always inrepparttar 123874 sky. How long has it been since you looked? They are always there when there arerepparttar 123875 right kind of clouds - but - you don't see them unless you look for them.

It's likerepparttar 123876 talent and knowledge that's lurking inside of you. You have within you very useful knowledge which would be valuable to many other people. It's all based onrepparttar 123877 things you have done,repparttar 123878 experiences you have had. But most ofrepparttar 123879 time many of us think, "I don't know anything of value."

The truth is, it's like looking for shapes inrepparttar 123880 clouds. Unless you look for them, you won't see anything there. But once you start searching, you will discover that there are many meaningful shapes inrepparttar 123881 clouds, which until a moment ago were completely invisible.

What have been your experiences in life? I'm sure there have been plenty...

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