Think back to a time before you went to college that contributed to choosing and doing well in your current career.
I was asked to apply for my current job, because I have had experience as a college admissions officer, I have media experience, and working with kids.
All my previous jobs before this one have contributed to having the experience to do well in my current position. But I guess the question is, what got me going in the original direction after college?
The only thing I remember about choosing a major as I was heading off to college was that I knew I didn't want to be a teacher. I wasn't really rebellious as a teenager, so maybe this was my way of rebelling against the other members of my family. When I was a senior in high school, my mother was a teacher, my dad had gone to college to be a teacher, by brother was a teacher and my sister was a teacher. I didn't feel like teaching wasn't a worthy profession, but I wanted to do something different.
So what was it that made me choose another path? I think there were several factors that steered me toward a career that involved public speaking, writing, planning and organizing and performing.
I think church gave me my first chance at singing solos and performing in Christmas programs. I always seemed to get good parts because I had a loud speaking voice and I read well.
I also remember while I was in Campfire Girls and our group had a talent show one year. My talent was a stand up comedy routine. And people laughed.
My freshman year in junior high, I took drama. I had watched my brother and my sister perform in plays while they were in high school, and thought I would always want to do that. We also had to write our own play in that class, and I got an A.
I continued my creative pursuits in high school, continuing playing the flute in band, singing in choir, peforming in plays, writing a school newsletter, and being involved in student government, speech competitions, pep club, and a couple years playing volleyball.
Reading and writing were always subjects I enjoyed. But when the light really came on for me was when I took Poetry from Dale Bachman. He made it come alive and analyzing poetry was amazing, and it opened up a world I didn't know existed.
So, I think the things that I did well and gave me pleasure were the performing and writing I did, so that is why I headed to college with perhaps a communications major.
And now I am the Gear Up Site Coordinator. I am using all the knowledge, creativity, I have gained in the last 22 years since I graduated from college to help kids figure out what their strengths are, what gives them pleasure, and how they can be successful after high school.
How cool is that?
I get to use my creativity, my organizing skills and my communication skills to make a difference in the lives of these kids.
And even though teaching is part of this job, I'm still not a teacher. I feel uneasy being called one. Because I wasn't trained in the teaching profession. But I can still help kids, and help teachers, and be supportive to make school a better place for all of them.
Plus, my lifelong dream has always been being a Broadway musical star. I know I'll never make it to Broadway, but at least I have the Sixth Street Theater in Wallace to help fulfill this dream on a smaller scale. Well, it isn't the Big Apple, but it is in the Centre of the Universe, so, who knows? Wonderful magic can always happen at the Centre of the Universe.
*Clean family fun in an Old West setting.
*A three out of four star fine dining rating.
*Beef, Chicken and Ribs served fresh off the BBQ with all the fixin’s.
*Entertainment from the time you arrive till the time you leave.
*Cowboy shoot-out show, Western music and a sometimes kid’s posse.
*Interactive comedies with audience participation.
*Birthday and Anniversary celebrations.
*A tribute to the Old West and the legendary trail rides.
*An evening filled with music, food, and fun.
The Princess, Z2 and Kiki Aru ham it up for the camera. They loved the dinner and the show.
Here is more of our group enjoying the entertainment.
Pastor Carey in her cowboy hat with her husband Mark enjoying the show.
Miss Pammie Brownlee is the hostess for the evening. Her and her husband Scott are the owners of the Rockin B Ranch, and put on some great entertainment.
They are joined by Chuck Booris on guitar, Andrew Wilson on fiddle, and his wife Deanna on guitar.
They are done for this season, but will start up again next June for another season. They also have a Mellow Jazz Night during the summer on the third Tuesday of June, July, August and September. This is for adults only, and I hope PKR and I can go and enjoy that next summer as well.
So, next summer, mark your calendars and go and enjoy the Rockin B Ranch.
"Kid, you'll move mountains!"
So, be your name Buxbaumor Bixby or Bray or
This week's Sibling Assignment was given by Raymond Pert. Our assignment was as follows:
I've attached a sound file of a composition of Tim O'Reilly's. Download it. Then go to Windows Movie Maker and make a slide show of pictures you have taken or scanned, using Tim's composition as the soundtrack. Then, upload your slide show to YouTube. If you need to open a YouTube account, do that.
I made the video and uploaded it to YouTube, but I can't figure out the whole embedding code thing, so you can find my video on YouTube here, or watch it from the Blogger video feature above.
My video uses photos I took on my trip to the Nation's Capital last summer, and uses quotes to convey some of my thoughts I took away from the trip. Enjoy!
"Oh, that are what the four downs are."
Most of my time at football games growing up involved either running around the stands with a group of friends, or playing my flute or piccolo in the pep band. I knew you cheered when there was a touchdown, and we played the Kellogg fight song, and we also cheered again if the football was kicked through the goalpost. Other than that, I couldn't tell you if our team had a running game or a passing game, or if the offensive team was on the field, or the defensive team.
Things got a little better when I got to the University of Idaho. I was in the Vandal Marching Band, so spent a lot of time at Vandal football games (in the Kibbie Dome, where I have fond memories of water dripping down on us from the leaking room).Football was rather fun at the University of Idaho my sophomore year, when the Vandals were in the playoffs. I remember over Thanksgiving break having to head back to Moscow to play in the band for a big game. Now many of you could probably tell me who we were playing in that game, and if we won or lost. Sorry, the only details I remember from that day was the ride home from Moscow, with me driving, and I believe the brakes were going out on the car. That is what I remember.
Another football highlight that year was, again, because of being in Marching Band. Our band traveled to Seattle to march at a game in the Kingdome. It was the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Pittsburg Steelers. The only reason this game was a highlight was because of the celebrity factor of some of the players. I remember watching the players jog around the stadium before the game, and seeing Terry Bradshaw, and Mean Joe Green. The only reason I knew who Joe Green was is because he used to chug Coca Cola on a TV Commercial.
Our marching band was seated right behind the Seahawks, and the one player I had heard about was quarterback Jim Zorn. And, if I recall, he was pretty darn cute!!The next year, PKR joined me as a student at University of Idaho after spending a few years at Western Montana College in Dillon. He would sit up in the stands with me, and patiently try and explain to me what was going on, and where certain players were headed on the field, but it didn't help. My brain doesn't absorb football plays.
Playing Trivia Pursuit with PKR kind of puts this in perspective. He had incredible ability of holding in his brain a plethora of TRIVIAL sports facts that help him in the orange sports and games category. I, on the other hand, do a much better job in the pink Entertainment category.
On another level, I don't understand the obsession of watching football all day on T.V. Or the Fantasy Football leagues. I'm not saying this is a disparaging way. I'm just saying I don't understand that much attention paid to football.
Again, I don't understand football.
But for those of you who do, and love watching it, playing it, following it.....have a great fall!!
Kellogg High School is probably one of the only high schools that has a creek running under it. The high school is located in a beautiful setting. It is up Jacob's Gulch. (I think Jacob's Gulch is named after the Jacob's family who owned the land up there and ran a dairy.)
The creek running down Jacob's Gulch is Jackass Creek. In the photo below, you can see how the creek runs under the school.
Today, after dropping off The Princess at school, I noticed a culvert by Shoshone Medical Center, which is at the entrance to Jacob's Gulch, and the culvert had a big grate over it so you couldn't get into the culvert. This reminded me of playing in Jackass Creek in my youth.
Up behind the high school was a trail that took you along the creek, and there was a reservoir that, at one time provided water for the high school. (I'm not sure if it still does or not.) Below the reservoir were little dams, and it was fun to play in the creek because the water was clean. This water hadn't been affected by the mining pollution, at least not directly.
Jackass Creek was very unique to me as a child growing up in Kellogg, because you could see little fish in the creek. Things grew in this little stream. The water was clear.
Most of the local water I was used to seeing wasn't that way. "Lead Creek", or the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River that runs through Kellogg, had been a bit murky, then got clearer, but still nothing lived in those waters in my childhood. And I don't remember being told I couldn't play in that water....it was just understood.
The other creek that I would frequently see is the water running by Silver King School, which came from the Zinc Plant up above. It was another polluted stream that you stayed away from.
(The North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River was not polluted, but I don't remember going up there much until I was a bit older.)
Exploring Jackass Creek was a treat. I could splash in the water, which got a little deep where there were the little man-made dams, and it was cool, and you could splash your way down toward the high school. In those days, there were no grates. I remember playing in the culverts and walking in the creek all the way to "Lead Creek", and wondering what happened to those pour little fish once they got to the river?
Now it is all gated up. In fact, I think most of the culverts were closed up by the time I graduated from high school.
But some things remain the same. The creek still flows through the high school. The walk up behind the high school is still beautiful. Actually, the area is even more beautiful because there is much more vegetation. Wild turkeys are seen in the KHS parking lot. PKR and The Princess saw about five deer in the KHS parking lot last night.
I don't ever remember seeing much wildlife around Kellogg when I was little, or even hearing about it unless people went places to hunt.
As I look back, it seems odd how normal "Lead Creek" seemed. And the Smelter Smoke, that created that burning sensation in my throat as I played on the playground at recess.
It shouldn't have been. But it was part of my life, even though I wasn't always a willing participant.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.
~Albert Einstein, 1950
Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.
You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.
Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.
The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.
You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.
Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.
You're not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.
You trust yourself to be innovative and resourceful.
Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.
Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.
If you want to be different:
Appreciate the earthly, practical elements of things—there is beauty in form as well.
While you are good at thinking abstractly, focusing on details a bit more may help you discover things about the world.
how you relate to others
You are Benevolent
You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, BENEVOLENT
You don't mind being in social situations, as you feel comfortable enough with people to be yourself.
Your caring nature goes beyond a basic concern: you take the time to understand the nuances of people's situations before passing any sort of judgment.
You're a good listener, and even better at offering advice.
You're concerned with others at both an individual and societal level—you sympathize with the plights of troubled groups, and you can care about people you've never met.
Considering many different perspectives is something at which you excel, and you appreciate that quality in others.
Other people's feelings are important to you, and you're good at mediating disputes.
Because of your understanding and patience, you tend to bring out the best in people.
If you want to be different:
You spend a lot of time taking care of others, but don't forget to take care of yourself!
Sometimes you can get overcommitted, and when you sacrifice spending time with those close to you, it can make them feel unimportant.
After watching the first episode, I was a little put off by the constant use of the "F" word, and the sex. (But, this is just me.) This show is rated along the lines of Sex in the City or The Sopranos.
But, once I got past those two things, I got into the story of this six episode series, and I loved it. The premise of the show, and why my brother thought I would enjoy it, is telling the story behind the scenes at a theater.
This theater is one that does Shakespeare plays, and while they are rehearsing onstage for the play, the story is also being told on what is going on behind the scenes.
(I've always felt more drama goes behind the scenes of a play than what happens on stage. It is the nature of the people involved in productions.)
As the story develops, you come to appreciate the art of the theater, and what the true calling of a theatrical production is all about. They are rehearsing Hamlet on the stage, and themes from the play are also being played out in thier lives.
There are two more seasons, where one season they do MacBeth, and the following season they do King Lear. I look forward to seeing how they play out these stories in real life.
I was very impressed by the actor Paul Gross. I don't think I had ever seen any of his work, but he was so good in this show. But so was everyone else. It was a great cast, well written, and a wonderful story.
So, if possible, try and get past the language and sex, (if that bothers you) because there is a great story being told.
Jessie and Lynx
Here they are, my two furry friends that helped me survive life on my own my first year out of college. My first job took me 691 miles away from Kellogg, to the town of Glendive, Montana where I worked at Dawson Community College.I had always loved animals. My first pet that I remember was a cat named Peter-Twinkletoes. Then we had a dog names Cleo. These were both before I was 4 years old. Both died by being hit by a car. We did live on a busy street, so no more dogs or cats at our house.
In later years, I had a white rat and two different parakeets. Mom, because she was a schoolteacher, also had various critters in her classroom.
When I moved to Montana, I knew I wanted some companionship, and I knew cats were a little easier to care for than dogs. Also, my fiance PKR (who was back in Moscow finishing up his education at the U of I) also loved cats, so I decided to get a cat to keep me company.
After being in Glendive a couple of weeks, I looked in the classifieds for kitten giveaways. I found an ad and went and checked it out, and decided which one I wanted. I moved to Glendive at the beginning of August, and decided to get my new kitten over Labor Day weekend so I could be around it for a few days.
Jessie the first day I got her
So I gave in.
Lynx on his first day in his new home
They both arrived on Friday of Labor Day weekend, and boy were they cute. I named the girl Jessie P.K. Roberts, and the boy Lynx Firecracker Roberts, because he was born on July 4th.
Jessie getting a little bigger. She never was a very big cat.
So, this particular night, I remember Jessie jumping up on the couch, meowing and snuggling up beside me, comforting me during this sorrowful moment. I'll never forget the comfort I received.
Lynx was also a snuggler, and would sleep in bed with me and cuddle up. He was like a stuffed animal.
Lynx was a beautiful cat, and, at his peak, weighed about 25 pounds. He wasn't fat, just big.
We think he was part Maine Coon.
I remember Lynx was always on the lookout for me when I would return home to my apartment in Glendive. I lived on the second story of an old house turned into three apartments. Mine had a sun porch in the back, and Lynx must have known the sound of my car, because he would be at the back window when I drove up, and by the time I came in the front door, he was down on the post by the front door. He did that every time.After PKR and I were married, they were our "children". We got more entertainment from those two. Especially when the cat nip came out. We loved them alot.
We were blessed to have Lynx in our lives for almost 11 years. He died February 14, 1996. Jessie lived until she was about 16 or 17.
Our family still has cats, five to be exact. And now we are also dog people, with two dogs. I couldn't imagine not having pets around the house. They are such a comfort and such wonderful companions.
They just love you, no matter what.
When we arrived yesterday, the program manager started out our training telling us that there may not be funding for the program, and he had until 5 p.m. today to let the governor know if the matching funds were available.
Not a great way to get people motivated about their new positions.
But to give him credit, he was very postive and said he believed it would all work out.
Today, Gov. Otter extended the deadline because he believed that Gear Up Idaho had made enough progress and that they would be able to get the funding. See article here.
Yesterday we learned all about the Gear Up program, and how we would be working with the 7th and 8th grade classes this year, and follow them through graduation, picking up another class of 7th graders next year. We learned about all kinds of things to help create a program that will best serve the students in our districts.
Today, we did Dependable Strenth Training. It helped each of us define the things we are good at. Some of mine were creativity, planning and organizing, visionary, writer, effective communicator and musical.
I love doing exercises like this that help remind me what my strengths are, and now I can use that knowledge in preparing for the plan to help the students at Kellogg Middle School.
One thing I put down as an example of a "Good Experience" today was a project I did as a parent volunteer at Meridian Elementary. I went in once a week to a fourth grade classroom and did a writing workshop where I exposed the students to different forms of writing such as poetry, memoir writing and newspaper articles. At the end of the year, I picked the best piece of writing each student did, and published a book, then had a literary tea, invited the parents of the students, and each student read their piece of writing to the group.
I realized today that I could take parts of this project I did almost 10 years ago, and adapt it to my current job.
I am amazed at how much I remember from kindergarten. I don't remember large memories, but little snippets of time that have stuck with me for 39 years. Here is what I remember from kindergarten.
*Seeing my sister coming down the stairs one day and saying hello.
*Going outside one day when it was snowing and catching snowflakes on black construction paper.
*Standing in line for a drink at the drinking fountain, and having BG and BE act rather snotty towards me.
*Doing a program at the end of the year, and I recited a poem about a top.
*Handing out papers in the room.
*Carpooling to kindergarten with the Lamb twins.
*I don't remember this...this is a story my mom always tells. When I was in kindergarten, apparently I knew how to read, because Mrs. Clark would ask me to hand out papers to the students, and I could read their names and was able to hand them out. But, apparently I was a bit stubborn at home, because when I was asked to read a book to a family member, I refused. Not sure why, but that is how the story goes.
As I look back at my earliest memories, they always seemed to involve a change in my normal routine. Even earlier I remember being in the Paulsen building in Spokane when I was four years old and having the gas mask come over my face, and the doctor told me to count back from five. This was when I had my tonsils removed.
I believe kindergarten was a special time for me, because I remember so many things, and it was such a big change.
And it was the only year the three Woolum siblings were ever in the same building going to school at the same time.
The ability to control the weather, so I can plan my days according to the weather.
02. Were you to find yourself stranded on an island with a CD player...it could happen...what would your top 10 bloggers island discs be?
1. James Taylor Collection
2. K.T. Tunstall: Eye of the Telescope
3. Laurie Roberts: For Such A Time As This
4. WOW 2006
6. The Beatles Collection
7. Les Miserable Soundtrack
8. Carole King: Tapestry
9. Billboard Hits of the 70's and 80's
10. Our Little Corner of the World...Music from the Gilmore Girls
03. If you were a smell what would it be?
A Pine Forest
04. What bird would you most like to be?
05. If you were a bird who's head would you poo on?
The one that had the best target.
06. Are there any foods that your body craves?
07. What's your favourite time of year?
Autumn, because I love when it gets cooler and the leaves turn, and it is a beautiful time of year.
08. What's your favourite time of day?
Early morning when it is just me up and I have some quiet, alone time, time to think.
09. If a rest is as good as a change, which would you choose? Change, because I like doing different things.
10. If you could have a dinner party and invite any 5 people from the past or present who would they be (living or deceased)?
1. Madeleine L'Engle
2. Julia Cameron
3. William Shakespeare
4. George Clooney
5. Barbara Streisand
Z2 finished in second place today, with a time of 11:08.
Her father and mother were there at the finish line, cheering her on.
Another fine finish by Z2!!
I do remember in March looking for a new Easter Dress, and I couldn't figure out why nothing fit, even though I had been losing weight. But I had no clue.
Then around mid-March I was lying in bed on my stomach and felt some strange little twinges. I thought to myself, could I be pregnant?
Well, I went to the store and got the pregnancy test, and, sure enough, the blue line showed up. I called my doctor and had an appointment toward the end of the month.
"Well, you are about 21 weeks along," he told me that day. "Your due date is the first part of September."
So, needless to say, this was a pretty fast pregnancy. I only had about five months to go.
After my doctor's appointment, PKR and I and the girls and PKR's brother DR traveled to Portland, Oregon, and I took the girls down to Eugene to visit my brother Raymond Pert. Well, it must have been rather obvious, because when I shared the news he said he thought I looked pregnant.
The pregnancy was pretty uneventful until Labor Day of 1995. I kept joking how funny it would be to go into labor on Labor Day. Which would be unique in itself, because I never went into labor with The Princess and Z2 was induced, so labor on my own would be unique.
In the morning, DR's fiancee had moved to Meridian, and we were helping her get their house ready to move into. I did some vacuuming to help out. Later that day I drove into Boise to PKR's aunt and uncle's house to get some bedroom furniture she was giving us for The Princess. As I drove home in the car, there was a strange tingling on the back of my legs, but I didn't think much of it.
After I got home, the wierd feeling pains and twinges kept coming. Around 10:00 p.m. I told PKR we had better call his Mom to come stay with the girls, because I was pretty sure I was in labor.
So PKR's mom came over and we drove to Mercy Medical Center in Nampa. They got me set up in a room, and my doctor was out of town, so he had one of his associates deliver the baby. (Basically, the nurse did all the work. The doctor just showed up to catch the baby.)
So we arrived at the hospital around 11 p.m., and I had actually gone into labor on my own. And it didn't last too long, because Kiki Aru arrive at 1:10 a.m. And I was out of the hospital and back home by 11 a.m. the next morning.
She did have a little trouble gaining weight her first couple of weeks, but after that everything went really well.
Kiki Aru is a wonderful girl. She is bright, kind and lots of fun. She is a natural born leader. She has lots of friends, and lots of different interests. She likes to run, play basketball and soccer. She likes to sing and act. She is our only blonde. (She was like me, but the opposite. My brother and sister were blonde, and I was brunette. Kiki Aru is blonde, and her two sisters are brunette.)
Happy 12th birthday Kiki Aru. You are my special baby and I love you very much.
I probably couldn't have got a shot of that reflection if I had tried to take that picture. That was the fun of this assignment. Discovering things that you didn't know were there.
She is sitting in the same classrooms I did as a senior at Kellogg High School in 1980-1981, and the same classrooms as her father sat in 1977-1978.
Another change is having her dad as a teacher this year, which is a little different. But I think she is going to like Dad as the Drama teacher.
Z2 in an eight grader and Kellogg Middle School, and Kiki Aru a sixth grader. All reported a pretty average day at school.
Let's have a great year girls!!