I was lucky enough to be part of the judging for the American History Fair in my county this year again. There were fewer entries which made me sad, but the students work really hard and it definitely shows. Some are in middle school and some in high school. This year’s theme was diplomacy and debate. I’m sharing a sampling of the displays I liked the most.
I wasn’t really sure what the La Belle Epoque one had to do with diplomacy or debate, but it was very visually appealing. I can’t recall what the paper the students had to provide with their display said, but I liked the board. LOL
Hoping everyone has a great month and stays warm– it’s even cold here where I am- 30s Fahrenheit in the nights and into daytime. Brr!
I thought it would be good to just write a fluff piece this month, so I hope you enjoy the lighter side!
I find it amazing how different my day is if I wake up with a song in my head. I have found out that there are mornings the song in my head is apropos to whatever I have to face that day, and other mornings it’s completely bizarre. For instance, one day last week the hymn You’ll Never Walk Alone played on an endless loop in my head all day, and that evening I found it to be a comfort. Some of you may recall, I have an elderly aunt with Alzheimer’s who I moved down to an assisted living residence near me after it was determined she could no longer live alone. This day, I went to see my Aunt Sis and she wasn’t able to use my name. This particular visit, she recognized me but was unable to tell one of the nurses there that I am her niece and that my name is Valerie. That evening, while we visited, she struggled to converse with me as well. So, on my way home while I was lamenting the fact that her Alzheimer’s is progressing, I once again could hear the lyrics to the hymn in my head, reminding me that neither my aunt nor I were walking through this storm alone.
Then there are those songs which seem to be replayed over and over simply to torture me! They have no relevance to anything going on in my life, but merely seem to be stuck there either because someone planted the song in my mind or I heard it on the radio and it got lodged there. For instance, not long ago the lyrics to I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas were playing in my mind as soon as my feet hit the floor one morning. At first I thought, “Cool, I really like this song.” Never mind that Christmas had long past and it was springtime. However, by mid morning I was like, “Get out! Get out! Get out!” I would hear myself singing it or humming it and those around me would frown and respond, “Thanks! Now it’s stuck in my head!”
I rather like when that happens because then I’m not alone in my madness!
Songs centered around a female name are generally complimentary and are usually popular. There is an older gentleman who frequently has business in my office. Instantly upon seeing me he breaks out into song, and the song he is singing is Valleri by The Monkees. He really belts it out, and I always, always smile or laugh and instantly feel my mood lighten. He’s been serenading me with this tune since 2007.
One day I asked him how come he never sang Valerie by Steve Winwood and he said because The Monkees’ tune was better. So, a debate ensued, but was never settled. He was just in my office a few days ago and still we have not reached a conclusive end to the debate. So, here are videos of both songs. Please have a listen and cast your vote and the reason for your vote. I’ll take my findings to work for the next time he serenades me!
Oh, and what’s the wackiest song you’ve had stuck in your head?
Until next time…may the song in your head brighten your day and lighten your mood.