• Hopeservations

    Move Forward With Hope & Acceptance In Your Heart

    “Sometimes you have to accept the fact that certain things will never go back to how they used to be.” Three years ago, on June 3rd…as I mourned the passing of my Uncle Bruce, my father’s younger and only brother…the realization hit me that both had passed prior to sixty and while not in the same year, this still had an impact on me. The realization also came to me that in a relatively short time frame much of my precious Dutton family tree had been cut down. There weren’t many of us remaining from my immediate Dutton family… This resonated with me deeply, as it felt swift and was…

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    Then & Now

    “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” meaning, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr It’s so true, as much as life marches on in change, somethings stay the same. You catch little glimpses of it in your routine. Daily habits, patterns, the comfort zones we re-create or fall into time and again. Some are as simple as the way we wave, some we are aware of and makes us happy, and some run far deeper and rule our lives even as we are blind to the subconscious manner in which we are driven or make those choices. Sometimes it is something…

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    How a Grandmother’s Love & Dishsoap Reminded Me Change is Inevitable

    I grew up with my Grandma Hope always keeping a bottle of green Palmolive dish soap either sitting in the corner of her kitchen sink or neatly tucked under the cabinet. She had used it for so long, her kitchen had a faint scent of it lingering in the air. If you never used Palmolive, the scent is hard to describe because it wasn’t fruity or flowery but it was clean, pure, classic, nostalgic even and unmistakeable to Palmolive and my grandmother’s kitchen. I am almost 48 and up until very recently washing dishes with this particular brand of dish detergent used to always evoke strong emotions of my Grandma…

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    I Stand With The Students – Part 2

    “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It can not be changed without changing our thinking” – Albert Einstein “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead No one truly understands what happens in the day to day life of an educator. What we observe, the hope we have for students that sometimes goes unanswered despite our best efforts, and the resulting stress from observing the mental health issues of students while feeling like we truly have no-one to turn to. Then when we do turn to mental…