Thursday, February 24, 2011

Movement

I want to fly like a bird.
... soar like an eagle,
   ... glide like a seagull,
      ... and let fear and insecurity vanish in the wind.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OMG Moment: My Learning Process

LIVE and LEARN! Prior to my teaching career, I worked in the corporate jungle for more than 5 long and tedious years of struggle and survival. It was fun at first. I was fresh from college and as expected very excited to join the new breed of Yuppies ready to conquer the world.

Well, I did. I guess I did conquer the world. The experience was undeniably a learning process for me. I learned a lot about life’s struggle and survival which I was able to use after I left the jungle. The learning process gave me a clear perspective of the kind of life I wanted to live outside of the jungle. The learning process equipped me with the necessary tools I needed to survive life out of the jungle. And the learning process prepared me for the next level of all the processes I went through – the teaching process.

The learning process taught me to correct the many mistakes I made in the past while the teaching process helped me to avoid doing the same mistakes all over again. I was able to teach myself the lessons I learned in the past. I was able to teach myself to accept the reality of life. I was able to teach myself that the lessons of the past are just the continuation of the lessons I have to learn in the future to come. And I was able to teach myself that life… after all, is a continuous learning-teaching process.


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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Useless Clock

Oh no! What will Mom say? She cried, I promised I won't be late no more & now this - a hallway to mop for punishment. That clock is useless!

This is a MICROFICTION MONDAY post hosted by Susan at Stony River - a 140 (or less) letters/characters long to hone or challenge my creative and imaginary side.




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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Trees

I climbed some them.
I rested in few of them.
I planted quite a lot of them.
I slept under them.
I will die with them.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Fairy Blogmother

I already mentioned in my previous post about the termination-slash-merging-slash-reformation of my blog Ruthilicious and that I had a little problem with that blog in the past several months. Well, guess what? It's down again and can't be accessible.

Well, okay it is not really a “little” problem. It is actually huge [that is why I gave it up] and I don’t know how to fix it. And worse… my Fairy Blogmother and her Hubby are currently expecting their first born... there is no way I she could wave her magic wand to fix my blog problem.

Now you might wonder… who is my Fairy Blogmother. Well, let me tell you a short story.

When I was new to blogging and was at lost and didn't have any clue of what I was doing… I met Vienna. She is a big time blogger who introduced me to almost everything about blogging. She even hired me once to write for her two blogs My Pink Notes and Bizarre Marriage when she took a long vacation in Austria back in 2008. She helped me hone my skill in blogging. And most importantly… she believes in me. That is something huge because during that time, I wasn’t working and the opportunities she opened up for me became a resource that helped me uplift my self-confidence.

Vienna is a teacher. Yes, she teaches. And she is good at it. She taught me everything from blogging to hosting my own website to monetizing my blog to dealing with my other crap. She is a listener and a friend. A friend that I have not met in person [just yet] but a friend that I can always rely on anytime and when my internet connection is good. wink*.

As a teacher… I know how important it is when our students recognize our effort. I feel blessed that I have a very patient teacher like her. So thanks again. And I know that she will remain a teacher to me.


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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Frog

"Jack should have plucked that bunch of red roses," Niel reckons "instead of that frog he grabbed from the pond. Now he got no Valentine."

This is a MICROFICTION MONDAY post hosted by Susan at Stony River - a 140 (or less) letters/characters long to hone or challenge my creative and imaginary side.




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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Challenges

"Before a man are life and death, and whichever he chooses will be given to him." Sirach 15:17
Everyday of our lives we are faced with challenges.
Challenges give us the chance to face life with renewed strength.
Strength provides us with choices and the wisdom to use for good judgment.
And at the end of the day... the choices we made are then challenged by new choices.

Prayer
Lord, give us the wisdom to choose what is good for us
And give us a faithful heart so we will not wither by challenges.
Amen



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Texture

Texture runs deep.
Deep beneath the core of our personality... our upbringing... our orientation.
If we run smooth... that is because we are coarse inside.
- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ruthilicious' Crisis

CONCEPT CRISIS

Here is the thing. Now that my dream blog finally came true, I have a big problem with it too. I don’t know what “concept” I should put into it. I mean, I needed to make it distinct from the other blogs that I have. And who doesn’t want that? Of course, I want this to be as unique as the others.

I have a “Tagalog” blog [which is inactive now] which is written in my native language where I wrote about my life as a [legal] Alien in a foreign land and everything under the sun or the star of the “spangled banner”. I have a blog where I write everything about my role as a wife and a [wicked] step-mother (just joking on that last one). I have a blog where I write my basic everyday experience and encounter with people and situations and some monetary-generating ads (Read: anything goes).

I have a blog where I write about my reflections on my life and its many blessings and mysteries. I have a blog where I write about my take on things and issues (Caution: This is personal so this is subjective.) I have a blog on spiritual reflections (this one is really serious… to the max.) I also have a special blog for my Hubby to promote his craft and passion. And aside from my personal blogs, I also co-author 2 more… one, where I write everything I know about intercultural marriage [since I am into one] and another about anything-and-everything-goes kind of issues plus some ads. And with that… Me – being a “workaholic” is the ultimate understatement of the year.

And so what else do I need to know? What else do I need to share? What else have I not written about? I do have some idea. Of course, I always do. That’s what really gets me into this kind of trouble, after all. But what the heck! I am a frustrated writer and an unrelenting blogger so I deserve it. So maybe, just maybe writing about me… as a complete woman… can be a good concept.

Geez, I really don’t know. Maybe I am running out of ideas now. Maybe my brain has gone down the drain of exhaustion. Maybe I need a break. Maybe tomorrow I will come up with a new thing. Maybe I will. Just maybe.
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That was my predicament every time I come up with the new blog. Who doesn't? Ask any blogger around, they will tell you the same. And any blogger around knows deep in his heart - once a blogger always a blogger.

Well, I finally got this "crisis" thingy figured out [for now]. No, I will not have a "meme" kind of concept. That is too - meme-ish. hahaha

I just go for the "teaching-learning concept" with a matching "logo" [with accompanying explanations just like the one below]. And I hope to someday publish some of the write-ups written by my former students - to be able to share with you the impact of my influence on them. HAHAHA...

Kidding aside, I have some former students who remained connected to me and are now doing great in their personal lives. It is an educator's pride to know that his students did learn from his lessons.

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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Late No More

Seriously Mom, Lee whined to her mother on the phone. You really need to install that clock outside my dorm so I won't be late for school?



This is a MICROFICTION MONDAY post hosted by Susan at Stony River a 140 (or less) letters/characters long to hone or challenge my creative and imaginary side.




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Friday, February 4, 2011

The Gift of Friendship

Friends are gifts... that is why they are special.
Friends are precious... that is why they are rare.
Friends are inspiring... that is why they are treasured.
Half of the time we choose our friends... the other half - they choose us. And it is our choice if we want to keep the friendship.
Most of the time we became friends with people we already know. People we grew up together... people we went to school with... or even with people we fought against with.
But sometimes we also stumble upon some rare yet very special people whom we met from the most unexpected places... in the most unconventional way... on almost unthinkable manner... and they turned out to be real good friends.
 
Rare it may seem but unconventional friendship like this is as precious as it can be. And because of this, I am grateful to such precious blogger friends who unselfishly gave - The Gift of Friendship.




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Red

Red light, green light, stop and go... and life goes on!
- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -



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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Not an AHA Moment But will Get there

Definitely Not Another AHA Moment

For one whole week now… I have spent more time in this blog… lay-outing, fixing, changing, re-installing, redesigning, rewriting, and re-doing bits and pieces of everything that is related to this blog. It was time consuming but fun. And as a mom of a new born baby… my attention is focused in this one. My energy is poured on this one. My entire life exists solely on this one. But I am not complaining. I am having a real good time doing everything for this blog. I am excited and always inspired to do anything for this blog. And I can get as much inspiration I need to get me going for this blog. The only downside is that… I neglect my other 6 babies who are equally in need of my attention. My Bad!

Of course, I can give a lot of alibis for being so mean. But as a mom of my 6 other blogs, I have a responsibility to them too. Of course, I can get away with this crime without feeling the guilt. But as a mother of my 6 other blogs, I have to play fair with my other babies too. Of course, I have the right to do what I want. But as a parent of my 6 other blogs, I need to make a reliable time management to manage and handle them all.

This is not really one of my AHA moments. This is definitely my honest-to-goodness OMG moment. Now, I have a plan so that I can be a good mom [of my ever growing blog family]. And so I came up with this promises that I hope I can keep. [Cross your fingers, too]

1. I solemnly promise that this is the last blog I will ever have.
2. I do solemnly promise that I will try my best to write post/s to each of my other 6 blogs at least once a week.
3. And I solemnly swear that I will give all my blogs fair and equal treatment.

… SO HELP ME, GOD!

And I promise too… that I will take blogbirth control (if there is such thing) so that my babies will not have more siblings who will get my attention away from them. After this last one… I am going to have an “IUD” attached to my prolific-blog-addict fallopian tube so that I will no longer procreate.

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Fast Forward to... TODAY.

That was my predicament 3 years ago during the conception of Ruthilicious. Now, I am in the same predicament because I need to reinvent Ruthilicious.

So today, I have decided to re-post all the old write-ups I had at Ruthilicious [and will come up with new ones once all the old posts have been published] and they will be "tagged" under Ruthilicious. I will have a special logo that goes with every post for easy identification.
[This is the LOGO that will go with every Ruthilicious Post.]

For more clarification... all posts under Ruthilicious are basically about my Teaching-Learning Experiences. I will post one experience every WEDNESDAY [if I am not busy, of course (wink*) and I will have an alibi if I cannot deliver the goods on time. LOL].

Yes, it is indeed the best strategy to keep this blog afloat and maintain its PR [HA!]. But kidding aside, this is my best shot to continue teaching [the unconventional way] and hope that I will also continue to learn from others who will read them.

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