2012 in review Passing on the Light

New Years Day Candle light sent out as thank you to all who have read Lightwords in 2012.

New Years Day Candle light sent out as thank you to all who have viewed Lightwords in 2012. Please pass on the light.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Wow and Thanks to everyone who made the trek to LightWords!

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Shinning A Little Light on 365 Days of Blogging on The Last Day of December

May this delicately lit tree light your way into the coming year.

May the tender light words of a tree glowing in the setting sun of 2012 guide your way safely into the New Year.

Noticing then pulling over and snapping a photo out of my car window is just one of the many  new practices I began since I started a post a day for 365 days.

I’ve looked up into redwoods

gazed across the bay,

played with cookie cutters,

chased squirrels, and clouds,

developed a deeper appreciate for where I live,

gained confidences as a writer and photographer,

 learned some technology,

and when to let go and hit publish.

Above all

made so many friends around the world!

Without all of you there would be no reason to do this.

So to each and everyone who reads this I wish you

A Happy, Joufull and Prosperous

New Year

See you in 2012

See you in 2013 It looks like 2013 will come before the end of the world. Now what should my subtitle be?

PS let’e do resolutions tomorrow we’ve got all year!

Rainbow Cloud Caption Monday

Guest Photographer Kit Hewitt offers us these beautifully lit wispy clouds to stimulate our imaginations. I look foreword to what pictures, stories of poems this picture might stimulate.   And hey if you have photos of clouds send them along or let us know about your post. I’m willing to be a cloud clearing house.  Hmmm maybe in more ways than one. After all Light Words is here to brighten your day.

Free Write Friday: Empathy

For Free Write Friday

Empathy

The Rant

This topic really go my attention. OMG why don”t people listen when I say “I know”? Why do they keep yammering on till my ears bleed, I forget what I was doing, where I am and what I wanted in the first place? This must have happened three times or four times Wednesday until finally I was getting a lesson on how to use my new Smart Phone. All of our little group shook our head “yes we know” how to turn it on and dial the dang thing, but the “Genius” teaching us went ahead and showed us anyway. The store is noisy and crowed it’s dinner time we want to learn how to save our batteries and not use up our minutes. Who is having Empathy for us?

Insight

Still playing over and over how much of other peoples stuff (I’m using the polite word here) I had to listen to all day  the memory of a big loud 7th grade student of mine popped into my head. Every time I’d get about half way through and Art demonstration and lecture he would yell out  “yes we know let us go to work”.  Of course as a teacher I couldn’t allow that kind of interruption, but I always thought there was some truth to his unfiltered frustration. The classroom was a big barn like studio;  sound bounced all over the place, while I had to make sure each and every wiggly 12 year old knew what to do other wise chaos would ensue. I wonder if this bright (but not to socially ept) fellow felt like I did this week in the Apple Store.  I felt invisible, unheard and wanted to get on with what I came there to do. I don’t want to be talked at and neither did he.

Solution

Communicate. Really Communicate. Listen as well as talk!  When someone says they know something, they get it, they understand believe them.  Maybe as the teacher I could have said ” I believe you do understand how to create a water color wash. Can you use your wonderfully big voice to tell the rest of the class so we all can get to work?”   Sure, I could have been dealing with a bully. I wonder if we truly regard one another as valuable beings with something to offer  and imagine how they feel (the definition of Empathy) there might be less bullying.  I wish I could go back in time and see if it would work with that kid.

PS I still don’t know how to save the battery life in my IPHONE but I know how to talk to the non human Siri – “Siri remind me to listen”, “When?”  ” Always”