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Archive for November, 2007

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been posting less lately.  There is a reason for that.  Since October 13th, my family has been going through one of life’s seasons – the deterioration, illness and hospitalization of a parent.  In this instance, it has been my mother-in-law, Louise Williams. 

I have had the privilege of knowing her since 1970.  For 33 years, I have been honored to claim her as my mother-in-law.  She has been a model and an inspiration to me of what a loving, caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother should be.

Tonight Martha Louise Hollingsworth Williams passed from this life and into eternity with her Savior, Jesus Christ.  She is now with many loved ones and friends who have gone on before.  We were blessed to have her here on this earth for 84 years.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  I will always be thankful every day of my life that she was the mother of my husband, grandmother to my children, and my mother-in-law.

Granny Lou

 

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For your holiday listening pleasure,

a little something to start the Christmas season………… 😀

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS0C2CizbFA]

Thanks, Michelle & Sara!

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As a child, the holiday season was incomplete without seeing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “A Peanuts Thanksgiving” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” 

 I hope you enjoy this video and that you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnohHTLMs3Q]

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This video is a very special video because it reunites two men who were good friends, close friends years ago, providing the listening public with some of the most enjoyable, haunting, and thought-provoking music at a time when the music world was filled with rock-and-roll and anti-war rhetoric.  They later split up their act in bitterness and anger.  I never really understood the why.  It wasn’t really important to me at the time.

But this particular song, performed here in 2003 in New York during the “Old Friends: Live On Stage” tour, is very, very special to me.  In early 1970, when I was reeling from the sudden, unexpected death of my grandfather, it was given to me on my birthday as a gift of love, comfort, and support, a statement of unconditional love from a young man willing to come alongside me and help me bear this almost unbearable burden.  

Almost five years later, on November 16, 1974, I married that young man, the love of my life, who gave me this song and life has never been the same.  Together we have been blessed with and successfully raised five beautiful children.  We have stood alongside each other over the years as we buried our fathers, our grandparents, aunts, uncles, my sister and my mother.  We have stood together at the hospital beds of our children fighting to live, wondering how on earth we got there, but still reaching out for each other’s hand, needing that connection, that “bridge over troubled water.” 

Most recently, we’ve had to walk another new road together, caring for my beloved 84yo mother-in-law who has lived across the street from us for almost 30 years and who now resides in a nursing home not too far from our home.

On this day, as I remember our wedding 33 years ago, I dedicate this video to my husband, David, the love of my life. 

Sweetheart, I love you more today than I did yesterday, but not nearly as much as I will tomorrow.  I offer this to you today as you gave it to me back in 1970.  We may be older and grayer like Simon & Garfunkel in this video, but we’re still sailing and I’m right behind.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFruKvAq8PQ]

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 Funny Turkey

My Turkey
(To the Tune of: I’m a Little Teapot)

I have a turkey, big and fat.

He spreads his wings
(fan hands at hip)

And walks like that.
(strut back and forth).

His daily corn he would not miss,
(pretend to eat corn).

And when he talks, he sounds like this
( gobble, gobble, gobble).

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 Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pie

(Count off on fingers, then hold out both hands face up)

Five little pumpkins sitting on the ground

The first one said, “I’m big, orange and round!”

The second one said, “I’m fresh off the vine!”

The third one said, “I taste divine!”

The fourth one said, “I’m ready to be tasted!”

The fifth one said, “Bake my seeds so they’re not wasted!”

Someone from the kitchen picked them up and we know why….

The five little pumpkins all became Pumpkin Pie!

Pumpkin Pie

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Discovering Music And Autism And The Connection They Share
by: Rachel Evans
 via Child-center.com

For the parents of a child with autism it can be a continuous process to search for new activities and stimulations that can prove to be a benefit their child. And the hardest part can be discerning the validity of the treatment in question, and the true long-term effects of implementation. But with music and autism, the experts agree that music is an invaluable tool for helping in the developmental process of an autistic child.

It is recognized that children with autism tend to have an impaired capacity to converse, learn efficiently, intermingle socially, and develop and acquire new skills. But due to the complex yet predictable structure of music, it can help with all of these problems. This predicable repetition provides a great learning tool for autistic children. It has also been shown to greatly improve an autistic child’s social skills as well as patience and tolerance.

Multiple Benefits

Not only can music be used to effectively treat autistic children; it can be a great diagnostic tool as well. For example, exposure to music can help to determine the strengths of the child which can be identified and weaknesses can be exposed.

Furthermore, studies have revealed that autistic children show a much higher desire to listen to music when compared to peers of their same age. So while listening to music can be a valuable teaching tool for a child with autism, it can also be a rewarding experience. This may be due to the fact that studies have shown children with autism have an increased ability to discern pitch from other children, making listening to music a more interactive experience.

Modes of Delivery

There are different methods for pairing together music and autism. Besides simply presenting a child with music, you can give them access to a story or lesson taught with musical additions or enhancements. And in many cases, these lessons are made with autistic children in mind, and come as part of a set or series. You can even pick one out based on age group or your child’s ability to learn.

Moreover, some teachings are offered that team up musical elements with activities that help a child to stimulate learning processes and capabilities by asking questions and stimulating memory.

The ultimate goal of these musical lessons is to increase the learning capacity of an autistic child. And while the benefits of doing this are numerous, widespread, and widely endorsed by experts, the greatest benefit of all might be the enjoyment offered to your child.

So we’ve learned that music and autism go hand in hand. It’s hard to know exactly what causes autistic children to become so engaged with musical elements. It could be due to their increased pitch sensitivity, or their willingness to anticipate chord progressions and melodic patterns. Either way, it amounts to a great way to reach children that can be hard to teach, and a tool parents and teachers should both utilize whenever possible.

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It sounds like this author just described one of our Kindermusik classes!  I firmly, passionately believe that *all* children are profoundly musical, and all they need is some encouragement and creative freedom to explore and discover their musical gifts.  We invite you to bring your child to a *FREE* class, and explore and discover the magic of Kindermusik together!   

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