School, friends, and getting lost

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I’m done with my first week of school and second week of deutschKurs! There have definitely been some crazy things that have happened since my last post.
DeutschKurs is fun. I have class every morning from 8:35-11:15 with about 8 other exchange students in my school. Some with AFS and some with Rotary. I haven’t learned too much, but I think a lot of it is making more sense to me now, which is good! I also don’t speak much German with my host family but I’m wanting to change that. I’m actually working with my host sister, Aline, a lot in German. I’m trying to form sentences that make sense, and I need help most of the time but it definitely helps. And I think my understanding of German has improved a lot in the past 2 weeks.
School is really good as well. I have to walk to…

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My Backyard

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My Backyard:  One of the greatest memories of my early childhood

What are the earliest memories of the place you lived in as a child? Describe your house. What did it look like? How did it smell? What did it sound like? Was it quiet like a library, or full of the noise of life? Tell us all about it, in as much detail as you can recall.

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As a child of the 70’s in a small town in Texas, no we didn’t have horses or ride to school in wagons, my greatest memories are of playing outside in my backyard.  Our house was a modest house.  My parents were both public school educators, so we had everything we needed.  The house wasn’t extravagant, but our backyard was, at least in the eyes of an 8 year old. Before Atari, computers, and cable TV, the inside didn’t have much to…

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What’s in a Name?

Day 2 of Zero to Hero.  Thoughts on what to name my blog.  Right now, it’s ‘Wolford Counselor’. How creative can that be?  It says the name of where I work and what title I have.  Am I really just ‘Wolford Counselor’?  Have I reduced myself to just those two words?  I hope not.

What is this blog about? Who is my audience?  I started thinking it would be to give information on what the guidance counselor does, but I think it is more than just informational.  I’d like to portray reflective thinking, share my values, thoughts and feelings with other counselors, parents, maybe even students.  I’d like to share my reflections on small things that can become big things, important things when we take the time to notice them.  

What are some good titles? How would I describe myself? How would I explain to someone in two short sentences what this blog is all about and still be able to portray the message I want to convey?

  • Through the Eyes of a Counselor
  • On the Bright Side of Life
  • Keeping up the Heart Work

Blech, this is hard and I am losing my flow.  I’m kinda stuck.  Here’s to hoping that these thoughts will continue and I will be able to gain some focus on ‘What’s in a Name?’  I’m sure I’ll come up with some brilliant idea at the most in opportune time.  I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.