Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

Somehow, I Forgot

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT


“There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday…”       ~ Robert Nathan In case I forget to mention it, I was a stay-at-home mom to four kids. The youngest was born when the oldest was six and at that time I didn’t think our lives were unusual or unusually challenging. It was simply the […]

Have a Seat and Make a Friend on the Buddy Bench!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Recently, Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) formally dedicated two Buddy Benches for the playgrounds, donated by Collier County Schools. From identical donations, in fact, all Collier County Elementary Schools each dedicated two Buddy Benches to support their emphasis on kindness, family, and social/emotional well-being. District-wide personnel were on hand at each school to support the students, who made the presentations, […]

Tommie Barfield Elementary is BLUE and it’s a Wonderful Thing

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

The usual connotation of “being blue” is mostly seen as a downer, and being sad, but in this case, it’s something to feel great about for students, staff and parents at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE). Why? The school has been recognized as a Blue Zone School by NCH Healthcare System in Southwest Florida and is the first school on Marco […]

Our Sea Life Doesn’t Have a Choice, But It Does Have a Chance

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

You’d have to be under water or out in the ozone not to read, hear about or personally witness the destruction of our sea and air creatures as a result of the red tide, blue-green algae and the brown, murky water from yet another destructive infestation. It’s almost inconceivable that thousands of TONS, not pounds, of carcasses have washed up […]

One Dolphin, Three Dolphins, Then Twelve Dolphins, Oh My!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

If you haven’t had a chance to take the Dolphin Explorer Eco-Tour and Cruise on Marco Island, you’re missing a highlight of your life or bucket list. I was especially interested in experiencing the Number One National Geographic Guide recommendation in Florida of top adventures for family members of all ages. Hundreds of positive reviews were also incentive to take […]


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