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#CelebrateLu: Reprise


The sun is shining. The temp is in the 60’s and rising. What a fabulous weather report that takes me back to my farming roots! It’s spring and I’m thinking of home (after a writing workshop last Saturday)!

And yet . . .

Spring is a time to celebrate . . .

rebirth  as plants nudge their way through the ground cover

life as baby animals appear with their families

longer days of leaving home in the daylight and still having daylight on the return at the end of the day

end of the year activities . . . concerts, track events, music contests

And all those dreaded LASTS . . .

The last time the seniors . . .  before they graduate

The last time the juniors . . . before they move to the senior world

And so on . . .

But today I celebrate last Sunday’s reprise . . .

All seven of us who went to Rome . . .

Together . . . plus a few more!!!

“We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

Mom

Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).”   “SOL16:  Travel Trivia”

Other posts about Rome are here, here, here, here, and here with this one quick photo from O’Hare before our international departure.

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and here we were again . . .

But this time in Iowa

A band concert

Taking advantage of time together

Eight months later to gather for a celebratory meal (Leo & Shirley’s upcoming 9th anniversary)

And a high school band concert directed by a son / grandson / nephew/ husband / father   . . .

Central DeWitt:  Sunday, April 30, 2017

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band one

band three

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And always, one of the fans in the seats!

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Home can be family.

Home may not be one specific physical place.

Where do you celebrate and call home?




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Check out for celebrations at the link with Ruth!

#SOL16: Photo Essay


What do these three people have in common?

They were all part of the reason that the family trip to Rome occurred in August of 2016.

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A Saturday Papal Audience  . . .pope francis.jpg

 

And a canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta saint-teresa

All led to a trip to Rome.

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How many family members would accept Mom’s invitation?

 

 

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Mom, her brother and his wife, my two younger brothers, my younger sister and myself.

Any story about our travels would not be complete without Father Marty, our spiritual leader and the center of FUN!

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An interesting fact about the members of our group (4 sets of sisters).

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And the whole Tour Group . . . 52 Pilgrims

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And some of the people we met along the way . . .

A photographer from a Quad Cities TV station who captured film as we left Davenport . . .

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And the many faces of the family . . .

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Accordion music in the parking garage . . .

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An articulate and passionate tour guide . . .

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and guards . . .

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and cameras everywhere . . .

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with selfies as a regular occurrence!

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Introducing “who was traveling” and “why” this trip!!!

 

#DigiLitSunday: Digital Writing


digilitCheck out additional #DigiLit Sunday posts with Margaret Simon here.

 

How does a post come to fruition?

Here’s an inside look at the content and the process for today’s post.

What’s the focus?

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Where did my idea come from?

My idea was to tell how a post originated from one idea/ one tour during my recent trip to Rome. It was a topic that I briefly addressed two weeks ago (while in Rome) under the topic of Motivation here.

Source?

My “S-Notes” on my phone which I used frequently on this trip.

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But WHAT am I going to write about the catacombs?

This is the stage where I pour a cup a coffee, add categories and tags, go for a walk with Mya, because sometimes the “ideas” actually work themselves out in my head. I draft in my head multiple times before I begin to put fingers to the keyboard.

I briefly addressed this topic in an earlier post.  I thought I was done writing about it.  But my brain won’t let go.  I bought books at the gift shop.  Books . . . books that I am currently reading . . . curious about the “bits and pieces” that I learned while traveling and now want to add to my knowledge.

Does that ever happen to you?

Google’s response to the word “catacomb” was that they were present in London, Paris and Rome.  Many locations, many purposes, but my connection to “world civilizations” was in Rome.  “Rome Catacombs” led me to some interesting sources including National Geographic and the Vatican.  The Vatican source seemed the most promising as the National Geographic source had already pointed out that the Vatican owned all of the Christian Catacombs (numbering 40 known ones at this time).

(Yes, I went to google first with “Catacombs”, then “Roman Catacombs” and then “Calixtus Catacombs”.)

What specific information was I looking for?

I wanted to know more about “deacon Calixtus, who would later become pope (217-222), the task of supervising the cemetery of the Appian Way, where the most important pontiffs of the third century would be buried.” (Source: Vatican)

Our tour began with story boards and I was hooked.

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Picture taken of tour guide and story board. 09.01.16  fgmcveigh

Our guide was amazing.  The stories were riveting.  And now I’m embroiled in learning more about the catacombs. Sixteen different popes were buried in this set of catacombs along with 50 martyrs.  But this was also the burial place for the common persons during the second through fourth centuries.  The oldest tombs are those in the top levels as later tombs were dug below those previously interred.

What was the most interesting story for me?

The story of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, who was martyred and who is also revered as an “incorrupt” saint.  Incorruptibility is a Roman Catholic belief that divine intervention allows some human bodies (specifically saints) to avoid the normal process of decomposition after death as a sign of their holiness.

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PROCESS REFLECTION:

Today, once I had settled on my topic, The Catacombs of Callisto, I drafted. I did not revise.  I did do some minor editing – especially checking my quotation marks.  I also used the spell check embedded in WordPress.

What’s your digital writing process?  

Is it EXACTLY like your handwritten process?

Draft to publication:  1 hour and 42 minutes (I was lost in pictures for a bit.)

 

 

 

#SOL16: Travel Trivia


Where have we been?

What have we seen?

This morning sitting at the Leonardo DaVinci Airport I was literally counting my blessings.

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This was Mom five years ago on her “0” birthday when she went on a Mediterranean cruise with my younger sister.  The idea of returning to Rome has been a recurring topic.

And last evening we celebrated sisters in our tour group in this picture.

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How many sets of sisters?

And without a picture  . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip?

What was our location?

How many hills in this city?

How many obelisks?

What US city is at the same latitude as Rome?

How many attended the canonization on Sunday?

How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun?

How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday?

We set off on a journey to Rome, yes a religious trip, but also a trip to the heart of civilization.  This is a city of 300 churches with 200 more in the suburbs.  It’s a city of many diverse nationalities and personalities.  It was a pleasure to be in a group of seven . . .

Mom

Brother

Sister

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

within a community of 52 pilgrims from an Iowa sponsored tour (plus folks from IL, WI, MO, and FL).

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Today’s Slice of Life . . .  Treasuring the “arrivederci”!

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Questions and Answers from above:

How many sets of sisters? 4
And without a picture . . . How many sets of brothers were on our trip? 1
What was our location? Rome, Italy
How many hills in this city? 7
How many obelisks? 11
What US city is at the same latitude as Rome? Chicago
How many attended the canonization on Sunday? 120,000
How many in the audience at the canonization needed medical treatment due to the heat and the numerous hours in the sun? 1,000
How many were within five feet of the Pope on Saturday? ALL 52 of us!!!!

(6 of 9 answers were included in earlier Tweets from Rome! – Just another reason to be on Twitter!)

 

 

#SOL16: Traveling


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The Art of Traveling

The information below was included in the travel materials from Select International for our Canonization Pilgrimage that begins today. I’m borrowing EVERY word at this stage .  . .

What if the words “travel” and “traveler” were changed to “learn” and “learners”?

Travel Lightly  – Don’t let too much “stuff” weigh you down.  Keep your clothing and your baggage simple.

Travel Expectantly – Expect to be surprised and changed by your experiences together.

Travel Humbly – Visit the people of this land with reverence and respect for their traditions and way of life.

Travel Gratefully – Realize you are guests in this land and display gratitude for the people who are welcoming us and providing for you.

Travel Courteously – Show consideration for fellow travelers and help each other smooth the way through any difficulties you may encounter.

Travel Patiently – Stay flexible and adaptable and realize that unexpected changes, delays, and problems are part of the whole experience.

Travel Relaxed – Let go of worries and tensions and decide to have a good time!”

Does this resemble your plan for your classroom this year? 

Where will you need to be cautious and/or planful?  Humble?  Patient?

Dr Seuss

Mom

Sister

Brother

Brother

Uncle

Aunt

and 44 other pilgrims

today is “Traveling Day” as we’re off to Rome!

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#SOL16: ROME!


Where does writing inspiration come from?  Today it came from this quote in my inbox from my sister via the priest leading our trip to Rome at the end of August for the canonization of Mother Teresa. To learn more about Mother Teresa, you can check out this link.

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What does this quote mean to you?

If you are reading closely you do notice the difference between the bold words and the italics. I have a couple weeks YET to learn more about Mother Teresa before joining about two million friends at the Vatican for the celebration!

What should we plan to see besides our tours?  

My research is starting with these top 10 FREE things to do and see in Rome.  I’m not buying a book – a real paper book at this stage.  I’m sure that I will download something about Vatican City and the churches in Rome.  Our guides will be amazing but I also like to have some background information to fully appreciate the historical significance!

And in the meantime,

it’s back to packing

for a trip to Rome

with:

Mom,

Two younger brothers,

One younger sister,

An aunt and uncle (Mom’s brother!)

A trip of a lifetime!

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Thanks, Mom!

As she returns for her second visit, five years later!

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What family travel story do you have? (or will you have)?

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