Monthly Archives: December 2007

Kim’s Evolutions for 2008…

Start more family rituals and hold gatherings. Making ornaments before the Holidays. Invite people over for a monthly meal. Invite family to join us at Hiawatha. Call my children more often. Send them surprise cards and letters. Go visit my father.

Get back to my center of balance so I do not feel cynical about my place in this world. Read or watch inspirational works. Remember that doors open everywhere and often where we least expect them to. Do a monthly abundant act, like “Paying it Forward.”

Save 1000 dollars again this year! Keep paying at least minimum on student loans and use second job to pay down credit cards. Invest in your own talents and keep developing one that will reward you both spiritually and financially.

Find a spiritual community for fellowship. Make prayer a part of everyday life. Get back to a daily Yoga practice. Keep doing Tai Chi on riverbanks, lakeshores, and near waterfalls.

Share your talents with others. Keep volunteering with the Marquette Food Co-op. Look for an organization that gives back to the community, even if it is only seasonal and take part.

Lose weight! Starting with the first 10 percent. Weight Watchers. Swim. Personal Trainer. Self-pay your dental insurance. Visit chiropractor and massage therapist monthly.

Make a decision on future. Sub-teaching is wonderful as is working respite. But look toward the future too. How can your creative talents take you into your future? By summer, have workshops in place.

Connect with nature. Last year you took two trips on your own—do this again. The solitude taught much about how you think and react. This balance can continue, as you know yourself so peace will come.

Former Evolutions from 2007

Kim’s Evolutions for 2007…

Focus on three communities: home and family, Marquette Food Co-op and Inspired Times. These are the communities I have been a part of and should be more involved in growing.

How I did? Inspired Times came to a close but a launch of Health and Happiness had me writing a new column. I joined the education and outreach committee at the co-op. Family concerns, still—want more time with family.

Tai Chi, Yoga, movement, meditation or prayer everyday. These are the activities that bring me to center and bring about health and well-being make them your spiritual practice as well.

How I did? Not so good—perhaps even my worse year. I did Tai Chi on hikes and walks only. Some stretching but not daily. I did not pray or meditate.

Pay down student loans and save 1000.00 for the year. Fiscal responsibility brings room for abundant thinking and positive forward motion toward dreams.

How I did? I saved over 1000.00 and have started paying the min. on my student loans.

Bodywork and energy-work each month and if possible/needed weekly. Never let your body back slide toward pain and immobility.

How I did? Not so good. But I have renewed my commitment and scheduled a massage in Dec. and January. Job adjustments made this a challenge.

Be aware of peace and help spread it within your communities.

How I did? With the writing of my column and development of my blog I made progress toward this goal. I want to look at this focus again in the New Year.

Give time to your chosen communities and share your gifts.

How I did? I joined the Education and Outreach Committee at the Marquette Food Co-op. I wrote content for the Co-op Newsletter, volunteered in the store and community.

Lose 24-30 lbs. Bring up blood serum level of iron. Motion is needed everyday. Eat well.

How I did? I maintained my weight and did not lose. I eat and apple now everyday. I am still anemic.

Remember openings, anything is possible and you have skills that you are yet unaware of so try new things. Publish in new markets. Attend a writer’s event or training.

How I did? I read at poetry readings and even was feature poet. I submitted poems. I was published in two new markets. I started a blog. I developed an new artistic medium, photography and have had photos published in 2007.

Along with paying down student loans and saving 1000.00 this year find a way for your savings to make good growth. And develop a talent into a side job that brings in income in excess of 500.00.

How I did? Good. But the new talent into income has not yet happened. But I am placing my first photos in stores.

Tell those around you why they are appreciated and loved, often. Sing and garden. Take photos and design useful sites on the internet that spread peace.

How I did? Good. My loved ones know they are cherished. I sing and garden. I take photos often. My sites on the Internet need a more developed focus.

Poetry rejected again :-(

The day before Christmas Eve I rec’d a rejection letter from a publisher–my poems did not make the last cut due to space concerns (sigh).

Scavenger Hunt

Driving around town, I search
the teenage hangouts.
A red pine in the city park has
fallen, the trunk twisted
by wind to slivered threads.

Tornadoes aren’t that selective,
only one tree, and I wonder
what wind can bring such results:
down-blasts, shear winds, winds that
whip leaves into tiny vortices and
propel them across the road.

City workers will slice the pine into
sections, and branches will be fed to
a chipper for mulch.
I think of my own meager woodpile,
estimate my chances before the next storm.

This night may be calm,
the Northern Lights dance as
I drive around town trying to locate
my daughter, but too often the wind
tears us from each other.

I want to share the aurora, the tree, with her.
I need to ask her to stop whipping
me around in these chaotic years.
That red pine stood firm and
five-feet from its root,
spiraled and shattered.
I keep drawing her close.


Poem copyright: Kim Nixon

Looking Ahead with My Magic Man

Mike on Shore of Lk. Superior, copyright 2007 KimNixon

I am looking forward to 2008 and the new adventures that my Magic Man and I will set out to discover. I look at this Christmas Holiday, our 4rth, and I know how blessed we are. Life might not be easy, but I look around and see how others struggle. Life is warm in our home full of plants and life. Warmth of home and arms that welcome me each day — I cannot ask for more. But you know some days I get caught up in wanting my arm healed, or my business back. It is Mike that helps me heal and remember to be grateful for this life–the one I am living today–not the one I had before my car accident.

Looking Toward 2008

Kim on Summit Tower, photo by Mike Hainstock, 2007

Kim on Summit Tower B, photo by Mike Hainstock, 2007

Tuesday 12–Ways to Create Calm in a Classroom

1. Lower lighting–Fluorescent noise is bright and loud.

2. Personalize–Let students know who you are by creating atmosphere by hanging photos, trips, hobbies somewhere in room.

3. Don’t make a room too busy–Many students need less stimuli and thematic color and less clutter equal more zen.

4. Create a quiet reading area with carpet, comfy seating and a variety of books on a shelf.

5. Create a separate area for make-up tests in a far corner of room, screening from distractions.

6. Let students know what is needed as they enter room by posting on door or hallway wall before entering.

7. Have a lending system for pencils to avoid the constant interruptions for writing utensils.

8. Stretch–Have students take deep breaths and stretch part way through class, especially in blocked classes that are longer than an hour.

9. Vary activity–Do not leave students at same task too long. Look to age appropriate attention spans.

10. Who cannot stay seated?–Let this student have tasks out of their desk chair at intervals throughout the period or day.

11. Offer Choices– We all work better with choice, but to avoid argument make sure a democratic vote is offered.

12. Post classroom rules and have class meetings each week.

Don’t forget to check out for more Inspiration!


HInges, from the Camp series, copyright Kim Nixon

Hinged. Joined. Held together and hopefully allowing for a smooth opening. But there are cracks and wild creatures slip in. Rustlings. But we are hinged, breaking down, rusty. Sometimes becoming unhinged. Trying to hold it all together. Looking for openings. Cracks. I am reminded of these random thoughts as a friend states that creative pursuit is not something that is in his near future. I am trying to ponder abundance and how to help. How to allow some freedom and what gift I can offer. I am thinking of escape. Stepping back in time, or far enough away that one cannot be reached. Moving beyond the barn door to a time without cell phones and laptops, and constant contact.

Magic Man II

Magic Man II, copyright Kim Nixon

Same day, same place, as the Mist Woods and the Hiker on Summit Peak Trail photos. Mike as usual is in the lead and I am out of breath (asthma). The colors have shifted and green algae is bright on the tree trunks. My Magic Man has shifted the Land into a different palate of color.

Tuesday Twelve—Books on the Shelf

This is an accounting of books I have read, books I intend to read, and books recently purchased. They might not be on an actual shelf as I am running out of space on shelves. I am trying to make a goal of reading before purchasing. And to make my stacks of unread books smaller than my wish list at Amazon (HA!).

I have been concentrating on the sense of place, nature, the environment and sharing our talents. Many of my impulse and planned purchases have centered on the idea of giving workshops, encouraging connection to the land,  or leading a book club.

My intention in publishing these selections as part of the Tuesday Twelve is twofold. What are you reading; what has brought inspiration to your endeavors or where are you heading in the future. Please share a post and let us know. My second purpose is to offer a glimpse into what topics will be soon appearing in The Dailies or workshops coming in the future.

1. Blessed Unrest
(Paul Hawken)

2. Making Journals By Hand
(Jason Thompson)

3. A Trail through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place
(Hannah Hinchman)

4. Hiking Michigan’s Upper Peninsula:
A Guide to the Greatest Hiking Adventures in the U.P.

(Eric Hansen)

5. This Common Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm
 (Scott Chaskey)

6. Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to
Make with Mother’s Nature’s Help

(Dein, Krautwurst, Anderson, Rhatigan & Smith)

7. The Language of Landscape
(Anne Whiston Spirin)

8. The Alphabet of Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing
(Christian McEwan and Mark Strand)

9. Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes
(Alison Swan)

10. Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape
(Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney)

11. Big Purple Mommy: Nurturing Our Creative Work,
Our Children, and Ourselves
(Coleen Hubbard)

12. Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching
(Nature Literacy Series Vol. 3) (Nature Literacy Series No. 3)

 To Nature writers and those who wish to bring hope to community–Please share your thoughts on inspiring works you have read.

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Hiker on Summit Peak Trail–October 7, 2007

Hikeron Summit Peak Trail, Porcupine Mountains, copyright Kim Nixon

As I struggled up the Summit Peak Trail this serious hiker sped past. All his gear all very top of the line. I quickly grabbed this shot as he not only looked strong in his pace and gear but he made the shot, or is it he helped frame out the shot. Anyway, I rather like it. I am getting photos ready to order and I think I will get a couple 5×7 and 8x10s of this one as I think they would sell well here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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