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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Chicago is very fortunate to have the Peggy Notabart Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Many parks and bird watching opportunities, The field Museum and close by nature preserves. They are all good places to learn about wildlife.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled dat!

    Day 2 of oure pact Pat B! I raise my cup of coffee to you!

    Ever wonder about the flora and fauna in your area? Do a search with the name of your city/town and state or province, and the words "wildlife viewing." Choose a link from the list and read about where to take in some nature!

    Why it matters

    We share our planet with animals, plants, trees, and many other exciting types of wildlife. But sometimes we take these things for granted and don't go out of our way to find or take note of them. By finding out where to see wildlife, it can motivate us to go out, connect with nature, and get a better appreciation of the world around us. Being in a natural setting can also help to reduce stress and make us feel more centered.

    Fun fact

    The blue jay, a bird common to the United States and Canada, is very protective of its nest and has been known to chase away dogs, cats, and even humans.

    "Find out where to see and learn about wildlife in your area"

    May 5, 2016 at 13:33 UTC
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      Marcia G. replied May 5, 2016 at 18:02 UTC:


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      Bobbie D. replied May 6, 2016 at 1:51 UTC:

      Jill, you do have a lot of nice places there in Chicago to view birdlife. We have places similar to that in Houston, too, and several of them are close enough for me to walk to or a short drive away. Thanks for the E today. It meant a lot to me. ♥

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    Happiness is a choice. I do not engage in negative conversations because life is too short to be negative. Most people are doing the best that they can. Be kind! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Pat B is on board for a lovely pact! Clear sailing ahead!

    The next time you find yourself involved in a negative conversation, politely excuse yourself. It can be a chat with a cynical co-worker, an email exchange with a family member or friend, or even a rant on Facebook - whatever the medium, don't allow yourself to be sucked in. Instead, find a reason to step away from the situation, and if that's not possible, do your best to steer it in a more positive direction.

    Why it matters

    Negative thoughts and behaviors can be contagious, and once you've allowed your mood to sour, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a funk. We can't control the actions of others, but we can control how much we interact with those people. Pulling yourself out of a negative conversation helps you to avoid getting bogged down in unhealthy and stressful thoughts. And if you can't find an easy way out of it, steering a conversation in a more positive direction can have the added benefit of bringing the other person out of his or her funk, which always feels good!

    Fun fact

    Saturday Night Live's original "Debbie Downer" sketch was named one of the "Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History" by TV Land, due to the fact that the cast could not stop themselves from laughing uncontrollably throughout the skit.

    "Pledge to disengage from 1 conversation with a negative person"

    May 4, 2016 at 13:34 UTC
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    I have very little tolerance for those that are unkind to others. I was bullied quite often as a child. Other children and even some teachers were guilty of this form of abuse. Most of the children quickly dropped this behavior because life was better for them if they became my friend. I was always doing some activity from which you were excluded if you were bullying me. Rae and I were the club organizers in the neighborhood. We were the game organizers, We were the ones to go to if you had nothing to do! In High School I had a table in the Senior lunchroom when I was only a Sophomore. If you were mean, you could not sit at my table. My table was very popular. I have always gone out of my way to help those that were excluded by being unkind to see that kindness is a better way of life. Warm smiles and hugs to all! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Today, make a conscious effort to be kind to everyone you deal with today. Share a kind word, give a smile, offer a compliment, or just say a warm hello.

    Why it matters

    Kindness, gratitude, and the capacity for love are strongly tied to our personal happiness! Being kind to someone else is shown to make you feel good about yourself and give you a greater sense of purpose. Kindness also makes you feel more connected to others, which heightens happiness.

    Fun fact

    People who rate in the upper reaches of happiness on psychological tests develop about 50% more antibodies than average in response to flu vaccines.

    "Aim to be kind to every person you interact with today"

    May 3, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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    Thank you for the E Vicky P ♥

    We have a lot of plants that survive by neglect. No thank you DC!

    Turn over a new leaf and bring a new plant into your home or office. You can find small, inexpensive plants at supermarkets and nurseries. Don't want to spend any green on your indoor greenery? Take a clipping from outdoors. If you don't have any natural light, try a snake plant or cactus. (If you want to buy a plant but aren't able to today, add it to your shopping list.)

    Why it matters

    Plants remove carbon dioxide from the air, but their real benefits may have more to do with how flora make us feel! Some researchers think that just seeing green plants can have a calming effect on us and reduce our stress. In fact, being in the same room with plants can cause a slight drop in blood pressure.

    Fun fact

    The carnivorous Venus Flytrap can be grown in many places, but it's only found natively within a 60-mile (97-kilometer) radius of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    "Bring a plant into your home or office"

    May 2, 2016 at 13:20 UTC
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      Jill W. replied May 2, 2016 at 14:23 UTC:

      I have saved enough to get the broken light switch in the kitchen, broken outlet in my bedroom and the whole in the roof fixed. The guy is at the store getting supplies. $250,00 for all of these small jobs. I think this is a fair price.

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      Sandy W. replied May 2, 2016 at 15:02 UTC:

      Thank you for sending me the website for Dr. Dolittle with song: Beautiful Things from the 1967 musical sung by Anthony Newley.... Now I will be humming that all day long, and looking around me. Smiles. It is like the quote I put on my post today. I hope you have a lovely ...see more

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    Thank you Kathryn K for a sweet pact with good points!

    Thank EEE's to Sheila C for the gracious words this morning!

    When I was 11 years of age our Grandfather was in the VA hospital. He was dying. Rae and I decided that we wanted to donate money to the VA hospital. We gathered all of our friends that were taking dance or music lessons to put on a talent show. We got our elementary school to donate the use of the auditorium for the event. We sold tickets to everyone and raised $163,00 and some odd cents. That was a huge amount in 1963! Some of our friends performed ballet dances, guitar renditions or played and sang with a piano. The morning of the show I woke up with a boil in my ear and a temperature. Rae said that I could not skip the show as I was the announcer. She put a bucket off stage so I could throw up between acts. I made it through the show. I am still proud that I could fulfill my obligation on that day.

    Think back to when you were young, and recall something you did that made you proud. Was it a school assignment, an athletic achievement, or maybe a craft project? Perhaps it was a specific behavior like being generous or helpful toward a friend, neighbor, classmate, or family member. Whatever that accomplishment was, take a moment to remember it and then share it.

    Why it matters

    Though it may have happened years ago, your proudest childhood achievement is still worth talking about. Thinking back to things you wish you'd done differently can become a habit, and it's one that wreaks havoc on your self-esteem, which can in turn affect your relationships, your job, and even your health. Giving negative thoughts a break and remembering one of your strengths - even one you may have forgotten all about! - can help bolster your feelings of self-worth and put a smile on your face.

    Fun fact

    Writer Graham Greene once said, "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."

    "Recall and share 1 accomplishment from your childhood"

    May 1, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
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    Jill W. completed a pact with Kathryn K. and won 335 bonus points May 1, 2016 at 16:39 UTC
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    Rae says her song is from the Sound of Music. "You'll Never Walk Alone" When you walk through a Storm. Very good message in that song.

    Thank EEE's go to one of my best DC buddies Sandy W!

    Day 4 Kathryn K! Great pact!

    Today, connect with someone you know by asking him or her to name a song that's meaningful and then explain to you why it's important. Whether it's a rockin' anthem that reminds the person of a fun time with friends or a ballad that provided the backdrop for a wedding dance, encourage the person to share, and listen to the whole story.

    Why it matters

    Studies show that being connected to people makes us happier! The positive effects of remembering something as powerful as a song and sharing in a happy memory last beyond the moment you connected with them. Furthermore, happiness is contagious. If your friends' friends are happy, you'll actually benefit from this and be happier, too. Everyone wins.

    Fun fact

    The most popular song ever written is "Happy Birthday." About 16 million people have their birthday on any given day, and many of them hear that song.

    "Ask someone to name a song that's meaningful in his or her life, and why"

    April 30, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
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