Finding Humor

Do you nose these two jokes?
What did one eye say to the other? “There is something between us that smells.”
Did you know that your nose is the “scenter” of your face?
Humor works quickly. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, an electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke, the right hemisphere “gets” the joke, the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images, the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier, and the motor sections make you smile or laugh (  Wow, what a neurological phenomenon! Finding humor makes our heart, mind, body, and soul laugh. Therefore, laughing makes us smarter 🙂 What is the best joke you can tell your child?
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Olive who?
I love you!
Heart – the next time your kids are bickering, make them hug for 30 seconds.
Mind – create a new knock, knock joke.
Body – exaggerate facial expressions & body posture to make a point.
Soul – read the funny pages.
“He who laughs, lasts.” -Mary Pettibone Poole
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” -Mark Twain
“Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.” -Ellie Katz
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Thinking Back

Have you ever faced a challenge that seemed so daunting and you thought, “No way can I…”? Yet, you gave it a shot by considering what you know about the challenge and pushed forward with courage until, lo and behold, you completed it. For me it’s often a math challenge, like doing my own taxes, or maybe a physical feat such as a 150 mile bike ride. Thinking back and remembering what we know, instead of worrying about what we don’t know, accomplishes half of the challenge. Teaching our children to think back and reflect on past achievements (and failures) encourages them to take one more step forward to accomplishing something that once felt daunting. Isn’t this how all great accomplishments are achieved? “Remember last year when I ran 32 laps at the Read and Run Relay? This year I’m going to run 40.”
Re-minding our children of past victories can provide the ounce of courage needed for new ones. Requiring our children to complete tasks on their own, be it tying their own shoes or building their own class project, nurturing their own faith and confidence leads to a sense of efficacy that develops a great leader.
“I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one.” – Joan Chittister
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Business donates garden bed kits to local schools

Big Creek Lumber has introduced a school garden grant program which will award garden bed grants to ten schools, including two in the Paso Robles area. Grants applications were filled out in the fall and winners were selected to have kits delivered in the spring. The garden kits include redwood lumber courtesy of Big Creek Lumber, soil courtesy of Sun Land Garden Products and garden tools courtesy of Orgill. All kits are being delivered directly to the schools so they can assemble and use immediately.

The local schools selected were Almond Acres Charter Academy in San Miguel and Templeton Elementary School in Templeton. The beds will be donated at a special ceremony on March 2.

“We are very excited and honored to be receiving garden bed kits from Big Creek Lumber,” said Joe Kirschner, second grade teacher at Templeton Elementary School. “This grant will help us to provide hands on learning activities for all of our students. The old planters in our kindergarten area are starting to fall apart, so we can’t wait to put in the new garden beds and start planting!”

“We are extremely grateful to Big Creek Lumber Company for their generosity,” said Amy Baker, program director at Almond Acres Charter Academy. “These garden beds and supplies will help Almond Acres Charter Academy students to apply their knowledge from the classroom in a hands-on, meaningful way. It will also allow students to tap into their naturalist intelligence, which is one of the eight multiple intelligences that is focused on at AACA. We are always thankful for partnerships with local businesses and organizations.”

Via: Paso Robles Daily News