However, during my 1997 spring school semester one of my professors had an idea to do a web page that linked similar passages of text from some Journal Selections of Henry David Thoreau's with text in "The Ponds" (a chapter taken from his book Walden. So, I started doing internet searches to learn HTML.
I also was a part of the staff for Aulama, which is Chaminade University's literary magazine. I helped put some back issues of Aulama up on the web (and at one point gained the role of webmaster for that site)....Anyway, I think by trial and error, lots of tutorials, and some suggestions from others I've finally learned at least a little about HTML. . .
I attended Chaminade University and received my Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education and my Montessori Certification on May 15, 2000. I am currently working on getting my Master's in Theology through Victory Bible Colleges International and am writing my thesis on "Training children from three to six years old to grow in a relationship with God."
Ever since I was in the sixth grade I knew that I wanted to major in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and eventually open up my own orphanage or school. I've also been interested in learning sign language so that I can communicate with those who are deaf. I've also become interested in introducing Braille and sign language to young children. Today these are still my goals and interests. Although, to these goals I've also added one of eventually opening up my own Christian Montessori school. I've taken a lot of Montessori classes and worked in a Montessori preschool and really think that the Montessori Method has a lot to offer.
When I happen to come unglued from the computer I enjoy going to the beach... (isn't that the highlight of living in Hawaii???) *smiles* I also, enjoy square-dancing, hiking, playing tennis, running/walking, visiting/singing with the elderly, ice-skating, reading (preferably not textbooks), making crafts, making woodburned designs and working with wood in other ways. For the unit on penguins that I developed for an ED class (which I have already used in my student teaching) I made two wooden puzzles of penguins. I'm now working on other projects that I can make using my scroll saw.
I also love to play the piano, unless it's for a recital and then I do not. Some of the music which I play includes: "Fur Elise" and "Moonlight Sonata" (both by Beethoven); "In the Morning Light," "One Man's Dream" and "To Take. . . To Hold" (by Yanni); "Sixty Years On" and "I Need You" (by Elton John), Hymns (a variety by various people), etc...
My family has five dogs: one Siberian Husky, one part lab and who knows what else, one Cocker Spaniel, and two toy poodles.
|My "puppy" is a black toy-poodle who is, of course, spoiled. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old and he is now 12 years old. At times he acts like a cat by chasing after string, climbing trees, or fences, etc.|
It was suggested that I include a little about when and why I began writing poetry, thoughts and things about nature....
Well, in the Fall semester of 1996, when I was 18-years-old, I began my first semester as a full time student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. (I had taken classes in previous semesters, but only one or two at a time.) At the time I also was working in a preschool.
Anyway, to make a long story short, by the middle of the semester (if not sooner) I became extremely "burned out" and as a way to keep me from becoming depressed and dwelling on all the "negatives" I began an e-mail distribution list. This list started out just containing the names of some friends, but gradually by word of mouth (or word of e-mail) my list grew until there were over 150 people I was writing too. To the people on my list I sent out a daily Christian thought which you can find on my "thoughts" page. Sometimes rather than a thought I sent a poem.
As far as the nature writing goes, during the semester of Spring of 1998, I took a Nature Writing course from Dr. Kraus at Chaminade University. As part of the class we kept a journal in which we wrote about nature. Several people read or heard what I wrote and suggested I include some of what I wrote on my web-page. So, that's what I did.
That's all the rambling for now...Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will stop by again some time to read/view more as I further organize and update this site. *smile*